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The top-end variant of the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 is now available on Flipkart at an affordable price of just Rs. 14,999. The device features the same Snapdragon 636 processor found on the two variants released earlier this year in April, but the new variant comes with 6GB of RAM and better camera sensors on both the front and the back. Since the device now packs in 6GB of RAM, it is expected to receive a slight performance boost when it comes to gaming and multi-tasking, but does it actually make a significant difference at all? In order to find out if the device actually performs better than the other variants, we put the device to the test and played quite a few demanding games. So, let’s jump right into the review and find out how the ZenFone Max Pro M1 6GB fares while gaming:

ZenFone Max Pro M1 6GB Gaming Review

Before starting off with the gaming, we put the hardware to the test by putting it through some of the standard benchmark tests to get an approximate idea of how the device stands in comparison to its main competitors, including the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro.

ZenFone Max Pro M1 6GB Benchmarks

While testing the device, we found a minor increase in the overall performance of the ZenFone Max Pro M1, thanks to the extra RAM it packs. The device managed to post a decent score in AnTuTu, leaving the competition behind by a couple of thousand points. It also fared quite well in Geekbench 4, however, the difference between the scores wasn’t as significant. The ZenFone Max Pro M1 managed to score an impressive 115299 in AnTuTu, leaving behind the 3GB variant which scored 112535 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro which scored 112194.

ZenFone Max Pro M1 6GB Gaming Performance

While synthetic benchmarks are great for getting an initial idea of a device’s performance, they aren’t enough to draw a complete picture of the device’s performance. Therefore, we ran a bunch of demanding games on the ZenFone Max Pro M1 to test its real-world performance. I played PUBG Mobile, Asphalt 9: Legends, Shadowgun Legends, and Tekken on the device, all of which are quite demanding games.

In PUBG Mobile, the ZenFone Max Pro M1 automatically picked up the medium graphics settings and I encountered no lags or frame drops during my time playing PUBG on the device. In comparison, the 3GB variant of the ZenFone Max Pro M1 selected the lowest graphical setting and stuttered if I selected the medium setting manually.

Next, I powered up Shadowgun Legends on the device and as you’d already know, the game is quite demanding. The ZenFone Max Pro M1 pushed forth undeterred and the game performed quite well, with just a few frame drops that didn’t really have a bad effect on the overall gameplay.

The ZenFone Max Pro M1 didn’t even break a sweat running Tekken and I was quite impressed by the performance of the device, to say the least. However, it did take a fair bit of time to load up the game for the first time. Another thing that I’d like to mention is that the extra RAM really helped the device hold all the games in memory and I could easily switch between the games without the device having to load them up every time I switched. My gaming experience on the ZenFone Max Pro M1 was rather satisfying and I’d definitely recommend the device to anyone who’s looking for a budget smartphone that can run the newest games with relative ease.

Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 6GB Gaming Review: Great Performance on a Budget

Once again, the ZenFone Max Pro M1 6GB is definitely worth the price if you’re looking for a budget smartphone that can play modern games with relative ease. The device has absolutely no issues running even the most demanding titles and the 6GB RAM really goes a long way in helping the device hold the games in memory, so that you don’t have to wait for them to load up from scratch. On top of that, the smartphone’s massive 5,000mAh battery would really work in the favor of gamers as it would provide enough battery life on a single charge to play for at least a couple of hours before you need to charge the device. Priced at Rs. 14,999, the ZenFone Max Pro M1 might just be the best budget smartphone for gamers out there.

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Asus Zenfone Max M1 Vs Redmi 6: Gunning For Xiaomi, Again!

Asus and Xiaomi first locked horns with the launch of the ZenFone Max Pro M1 earlier in 2023, which gave the Redmi Note 5 Pro a serious run for its money, and challenged Xiaomi’s dominance in the affordable mid-range segment. The Taiwanese giant is hungry for more and is now gunning for the budget segment with the ZenFone Max M1, which will be available by the end of this month on Flipkart.

We’ve had the ZenFone Max M1 for a couple days now and here’s how Asus’ new budget device fares against its arch-nemesis, the Redmi 6:

ZenFone Max M1 vs Redmi 6: Key Specs

Before we go ahead and discuss my personal experience with both these phones, let’s take a quick peek at the key specs for these smartphones.

Category/ DeviceZenFone MaxRedmi 6

Dimensions147.3 x 70.9 x 8.7mm147.5 x 71.5 x 8.3mm

Weight150 grams146 grams

Display5.45-inch HD+ IPS LCD5.45-inch HD+ IPS LCD

ProcessorSnapdragon 430MediaTek Helio P22

RAM3GB3GB

Internal Storage32GB, expandable up to 256GB via dedicated microSD card slot32GB/64GB, expandable up to 256GB via dedicated microSD card slot

Rear Camera13MP (f/2.0)12MP (f/2.2) + 5MP (f/2.2)

Front Camera8MP (f/2.2)5MP

Operating SystemAndroid 8.0 Oreo-based ZenUI 5.0Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI 9.5 (upgradable to MIUI 10)

Battery4,000mAh3,000mAh

Sensorsrear-mounted fingerprint scanner, accelerometer, e-compass, proximity ambient light, gyroscoperear-mounted fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, proximity, compass

Connectivity802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, GLONASS, microUSB, 3.5mm audio jackWi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, A-GPS, GLONASS, microUSB, 3.5mm audio jack

Design and Display

The two devices hold an uncanny resemblance on the front, with both the ZenFone Max (M1) and Redmi 6 sporting a 5.45-inch HD+ screen (1440 x 720 pixels). There’s no notch on either of the devices and you get plenty of bezels.

