ASUS ZenFone Max Plus coming to the U.S. with a 5.7″ 18:9 display and a 4130 mAh battery

ASUS ‘s ZenFone series comprises devices in low-end, high-end, and mid-range configurations. The ZenFone Max, series’s largest smartphone (in terms of screen size) has bigger-than-average batteries, and the newest model isn’t any different. At the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show this week, ASUS announced the ZenFone Max Plus (M1), an enhanced version of this year’s ZenFone Max.

The regular ZenFone Max came with a 5.5-inch display, and the Plus variant bumps it up to 5.7 inches and opts for a 18:9 aspect ratio. Unfortunately, those upgrades comes at the cost of battery capacity: The ZenFone Max Plus has a 4,130mAh battery compared to the regular ZenFone Max’s 5,000mAh. Still, Asus claims the Max can run 26 days straight in standby mode.

In the camera department, the ZenFone Max Plus has a 16MP front camera with a f/2.0 aperture and dual rear cameras, both of which are 16MP. The rear camera has a 120-degree wide-view lens, an improvement over the ZenFone Max’s single 13MP sensor.

Notably, the ZenFone Max Plus is the first phone to ship with ASUS’s Face Unlock technology, which the company claims is secure enough to replace a password.

ASUS says that the  ZenFone Max Plus will launch February 2017 at a price point of $230, with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. It’ll come in two color options at launch in North America, Azure Silver and Deepsea Black, and a Sunlight Gold model will come to select markets later this year.

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ASUS ZenFone Max Plus heading to North America with Face Unlock feature

It looks like being able to unlock your phone with your face is going to become the go-to biometric security measure in smartphones, and ASUS is ready to jump on the bandwagon.

Announced today during the CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, ASUS has confirmed that it is bringing the ZenFone Max Plus smartphone to North America. The handset boasts a 5.7-inch 2160×1080 display with an aspect ratio of 18:9, putting it right in line with other flagship smartphones on the market with similarly-sized displays and aspect ratios.

There is a MediaTek MT6750T octa-core processor under the hood that’s clocked at 1.5GHz, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of built-in storage. There are a pair of cameras on the back, one being a 16MP shooter with f/2.0 aperture while the other is a wide-angle 8MP unit with an f/2.0 aperture.

There is a fingerprint reader on the back of the ZenFone Max Plus, but the handset also features Face Unlock, which ASUS says “gives users a quick, secure and convenient alternative to the rear fingerprint sensor for unlocking the phone when wearing gloves or in inclement weather conditions.”

The ZenFone Max Plus is running Android 7.0 Nougat underneath ASUS’s proprietary Zen UI 4.0. The battery measures in at 4130mAh, and ASUS says it can last up to 26 days on standby.

It will be available in North America in two colors, Deepsea Black and Azure Silver, and it will cost $229 when it arrives this February.

What do you think of the ASUS ZenFone Max Plus?

ASUS plans to launch the ZenFone Max Plus in the US next month

CES 2018 is underway, and we are already seeing a boatload of new devices, accessories, and more. Earlier, we heard about Honor’s plans to bring the Honor View 10 to the US, and now ASUS is planning to bring its latest mid-range offering to the US as well.

The ASUS ZenFone Max Plus may have a much longer name than necessary, but the device is rather impressive when you look at the specs. Sporting a 5.7-inch Full HD display, the Max Plus sports a “Full-View” display which means the device has an aspect ratio of 18:9.

Powering the ZenFone Max Plus is the MediaTek 6750T chipset, which will be coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. The device also features rather impressive 4,130mAh battery, which will surely keep you chugging throughout the day.

As for the cameras, ASUS has included a 16MP front-facing camera, however, the real star of the show is the included Face Unlock capabilities. After Apple unveiled this technology with the iPhone X, we have seen more OEM’s jumping on board and ASUS is just the latest.

Moving to the rear cameras, there is a primary 16MP sensor and a secondary 8MP sensor, which have been placed above the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. What makes this secondary sensor so special is that this is actually a 120-degree wide-angle sensor, making it easier for you to capture as much of your subject as possible.

The Asus ZenFone Max Plus will launch in the US sometime in February with a price tag of $229. The device will also be made available in two color options – Azure Silver and Deepsea Black. Let us know what you think about the ZenFone Max Plus and if you’re interested in its Face Unlock capabilities.

Asus ZenFone 4 to Receive Android Oreo Update This Month

Asus’s ZenFone 4 is powered by the company’s ZenUI skin on top of Android 7.1 Nougat. Asus confirmed that an Oreo-based update would rollout to the ZenFone 3 and the ZenFone 4 series in the first half of 2018, but now, we’re finally receiving more precise information. According to Green1_ASUS, a moderator in the ZenTalk forums, the ZenFone 4 (with the model number ZE554KL) is expected to receive Android Oreo in December.

When the update hits devices, it’ll bring more than just Oreo. Asus said that it’s cutting back on bloatware, and that the new version of ZenUI has 16 pre-installed apps compared to the old version’s 35.

The ZenFone 4 series, for those who don’t recall, launched in 2017. The highest-end model is the ZenFone 4 Pro, a flagship device with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 system-on-chip, 6GB of RAM paired with 64GB of storage, and a 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED display.

The ZenFone 4 (ZE554KL) was the mid-range smartphone in the company’s portfolio — it’s got a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display, a Snapdragon 630 or Snapdragon 660 SoC (depending on the variant), and 4GB of RAM coupled with 64GB of storage. It has a dual-sensor rear camera comprising a 12MP Sony IMX362 sensor with 1.4 micron pixels and a f/1.8 aperture, and a 8MP sensor with a 120-degree wide-angle lens. The front-facing camera is 8MP, and the battery size is 3,300mAh.

The ZenFone 4 was launched in the US on October 31, but it has yet to roll out to major markets such as as India.

At one time, Asus wasn’t a brand known for its smartphones. That changed in 2014, when the Taiwan-based smartphone maker (OEM) released the first few handsets in its ZenFone series: The ZenFone 4, the ZenFone 5 and the ZenFone 6. The following year, Asus replaced the aging ZenFone lineup with the second-generation ZenFone 2 series. ButAsus’ momentum slowed in 2016 after one of its principal supplers, Intel, exited the smartphone chip business. Asus was forced to turn to Qualcomm, and the prices of its smartphones went up as a result, and resultingly, the ZenFone 3 series didn’t follow in the footsteps of its predecessors when it came to popularity.

But Asus has seen something of a resurgence with the ZenFone 4. And with any luck, Android Oreo will propel it to even greater heights.

Source: Asus ZenTalk Forums