We had our first quick glimpse at the yet to be officially announced, ASUS Zenfone Max Plus (M1). It sports an 18:9 Full View Display, dual cameras, and a whopping 4130mAh battery.

This time around, the new M1 almost has the same size of the Zenfone 4 Max ZC520KL, but with a significantly wider and bigger screen. The previous Zenfone 4 only has a 5.2-inch screen with HD resolution; while the new M1 has a 5.7-inch screen with 1080 x 2160 resolution. This makes the M1 the first smartphone by ASUS with 18:9 ratio. Despite the 18:9 feature, we noticed that there’s a significant bezel below the screen. Whether or not it serves a purpose remains to be known once it becomes official.

Another notable feature of the M1 is its improved dual cameras: 16mp (f/2.0, 35mm) + 8mp (17mm, no AF).  Secondary front facing camera seems to be improved too: 8mp (f/2.0, 25mm).

The M1 will not have a Qualcomm processor this time though. It features a familiar SoC – Mediatek MT6750T – to power everything up. It has an 1.5GHz Octa-core processor with Mali-T860MP2 with 4GB RAM. This is the same processor that powers up the OPPO F3.

ASUS Philippines has not yet given us complete information, but having checked their official website, this phone is impressive on paper. Expect teasers this December 2017 about the M1 as the phone will likely to be available this January 2018 at sub-PhP12,000 pricepoint.

ASUS Zenfone Max M1 Specifications:

  • 1.5GHz Octa-core Mediatek MT6750T
  • ARM Mali-T860 Processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • Main cameras: 16mp (f/2.0 35mm; 8mp (17mm, no AF)
  • Front Camera: 8mp (f/2.0, 25mm)
  • Intenral Storage 32gb/64gb
  • Expandable up to 256gb
  • Dual SIM, Dual 4G (Both SIM card slots support 3G WCDMA / 4G LTE network band. But only one SIM card can connect to 4G LTE service at a time.)
  • Rear fingerprint sensor
  • Uses Micro USB
  • 4130mAh battery
  • Price: TBA

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