The display on the ZenFone Max M1 is a bit on the colder side (and appears blue) as compared to the Redmi 6. This makes the colors a bit subdued but we will have to check whether it affects day-to-day performance or not. Also, I prefer the black front bezels on the ZenFone Max M1 instead of white one on the Redmi 6.

Turning our attention to the rear, the devices feature polycarbonate builds with a metallic finish but in my opinion, the ZenFone Max M1 has a better in-hand feel and looks more premium than the Redmi 6. Its metallic coating is more refined and does not feel cheap.

While the Redmi 6 includes a horizontally-placed dual camera setup, the ZenFone Max only has a single rear camera sensor (which we explore below). The selfie camera on both of these devices comes with an LED flash, which is yet another nifty addition.

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Finally, both the devices include a micro-USB charging and data transfer port (we are not even expecting USB Type-C in this price segment), along with a 3.5mm headphone jack at the top.

User Experience

Xiaomi’s MIUI is touted to be one of the most popular custom ROMs among smartphone users and even I believe that it’s well-optimized, looks great and packs a myriad of new features to keep you busy.

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Cameras Specs

Starting off with the newest entrant, the ZenFone Max M1 features a single 13MP (f/2.0) sensor on the rear and an 8MP (f/2.2) selfie camera. Redmi 6, on the other hand, packs two rear cameras, consisting of a primary 12MP (f/2.2) sensor and a 5MP depth sensor, along with a 5MP (f/2.2) front camera.

Camera Samples and Photo Quality

ZenFone Max M1 also performs decently in low-light situations, retaining the details and highlights but the shots appear dull as compared to the Redmi 6. The latter captures more light and the shots just look better for daily use i.e when you don’t pixel-peep.

You can check out some of the comparison shots right here to judge both phones:

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Performance & Gaming

As you must have seen above, ZenFone Max M1 and Redmi 6 are equally capable phones. While the former is powered by a Snapdragon 430 processor, the latter comes with MediaTek Helio P22 chipset – which is at par with Snapdragon 400-series chipsets. They both include 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage, which should be ample but if you feel it isn’t enough then you can expand it by up to 256GB using the microSD card slot.

In our review, we thought the Redmi 6 is not a well-optimized Xiaomi phone, and noticed stutters, as well as frame drops, across the whole MIUI experience. This was more apparent in gaming sessions.

ZenFone Max M1 vs Redmi 6: The Ultimate Entry-level Showdown

Xiaomi realized the potential in the Indian market early on and has now been leading the budget pack for quite some time, but most phone makers are now trying to take the fight back to the Chinese giant. Asus is among them, and it might be able to with the ZenFone Max M1, which is super light, equally powerful, and just as feature-packed.

There’s still a lot to explore in the ZenFone Max M1 and you will have to wait for our in-depth review for the same, but we wanted to give you a brief look at how the latest from Asus compares to Xiaomi’s budget leader.

Review Del Asus Zenfone 8 Flip

Pros

Sistema de cámara plegable

Diseño de pantalla completa

Gran rendimiento

Contras

Sin impermeabilización

Sin OIS ni conector mini-jack

Algo pesado y de gran volumen

Nuestro veredicto

El Zenfone 8 Flip conserva el innovador sistema de cámara motorizada, pero la falta de funciones frente a lo visto por el Zenfone 8, más pequeño y barato, hace que sea difícil recomendar su compra para un público masivo.

Asus sorprendió a los fans de la marca con el modelo Zenfone 8 estándar, al ofrecer un teléfono inteligente tremendamente compacto con pantalla de 5,9 pulgadas que bien puede compararse al iPhone SE de Apple. Sin embargo, el Zenfone 8 Flip más grande es la otra alternativa.

Como ya contamos, el Zenfone 8 Flip puede resultar familiar, y eso se debe a que tiene un diseño casi idéntico al de su predecesor Zenfone 7. No obstante, como veremos a continuación, existen grandes cambios en su interior que ahora pasamos a descubrirte. 

La pregunta es si el sistema de cámara plegable merece la pena en comparación con su hermano que resulta ser más barato y compacto. Difícil elección.

Diseño y calidades

Con un grosor de 9,6 mm y un peso de 230 gramos, el nuevo Zenfone 8 Flip no es ni mucho menos compacto ni ligero, sino todo lo contrario. Es el peaje que hay que estar dispuesto a pagar frente a la ventaja de otros puntos destacados del Flip. 

Como sucede con la mayoría de teléfonos inteligentes, a medida que lo uses te acostumbrarás a sus dimensiones, aunque es evidente que en el mercado hay teléfonos con pantalla más grande que resultan ser más delgados y livianos. Es el caso del Galaxy S21 Plus de 7,8 mm y 202 gramos. 

