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Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 Receiving November 2018 Android Security Patch, Improvements via FOTA Update

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Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 Receiving November 2018 Android Security Patch, Improvements via FOTA Update

Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 to receive the new software update starting 12:30pm (IST) today

Highlights
  • Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 is getting improved Wi-Fi hotspot compatibility
  • The new update has optimises power consumption
  • The smartphone is set to receive Android Pie in February

Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 is set to receive a new software update. The latest update is built with the November 2018 Android security patch. It also includes optimisations on the part of Wi-Fi hotspot, power consumption, and audio experience via headphones. The new software update for the ZenFone Max Pro M1 additionally comes with some bug fixes. Asus on Tuesday announced that the update would be released as a firmware-over-the-air (FOTA) package on a batch-by-batch basis on Wednesday, December 19, starting 12:30pm (IST). It is worth noting here that while the new update doesn't upgrade Android version, the Taiwanese company last week revealed that it is set to bring an Android 9.0 Pie update to the ZenFone Max Pro M1 in February.

Among other new changes, the latest software update for the ZenFone Max Pro M1 brings the November 2018 Android security patch. The security patch had arrived on Google Pixel and Nexus devices last month with fixes around notifications, picture-in-picture mode, and some Pixel-specific issues. There are also fixes for known vulnerabilities.

In addition to the new Android security patch, Asus has mentioned in the official changelog that the latest update for the ZenFone Max M1 Pro improves Wi-Fi hotspot compatibility. The update also improves third-party app compatibility. This is specifically for the Instagram app.

Further, the new update optimises power consumption as well as optimises the audio experience via headphones. There are also fixes to improve the camera performance especially for recording videos.

The fresh software update for the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 carries FOTA version OPM1.WW_Phone-15.2016.1811.338-20181206.

Like any previous updates, the new software update for the ZenFone Max Pro M1 is set to debut on a batch-by-batch basis. You can check its availability on your device by going to the software updates option.

As we mentioned, Asus last week revealed that it is set to release Android 9.0 Pie for the ZenFone Max Pro M1 in February. The handset currently runs a near-stock version of Android 8.1 Oreo.

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).

Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 Review

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.

 


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  • 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
Display 5.99-inch
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
Front Camera 8-megapixel
Rear Camera 13-megapixel + 5-megapixel
RAM 3GB
Storage 32GB
Battery Capacity 5000mAh
OS Android 8.1 Oreo
Resolution 1080x2160 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
Display 5.99-inch
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
Front Camera 16-megapixel
Rear Camera 16-megapixel
RAM 6GB
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 5000mAh
OS Android 8.1 Oreo
Resolution 1080x2160 pixels
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Jagmeet Singh Jagmeet Singh writes about consumer technology for Gadgets 360, out of New Delhi. Jagmeet is a senior reporter for Gadgets 360, and has frequently written about apps, computer security, Internet services, and telecom developments. Jagmeet is available on Twitter at @JagmeetS13 or Email at jagmeets@ndtv.com. Please send in your leads and tips. More
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