Packaging and accessories
In the set, along with the smartphone, we receive a 5V-2A charger, USB-microUSB cable, earphones, paper manuals, needle for opening the tray for SIM cards and a transparent, silicone etui.
Housing and display
The smartphone is light and slim – it does not show that it hides a powerful battery. The device is handy and it lies in hands perfectly, in addition it looks great. It does not have an original design, because the looks of Zenfone Max Pro M2 resembles a lot of other models on the market, but it draws our attention with a bright and a clear display and a shiny back panel, which is not made out of metal (like in the case of Zenfone Pro M1), but out of plastic. However, until we will take the phone to our hand we can think that the back panel is made out of glass. The backs are visually attractive and the housing gives nice light reflexes – ASUS calls this new finishing touch, supposedly inspired by water, “Wave Design”. Which does not change the fact, that the shiny surface catches dirt and fingerprints. As a commendation, the manufacturer added a transparent etui, which does not deprive the smartphone of its attractiveness, and it ensures a better grip and it decreases the dirt.
The front panel is taken mostly (in 83.5% to be accurate) by the 19:9 ratio display. It has a FullHD+ resolution, which translates into 2280x1080 pixels and a density on the level of 400 ppi. I have no major concerns towards the colours, I will only add that through the settings menu we can change the colours’ temperature – to a colder or a warmer one. I suggest going towards warmer colours, which gives a more natural effect. There is of course a night time mode or an automatic brightness regulation. The panel is readable in most conditions, some problems occur in the full sunlight, it does not blind the user in the night – the minimum brightness is low enough. Unfortunately, the image will deteriorate when we are going to use glasses with a polarizing filter – in the vertical orientation the image is strongly dimmed.
The display itself has arced corners, slightly thicker lower frame and a small notch, which hides sensors and the front camera, along with the LED flash. Unfortunately, we cannot hide it. On the connection point of the glass front and the housing we can see a cavity, in which the speaker for calls and a small notifications LED (in the left side of the speaker, it flashes in red and green colours) can be found. It is worth adding that the display is protected by Gorilla Glass 6.
On the back panel there are typical elements: in the left upper corner there is the dual camera with the LED flash in a common module that slightly stands above the housing, closer to the middle there is a round, slightly convex fingerprint scanner. Just below it the manufacturer has placed its logo. The lower part of the panel is disfigured by a sticker with information about the product, and below it there are printed information about the model.
The scanner worked fast and basically without any errors during the whole time in which I was using the Asus smartphone. There is the Smart Lock function and unlocking the screen with the facial recognition, which works well in good lighting, but it fails when the lighting conditions deteriorate.
Let us move to elements placed on edges of the smartphone. On the left side there is the tray for two SIM cards (in the nano size) and a microSD one – each of these slots are separate, there is no hybrid solution. The lower edge is taken by the universal jack, microphone’s hole, microUSB socket and a single external speaker. On the right there are physical buttons for volume control and the power/lock button. On the upper edge we can only find the hole of the additional microphone.