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Asus ZenFone Max M2 Gets January Android Security Patch, AI Scene Detection via FOTA Update

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Asus ZenFone Max M2 Gets January Android Security Patch, AI Scene Detection via FOTA Update

Asus ZenFone Max M2 update follows a similar one for the ZenFone Max Pro M2

Highlights
  • Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 received an update earlier this week
  • ZenFone Max M2 has got FOTA version 15.2016.1901.156
  • The update improves system power consumption on ZenFone Max Pro M2

Asus ZenFone Max M2 has started receiving a new software update. The latest update bring the January 2019 Android security patch as well as artificial intelligence (AI) powered camera scene detection. The update for the ZenFone Max M2 also optimises the overall camera system. The new software update follows another for the ZenFone Max Pro M2 earlier this week, and weeks after Asus brought the December 2018 Android security patch to the ZenFone Max Pro M2 and ZenFone Max M2.

The software update for the Asus ZenFone Max M2 carries FOTA (firmware over-the-air) version 15.2016.1901.156, Asus announced on Thursday. The new software update for the Asus ZenFone Max M2 brings an updated camera system along with optimisations as well as an optimised overall Android system.

The update also brings AI camera scene detection to the Asus ZenFone Max M2, as well as the January 2019 Android security patch - something the update shares in common with the update Asus introduced for the ZenFone Max Pro M2 earlier this week. Asus has said that the new update would be pushed "batch by batch". You can check their availability by visiting the Settings menu.

As we mentioned, the ZenFone Max Pro M2 also received an update earlier this week, and apart from the above mentioned features, that update brings upgraded touch screen firmware and an improved front camera quality. The new software version also improves system power consumption on the ZenFone Max Pro M2. The ZenFone Max Pro M2 FOTA update brings version 15.2016.1901.186.

 

Last month, Asus brought the December 2018 Android security patch to the ZenFone Max Pro M2 and ZenFone Max M2. The last update also included EIS (electronic image stabilisation) for the front camera of the ZenFone Max M2.

To recall, the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 and ZenFone Max M2 were launched in India last December. The smartphones debuted with Android 8.1 Oreo, though the Taiwanese giant promised to bring their Android 9.0 Pie update in January. However, there isn't any official word on a delay - though we are now in February.

Asus ZenFone Max M2 specifications

The dual-SIM (Nano) Asus ZenFone Max M2 has a 6.26-inch HD+ display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 632 SoC, with up to 4GB of RAM.

Asus ZenFone Max M2 Review

The ZenFone Max M2 features a dual rear camera setup with a 13-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.8 aperture and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor. For selfies, the smartphone has an 8-megapixel camera sensor at the front along with a selfie flash.

The Asus ZenFone Max M2 comes with 32GB and 64GB of internal storage options that both are expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB). Connectivity options on the smartphone include dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, FM radio, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a Micro-USB port. Besides, the phone packs a 4,000mAh battery and measures 158.41x76.28x7.7mm.

  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Stock Android with promised updates
  • Good battery life
  • Bad
  • Very poor low-light camera performance
  • Minor UI bugs
Display6.26-inch
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 632
Front Camera8-megapixel
Rear Camera13-megapixel + 2-megapixel
RAM3GB
Storage32GB
Battery Capacity4000mAh
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo
Resolution720x1520 pixels
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