Dejando a un lado el tamaño, el Zenfone 8 Flip es un modelo atractivo que ofrece una combinación de aluminio y vidrio curvado en sus acabados de la parte posterior con el fin de ayudarlo a ajustarse mejor a nuestras manos. Lo encontrarás en plata glaciar y negro galáctico. 

El atractivo principal del 8 Flip es el sistema de cámara giratoria que permite que el trío de cámaras orientadas hacia atrás gire y mire hacia el frente también. Es una idea intrigante que Asus ha desarrollado desde la presentación del Zenfone 6 y que ahora evoluciona con un nuevo motor con mayor control de ángulo de giro.

El módulo de la cámara ‘liquid metal’ se encuentra al ras dentro del cuerpo sin sobresalir. Dispone de protección Gorilla Glass 3 para su protección, lo que no evitará que pueda aparecer algún rasguño con el paso del tiempo; de hecho, ya le ha sucedido a nuestra unidad de pruebas.

Una ventaja de tener un sistema de cámara giratoria, además de todas las oportunidades creativas que permite, es que no necesitas una cámara frontal perforada en la pantalla. Así, el Zenfone 8 Flip tiene una pantalla completa de 6,67 pulgadas, con solo un marco delgado que lo rodea. 

No hay muescas, perforaciones o cualquier otro elemento que perturbe la experiencia de uso. En un mundo donde existen cámaras de doble perforación, parece una apuesta refrescante el que podamos ver la pantalla completa en el Zenfone 8.

Ayuda a convertirse en una pantalla sorprendente. Si la frecuencia de actualización del más pequeño Zenfone 8 es de unos sorprendentes 120 Hz, la del Flip es inferior quedándose en los 90 Hz, un valor más lejano de lo que tienen algunos buques insignia que llegan a los 144Hz. 

El Zenfone 8 también ofrece soporte para contenido HDR10+, pero con un brillo máximo de 500 nits en las pruebas, no es el panel más brillante que existe y, como resultado, puedes tener alguna dificultad si lo usas bajo la luz solar con incidencia directa.

Hay un lector de huellas dactilares en pantalla que funciona bien la mayor parte del tiempo, aunque también está disponible el desbloqueo facial. Resulta divertido ver cómo el módulo de la cámara se gira rápidamente para poner en marcha la tecnología de desbloqueo facial.

En la parte superior e inferior de la pantalla encontrarás altavoces estéreo que suenan sorprendentemente altos y potentes cuando ves videos en YouTube y también ayudan a brindar una experiencia estéreo más envolvente cuando reproduces juegos.

El problema aquí podría ser que carece del puerto para auriculares de 3,5 mm, una rareza particular si se considera que el Zenfone 8 más pequeño y delgado opta por mantenerlo de cara a los seguidores de la marca.

También sería inteligente mantener el Zenfone 8 alejado del agua, ya que a diferencia de su hermano menor, el Zenfone 8 no ofrece ningún tipo de resistencia al agua o al polvo. ¡Los selfies submarinos tendrán que esperar a la siguiente generación!

Cámaras

Utilizar el sistema de cámaras plegable es el sueño de quien toma selfies. El uso del módulo giratorio motorizado del Zenfone 8 Flip permite que puedas capturar retratos con la máxima calidad, además de poder jugar con los diferentes sensores que tienes a tu disposición. 

Contamos con una cámara principal Sony IMX686 de 64 MP con una apertura de f / 1.8 y enfoque automático Dual PD capaz de grabar videos de hasta 8K a 30fps, aunque con EIS en lugar de OIS disponible en el Zenfone 8 estándar. 

Al principal se le unen el ultra gran angular de 113 grados y un teleobjetivo de 8 MP con zoom óptico de 3x, lo que permite simultanear multitud de opciones con infinidad de modos de disparo, incluido vídeo 4K a 120fps en cámara lenta.

¿Cuándo fue la última vez que grabaste 4K a 120 fps con su cámara frontal? Probablemente la respuesta sea nunca, siendo honestos. 

Como cabe esperar con cámaras de altas especificaciones, el Zenfone 8 Flip produce excelentes resultados en una variedad de condiciones de luz. Los colores son generalmente vibrantes, el detalle es nítido y la detección de bordes en modo vertical es mucho más precisa que cualquier cámara autofoto estándar de 2023. 

No puede competir con buques insignia de gama ultra alta, como pueda ser el iPhone 12 Pro Max, el Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra o el Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, pero ofrece una experiencia de disparo muy versátil que te permitirá conseguir calidades semi profesionales. 

El sensor principal es la estrella del espectáculo, con la apertura rápida de f/1,8 que permite que el sensor capture más luz, una característica especialmente útil cuando se dispara en entornos más oscuros. 

Las lentes ultra gran angular y telefoto producen excelentes tomas en entornos más claros. También hay un gran nivel de coherencia entre los resultados de los distintos sensores, con un nivel de detalle y rango dinámico similares. 

