Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 drops flash sale model to be available 24/7

ASUS India has announced that their first-ever "Made in India" smartphone, the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 will now be available for purchase 24/7, exclusively on Flipkart.com. This marks an end to the flash sales model that was being followed for this device, although this extends to two variants of the device only.

The ZenFone Max Pro M1 is receiving tremendous response in the Indian smartphone market, as it brings heavy competition to established value players like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro. The ZenFone Max Pro M1 began its sales through a flash sales model, which saw the device being sold out in every sale in a matter of minutes. To make the best of the situation, Asus has ramped up the production and supply of the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage and 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variants, and has now made them available for purchase round the clock.

As for the 6GB RAM + 64GB storage variant that went on its first flash sale on 26 July 2018, Asus is working hard to making this variant readily available. For now, this variant will continue on with the flash sales model till its availability ramps up.

The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 certainly ticks a lot of the right boxes for a user looking to purchase a competitive, value device. You get an excellent device with specs that match the toughest competition, an excellent pricing scheme, stock Android Oreo 8.1 out of the box, and bootloader unlock and kernel source code as well. With the open sale model, the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 beats the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro in availability, making it natural for customers to pick up Asus's available device over Xiaomi's unavailable device. Asus is also doing well for Android updates, so we are certainly hopeful for the future of this device.

Here is a table comparing the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro:

Specifications Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro
Dimensions 159 x 76 x 8.5 mm 158.6 x 75.4 x 8.1 mm
Weight 180 g 181 g
Display 5.99″ LCD; 1080 x 2160 pixels; 18:9 aspect ratio 5.99″ LCD; 1080 x 2160 pixels; 18:9 aspect ratio
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
RAM & Storage 3GB + 32GB;
4GB + 64GB;
6GB + 64GB
4GB + 64GB;
6GB + 64GB
MicroSD Yes; Dedicated Slot Yes; uses SIM2 slot
Dual SIM Yes Yes;
Hybrid SIM/microSD slot
IR Blaster No Yes
Battery Size 5,000 mAh 4,000 mAh
WiFi Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac; Dual Band
Rear Camera 13MP main sensor, f/2.2 or
16MP main sensor, f/2.0 (6GB RAM model only);
5MP secondary sensor, f/2.4
12MP main sensor, f/2.2;
5MP secondary sensor, f/2.0
Front Camera 8MP, f/2.2 or
16MP. f/2.2 (6GB RAM model only)
20MP, f/2.2
Android Version Stock Android Oreo 8.1 MIUI 9.5 on Android Oreo 8.1
Pricing 3GB/32GB: ₹10,999;
4GB/64GB: ₹12,999;
6GB/64GB: ₹14,999
4GB/64GB: ₹14,999;
6GB/64GB: ₹16,999



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