Asus Zenfone Max M2 hands-on review

GSMArena team, 13 February 2019.

Introduction

The ZenFone Max M2 is the latest mid-range Android smartphone from ASUS. It is the successor to last year's Max M1 and the younger sibling of this year's Max M2 Pro, which we already took a look at in a separate review.

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The Max M2 follows more or less in the footsteps of its predecessor. It's a simple, no-nonsense device that is designed to focus on a handful of key things, such as performance, camera, and battery life, rather than something extravagant. Well, as extravagant as one can be in this price range.

Even the software is just stock Android, something also found on its predecessor. This makes it just easy to pick up and start using instead of having to get used to any weird idiosyncrasies of a custom software layer on top of Android.

ASUS ZenFone Max M2 key specs

  • Body: 2.5D curved glass front, plastic sides, metal back
  • Display: 6.26-inch, 1520x720 resolution (269PPI), IPS LCD, notched
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 (4x 1.8GHz Kryo 250 Gold + 1.8GHz Kryo 250 Silver, Adreno 506)
  • Memory: 32GB/64GB eMCP, 3GB/4GB LPDDR3X
  • Software: Android 8.1.0 Oreo
  • Rear camera: 13MP f1.8, 2MP depth sensor, 4K 30 video, LED flash
  • Front camera: 8MP f2.0, 1080p 30 video, LED flash
  • Battery: 4000mAh, 10W charging
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G VoLTE, 802.11n single-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS/GLONASS, microUSB, headphone jack
  • Misc: Fingerprint sensor, face recognition, FM radio

Compared to last year's model, the new model has a faster processor and a better camera system. The design has also been updated slightly. However, compared to the more expensive Max Pro M1, the M2 has a slightly slower processor and a smaller battery. This is crucial because the new Max M2 costs roughly the same as last year's Max Pro M1, so it doesn't just have to be better than the Max M1 but also the Max Pro M1.

Disclaimer: You might notice that this review is shorter than usual and doesn't include some of our usual tests. The reason is it has been prepared and written far away from our office and test lab. Still, we think we've captured the essence of the phone in the same precise, informative and detailed way that's become our trademark. Enjoy the good read!

Reader comments

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  • Anonymous

I've been using my Asus Zenfone Max M2 for more than a year already and I am satisfied with it. Satisfaction depends on your usage. If you want a long life battery, I can say that this is worth it. It lasts up to 48 hours (depends on your usage)...

  • Imran

Asus zenfone max m2 is the worst handset I had ever purchased. Purchased year: Jan 2019. Performance: Jan 2020 replaced motherboard due to software issue and same had been incurred after 4 months without any physical damage. Now compa...