In 2018, the trend of full-screen smartphones is increasingly popular in the world, even many vendors have developed products with these designs.

Do not want to miss with other vendors, last month has launched its first full-screen smartphone in Indonesia with the name Zenfone Max Plus (M1). In addition to relying on a full screen with an 18: 9 ratio, this smartphone also boasts the battery.

Good news, I had the opportunity to review the ASUS Zenfone Max Plus (M1) for several weeks. For that, for Gadgets who are already curious about the advantages, disadvantages, hardware specifications, and features brought by this smartphone, you can see the review article below:

Design & Full Screen 18: 9


Unlike the previous generation of ASUS smartphones, the Zenfone Max Plus (M1) has a 5.7-inch full screen HD resolution (1,440 x 720 pixels), IPS technology, 2.5D curved glass protected, and a 18: 9 ratio that meets the front .

Although the screen size is 5.7 inches, I feel the body is about the size of a 5.2-inch smartphone when holding it. One reason is because the screen fills the front so that it minimizes the upper and lower bezel.

With this full screen can make me wider in watching videos, viewing photos, or playing games. Meanwhile, the back, home, and recent navigation buttons are in virtual form that is pinned on the screen.

Turning to the right side there are volume and power buttons arranged vertically parallel so that it is easier for users to do screenshots using only one hand. In addition, on the left side there is a SIM Tray that is used to insert a SIM card and microSD card.

At the top there is a 3.5mm audio jack port that serves as a connecting earphone or headphone with Zenfone Max Plus (M1). While at the bottom there is a speaker hole and microUSB port that serves to charge the battery and transfer data.

Finally, on the back of this smartphone there are two main cameras complete with LED Flash and fingerprint sensors. Although the Zenfone Max Plus (M1) body is made of metal, when I hold it it feels like a body with DNA from the Zenfone 4 Max that curves backwards so it feels comfortable to hold and is not afraid to fall.

In addition, the ASUS also pinned an additional transparent case on the sales package so that it can protect the rear and edge body from scratches and fingerprint spots when I hold it.

4130 mAh Battery & Durability


As one of the Max labeling devices, this smartphone is equipped with a 4130 mAh battery. With such a large capacity, ASUS claims that Zenfone Max Plus (M1) can be used for 13 hours to watch nonstop videos, 26 hours for telephone on 3G networks, 21 hours for browsing on WiFi networks, 1 day for normal use, or 26 days for standby on the 4G network.

To prove the battery's capabilities, I conducted tests for daily activities by browsing, chatting, doing activities on social media, playing occasional games, watching videos, texting, and phone calls.

The result is the Zenfone Max Plus (M1) can last for 16 hours 30 minutes from conditions of 100% to 10%. For the record, I use one SIM card with a 4G-LTE network so the results will be different if you use two SIM cards at once.

In addition, the battery life of this smartphone will be different if I use it in a more minimal activity, such as chat, browsing, SMS, or telephone that can reach 24 hours. In other words this is the added value embedded by ASUS Zenfone Max Plus (M1).

For the record, ASUS embed the fast charging feature of 10W (5V / 2A) which allows the battery to be fully charged from 0 to 100% in just 3 hours. In addition, if the battery is charged for 15 minutes, the phone can be used for 3 hours or if the battery is 10%, then it can standby for 67 hours.

Performance


ASUS Zenfone Max Plus (M1) itself has been equipped with a MediaTek MT6750T Octa-core processor with a speed of 1.5 GHz, Mali-T860MP2 GPU, 4 GB RAM, and 64 GB of internal storage. Meanwhile, if the internal storage is lacking, the gadget can add it to microSD up to 256 GB.

You could say the use of microSD should only be limited to storing photos, files, videos, and music and do not use it for installation of applications because the speed will not be able to match internal storage.

With this hardware combination you could say Zenfone Max Plus (M1) can run applications multitasking smoothly, although sometimes it will feel lag if the RAM capacity is almost all used.

In addition, the Zenfone Max Plus (M1) can still play light and middle class games smoothly, but there will be a lot of lag when heavyweight games run like Dynasty Warrior Unleashed, Arena of Valor, and Mobile Legends.

For that, the gadget should be able to reduce the quality of the graphics to a medium or low condition in the heavyweight game in order to run it smoothly. Furthermore, I also tested the Zenfone Max Plus (M1) benchmark using AnTuTu and GeekBench.

