ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 review: Better, but it should have been much better

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.

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When can we get 5G in Malaysia?

Morten on 5G in Malaysia

You’ve probably heard about 5G a lot in the news lately and you must be wondering, what is 5G all about? Is it just hype or can it unlock new things which are not possible with our current mobile technology?

To find out about the potential of 5G and when we can realistically get it in Malaysia, we spoke to Morten Bangsgaard, the Chief Technology Officer at Maxis.

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Huawei Nova 4 spotted with a 48MP main camera

Huawei is expected to unveil its new Nova 4 smartphone early next week and this is their first device to feature a cut-out-hole for the front selfie camera. The device was shown live at a celebrity event several weeks ago but its sub-brand, honor, had claimed to be the first to introduce this type of all-screen display yesterday. 

The Nova series is often positioned as Huawei’s selfie-centric smartphone. For the next model, it appears that the Nova 4 will be the first in their lineup to feature a high-resolution 48MP camera at the rear. 

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Updated: A number of Maxis customers are facing issues with mobile data connectivity

UPDATE 3: At 8.06am today, Maxis has updated that their services are fully restored. If you can’t connect to the internet, you are advised to restart your device. Below is their statement:

Some of our customers may have experienced network issues earlier, which was due to a technical fault. We would like to inform that services have now been fully restored. Nonetheless, we are continuing to monitor the situation to ensure stability. For those who are still not able to connect to the Internet, please restart your phone or make sure your mobile data is turned on to connect to your data. We would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused to our affected customers.

UPDATE 2: Maxis is having service outage in several areas nationwide and they have issued the following statement:

We are currently experiencing service outage in several areas nationwide. Our engineers are working to resolve this now. We have observed gradual restoration of service in some areas and will provide further updates as soon as possible. We apologise for the inconvenience.

UPDATE: We are able to connect to Maxis mobile data as of 1:10 am this morning (11 December 2018). At the time of writing, no announcement has been made by Maxis to clarify on the matter. From what we can gather the mobile data outage lasted for approximately a little over an hour. We will update this post if any new information becomes available. 


It appears that there is a problem with the Maxis mobile network at the moment. We noticed that there was a problem with four different Maxis lines that we have on hand since around midnight tonight. We are able to get full network strength but not able to get any mobile data connectivity at all.

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