Algunas tomas ultra anchas pueden parecer un poco más saturadas que las del sensor principal, pero esto se soluciona fácilmente desde la aplicación ‘Galería’. Las fotos tomadas con el teleobjetivo no son tan vibrantes, pero los detalles permanecen. 

Por supuesto, hay muchas funciones disponibles en el Zenfone 8 Flip que aprovechan ese módulo rotatorio. Además de poder girar rápidamente a una posición orientada hacia adelante con solo tocar un botón, puedes ajustar el ángulo tú mismo, lo que permite algunos ángulos verdaderamente creativos.

De hecho, ahora puedes guardar tres ángulos personalizados para un fácil acceso, y con la superposición de ZenUI, los controles también están disponibles en aplicaciones desarrolladas por terceros como Instagram y Snapchat.

También hay modos de disparo especiales, como seguimiento de objetos que moverá el módulo para mantener al sujeto dentro de la toma, y un modo panorámico automático que usa el módulo para tomar una toma panorámica sin problemas.

El módulo ha sido rediseñado para el Zenfone 8 Flip, ofreciendo un diseño más duradero que, según Asus, soportará hasta 300.000 despliegues, o más de 150 por día durante 5 años. También es más fuerte, con una salida un 50 % más potente que hace que el módulo se mueva más rápido. 

Es importante destacar que la solución de micropasos de 0,5 mm proporciona un gran control de ángulo y un movimiento suave, aunque sigue siendo perceptible su ruido cuando está en uso.

Tampoco te preocupes por dañar el módulo si dejas caer tu teléfono, ya que el sensor G incorporado puede detectar caídas repentinas y retraer la cámara a una posición segura con relativa rapidez. Funciona como se anuncia.

También hay un modo de cámara ‘Pro’ actualizado disponible en el Zenfone 8 Flip para aquellos que desean llevar su fotografía móvil un paso más allá, presentando diferentes valores de exposición y la capacidad de guardar ajustes preestablecidos. 

Especificaciones y rendimiento

Si bien las novedades del terminal se centran en el sistema de cámaras, el teléfono sigue siendo un móvil potente en lo que respecta a rendimiento, aunque no tanto como su hermano menor, el Zenfone 8.

El Zenfone 8 Flip presenta el último y mejor conjunto de chips Snapdragon 888, pero mientras que la oferta de Flip tiene un límite de 8 GB de RAM LPDDR5 (la misma que se usa en el teléfono ROG 5), el Zenfone 8 más pequeño ofrece hasta 16 GB de RAM.

Como vemos en la gráfica de rendimiento, el Zenfone 8 Flip supera a los modelos con especificaciones similares, como el Samsung Galaxy S21 equipado con Snapdragon 888 y 8 GB RAM , aunque el límite de 8GB significa que no puede vencer a toda la competencia. 

Independientemente de cómo se compare con otros buques insignia de 2023, el Zenfone 8 Flip es un placer de usar en el día a día. Es capaz de manejar casi cualquier cosa que le lances, desde el manejo de redes sociales, hasta los juegos de móviles de última generación. 

Eso se ve reforzado por la frecuencia de actualización de 90 Hz y el tiempo de respuesta de 1 ms de la pantalla, lo que hace que todo se sienta muy ‘instantáneo’ en el ZenFone 8 Flip. Las modalidades de almacenamiento de 128 o 256 GB UFS 3.1 se ven acompañadas por la ranura microSD incorporada.

La inclusión del Snapdragon 888 también significa que contarás con 5G, y Asus también ha incluido capacidades Dual-Sim, Bluetooth 5.2, wifi 6e (en los mercados donde está certificado) y NFC para pagos móviles. 

Duración de la batería

El Asus ZenFone 8 Flip es un teléfono inteligente de gran volumen, no hay duda al respecto, y eso se debe en parte a la enorme batería de 5.000 mAh que se encuentra en su interior.

La energía disponible de la batería te permitirá abordar las 24 horas de uso sin tener que buscar el cargador cuando estés en el modo de energía dinámica del teléfono, pero no se extenderá hasta un segundo día, al menos bajo mi experiencia.

Si necesitas exprimir un poco más la vida útil de cada carga, tienes la opción de alternar el modo de ahorro de batería ultra, deshabilitando todas las funciones no esenciales para extender la batería tanto como sea posible. 

También puedes reducir la frecuencia de actualización de la pantalla de 90 a 60 Hz, pero sospechamos que no estarás dispuesto a rechazar este gran extra.

Cuando finalmente necesita una recarga, el HyperCharge de 30 W proporciona una experiencia de carga rápida, aunque lejos de ser de las más rápidas. En las pruebas, el Zenfone 8 Flip recuperó el 25 % de carga en 15 minutos y el 44 % en 30 minutos, por detrás de los tiempos del pequeño de la familia.

Puede que no sea tan impresionante como la carga rápida de 65 W del Oppo Find X3 Pro que ofrece un 93 % de carga en 30 minutos, pero al menos el ZenFone 8 Flip es compatible con QuickCharge 4.0 y USB-C PD, lo que significa que no está atado a un dispositivo específico. 

