Asus has announced two new budget mid-range smartphones. Both the Asus Zenfone Max Shot and Max Plus M2 phones were unveiled in Brazil yesterday and powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon SiP 1 chip. It’s a new processor developed by the Qualcomm and Universal Scientific Industrial (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. (USI) and the Brazillian government. You can say a joint collaboration as well.
Qualcomm Snapdragon SiP 1 Processor
The Qualcomm Snapdragon SiP 1 is a new processor that integrates all the main components into a single package. The SiP full form is System in Package. That means you have the application processor, modem, RF, audio codec, RAM, and storage all in a single package.
The main advantage is that the processor comes in a smaller motherboard size which means thinner devices. While the extra space can be used for a bigger battery or some other components. The RAM and storage can be changed in the Snapdragon SiP.
The specifications are almost the same as Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC. It’s a 14nm octa-core chipset clocked at 1.8GHz with the Adreno 506 GPU.
Asus Zenfone Max Shot Specifications
The Asus Zenfone Max Shot comes with a 6.26-inch Full HD+ display with a wider notch. It comes in two variants of 3GB/4GB of RAM and 32GB/64GB of onboard storage.
The phone sports a triple 12MP Sony IMX486 f/1.8 primary sensor + an 8MP 120° ultra wide-angle camera + a 5MP depth sensor with an LED flash. The front features an 8MP selfie camera with an LED flash. Both the rear and front cameras support AI scene detection mode. The device does have a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor as well.
The phone runs Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box and Android Pie will be released very soon. The Zenfone Max Shot packs a huge 4,000 mAh battery with a 10W charger. It’s available in red, blue, silver, and black color option.
Asus Zenfone Max Plus M2 Specifications
Both the Asus Zenfone Max Shot and Max Plus M2 devices are almost similar in specifications. However, it comes with a single 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage variant. It does have two rear cameras of 12MP Sony IMX 486 primary sensor and the 5MP depth sensor. Features rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. The selfie camera is an 8MP sensor and packs a 4,000 mAh battery.
It also runs on Android Oreo out-of-the-box. The Zenfone Max Plus M2 comes in red, black, blue, and silver color.