[Update with fix rolls out for M2] ZenFone Max Pro M2 flickering on screen rotation bug & Max Pro M1 Wifi glitch being looked into

Asus is not going through the best of their times. Last year, ZenFone Max Pro M1 rose up to compete neck-to-neck with Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 Pro. However, the second iteration of the same device couldn’t bring enough sales. It may be due to the new kid in the market, Realme.

Launched in May 2018, Max Pro M1 packs in a Snapdragon 636 SoC coupled with up to 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB onboard storage. When it launched, we could see users praising its dual rear camera setup, thanks to Google Camera mod.

ZenFone Max Pro M1

Max Pro M2 couldn’t reconstitute the history of its predecessor. In the crowded budget segment, it could only satisfy the hardcore fans. The reason may be their lack of focus on the marketing (cough, cough, Realme’s aggressive campaigns!!).

The smartphone already got its August security patch almost a week ago. Nevertheless, the users are unpleasant, it seems. A week after the OTA hit the devices, we could spot many, complaining about a flickering on screen rotation issue.

For starters, Max Pro M2 has a fairly significant notch on the top of the screen. Along with a 13-MP front shooter, it also houses an LED flash. Last month, the phone was found to have a pseudo notch on the landscape mode.

The latest update weakened the problem. You now see a black notch-like shape on switching from portrait to landscape and vice versa for a few seconds. The user reported on the forum that he is seeing a ghost notch on reopening games from the recent apps section too. To add fuel to the fire, the update abandoned Widevine L1 support.

Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2

As of now, the company hasn’t released any official statements. We will update this post when they address the issue and deliver the fix. Don’t forget to check this often to get yourself notified.

The August patch of ZenFone Max Pro M1 also isn’t bug-free. In case you are a user, you already knew the gadget doesn’t have strong WiFi reception. Ever since the day one, customers have been complaining about it.


The security update brought with it a paramount glitch. Going by a post on the official forum, the phone drops WiFi connection and switches over to mobile data even when the network strength is strong. On turning off the mobile network, Max Pro M1 reconnects to WiFi.


There was a feature on Android Oreo to switch from wireless network to mobile data if the signal strength was low. You can’t find the same on Pie, though. As the user posted, we also think the feature has been turned on by default. There’s no option to turn it off, nada!

The forum moderator confirmed that the developer team was notified about the issue. So whenever the fix hits the units, we will edit this story. Meanwhile, stay tuned to our Asus section for more stories.

Update 1 (Sept 19)

The promised update fixing Widevine L1 and screen flickering on rotation on ZenFone Max Pro M2 devices is here.

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