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Asus Zenfone Max M1 Review: The Pint-Sized Battery King

You also have the facial unlock available on the Max M1 but you will run into a few issues in low light situations. Thankfully, there’s a fingerprint scanner that has a good margin of error but it isn’t the zippiest. We’ll take that over not having the option though.

Cameras are a Hit or Miss

For its shooters, you have a dual rear camera setup. It’s comprised of a 13-megapixel main at an aperture of f/2.0 plus the typical 8-megapixel camera with a 120-degree field of view. Unfortunately, results may vary in terms of exposure and you might have noticed that it has a tendency to blow out highlights. The white balance also tends to favor cooler tones with a bit of a blue tinge when using the wide angle camera. Overall quality is on par with devices in the same bracket but the portrait mode does a good job at giving you that software-assisted bokeh. Shots in low-light conditions will suffer from a loss in quality and expect a fair bit of noise as well.

For taking selfies, you have a 13-megapixel front camera at an aperture of f/2.2. One of the things we didn’t like about the selfie camera is that focus can be a little tricky and has a tendency to blow out highlights as well when lighting isn’t dead on. Make sure you take a lot of safeties if you like taking self-portraits.

Lasts Long, Tops Up Fast

This wouldn’t be a Max device if it didn’t have a big battery capacity and on the Max M1 you have a 4000mAh battery. Sadly, we’ve been running into a lot of issues with PCMark’s battery tests so we’re unable to give you an exact number on its longevity but it was definitely on track to give us results beyond the 14-hour mark. Using it as our daily driver, we managed to get a solid two days with moderate use and a day and a half if it was a particularly busy day.

One good thing about the Max M1 is that it finally supports fast charging, which means you’re spending less than two hours to get topped up from 0 to 100.

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Jamie Inocian

A self-confessed geek. Jamie started out helping out on the Unbox Podcast and became the Digital Sales Manager when he joined the team full time. He has since then transitioned into one of our Senior Editors and Head Video Producer.

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