Android Pie Update For Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 Starts Rolling Out
After waiting for close to eight months, users of the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 are finally getting to taste the latest version of Android. Asus is rolling out the Android Pie update to the ZenFone Max Pro M1 in India via an OTA update. The update is rolling out in batches. This the Max Pro M1’s first major OS update.
Last year, Asus adopted a new way to gain a strong foothold in the Indian smartphone market. For the first time, Asus launched a budget smartphone with a completely stock Android interface and promised an upgrade to Android Pie. The ZenFone Max Pro M1 was an immediate hit and almost challenged the popular Redmi Note 5 Pro from Xiaomi in terms of overall sales. Following on the footsteps, Asus launched the successor late last year in the guise of the Max Pro M2.
With a stock Android interface, it was expected that Asus could be among the first few companies to release Android Pie on its phones. However, unlike other stock Android phones that rely on the Android One program, Asus was using a stock AOSP build. That combined with the launch of the Max Pro M2 meant that beta test for the Android Pie build came up earlier this year.
The original deadline for releasing the Android Pie update was scheduled to be in February but the release was delayed due to stability issues and Asus officially announced that they would deliver the Pie update to both the Max Pro M1 and Max Pro M2 by April. While the Max Pro M2 hasn’t received any notification update, the Max Pro M1 has started receiving the Pie update.
The Pie update package weighs around 1.5GB and is advisable to download over a Wi-Fi network. As with all other stock Android Pie builds, users of the Max Pro M1 will experience the new user interface along with Pie-exclusive features such as Adaptive Battery and Adaptive Brightness. Since the Max Pro M1 isn’t an Android One device, it won’t receive the Digital Wellbeing feature.
The Max Pro M1 still sells for Rs 8,499 for the variant with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. It is powered by the Snapdragon 636 chipset and comes with up to 64GB of onboard storage, which is expandable via a micro SD card. The highlight of the handset is the 5000mAh battery that can deliver close to two days of battery life.
With the Max Pro M1 already getting the Pie update, the newer Max Pro M2 should start receiving the pie update soon. Asus set itself a deadline for delivering the Pie update to all the legible phones by April 15, which means Asus could release the Pie update for the Max Pro M2 within the next five days.