ASUS ZenFone Max Plus M1 (P11,995) may have the longest battery stamina among 18:9 smartphones

The ASUS ZenFone Max Plus M1 (4,130 mAh battery, dual rear cameras, face unlock) is the company’s first smartphone combining an 18:9 aspect ratio FHD+ display (the “standard” since 2017) and what the ZenFone Max series excels at: battery life. By comparison, the other popular midrange 18:9 smartphones have smaller batteries (OPPO F5: 3200 mAh, P15990; Huawei Nova 2i: 3340 mAh, P14990; Vivo V7+3255 mAh, P17990; LG Q6: 3000 mAh, P12990). As such, it may really be the Battery King among current 18:9 smartphones. Launched last January 14 at SM Mall of Asia Atrium, the ZenFone Max Plus is priced at a P11,995.

The first 200 eligible buyers (150 pre-reg and 50 walk-ins) at the launch venue get to take home freebies worth a total of P7,595. These include Zenny Doll, ZenFone Max Plus Jacket, JBL Bluetooth Headset, OTG Cable, and a Clear Case.

ZenFone MAX Plus M1 (ZB570TL) Full Specs

5.7-inch IPS FHD+ (2160 x 1080) w/ 2.5D curved glass (424 ppi)
1.5GHz 64-bit MT6750T Octa-Core Processor | Mali-T860MP2 GPU | 4GB RAM
32GB internal storage, up to 256GB via dedicated micro SD card slot
Rear Camera: 16MP F2.0 + 8MP F2.4 wide angle lens, with AF and LED flash
Selfie Camera: 8MP F2.0 with portrait mode and screen flash
4,130mAh Battery
Android 7.0 Nougat ZenUI 4.0
WiFi, 3G, LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, A-GPS, dual SIM
Accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope, light, proximity, gravity
Rear Fingerprint Scanner, Face Unlock
Comes in: black, silver, gold
152.6 x 72.7 x 8.8 mm | 160 g
Price: P11,995

ZenFone Max Plus M1 versus ZenFone 4 Max Quick Comparison

The predecessor to the ZenFone Max Plus, the ZenFone 4 Max, has an even bigger battery (5,000 mAh), at the expense of display resolution (only HD, not full HD), and has a lower price tag (P9995). However, the ZenFone 4 Max’s extra large battery plus less power-hungry display means a phenomenally longer battery life (15 hours!) compared the ZenFone Max Plus (estimated at 11 hours). However, the ZenFone Max Plus’s crisper display gives it an edge in content consumption. Its narrower “waistline” makes it easier to hold in one hand compared to the ZenFone 4 Max. Both phones offer a dual rear camera set up (normal field of view and wide angle) and offers reverse charging.

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Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for