- Analysis by KJ David
The Zenfone 4 Max Pro is the highest-specked Zenfone 4 spin-off model in terms of imaging, with a flagship-caliber 16-megapixel + 5-megapixel dual-lens rear camera system leading its feature set. These rear-facing cameras are decked out with fittingly-high-end imaging features like zero shutter lag , a 0.03-second phase-detection autofocus feature , and a 120-degree video-recording mode , the latter delivered through its Asus PixelMaster 4.0 camera toolkit. Regrettably (and what a big regret it is), this 5.5-incher passes up on a 4K-2160p maximum video capture resolution , instead giving us a measly -- relative to its camera specs -- FHD-1080p video-shooting capability.
As for selfies, the Zenfone 4 Max Pro boasts a premium 16-megapixel Soflight-LED-flash frontal camera , consequently placing it alongside some of the best selfie smartphones as of its release. Dabbing on some more high-end flavor is its 140-degree Selfie Panorama option , which sounds like a treat for users who just cannot stop snapping those selfies.
Looking into the rest of its pros and cons, this Zenfone 4 spinoff takes a more moderate approach, settling for a sub-par HD (1280 x 720) resolution on its 5.5-inch facade , which becomes even more disappointing when pitted versus the screen definitions of many comparable high-end camera smartphones -- we are talking about the ones rocking 2K-1440p screens here. Luckily, its low-key display is powered by a whopping 5000mAh battery whose massive capacity is decorated with a reverse charging feature , a 26-hour peak Wi-Fi browsing time , and Asus's PowerMaster power-management technology suit .
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Diving into its engine room, the Max Pro does not shoot for ultra-high-end processing pros and cons. Instead, it opts for an unassuming Snapdragon 430 chip running at 1.4GHz (Some of its high-class rivals run at 2GHz or faster) and 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM . Its 32GB-only internal memory does not sound too flagship-esque as well, but at least it supports up to 256GB's worth of top-up storage .
Topping off its pros and cons are a 360-degree fingerprint scanner and the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system overlaid with Asus's own ZenUI, with a choice between Deepsea Black, Sunlight Gold, and Rose Pink for its finish.
Overall, although its hardware and display do not quite match the sophistication of its cameras and battery, the Asus Zenfone 4 Max Pro packs enough pros to catch the eye of the flagship Android buyer.
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