Back in 2018, Asus created space for itself in the midrange phone segment with its ZenFone Max Pro M1 - the first Asus phone in India to come with a clean build of Android. At the time, the ZenFone Max Pro M1 offered a stock Android 8.1 Oreo and it promised two OS updates as well. Later that year, Asus also launched the Max Pro M2 and it too came with a stock Android build. While these phones are quite old now, Asus hasn't backed from its promises yet with regards to Android update.
If you had any of the Max Pro series phones and were willing to flip it in favour of a new phone, hold n. Asus is working on the Android 10 updates for these phones and the beta versions of the OS are already out for these two phones. Two reports from XDA Developers state that the beta version of the Android 10 build for the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 and ZenFone Max Pro M2 have been released. If the beta versions don't have many bugs, users can expect to see Android 10 on their phone by mid-February.
The report also mentions Android 10 for the ROG Phone 2 by January 2020 but our review unit is yet to get the Android 10 build.
The ZenFone Max Pro M2 was the last affordable phone Asus sold in India. Asus later changed its marketing strategy and the company is now only focusing on premium phones as well as gaming smartphones. The ROG Phone 2, which is the second instalment in Asus's TROG series gaming phones, has been received well by critics as well as users. It's the most affordable phone in India with a 120Hz refresh rate display although the title may soon be taken over by Poco X2.
Both the ZenFone Max Pro models are extremely old but back in 2018, these were among the best phones you could buy under Rs 15,000. Both the phones boasted of a massive 5000mAh battery as well as powerful chipsets. The Max Pro M2 used the Snapdragon 660 chipset while the M1 relied on the Snapdragon 636.
Asus currently sells the Asus 5z, the Asus 6z and the ROG Phone 2 in India.
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