Sobre el cargador HyperCharge de 30 W, puntualizar que tienes uno en la caja, lo cual es una agradable sorpresa dado que muchos fabricantes están optando por deshacerse de los ladrillos de carga con teléfonos insignia recientes. 

Lo único que echarás en falta es el soporte de carga inalámbrica: es prácticamente un hecho en los teléfonos inteligentes de gama similar en 2023, especialmente si tenemos en cuenta que su precio inicial es de 799 €. 

Software

El Zenfone 8 Flip viene con Android 11 listo para usar con la adaptación ZenUI de Asus aplicado en la parte superior. Para los que no la conozcan, la capa ZenUI está bastante cerca de la experiencia Android pura, añadiendo solo un puñado de características específicas 

De hecho, Asus añade un puñado de características específicas que suponen más una ayuda que un obstáculo en la experiencia general del terminal. Una nueva es la introducción del System Performance Manager del ROG Phone 5, para cambiar modos preestablecidos de rendimiento.

De hecho, Asus lleva las cosas un paso más allá con la capacidad de crear perfiles personalizados donde poder especificar límites en el rendimiento de la CPU y la RAM, y también puedes ajustar el rendimiento térmico si es necesario. 

No es una función que la mayoría de los usuarios de Zenfone utilizarán con frecuencia, pero es excelente para aquellos que desean aprovechar al máximo los componentes, heredado en parte de la familia de móviles RogPhone de la marca.

Lo que es más útil es la introducción del sistema Advanced Battery Care, que anteriormente también era una característica exclusiva del ROG Phone 5. El objetivo del sistema es extender la vida útil general de la batería, ayudándola a mantener la carga durante períodos más prolongados.

Asus también se ha comprometido con dos actualizaciones completas del sistema operativo junto con dos años de actualizaciones de seguridad, lo que significa que al menos obtendrás la actualización a Android 12 y Android 13 en el ZenFone 8 Flip. 

Precio

El Zenfone 8 Flip está disponible actualmente en España con una sola combinación de 8 GB de RAM y 128 GB de almacenamiento a un precio de 799 € con acabados en negro o plata. Esto coloca al 8 Flip en el mismo territorio que los buques insignia OnePlus 9 y iPhone 12.

Es probable que más adelante la compañía también incorpore el modelo con la misma cantidad de RAM pero con capacidad de 256 GB. En cualquier caso, recuerda que dispone de ranura microSD para poder ampliar su almacenamiento. 

Estas cifras son 100 € más elevadas que lo que cuesta el Zenfone 8 estándar con inferior tamaño de pantalla de 5,9 pulgadas, pero con más potencial en cuanto a frecuencia de pantalla de 120 Hz y rendimiento. 

Frente a los buques insignia de precio similar que ofrece la competencia, muchos de ellos cuentan con extras como OIS, carga inalámbrica y una frecuencia de actualización de pantalla más alta que no encontrarás aquí. 

Dicho esto, el 8 Flip parece estar pensado para cierto sector que prima el apartado fotográfico y especialmente las capturas en modo selfie o retrato, algo que limita el número de usuarios que podrían estar interesados en el terminal. 

Si deseas ver las alternativas que hay en el mercado frente al aquí analizado, echa un vistazo a nuestra selección de mejores móviles Android del año. Si lo tuyo son los juegos en móviles, también tenemos el ranking de los mejores móviles para jugar.

Veredicto

El Zenfone 8 Flip es, en esencia, un buque insignia sólido de 2023, a pesar de que muchos solo vean un pequeño incremento en especificaciones y rendimiento frente a la generación anterior de Zenfone 7.

Tiene una gran pantalla AMOLED de 6,67 pulgadas con una frecuencia de actualización de 90 Hz, hay un chipset Snapdragon 888 y 8 GB de RAM LPDDR5 que alimentan la experiencia móvil, y la batería de 5000 mAh lo mantendrá funcionando todo el día.

El sistema de cámara motorizada giratoria sigue siendo único en el panorama de los teléfonos inteligentes, ya que ofrece una experiencia de uso muy versátil inigualable por la competencia, incluso si las cámaras en sí no tienen especificaciones tan altas.

La capacidad de acceder a las tres cámaras traseras en modalidad frontal es excelente, especialmente para aquellos que graban vlogs y toman selfies de alta calidad. Sin embargo, parece que Asus no quiere que el Zenfone 8 Flip robe el foco de atención del Zenfone 8 más pequeño. 

El 8 Flip presenta una frecuencia de actualización de pantalla más baja y menos RAM, y no ofrece ningún tipo de resistencia al agua, estabilización óptica de imagen o un conector para auriculares de 3,5 mm: todas las características que tiene el modelo estándar.

El 8 Flip sigue siendo tentador, pero la decisión de ‘cortarle las alas’ significa que realmente no puede competir con algunos de los mejores buques insignia del momento. Realmente, la elección se reduce a si quieres esa cámara motorizada o no.

