"ASUS has taken the wraps off the ZenFone Max Plus (M1) smartphone for the North American market, saying this compact 5.7" handset will be available to purchase within the region starting next month for $229 Dollars. "The big selling point for this phone is its compact nature - ASUS says it has squeezed a 5.7" display into a phone body the same size as typical 5.2" smartphones.
Too bad the octa-core MediaTek MT6750T processor and Android 7.0 Nougat software are not very "class-leading".
In the US, ASUS has made a decision to launch only the 3GB RAM and 32GB storage variant of the device.
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 an 18:9 aspect ratio. At CES 2018 the company announced that it will also arrive to the U.S. and Canada.
According to Asus that means a ZenFone Max Plus user will be able to browse the internet non-stop for 21 hours or enjoy 13 hours of video playback between charges.
Just like the original Asus Zenfone Max, the device comes loaded with the dual-camera setup at the back which bears a combination of a 16-megapixel rear camera with aperture f/1.7 and an 8-megapixel 120-degree wide angle lens.
Notably, the Zenfone Max Plus is the first ASUS smartphone to feature a face unlock functionality which allows the owner to unlock the phone by looking at the camera.
Place a phone over your mouth and display the #WOWMaxPlus smiley (download here) or use your own creativity - remember the phone must be at your mouth! The Max Plus also features a microSD card slot and fingerprint scanner. On the connectivity front, you get 4G VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, GLONASS, micro USB port and dual-SIm support.