As a result, this smartphone managed to get a score of 54,517 points for testing using AnTuTu. While benchmark results using Geekbench managed to get a score of 442 points for single-core testing and 2,235 points for multi-core testing. Although not too smooth in playing heavy games, but the performance of the Zenfone Max Plus (M1) is still worth appreciating for normal use and playing games to medium graphics.

Two Main Cameras


This smartphone has been equipped with the support of two main cameras that have a combination of 16 MP primary camera with f / 2.0 aperture + 8 MP secondary camera with wide-angle lens, Autofocus Phase Detection, and LED Flash.

This 16 MP primary camera can arguably produce photos with good results in normal or abundant light conditions, but in low light conditions the quality will decrease. Meanwhile, the 8 MP secondary camera it carries can produce wide-angle photos with an area of   up to 120 degrees.

Of course this secondary camera is suitable for use when you want to take objects and a wide view. Unfortunately the quality of the photos from the 8 MP secondary camera is still below the 16 MP primary camera. In addition, ASUS has also provided various shooting modes for this main camera, such as Beauty, GIF Animation, Time Lapse, Panorama, Super Resolution, Auto, to Pro.

In other words, the ASUS engineer should be able to optimize the software again from processing the camera so that it can produce more optimal photos. Meanwhile, the front camera has a resolution of 8 MP which can produce good selfies or wefies.

Even I can take selfie bokeh photos (background blur) instantly, even if only using one camera thanks to the presence of the Portrait Mode feature. Meanwhile, ASUS has also provided its front camera with Beauty, Selfie Panorama, Auto, and GIF Animation modes.

Well, for Gadgets who are curious and want to assess the quality of Zenfone Max Plus (M1) cameras, you can see the results of the following photos:

Powerbank


Similar to the previous generation Max series smartphone, this Zenfone Max Plus (M1) has been equipped with a Reverse Charging feature that allows this device to be turned into Powerbank for other smartphones.

This feature can be activated when another smartphone is connected to the ASUS Zenfone Max Plus (M1) using an On-The-Go (OTG) USB cable. Users of this smartphone need not bother buying a USB OTG cable because ASUS has provided it for free in this smartphone sales package.

Fingerprint sensor


As a contemporary smartphone, the ASUS Zenfone Max Plus (M1) has been equipped with a fingerprint sensor on the back that allows me to unlock my smartphone in just 0.3 seconds using only fingerprints.

You could say the fingerprint sensor from this smartphone is able to detect 360-degree fingerprints making it easier for me to attach fingerprints from any direction. In addition, this fingerprint sensor can detect a maximum of 5 different fingerprints. Not only to unlock smartphones, fingerprint sensors can also be used to receive phone calls or take photos.

Face Unlock


Following the current trends, ASUS has embed Face Unlock feature which allows me to unlock smartphones using my face quickly. Face Unlock works well when used in normal or abundant lighting conditions, but when used in low light or dark conditions Face Unlock does not work because it is quite difficult to recognize faces.

Android 7.0 Nougat and Features


ASUS Zenfone Max Plus (M1) has been equipped with the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system with the ZenUI 4.0 interface. Some of the excellent features of the operating system are also presented in it, such as dual-split multitasking, twin apps, saving on battery consumption, and much more.

At a glance, dual-split multitasking allows two applications to run simultaneously on one screen. To be able to activate this feature, I can just hold the recent button for a few seconds until the screen dividing line can appear to have one application above and one application below. Unfortunately, only a few applications support this feature.

Furthermore, twin apps allow me to be able to open two different accounts on an application on a smartphone. Usually this feature can be activated for social media applications, such as Facebook, Twitter, Messenger, LINE, WhatsApp, and many more because usually users have more than one social media account.

In addition, there is also a ZenMotion in this smartphone that allows users to activate the application or run various functions using only finger gestures or hands so that it is more practical.

Conclusion


After using the Zenfone Max Plus (M1) for several weeks, you could say I was satisfied with the design and features, especially the slim 18: 9 full-screen ratio and the 4130 mAh battery that lasts longer.

I also feel smooth with its performance for daily activities because Zenfone Max Plus (M1) is widely used for SMS, telephone, social media, and chatting rather than playing games for a long time. This device is also equipped with 1 microSD card slot and 2 SIM card slots.

Fingerprint sensors and Face Unlock that are present in this smartphone can also be an additional attraction of this smartphone. At a price of Rp 2.7 million, the Zenfone Max Plus (M1) can be one of the selected smartphones in its class considering its modern design and long battery life.