Two renders depicting what’s said to be the ASUS-made ZenFone Max Pro M1 leaked online on Sunday, having been shared by known industry insider Evan Blass. The images that can be seen above show two variants of the handset, though the company’s recent product practices suggest the ZenFone Max Pro M1 may end up being available in many more color options than just black and silver. The smartphone appears to be featuring a metal unibody design, with its aluminum case essentially guaranteeing wireless charging won’t be part of the package, which is unsurprising given the mid-range price bracket ASUS is said to be targeting with its upcoming offering.
The ZenFone Max Pro M1 will be reportedly be equipped with the Snapdragon 636, one of Qualcomm’s newer value-oriented chips which so far only found its way inside the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Meizu’s E3 lineup. The handset will also feature 4GB of RAM, two Nano SIM slots, and a separate tray for a microSD card, as per the same source. The renders themselves show a two-camera setup accompanied by a dual-LED flash unit on the back panel of the ASUS-created phone, as well as a rear-mounted circular fingerprint reader and a single front-facing imaging sensor. The lock screen of the handset and previous reports on the matter suggest the ZenFone Max Pro M1 may launch as part of Google’s Android One program, i.e. run a stock version of Android Oreo out of the box.
The base model of ASUS‘s smartphone is likely to ship with 32GB of storage space, whereas a more premium variant with 64GB of flash memory and 6GB of RAM may also be in the works, industry sources claimed earlier this week. The Taiwanese manufacturer already expanded its ZenFone Max lineup with the Max M1 in late February, with the newly leaked handset boasting a nearly identical design, though it’s believed to be equipped with a 5.5-inch screen instead of a 5.7-inch one. The ZenZone Max M1 Pro is likely to be launched in select markets by late spring.