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    This phone came out in the 4th quarter of 2018 so it’s not that long ago and in fact it still stands as one of the best mid range big battery phones today in November 2020. It is from ASUS so you know that they are packing a lot of great stuff into this phone and I’ll tell you the major points. Let’s jump right into it…

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    What are the advantages that this ASUS MAX PRO M2 phone can offer you?
    • Big battery. In fact, this has been the trademark of Max Pro series from ASUS and this is the latest product in the series and it can last for up to 2 days.
    • Big screen size. The phone is quite big so you can indulge yourself with the wider views when you watch or read or play.
    • Big internal memory. The largest model that this series offers is 64 GB internal memory so you’ll enjoy the gigantic space.
    • Stock Android. This phone is pure android so there is really no bloatware to eat up your space and because it is stock android, you will get faster updates directly from Google’s Android whenever they are ready.
    • Faster chip. This phone runs on Snapdragon 660 so you can run anything on this phone without any worry that your phone will lag.
    • Price. This is a mid-range phone so it won’t dig into your pocket like high-end phones and frankly, this phone is worth every penny of the offering price that ASUS set.
    • Split screen. This is very good for those who want to have jack-of-all-trade phones to do everything in your daily routine.
    • Corning Gorilla Glass 6. The screen is protected with super durable glass so you won’t have to worry about scratches or anything like that.
    • Fast charging. Big battery means nothing if you also need an equally long time to charge the phone from 0 to 100% and ASUS already thought about it.

    With so much selling point for this phone, what could be the disadvantages of buying this phone you might ask?
    • The phone is bulky. For sure! Because it packs a huge battery so there is really no way to hide the large component inside the phone.
    • Can’t really go “full screen”. If you notice, this phone’s front facing camera really distracts the view at the top of the phone and honestly it’s super annoying.
    • Missing feature. There is a feature that users want to have that previously existed in the older model (ASUS MAX PRO M1) and that is the gesture feature.
    • It takes a long time to charge. Having a big battery is a big plus but remember that you also have to charge that big battery as you drain it with all of your activity using the phone.

    Those are the major points that I really think worth mentioning. If you would like to have all the details then please check out the spec sheets below:

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    5G technology is the hot issue during that year (2018) but not that many countries are ready for it and so the phone is not equipped with 5G technology yet (and so are the other phones from other brands). And in fact, even today in November 2020 you only have a couple of countries ready for 5G technology.

    This phone is the series that really focuses on the battery size since its inception several years ago. The major selling point is that you will have a phone with a battery that will last until tomorrow (with reasonable usage, less under a heavy use) which many of the phones during the same period can’t even achieve. In a sense, this phone is like a pioneer. A lot of people are using phones to play mobile games and they would love it if their phone could last a long time before a recharge and ASUS heard their plea.

    The phone has a dimension of 157.9 x 75.5 x 8.5 mm weighing 175 g which is a bit bulky but understandably so because of the big battery that it carries. The phone’s screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 6 which is very durable and you won’t easily crack it unless you try to do it intentionally which is not the point. Falling from several feet won’t cause the phone to crack and there were youtubers doing this exact thing to show how durable the phone is. This phone is still comfortable to hold and carry in your pocket though.

    Beside having a big battery that we will discuss later, this phone also has a dual SIM for your needs and provides an extra slot for memory card (that you will likely not need due to the size of the internal memory this phone has). The screen itself is IPS LCD and the size is 6.26 inches with a great ~82.0% screen to body ratio. With this screen size you also get a great resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels which is a 19:9 ratio. It sports an amazing ~403 ppi density although you won’t notice it with naked eyes you know that it looks great when you look at your screen.

    ASUS MAX PRO M2 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo by default but you can upgrade it to Android 9.0 Pie. The important thing that you have to know about this phone is there is really no bloatware like you’ll find in other phones that eats up the memory and RAM at times. This phone comes with Stock Android which means less bloatware and faster google updates which can only mean one thing, great user experience. By using Stock Android, the phone does not use the UI from ASUS so it’s really basic but it runs very fast which is a plus.

    ASUS MAX PRO M2 series is using Qualcomm’s SDM660 Snapdragon 660 (14 nm) which supports your gaming experience in heavy hitters like PUBG mobile or COD mobile. With 8 cores (4x2.2 GHz Kryo 260 Gold and 4x1.8GHz Kryo 260 Silver) on board you can be sure most of the things on the Google PlayStore in November 2020 can run perfectly smoothly on your phone. Also, it has Adreno 512 in it to support high quality visuals. ASUS actually market this phone as a mid-range gaming phone so you can be sure they put the necessary stuff to let you play heavy games with it.

    The phone supports 3 slots that you can use where 2 of them are for your SIM cards (nano SIM card) while the other one is for additional memory card. Using dual SIM cards will drain your battery faster so if you have two phones then it’s better to use one SIM card for each phone to extend your battery life during the day. The phone comes with 3 models that you can pick from 32GB / 3GB RAM, 64GB / 4GB RAM and 64GB / 6GB. The big internal memory is another strong magnet to mobile gamers to pick this phone because great games on Android PlayStore these days have big size.

    The camera on this phone is not bad with dual camera 12 MP and f/1.8 aperture also 5 MP f/2.4 aperture for depth sensing. With this phone you can record 4k videos at 30 fps enhanced with the help of gyro Electronic Image Stabilization. This will allow you to record great videos without any problem but of course, you can’t expect to compare it to high-end phones as I already mentioned before, this phone is geared toward mobile gamers not for selfie or phone camera enthusiasts.

    ASUS also adds another feature in the phone so you can use two apps simultaneously in a split window. You can watch youtube tutorials and browse the internet for information at the same time or chat on WhatsApp and write on Google Docs without a problem. As you can see, this is great for multi tasking and this is something that is very useful if you do a lot of things online like me.

    You have two speakers as is common among phones these days but you are still indulged with the 3.5 mm jack which is gone from some of the pricey high-end phones. Some people still love to use wires instead of bluetooth when it comes to earphones or earbuds and I personally also still like the plug rather than bluetooth stuff.

    You have a fingerprint for security alongside password, patterns and also facial recognition. Some gestures are missing from this series and I kind of missed the ability to assign specific gesture to specified app like ASUS offered in the previous model (ASUS MAX PRO M1) so you don’t have to open the phone to use the app and you just do the gesture and the phone will open up with the app ready to be used. This is an awesome feature on MAX PRO M1 that MAX PRO M2 is missing. It’s a pity, really.

    Now let’s talk about the battery…

    The battery is a gigantic 5000 mAh and even in today November 2020 it’s still considered big. This battery will help you to use your phone for 2 days (under a fair usage of course). There are a lot of battery drain tests on this phone on youtube and you can check them all out where they pit ASUS MAX PRO M2 against other phones. Having a big battery is all good but with it also comes the charging time. Under a normal circumstance charging a big battery will of course take longer than a small battery. Fortunately, ASUS slipped in a great fast charging capability for the phone so your charging time won’t take that long. Typically, it takes anywhere from 2.5 hours to 3 hours to fully charge your phone from 0%.

    The phone is not expensive today in November 2020 and it is still relevant to today’s development so you can use it for many apps and in fact, this is what I am using as my daily driver*. You can also check on youtube why people are using this ASUS MAX PRO M2 as their daily driver albeit being only a mid-range phone.

    *for those of you who are not familiar with the word, daily driver in this context means the phone that I use everyday for every purpose (chat, browsing the web, trade, posting, taking note and everything else).
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