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Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 Receiving January 2019 Android Security Patch, Stability Improvements

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Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 Receiving January 2019 Android Security Patch, Stability Improvements

The January 2019 security update for the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 is rolling out now in batches

Highlights
  • The phone is getting fixes which is said to improve system stability
  • It also updates the Android Security patch to January 2019
  • The FOTA update will be rolled out in batches

Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 is easily one of the company's most popular budget smartphones in recent times and it is nice to see Asus continue to provide timely support for it. It's just begun rolling out a new firmware-over-the-air (FOTA) update which brings the January 2019 Android security update and some system stability improvements to the smartphone. Asus has made it a point to state that the update will be rolling out in batches, so in case you don't find it for your smartphone, just be a little patient and it should show up soon.

This update for the ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Review) doesn't add many changes like the previous version, but it's still significant. The big addition is the January 2019 security patch, which addresses system and kernel vulnerabilities along with others which may affect certain Qualcomm components. The update is also said to offer system stability improvements.

The new software update for the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 carries the FOTA version ‘OPM1.WW_Phone-15.2016.1811.338-20181206.' The Android version will continue to be Oreo as Asus is expected to only release the Android 9.0 Pie update in February, possibly around the time of MWC 2019.

Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 specifications
The dual-SIM (Nano) Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 features a 5.99-inch full-HD+ (1080x2160 pixels) IPS Full View display along with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, paired with an Adreno 509 GPU and 3GB, 4GB, and 6GB RAM options. The smartphone also has up to 64GB of onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB).

Alongside the dual rear camera setup, the ZenFone Max Pro M1 has an 8-megapixel selfie camera that has a five-piece, 85.5-degree lens and an f/2.0 aperture. The 6GB RAM variant of the ZenFone Max Pro M1, however, has a 16-megapixel sensor at the back. The smartphone has 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n with Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It also has a fingerprint sensor at the back and a Face Unlock feature. Lastly, it packs a 5,000mAh battery that supports 10W fast charging.

  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Good looks and construction quality
  • Vibrant screen
  • Great performance
  • Decent cameras
  • Excellent value for money
  • Bad
  • Relatively disappointing battery life
  • Awkward camera app interface
Display5.99-inch
ProcessorSnapdragon 636
Front Camera8-megapixel
Rear Camera13-megapixel + 5-megapixel
RAM3GB
Storage32GB
Battery Capacity5000mAh
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo
Resolution1080x2160 pixels
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Great performance
  • Stellar battery life
  • Competent rear camera
  • Vibrant display
  • Bad
  • Iffy autofocus
  • Front camera isn't much of an upgrade
Display5.99-inch
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 636
Front Camera16-megapixel
Rear Camera16-megapixel
RAM6GB
Storage64GB
Battery Capacity5000mAh
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo
Resolution1080x2160 pixels
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Roydon Cerejo

Roydon has written about technology and gadgets for more than a decade now and began his career reviewing PC components. He found his calling with laptops, smartphones, and cameras and is the go-to guy at Gadgets 360 for this technology trifecta. In his spare time, he likes watching horror films, obsessively organising his cable management pouch and plotting world dominion one pixel at a time.

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