On the bright side, those not looking for the most powerful handsets in the world can buy a member of the mid-range Asus ZenFone Max family at a reasonable price with a gargantuan battery in tow.
In India, the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 starts at the rough equivalent of only $180 with a shiny glass back, the smallest “full-function” notch in its price segment, and a truly colossal 5,000 mAh battery under the hood.
The Snapdragon 660 SoC powering the ZenFone Max Pro M2 is itself no pushover, especially considering the sub-$200 price bracket, although you’ll obviously need to pay extra for reasonable memory and storage counts. The entry-level configuration only offers 3GB RAM and 32 gigs of local digital hoarding room.
Somehow, this ultra-affordable mid-ranger shines in the imaging department as well, with AI-enhanced dual rear-facing cameras including a primary 12MP shooter with f/1.8 aperture, as well as a 13MP selfie cam rocking f/2.0 aperture.
Understandably, the non-Pro Asus ZenFone Max M2 makes a few more compromises to be able to start at a crazy low $140 or so, from a less eye-catching metal build to a humbler 4,000 mAh battery and Snapdragon 632 processor.
The notch is also a little wider, the 6.26-inch display settles for HD+ resolution, and the dual rear cameras and single selfie shooter are less capable. But this is still a remarkably feature-packed handset for its price bracket, joining the ZenFone Max Pro M2 in boasting the best of both worlds with blazing fast fingerprint recognition and “speedy face unlock.”