If you looked at the ZenFone Max Pro M1 on paper, ASUS had what looked like an unreasonably good smartphone on their hands. It was almost like they’d assembled all the pieces of Exodia and just won. It had the same kind of specs as the class-leader in that affordable mid-range category, yet it somehow also managed to be cheaper.
But then, when I actually got to using the smartphone, a couple of obvious flaws definitely brought the device back down to Earth. It was still an excellent smartphone, don’t get me wrong, but it just wasn’t the same divine-level device I initially thought it was.
Now, though, it’s time for round two. Not even a year has passed since the launch of the M1, ASUS has come back swinging with its successor, aptly named the ZenFone Max Pro M2. And, while I thought Xiaomi slept a little on their Redmi Note 5 successor — the Redmi Note 6 — the ZenFone Max Pro M2 feels like a significant upgrade.