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Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 (right) and the Max M2 (left) come with good build quality.KVN Rohit/IBTimes India

After releasing the Zenfone Max Pro M2, Asus launched the generic Max M2 in India on 20 December.

The new Asus phone comes in two configurations— 3GB RAM + 32GB and 4GB RAM + 64GB storage—for Rs 9,999 and Rs 11,999, respectively. Both the models will be exclusively available on Flipkart with lucrative launch offers.

For the uninitiated, the Zenfone Max M2 flaunts a sleek design language with 6.26-inch HD+ screen with 2.5D Gorilla Glass and on the back, it features sturdy shell.

Under-the-hood, it comes packed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 octa-core, Android Oreo OS, 3GB/4GB RAM and 32GB/64GB storage (expandable up to 2TB via micro SD), a 4,000mAh battery, which is more than sufficient to offer a whole day's battery life under mixed usage.

As far as the photography is concerned, the Max M2 houses dual-camera on the back similar to the Zenfone Max Pro M2 series, but it watered down to cut costs. Nevertheless, it takes decent pictures under natural light conditions. It comes with a 13MP (with F1.8 aperture) and a 2MP depth sensor with LED flash and 4K Video recording capability. It also features 8MP front-facing snapper with F2.0 aperture and a LED flash.

I have been using the Zenfone Max M2 for past several days and I have to say, it has impressed a lot. It is fast in terms of responding to opening apps, switching between multiple apps and also the camera too, takes decent quality images for its price-range.

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Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 (left) and the Max M2 (right).KVN Rohit/IBTimes India

Asus Zenfone Max M2 will be competing with the popular Xiaomi Redmi Y2, Redmi 6 Pro, Moto G6 and Nokia 5.1, among others.

Key specifications of Asus Zenfone Max M2:

Models Zenfone Max M2
Display 6.26-inch HD+ (1520x720p) screen with 2.5D Glass
  • 19.9 aspect ratio
  • 430 nits brightness
OS Android 8.1 Oreo
Processor 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 octa-core + Adreno 506 GPU
RAM + Storage
  • 3GB + 32GB
  • 4GB + 64GB


  • Storage: Expandable up to 2TB
  • Main: 13MP (with F1.8 aperture, 6p lens, 1.12µm) + 2MP depth sensor, 4K Video recording, LED flash
  • Front: 8MP with F2.0 aperture, 1.12µm sensor, LED flash
Battery 4000mAh
Network 4G-LTE
Add-ons Face unlock, fingerprint sensor, Premium 3D-curved glossy design, triple slots (nano-SIM 1+ nano SIM 2+ microSD card) Bluetooth v4.2, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), micro USB port, 5-magnet speaker, NXP SmartAMP, 2x microphones, GPS/GLONASS/BDS/Galileo/ QZSS, clear soft case with the retail box
Dimensions 158.41 x 76.28 x 7.7 mm
Weight 160g
Colours Blue/Black
  • 3GB RAM+32GB storage: Rs 9,999
  • 4GB RAM+64GB storage: Rs 11,999