ASUS Zenfone Max (M1) with 4,000 mAh battery goes up for pre-sale in the US for $169

If you’re looking for a phone that won’t break the bank, consider ASUS’ new Zenfone Max (M1) offering. The phone just went on pre-sale in the US via B&H and is available unlocked for only $169.

Interested parties can get the phone in black, rose gold or red. The handset is compatible with only GSM/LTE carriers like T-Mobile and AT&T.

The new model shouldn’t be confused with its larger brother, the Zenfone Max Plus (M1) which also launched in the US earlier this year and is a bit more expensive.

What will $169 get you?

The Zenfone Max (M1) arrives with a 5.5-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio and 1440 x 720 resolution. It’s powered by Snapdragon 425 processor, which is backed up by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage.

On top of that, the device includes a dual-camera arrangement on the back that consists of a primary 13-megapixel sensor and a secondary wide-angle 8-megapixel one. The back is also home to a circular fingerprint scanner. As for the front, it hosts the 8-megapixel selfie snapper.

But the best part about the Zenfone Max is its battery. The phone boasts a 4,000 mAh power source which according to ASUS can provide:

  • Up to 41 days on 4G standby
  • Approximately 26 hours of 3G talk time
  • 16 hours of video playback
  • Up to 23 hours of Wi-Fi web browsing

The phone also supports fast charging, so users will be able to juice it back up quickly.

B&H doesn’t say when the phone will start shipping, although the website states it’s going to be “soon”.

If you think this affordable Android 8.0 Oreo phone might be for you, then you can go ahead and place a pre-order at B&H.

The larger ASUS Zenfone Max Plus (M1) is also available with the online retailer. You can pick it up for $229.