18 March 2019
Asus has today announced two new smartphones in Sao Paolo, Brazil. The new Zenfone Max Shot and Zenfone Max Plus were leaked a few days back and are the first devices to feature Qualcomm’s new SiP 1 (System-In-Package) processors. The new System in Package is an alternative to the traditional SoC that is present in almost every phone currently.
The System in Package basically has all the important components soldered into one board that gets integrated to the motherboard while in SoC all the components are placed around the chipset. The SiP is said to be able to save a lot of extra space for other components.
Talking about the devices, both the Max Shot and Max Plus M2 are budget oriented Android devices. Both these devices come with multiple rear camera sensors with a 12-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. The Zenfone Max Shot comes with an extra 8-megapixel wide-angle snapper.
A 6.26-inch Full HD+ IPS display with a notch at the top can be found on both the devices. The SiP1 that powers both the smartphones is quite similar to the Snapdragon 450 SoC and is manufactured with a 14nm process. The Max Plus M2 comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage while the Max Shot has 2 RAM+storage options: 3GB+32GB and 4GB+64GB along with support for an external SD card slot.
Both the devices run on Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box with Android 9 Pie promised for both. A 4000 mAh battery pack is present on both the devices. The Zenfone Max Plus M2 will retail at BRL 1,299 or USD 340 while the Zenfone Max Shot has a starting price of BRL 1,349 USD 350 and go up to BRL 1,699 or USD 445. Both the phones are already available to purchase from Asus’ Brazillian website and will be available in four different color options: silver, black, blue and red.
The pricing of both the devices is on a higher side and the company has not revealed its global launch program yet.