The annual Mobile World Congress (MWC) event never runs out of stunning smartphones to showcase for the year ahead. Although there were a number of flagship smartphones announced at MWC 2018, there is one other device that stood out in the crowd: the ASUS ZenFone Max Plus.
But despite its impressive specs, the ZenFone Max Plus comes as a mid-priced smartphone set to sell for $ 229 in the US (and $ 299 CAD). So what makes it a winner in our book?
For starters, ASUS did not skimp on screen real estate with this device. The ZenFone Max Plus comes with a spacious 5.7-inch display with a resolution of 2160×1080 and 18:9 aspect ratio. The frame surrounding the display is made out of metal, available in Azure Silver or Deepsea Black color options. It stands 152 mm tall and 73 mm wide, just enough to be a portable device.
The phone also includes curved edges and rounded corners for a comfortable grip. And on the back, there is a round fingerprint sensor that functions really well.
Considering the ZenFone Max Plus is a small device, there are two bottom-facing speakers that give off a reasonable sound quality. On top, a 3.5 mm headphone jack can be used to listen to music via headphones.
Within its frame, the ZenFone Max Plus runs on a powerful MediaTek MT6750T Octa-Core processor with 3GB of RAM. The device has 32GB of onboard storage that can still be expanded to 256GB with the use of a microSD card.
The 4130mAh battery inside the ZenFone Max Plus makes it another attractive feature about this device. Just like its predecessors on the ZenFone Max lineup, the Max Plus comes with an impressive battery that can last up to a full weekend with a single charge.
Camera-wise, the ZenFone Max Plus has a dual camera setup on the back. It comes with a 16-megapixel primary camera with a secondary camera with an 8-megapixel sensor and a 120-degree wide-angle lens for group shots and landscape photos. One important feature of the rear camera is that it comes with a number of dedicated camera modes to make for a decent photography tool.
As for its front-facing camera, the device comes with another 8-megapixel sensor that also serves as the Face Unlock feature of the device With this feature, you have an option to unlock the device using Face Unlock or the more reliable fingerprint sensor.
You can now purchase this device from ASUS’ online store as well as the big mobile phone retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, and Newegg. Upon release, the ZenFone Max Pro includes Android N with ZenUI 4 running on top of it. It is compatible with GSM networks in the US, meaning it will work with AT&T and T-Mobile customers.
Source: EdgeUp Asus