The Taiwanese smartphone maker Asus has launched couple of premium to mid-range smartphones in India with an aim to become the nation’s top five smartphone manufacturer. In the coming one year, the company also intends to gain 5% to 10% of the smartphone market in India.
Therefore, we present you some of the top Asus smartphones of 2018, which managed to gain traction among the smartphone users in India:
ASUS Zenfone Max M2
At the heart of ZenFone Max M2 is the latest 14nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 Mobile Platform with up to 4GB of RAM. It uses a 15.90cms (6.26) all-screen 19:9 HD+ (1520 x 720px) display that lets users see more at once, taking the viewing experience to the next level. The dual-camera system in ZenFone Max M2 has a 13MP f/1.8 wide-aperture main camera that captures clear and detailed and can shoot 4K videos along with Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) (1080p).The ZenFone Max M2 on the front has a f2.0 8MP camera along with a LED Flash that lets you shoot amazing selfies even in low-light scenes. It can shoot videos up to 1080p and will soon have EIS functionality that will allow you to shoot shake-free selfie-videos and Portrait mode functionality that will allow you to shoot artistic bokeh selfies. The ZenFone Max M2 offers rear fingerprint security sensor with 5-finger recognition and Face Unlock for enhanced security. It has combined dual 4G VoLTE SIM slots (Dual SIM/Dual standby) with a microSD card slot that allows storage expansion up to 2TB.
Availability and price – ASUS ZenFone Max M2 will be available in two variants namely 3GB / 32GB for Rs 9,999 and the 4GB / 64GB for Rs 11,999 exclusively on Flipkart.
Asus ROG Phone
With 4000mAh battery, ROG Phone is built to cope with the power-intensive demands of gaming and continuous high-performance usage. It supports Qualcomm QuickCharge 4.0 fast charging, which charges 60% of battery in just 30 mins. It features2.96GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Qualcomm Adreno 630 with ROG GameCool vapor-chamber cooling and detachable AeroActive cooler for 5X Duration Peak Performance. The phone sports the 6th generation “2.5D” curved edge Corning Gorilla Glass in the front and 5th generation 3D Curved Corning Gorilla Glass on the back. The Dual Front Firing Stereo Speakers in the ROG Phone comes with Dual NXP Smart Amps for High Fidelity Crystal Clear Audio. Its dual AI-enhanced cameras with main camera and is powered by 12MP Sony IMX363 sensor with F/1.7 aperture, 1.4µm pixels, and the secondary camera with 120° wide-angle FOV, Night HDR and 16 AI Scene Detection capabilities. ROG Phone also provides optional expansion peripherals like TwinView Dock, Mobile Desktop Dock, and GameVice controller.
Availability and price– The phone will be exclusively available on Flipkart for Rs 69,999.
ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M2
The ZenFone Max Pro M2 is the first phone in its segment to use the flagship grade, latest and most premium Corning Gorilla Glass 6, which is designed to survive 15 consecutive one-meter drops onto rough surfaces. This makes ZenFone Max Pro M2 the only smartphone under INR 20,000 with the capability to endure multiple drops. ZenFone Max Pro M2 is powered by segment leading, high-performance, energy-efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 with AIE. The smartphone is loaded with pure, stock form Android version – Oreo 8.1, which will be very soon upgraded to Android Pie in early 2019. ZenFone Max Pro M2 offers pro level photography in day or night with F1.8 12MP Sony IMX 486 main camera, best Sony sensor under INR 15000. The secondary rear camera is 5MP depth sensor for excellent portrait shots. The F2.0 13MP front camera on ZenFone Max Pro M2 enables excellent selfies in both day light and low light conditions. High-capacity 5000mAh battery on ZenFone Max Pro M2 lasts for up to 45 hours of 3G talk time; up to 35 days of 4G standby. ZenFone Max Pro M2 also comes with smallest multifunctional Notch that includes Front Camera, LED Flash, Sensors and Notification LED.
Availability and price – ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M2) is available in three variants namely 3GB / 32GB for Rs 12,999, 4GB / 64GB for Rs 14,999, and the 6GB / 64GB for Rs 16,999 exclusively on Flipkart.
ASUS Zenfone Max Pro (M1)
The Zenfone Max Pro (M1) with its immersive and vibrant 5.99” display offers crisp full-viewFHD+ experience. It houses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC chipset that offers more than 50% faster performance and even greater efficiency than the Snapdragon 625. It boasts of an incredible 5000mAh high capacity battery that lasts up to 2 days even with extensive usage. The device also features a class leading rear camera resolution of 13MP, supplemented by a second 5MP depth sensing camera for more accurate bokeh effect for portraits. For selfie lovers, it features a front facing 8MP camera, with a soft-light LED for perfectly illuminated low light selfies.The Zenfone Max Pro (M1) sportsa 5-magnet loudspeaker with NXP Smart Amplifier technology. The Zenfone Max Pro (M1) is ASUS’ first smartphone to offer a pure, stock version of Android – and the latest version Android 8.1 at that. Another highlight of the smartphone is a triple slot tray, which accommodates 2, 4G Volte standby support SIMs and 1 Micro SD card together, providing the user with expandable storage up to 2TB at the same time.
Availability and price – The Zenfone Max Pro (M1) is available in 3GB/32GB, 4GB/64GB and 6GB/64GB variants exclusively through Flipkart.
ASUS Zenfone 5Z
The Zenfone 5Z has ultra slim-bezel, 2.5D Gorilla Glassall-screen design, featuring 6.2-inch display with a 90% screen-to-body ratio in an all-metal and glass-covered body. It is equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform and a full suite of AI-enhanced features powered by the Qualcomm Artificial Intelligence Engine (AIE). It consists of 3300mAh battery with Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0 and face-unlock capabilities. It has Dual AI-enhanced cameras, main camera powered by flagship Sony IMX363 sensor with 1.4µm pixels, and a secondary camera with 120° wide-angle FOV, Night HDR and 16 AI Scene Detection capabilities. Zenfone 5Z supports dual 4G LTE SIMs with Dual SIM, Dual VoLTE (DSDV) capabilities. It features flagship audio experience, Dual 5-Magnet Stereo Speakers with Dual NXP Smart Amps. The Zenfone 5Z comes in-box with the ZenEar Pro headset that are Hi-Res and DTS Headphone:X capable.
Availability and price – The Zenfone5Z is exclusively available through Flipkart at 6GB/64GB at Rs 29,999, 6GB/128GB at Rs 32,999 and 8GB/256GB at Rs 36,999.
ASUS Zenfone Lite (L1)
Launched along with the Zenfone Max (M1), Zenfone Lite (L1) is another ‘Made for India’ smartphone by ASUS. It features a 5.45-inch Full View 18:9 display in a compact body, offering an immersive cinema-like entertainment experience in a comfortable-to-hold form factor. Zenfone Lite (L1) is equipped with up to a f2.0 13MP rear camera with 0.3-second phase-detection autofocus (PDAF) and a high-quality five-element lens2. It consists of 3000mAh batteryand features face-unlock capabilities. Packed with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430 is an octa-core processor which, along with the Adreno 505 GPU enables the Zenfone Lite (L1) to offer powerful performance and best in class power-efficiency. Zenfone Lite (L1) is available with Android Oreo with ASUS ZenUI 5. The smartphone comes with the triple slot tray that takes two 4G LTE SIM cards, and there’s also a microSD card slot supporting up to 256GB of extra storage.
Zenfone Lite (L1) comes with two vivid metallic colors — Black and Gold.
Availability and price – The Zenfone Lite (L1) is available in 2GB/16GB exclusively through Flipkart at Rs 6,999.