Asus not only showcased its latest laptop and personal computer offerings during this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the Taiwanese tech giant also took the opportunity to formally announce the newest addition to its ZenFone lineup of smartphone devices -- the ZenFone Max Plus (M1) phablet.
First things first -- the basic specifications. Asus’ new ZenFone Max Plus (M1) sports a 5.7 inch HD screen with a front 2.5D curved glass display. Like most phablets out there, the device also offers a dual camera configuration the rear side consisting of a 16 megapixel camera (with an f/2.0 aperture) and an 8 megapixel camera (120 degree wide angle camera). The front side is then armed with an 8 megapixel or 16 megapixel shooter (f/2.0 aperture).
When it comes to hardware specs, the ZenFone Max Plus (M1) possesses an eight core chip set, paired with an ARM Mali T860 graphics processor unit (GPU) and supported with 3 gigabytes of LPDDR3 random access memory (RAM) and 32 gigabytes of built in storage (expandable up to 2 terabytes by wawy of a micro SD card slot). Other notable specs include a rear mounted fingerprint scanner, a gargantuan 4,130 mAh battery (up to 26 days of 4G standby), and Asus’ own ZenUI 4.0 based on Google’s Android Nougat mobile operating system.
Now for the special features -- Asus’ ZenFone Max Plus (M1) holds the distinction of being the first ever ZenFone model to be equipped with a Face Unlock functionality. It goes without saying that this type of identity verification technology is quite given in any high profile smartphone release these days, e.g. Apple’s iPhone X (but the feature is called Face ID), Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 flagship devices, and the OnePlus 5T (which recently introduced a new sandstone white variant). Now, Asus has gamely joined in on the party.
The subject of battery life has grabbed some headlines lately, and with the ZenFone Max Plus (M1), Asus has made sure to highlight the capabilities of the device’s long lasting battery. According to the Taiwanese phone maker, it adopted an approach that involves careful monitoring of the battery’s temperature, protection against overvoltage, and automatic maintenance measures in order to come up with a battery that offers a lifespan twice as long as that of other handset batteries.
The ZenFone Max Plus (M1) will come with a price of $229, and is slated for release in the US some time in February of this year. Color options include black and bluish silver.
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