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ASUS' ZenFone Max Plus Now Available in the US

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The annual Mobile World Congress (MWC) event never runs out of stunning smartphones to showcase for the year ahead. Although there were a number of flagship smartphones announced at MWC 2018, there is one other device that stood out in the crowd: the ASUS ZenFone Max Plus. 

But despite its impressive specs, the ZenFone Max Plus comes as a mid-priced smartphone set to sell for $229 in the US (and $299 CAD). So what makes it a winner in our book? 

For starters, ASUS did not skimp on screen real estate with this device. The ZenFone Max Plus comes with a spacious 5.7-inch display with a resolution of 2160x1080 and 18:9 aspect ratio. The frame surrounding the display is made out of metal, available in Azure Silver or Deepsea Black color options. It stands 152 mm tall and 73 mm wide, just enough to be a portable device. 

The phone also includes curved edges and rounded corners for a comfortable grip. And on the back, there is a round fingerprint sensor that functions really well. 

Considering the ZenFone Max Plus is a small device, there are two bottom-facing speakers that give off a reasonable sound quality. On top, a 3.5 mm headphone jack can be used to listen to music via headphones. 

Within its frame, the ZenFone Max Plus runs on a powerful MediaTek MT6750T Octa-Core processor with 3GB of RAM. The device has 32GB of onboard storage that can still be expanded to 256GB with the use of a microSD card. 

The 4130mAh battery inside the ZenFone Max Plus makes it another attractive feature about this device. Just like its predecessors on the ZenFone Max lineup, the Max Plus comes with an impressive battery that can last up to a full weekend with a single charge. 

Camera-wise, the ZenFone Max Plus has a dual camera setup on the back. It comes with a 16-megapixel primary camera with a secondary camera with an 8-megapixel sensor and a 120-degree wide-angle lens for group shots and landscape photos. One important feature of the rear camera is that it comes with a number of dedicated camera modes to make for a decent photography tool. 

As for its front-facing camera, the device comes with another 8-megapixel sensor that also serves as the Face Unlock feature of the device With this feature, you have an option to unlock the device using Face Unlock or the more reliable fingerprint sensor. 

You can now purchase this device from ASUS' online store as well as the big mobile phone retailers like AmazonBest BuyB&H, and Newegg. Upon release, the ZenFone Max Pro includes Android N with ZenUI 4 running on top of it. It is compatible with GSM networks in the US, meaning it will work with AT&T and T-Mobile customers. 



Source: EdgeUp Asus


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  1. I no longer trust the Asus line of mobile phones after my brand new Zenfone 2's screen crapped out on my after just 24 months of normal use. Only trust phones designed in the U.S., South Korea, or Japan!

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    1. 2 years on a non flagship is pretty good, my iPhone screen crapped out after one year.

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    2. I'll take a Toyota designed phone!

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    3. oh come! giving up? you cannot be expecting the phone to last forever?

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    4. I have an original Moto G still going strong. Even rode on / bounced around in the deck/cockpit of a small boat to Bermuda & back from E. coast USA. I'm amazed & impressed.

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    5. I think my poor 1.5 year old ZTE ZMAX Pro is about to give up the ghost. It's gotten super sensitive as of late. All kinds of weird things happen while I am on the phone. Just today, I must've cheek dialed someone.

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    6. I think my poor 1.5 year old ZTE ZMAX Pro is about to give up the ghost. It's gotten super sensitive as of late. All kinds of weird things happen while I am on the phone. Just today, I must've cheek dialed someone. Time to head to the MetroPCS store and upgrade.

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    7. @Matt - have you considered upgrading to the ZTE Blade Z Max (T-Mobile/MetroPCS) or Blade X Max (AT&T/Cricket)?

      They both have largely the same specs, just slightly upgraded hardware.

      Also, did you buy your Zmax Pro with a credit card? It might offer an extra year of warranty, so you could get a free replacement of the phone.

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    8. Anonymous, Blade Z Max is horrible. Check the user reviews. Major downgrade from Zmax Pro.

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  2. Why does a brand new phone not come out with the latest version of Android?

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    1. When it comes out from a careless, slipshod company,that's why.

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  3. thanks for this article. was deciding to get the honor 7x. but may instead get this asus.

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  4. Bands, VoLTE, WFC?

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    1. From the tech specs are on the ASUS Site, supported bands are; FDD-LTE (Bands 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, 17, 28) WCDMA (Bands 1, 2, 4, 5, 8) GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz). No NFC, no mention of VoLTE.

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  5. No 71, no VoLTE, no sale.

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  6. Asus makes great phones but that Mediatek processor is slow a d unstable.

    ZTE has been caught installing spyware in commercial networking equipment. The US intelligence community has cautioned Americans against using from ZTE, Huawei and Alcatel.

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    1. Mediatek makes a wide range of SOCs some are slow, some are fast. I haven't seen any evidence that Mediatek SOCs are more or less stable than other brands.

      This is the first I've heard of a US government warning against using Alcatel Phones. Got a link?

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    2. I had a phone with a MediaTek 6750 and 2GB RAM. It was very responsive, so this 6750T model with 3GB RAM will be even better.
      I think it benchmarks close to a Q'com 435.

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  7. Huawei Mate SE was also just released in the US, which is a Honor 7X with 4gb RAM and 64gb storage for $230.

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  8. The Chinese military owns a large stake in Huawei and controlling interest in ZTE. Lenovo was caught installing spyware in laptops in 2016. In 2012 Huawei and ZTE were caught installing spyware in commercial networking equipment then lied to Congress about it.

    China employs more people in the intelligence arena than the rest of the world combined.

    There were many mainstream media articles in mid February when the heads of the six major intelligence agencies warned the Senate Intelligence Committee about the dangers posed by Chinese phones. The Chinese don't want our credit cards or PayPal, rather they want passwords to our employers and our universities.

    Here is an article that touches the highlights


    https://www.tomsguide.com/us/huawei-zte-smartphones-national-security,news-26632.html

    This problem is especially pernicious because the spyware is baked into the OS in phones and in the firmware in the networking equipment. Not something you can delete.

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    1. And ZTE was fined for aiding Middle Eastern terrorists and also the North Korean military.

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  9. No NFC, no removable battery, no Verizon volte, not under $150, no sale.

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    1. No cigarette lighter, no Cheetos dust-proof coating, no lost mitten tracker, no compatibility with my Fisher-Price pull phone, no sale.

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    2. Hey, "Lost Mitten Tracker" is the name of my band!"

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