Especificaciones

Pantalla AMOLED de 6,67 pulgadas 

Frecuencia de refresco de 90 Hz y 1 ms de respuesta

Procesador Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G

RAM LPDDR5 de 8 GB

Almacenamiento de 128/256 GB ampliable mediante microSD

Módulo de cámara abatible

Principal Sony IMX686 de 64Mp con EIS, 

Ultra gran angular Sony IMX363 de 12 MP 

Teleobjetivo de 8 MP 3x

Batería de 5.000 mAh con soporte HyperCharge de 30 W

Altavoces estéreo duales con amplificador Cirrus Logic

Conector USB-C

Wi-Fi 6 / 6e, Bluetooth 5.2 y conectividad 5G

Dimensiones de 165,4 x 77,28 x 9,6 mm

Peso de 230 gramos

Iphone Xs And Xs Max Review Roundup: Definitely An “S” Year

iPhone Xs and Xs Max review roundup: Definitely an “S” year

The first iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max reviews are out, and it’s a mixed affair when it comes to Apple’s 2023 flagships. The pair of smartphones pick up the baton of last year’s aesthetic-upending iPhone X and then run with it much faster, courtesy of the new Apple A12 Bionic processor, while the iPhone Xs Max offers the largest smartphone screen so far in the company’s line-up.

Indeed, in a package roughly akin to the iPhone 8 Plus, the iPhone Xs Max squeezes a full 6.5-inch touchscreen. At the same time, the iPhone Xs keeps the 5.8-inch OLED panel size of the iPhone X, making it physically the smallest of Apple’s new 2023 handsets, but still offering a reasonably large display by virtue of the slender bezels.

As with any “S” year in Apple’s tick-tock cycle of upgrades, however, the improvements are evolution, rather than revolution. That’s certainly the conclusion from the first spray of iPhone Xs reviews today, anyway. Although Apple’s new flagships get credit in many places, reviewers also suggest that there are some good reasons to keep your wallet closed.

The phones miss “that one killer feature that would force an upgrade,” Wired says, though praises the A12 Bionic’s performance. “The iPhone XS is good enough in many ways,” TechRadar agrees, but still says it “doesn’t redefine anything the way last year’s phone did.” The NY Times says the iPhone Xs Max’s big screen is great, but maintains that “the smaller Xs is a better fit for most people.”

Those with an iPhone X but considering an upgrade might want to hold off. “If you’ve got an iPhone X and don’t care about a larger screen or better camera performance, you’ll survive just fine another year or two with it,” Mashable suggests, “especially with iOS 12.” Apple’s newest operating system was released yesterday.

It’s a sentiment echoed by The Verge, which praise the great displays and long battery life of both phones, but cites their expense as a good reason for sticking with what you already have. Compared to Google’s camera technology they “definitely prefer the Pixel 2’s camera, but the iPhone XS isn’t that far behind, and it’s still a significant improvement over previous iPhones.”

The looming specter, ironically, is of Apple’s own creation. The iPhone XR won’t go on sale for another month or so, but its lower price tag despite similar features to the Xs and Xs Max – not to mention a screen that slots in-between those phones in terms of size – has many reviewers suggesting waiting it out might be the smartest route.

It’s hard to be too surprised by any of the initial reviews, really. Apple’s “S” updates have always been about refinement rather than revolution, and the iPhone Xs and Xs Max pay the price of the iPhone X being such a huge upending last year. Apple’s updates, all the reviews agree, make a great smartphone even better: features like much improved LTE performance could end up making even more of a difference over the couple of years you spend with the device. However, it’s the completely new iPhone XR and its more affordable price tag that could well be 2023’s star.

Asus Chromebook C433Ta Review: The Laptop For Everyone

Pros

Classy design

Solid performance

Great battery life

Cons

Struggles with games

Stiff hinges

Our Verdict

Asus has remained committed to Chromebooks for years and with the C433TA it seems to have distilled all that experience into an impressive laptop. The build quality is solid and stylish, while the power on offer makes everything smooth sailing no matter how many tabs are open. Gaming performance is the only issue, but it’s not really the market that Asus is aiming at. So, if you want a quality Chromebook that looks great, works well, and has huge battery life, this is the one.

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Asus has updated its Chromebook lineup once again with the catchy C433TA, a model which boasts a 14in Nanoedge display squeezed into the shell of a 13in laptop. We see if it’s more than just a pretty face in our full review.

Price & Availability

Chromebook prices have been creeping up in the past few years, so while you might expect one to cost £200/$250 they now regularly push past that figure by some way. The Asus C433TA is no exception, mainly due to the higher display quality and components than the initial cheaply-made devices that started off the whole Chromebook craze. 

The Intel Core m3-8100Y model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage has an RRP of £499 but is readily available for £399 from Amazon, John Lewis, and Currys PC World.

Customers in the USA will have to wait to get their hands on the new Chromebook, as the device is still to be released in North America but should appear soon.

Design & Build Quality

Taking the C433TA out of its box reveals a slim, long body with a brushed aluminium alloy chassis. The top cover’s edges are bevelled and anodised, making them shiny, smart looking, and adding a touch of class to the aesthetic. 

Thick hinges reveal that this is a 360-degree-style design, so you’re able to fold it flat on a desk, put it in a tent shape or wrap the display round flat against the back of the keyboard, creating a large, if somewhat cumbersome, tablet. 

