UPDATE: ASUS ZenFone MAX Plus pre-order is now available.
Joining the “FullView” bandwagon is ASUS with their new ZenFone Max Plus (M1). It features a 5.7″ display in an 18:9 aspect ratio. As a result, you get a wider display in a 5.2” smartphone body. In addition, it also packs a dual-camera with wide-angle capabilities and a larger battery for less than RM900.
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I think we all saw this day coming. With how powerful mobile processors are getting, it was only a matter of time before mobile silicon makers made the big push to get their chips in full-fledged Windows laptops and tablets. For Qualcomm, that day has arrived, but for everyone else, the question is: What’s new?
If you love a big honking screen in a small smartphone body but you don’t have much money, there’s good news because your options for budget 18:9 minimal bezel smartphones are about to get wider. Equipped with what people are now calling the “Full View” display, ASUS‘ upcoming ZenFone Max Plus will be launching locally really soon.
And the best part is that it’s going to be more affordable than a large majority of its competition.
ASUS Malaysia is introducing a new smartphone that will compete with the “FullView” smartphones from Huawei, OPPO and vivo. Introduced as the Pegasus 4S in China, this smartphone comes with a tall 5.7″ display and a huge 4,310mAh battery.
Personally, when I think of desirable ultrabooks/thin, light and powerful laptops running Windows 10, I always think of devices like a spec-ed out Dell XPS 13, a ThinkPad X1 Carbon, or the high-end Lenovo Yoga convertibles.
As a low-key hipster (I’d say self-proclaimed but that’s so mainstream), I probably wouldn’t have considered the ASUS ZenBook 3 Deluxe. Why? I’m not too sure, but these devices never seemed particularly desirable to me.
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Looks like Asus has finally jumped on the 18:9 display bandwagon and has just announced their first smartphone to feature such a screen.
If you’ve been looking for a new mid-range smartphone there is good news because a brand new contender has hit the Malaysian market. ASUS’ ZenFone 4 is finally on sale, for real, locally.
With the ongoing MyCyberSale 2017, ASUS is giving price reductions on some of its selected models from the ZenFone 3 series. If you’re looking for a phone under RM700, the ASUS ZenFone 3 Max and ZenFone Live are now slightly more affordable than before.
The ASUS ZenFone 4 lineup was probably one of the fastest smartphone rollouts in Malaysia, with several of the devices from the lineup going up for pre-order on the day of launch itself. However, the namesake model — the ZenFone 4 — was not among them.
Initial reports indicated that it would make an appearance locally in the first week of September, and although it hasn’t been officially announced, we now have a price for this handset. You’re going to want to sit down for this.
Oh, how heads turned when people saw the ZenFone 3. Shiny, glass, metal and with a price tag that shocked the world after the super bang-for-your-buck ZenFone 2 series. It was a bold move by the company but ultimately, at least in Malaysia, things didn’t go so well.
This year, they’re sticking to their guns and the ZenFone 4 plus its high-end brother — the ZenFone 4 Pro — share a lot in common with last year’s ZenFone 3 series. However, the question now is: Have they learned their lesson?