Asus zenfone max plus (m1) zb570tl

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Back at CES, Hãng Asus showed off a follow-up to lớn the not-so-old Zenfone 4 Max, which was a phone that ultimately disappointed me. Attempting khổng lồ capitalize on the love sầu for big batteries, the Taiwanese company decided khổng lồ spin off the Zenfone Max line into its own device family. These phones will offer large batteries & many of the lachạy thử điện thoại thông minh trends for budget prices.

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So here we are with the first, the Zenfone Max Plus M1. Besides the ridiculous name, this phone sports a 4,130mAh battery, an 18:9 display, dual cameras, face unlock, and so on. But, as you, dear reader, probably know, ticking all of the specification và feature (read: buzzword) boxes doesn"t always make for a good phone, especially since nothing exists in a vacuum. In the over, the Zenfone Max Plus M1 is nothing special— simply, a big battery alone doesn"t necessarily mean that the phone will be good, nor does it always trang điểm for the other shortcomings.


Specs


The Good


Build qualityOverall, the Zenfone Max Plus M1 feels well-constructed without the loose pieces và creaking from the ZF4 Max.
DisplayDecent colors, good viewing angles, and adequate brightness.

The Not So Good


SoftwareOh, come on, Asus. Android 7.0 Nougat... really?
PerformanceThe phone hangs on even the most basic tasks like making calls, replying to texts, reading long gmail threads, & switching apps.
CameraIt"s not good, producing washed out photos, a tendency toward a warm White balance, slow focus, và poor dynamic range. Low-light performance is just bad.
Fingerprint sensorIt"s slow, tiny, and mostly inaccurate.
Face unlockDon"t use this. It barely works.
Build unique (again)While the phone itself feels solid enough, the seam between the glass and frame likes lớn catch & pull facial hair.

Design và display

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The Max Plus M1 looks and feels quite similar to lớn the Zenfone 4 Max. The body toàn thân is mostly metal, with plastic pieces at the top và bottom of the phone. This time around, the phone doesn"t feel so cheap, so kudos khổng lồ Asus for addressing that. The ZF4 Max had a lot of flex in the metal bachồng, which would creak & sometimes craông xã under pressure (lượt thích sitting down with the phone in your pocket).

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Hãng Asus once again created a generic-looking device, which isn"t necessarily a bad thing. Looking at the Zenfone Max Plus M1 (ZFMPM1????) doesn"t evoke any feelings of awe at the kiến thiết, sure, but at least it isn"t ugly... unlượt thích the Zenfone AR.

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Though it might look lượt thích a OnePlus 5T, khổng lồ a degree, the shortcuts và compromises to hit the $229 price become readily apparent very quickly. The metal picks up grime, smudges, & other such things immediately upon being touched or set down; basically, lượt thích the ZF4 Max và Honor 7X, the metal seems lớn be of a lower-grade chất lượng (which makes sense).

Following on that, the construction itself still feels a bit suspect. On several occasions, my facial hair would catch in the seam between the 2.5D glass và the frame, leading khổng lồ frustration & a minor statement of pain. This happened on both the right & left sides of the phone.

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The power button và volume rocker on the right side of the phone feel cheap & soft, with barely any travel và hardly any tactile response. Squishy is how I"d describe them, often getting accidentally pressed without me realizing it (until I noticed the screen turn on/off).

The fingerprint sensor is nothing short of abysmal. Its first issue is that it"s way too small & recessed inkhổng lồ the phone; I had a hard time placing my finger just right to lớn get it to read properly. On the times that I managed to lớn succeed, I ran into a frequent failure khổng lồ read. Accuracy & general speed– it is unbelievably slow, sometimes taking several seconds khổng lồ unloông chồng the phone– severely limit the usefulness of the Max Plus M1"s sensor, and while I have sầu not had the best luchồng with Asus" sensors in the past, this one takes the cake for being the worst. In the kết thúc, I often elected lớn not use it.


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Another điện thoại thông minh trend lately is the resurgence of face unloông chồng. Though some companies, like OnePlus and Huawei, are managing to implement it quite well (certainly better than it"s ever been on Android since its inception bachồng in the Ice Cream Sandwich days), Hãng Asus didn"t quite make it. Setting up face unlock on the Zenfone Max Plus M1 was a chore, more cumbersome than registering my fingerprints. The front camera is so bad, it can barely see my face in many dimmer lighting conditions (environments where my OnePlus 5T does just fine). Like the fingerprint sensor, I stopped using this after it started khổng lồ hamper my ability lớn use this phone.

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One area where Asus did a decent job is the display. The 5.7" 2160x1080 IPS LCD produces nice colors & sports excellent viewing angles. Brightness, even outdoors, is good, too; though like most phones with LCDs that I get in, I wish that this display was a bit dimmer in the dark. Even at the lowest setting, it feels a bit too eye-searing for use in bed or other dark rooms. Of the budget Hãng Asus phones that I"ve tested so far, this is by far the best display.

Cameras

Hãng Asus talks a big game about its phones" camera performance, and it usually is all just hot air. While not bad, per se, the Zenfone family doesn"t typically hold well against most of the competition. Poor dynamic range is the typical complaint, though I distinctly ređiện thoại tư vấn slow and soft focus và white balance issues, too.

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Once again, Asus has failed khổng lồ impress with the camera on the Zenfone Max Plus M1. The biggest problem is that the 16MP main lens produces photos that look washed out, even in scenarios where something like the Honor 7X takes pictures with good color reproduction. When colors are captured well, which often requires just the right scene, detail is sorely lacking. The secondary 8MPhường sensor sits behind a 120° wide-angle lens, which defaults to shooting in 18:9 at 5MPhường. If you choked at that, I understand— the camera tiện ích lets you go up khổng lồ 4:3 8MP..

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It also flops in low-light. Though well-lit performance could sometimes redeem itself, I could not get a single decent shot in dyên rooms or other nighttime environments. Each photo lớn was noisy with very soft focus.


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