Opening the unit is a bit of a struggle as those hinges are stiff. This means it’s a two-handed job, as trying it with one only lifts the whole thing up off the desk. Of course, because of these sturdy hinges we were able to use the C433TA in all of the aforementioned positions without worrying that the display would slip, so it’s swings and roundabouts. 

Putting the C433TA in a standard laptop mode lets the gorgeous screen take centre stage. It’s a 14in IPS panel running at 1920×1080 with a 16:9 widescreen format. Thin bezels give the whole display an 85% screen-to-body ratio, and Asus calls the configuration Nanoedge. 

As we’ve grown to expect in modern Chromebooks it also has touch-screen capabilities, so you can either navigate through web pages, documents or play games from the Android store using your fingers. 

Should you prefer more traditional methods then there’s the chiclet keyboard and large trackpad. Using the former feels a bit spongy to begin with, but we soon adjusted and found it to be a fast and accurate platform. The keys are backlit and you can control the brightness by holding down the Alt key and using the brightness keys.

Curiously, due to the key markings being transparent, putting it on the lowest brightness actually makes the letters pretty much disappear. So, either turn the lights off or up to a brighter level. 

The trackpad works well for the most part, although the surface does have some friction, making the movements less smooth than we’d like. Of course, this could reduce over time as the pad gets some daily use, so we won’t count it against the C433TA. 

Twin speakers are found on the underside of the chassis, with additional grills on the flanks. Volume can reach a decent level that will fill a small room, bass is on the light side but not uncomfortably so. 

Moving on from the side speakers there’s also a microSD card slot, two USB-C 3.1 ports, a USB 3.1, 3.5mm headphone jack, plus volume controls and the power button.

Specs & Performance

Certainly during our everyday use the C433TA performed without any noticeable slowdown, even with multiple tabs open and content streaming in the background. 

One area it did struggle was gaming, although we’re unsure whether this was a power issue or the touch sensors. PUBG was hard to control, with touches and finger movements not registering on multiple occasions, plus we experienced similar issues with less graphically-challenging games that required fast responses. Because of this, we’d recommend not really considering this particular device if gaming is high on your list. 

We put the C433TA through the standard benchmarks test and it scored 447.46 on Basemark 3.0 and 78 on Jetstream 2 making it one of the strongest performers we’ve seen.

4GB of LPDDR3 1866MHz RAM are onboard, with 64GB of eMMC storage keeping things ticking along nicely. On a standard Windows 10, Linux or macOS laptop this amount of storage would be a ludicrously low amount, but as ChromeOS is primarily designed to keep things in the cloud rather than on the hard drive it’s plenty.

As is standard with new Chromebooks you’re also entitled to various promotions run by Google that offer large amounts of space for free on the Google One servers. 

To test the battery life we streamed a Full HD video from YouTube, a rather lovely cracking fireplace, until all the power was drained. This took a mightily impressive, 11 and a half hours. So, the C433TA isn’t going to have any problems lasting the working day and then some.

Software

ChromeOS is coming along nicely, bolstered by Chromebooks now able to run Android apps. The interface is simple, as it’s essentially the Chrome browser with a few extra bits and pieces, so most people already know how to use it from the get go. 

The Google suite of apps make it instantly productive, with Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides all free and capable replacements for Microsoft Office. Gmail integration is built right into the system, and the Web Store provides a good range of other apps. 

If you’re looking for a simple, easy to use machine then a Chromebook is a great choice, so long as you realise that many Windows and macOS apps won’t work on the system. But, there are usually alternatives or online versions that will serve you instead.

Verdict

With a street price of around £400/$400 Asus has pitched the C433TA perfectly. It’s a good looking machine, well built and has enough power to deliver pretty much anything you want from a Chromebook. 

The sluggish gaming performance is  a disappointment, but that’s about it, and if we’re honest who buys a machine of this sort to play games?

Huge battery life is a much more useful feature and a decent selection of ports makes the C433TA a versatile laptop. If you’re looking for a quality Chromebook, this one needs your serious attention.

Specs Asus Chromebook C433TA: Specs

1.1GHz 8-generation Intel Core m3 8100Y processor

4GB LPDDR3 1866MHz RAM

64GB eMMC storage

14in IPS Nanoedge display, 1920×1080 resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio

ChromeOS

Dual speakers

microSD card slot

2 x USB-C 3.1 ports

1 USB 3.1

3.5mm headphone jack

Volume controls

Power button

Backlit chiclet keyboard

HD webcam

802.11ac

Bluetooth 4.0

321.7 x 207 x 16.5 mm

1.47kg

Review: Satechi M1 Mouse Uses Usb

When was the last time you treated yourself to a nice and stylish mouse for your notebook, desktop or tablet? Today we’re testing Satechi’s M1 Wireless Mouse, an affordable wireless pointing device that uses a USB-C port for recharging, feels great in the palm of your hand and provides smooth wireless control of your Bluetooth-enabled desktop or laptop.

