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While several major OEMs like Nokia, Xiaomi or Motorola are trying out the path of vanilla Android with their Android One lineup, Asus has decided to stay away from the trend. Not completely though, as the Taiwan based OEM came up with the ZenFone Max Pro lineup to tackle the competitors.

Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1

The idea was simple – a mid-tier phone running close-to-stock Android with a killer price tag. Asus also published corresponding kernel source code (with some drama) and allowed the end users to unlock the bootloader of these phones. As a result, they became quite popular.

The company rolled out the Android Pie update for both ZenFone Max Pro M1 and M2 during the second quarter of this year, but the initial builds were riddled with bugs. They had to release new builds to address the issues in the subsequent weeks.

Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2

The phone duo received their last update back in back in October, as Asus doesn’t follow a proper monthly security patch schedule with this lineup. Interestingly, the non-Pro variant of ZenFone Max M2 recently picked up the December patch, and the other follow the trend.

In case of ZenFone Max Pro M2, the OTA bumps the software version number from 16.2017.1910.071 to 16.2017.1912.072. The size of the incremental OTA is less than 150 MB, and it is still based on Android Pie.


【Release Note】

1. Updated Google security patch
2. Fixed notch occasionally wrong showing issue after rotation
3. Fixed status bar icon misaligned issue


There is no public beta of Android 10 for these phones yet, which is a sharp turn from the earlier development. As a consequence, the owners of ZenFone Max Pro M1 are also getting a similar security update (16.2017.1912.060) based on Pie.


【Release Note】

1. Update Google security patch
2. Fixed random issue that Camera app without focus circle can’t take picture
3. Fixed icons misaligned issue at status bar

Grab the appropriate package from the following section to update your ZenFone Max Pro M1/M2 to the latest security patch:

  • Device: Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1
  • Codename: x00t
  • Channel: Global Stable
  • Version: 16.2017.1912.060
  • Android: 9
    • Type: Recovery
      • Download: Link
      • MD5: cec010975e5a01773c5eca8fc8b66b02
  • Device: Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2
  • Codename: x01bd
  • Channel: Global Stable
  • Version: 16.2017.1912.072
  • Android: 9
    • Type: Recovery
      • Download: Link
      • MD5: f96e4cb200c50fc06714f35075181502

Happy installing!

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Kingshuk De
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I came from a mixed background of Statistics and Computer Science. My research domains included embedded computer systems, mobile computing and delay tolerant networks in post-disaster scenarios. Apart from tinkering with gadgets or building hackintosh, I like to hop on various subreddits and forums like MyDigitalLife and XDA.

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