Asus was quick to claim a world premiere with the newly announced Zenfone Max Shot and Zenfone Plus M2. Both smartphones will get their processing power from the brand new Qualcomm Snapdragon SiP 1.
Short for “system in package,” the Snapdragon SiP 1 is developed by Qualcomm in partnership with Universal Scientific Industrial (USI).
Essentially, the Snapdragon SiP 1 is the equivalent of a budget Snapdragon 450 with Adreno 506 GPU.
What makes it special as compared to a traditional system-on-chip (SoC) is the fact that on a system-in-package module all the major components are arranged in a single circuit which is added to the motherboard,
Both new Zenfones have a 6.25-inch IPS screen with FHD+ resolution and a notch. Both the Max Shot (left, in blue) and the Max Plus M2 (right, in silver) have aluminum casings and massive, 4,000 mAh batteries rechargeable via
And yes, they ship with Android 8.1 Oreo, with the promise of Pie in later months.
Now let’s see what each new Zenfone does differently.
The Max Shot has a triple rear camera setup that combines a 12 MP regular sensor with an 8 MP wide angle one and a 5 MP depth sensor. The Zenfone Max Plus M2 strips that down to a 12 MP regular sensor and a 5 MP depth sensor. What about the selfie camera?
Well, this is another thing the Max Plus M2 and the Max Shot have in common, as it’s a single 8 MP sensor with LED flash.
The Max Shot is available in 3 GB RAM or 4GB RAM configurations, with either 32 GB or 64 GB of storage, while the Max Plus M2 is only available as a 3G GB RAM + 32 GB storage model.
Both phones were launched in Brazil in silver, black, blue and red.
The Zenfone Max Shot costs around $350 and goes up to $445, while the Zenfone Max Plus M2 is $340.
There’s no word yet on a wider launch.