The M1 Wireless Mouse was unveiled ahead of summer 2023. The sleek accessory recharges over USB-C rather than using replaceable batteries or the older microUSB standard. It also uses Bluetooth 4.0 for wireless connectivity and comes in a brushed aluminum body.

A compact, stylish mouse

The M1 is a minimal, clean mouse featuring a teardrop-shaped design. It’s a compact device — measuring 4.37 inches long, 2.25 inches wide, 1.25 inches tall and weighing in at 6.2 ounces — that doesn’t take much space on your desk and slips easily into any bag or even pocket.

Due to its curved appearance, the mouse is ideally suited for both left and right-hand users.

On its top, you’ll find a pair of soft touch navigation buttons and an aluminum-clad scroll wheel with a nice knurled texture to it that provides better grip than a smooth scroll wheel.

Flip the device over and you’ll find optical sensors at the base along with two buttons: one for turning the peripheral on or off (turn it off when traveling or not using it to conserve battery power) and the other for putting the device in Bluetooth pairing mode.

Charging like a pro

This is where the M1 easily beats the — how shall I put it? — awkward charging method of the Apple wireless mouse. With the M1, the USB-C charging port is conveniently placed at the front edge versus the Magic Mouse’s ridiculous underside charging port.

The M1 uses the USB-C protocol for charging rather than replaceable batteries or the older microUSB standard. Thanks to USB-C, it quickly charges to reduce downtime.

Actually, there’s no downtime as you can conveniently use the mouse while it’s being recharged. Thankfully, Satechi includes a USB Type-C to Type-A charging cable in the box.

Satechi claims up to 45 days of use between charges. In practice, I’ve been recharging my M1 once per month although I should say I’m not an ordinary user because I typically spend between ten and twelve hours on any given day sitting in front of my computer and writing.

Wireless performance

The peripheral uses the power-sipping Bluetooth 4.0 standard that promises reliable connection from up to 32 feet away (about ten meters). Of course, wireless signal looses strength with distance and when passing through obstacles like walls. In my prolonged use of the M1, wireless connection worked without a hiccup from a few meters away.

Connecting the mouse to your iOS device, Mac or another computer is as easy as pressing and holding the pairing button at the bottom until it starts flashing blue. Finish the process in Bluetooth settings on your host device and you’re good to go.

Now, the review sample Satechi originally sent me suffered from a manufacturer defect that affected Bluetooth connectivity — I’ve experienced problems like a jumpy mouse cursor, the mouse going to sleep too soon and a delay when waking from sleep. Those problems have been resolved. Satechi has supplied me with a replacement unit that doesn’t exhibit any Bluetooth issues. I’m told that older units are no longer available at retailers so there’s that.

The M1 is compatible with nearly every computing platform that supports Bluetooth, be it iPhone, iPad, Mac, Android, Chrome OS, Windows, Linux and so forth. Keep in mind that Satechi doesn’t recommend using the mouse with Mac computers manufactured in 2011 or earlier due to using older Bluetooth versions (2.1).

Summing it all up

The M1 is a compact, stylish and inexpensive mouse with great build quality, precise tracking and fast scrolling that gets the job done. We’re sure you’ll fall in love with its curved, ergonomic design and brushed aluminum finish that nicely completes your Apple desktop setup.

Tracking was smooth on my Mac, a friend’s Windows laptop and on my iPad Pro, although I’ve found mouse tracking in iPadOS to leave a lot to be desired. I’ve used the M1 on a variety of textured, matte and smooth surfaces without any issues. Eventually, I ended up adopting Satechi’s excellent faux leather desk mat because not only does it look great but also rocks a surface that allows for super accurate mouse tracking.

Needless to say, I’ve yet to encounter a mouse that beats the ultra smooth and precise tracking of the first-party wireless mouse from Apple. In that regard, the M1 is no exception. Again, this product lacks touch gesture support so go with Apple’s Magic Mouse 2 in case you need a multitouch mouse for your Mac.

Also, the M1 isn’t a gaming mouse so take that into account too when making a purchasing decision. Unfortunately, I couldn’t see the M1’s current charge because neither the Bluetooth/Mouse preference pane (Settings → Bluetooth on iOS) nor the Bluetooth menu bar item in macOS would display the current juice level.

Magic Mouse 2 sounds like a better product, so why consider the Satechi product?

Well, the problem with Magic Mouse 2 is its whopping $79 price tag, really. The simple truth is, the vast majority of users simply cannot stomach burning that kind of money on a computer mouse. If you count yourself in that group, the M1 wireless mouse from Satechi should represent a great value at just $30.

Heck, you could buy more than two Magic Mouse units for that price!

Pros and cons

Here’s what we liked and disliked about this product

Pros

Aluminum design matches your overall Apple aesthetic

Ships with a USB-C to USB-A cable for recharging

Low price

Cons

No multi-touch capabilities

No battery indicator (LED or in software)

Pricing and availability

The M1 Wireless Mouse is available in Space Gray, Silver, Gold and Rose Gold anodized aluminum finishes from Satechi and select retailers such as Amazon, priced at $30.

It comes with a 1-year manufacturer warranty.

What are your thoughts on the Satechi mouse?

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