Asus Zenfone Max Review

Zenfone Max

Apart from the increasing demand on battery life of the smartphones, the demand has been focused even on the increasing varieties of smartphone devices. Though, there are still more features that are being concentrated on like camera, storage, processor, RAM, and many more. And Asus has launched Zenfone Max in August last year. This is a lower mid-range smartphone that is powered by a large 5000mAh battery and costs RS.9,999.

The Asus Zenfone Max is considerably cheaper than some of the other mid-range and high-end smartphones that offers huge battery capacities more than this smartphone.

Design and Features:

Compared to the previous versions of the Asus, the Zenfone Max is physically and virtually identical. This includes the dimensions, weight, detachable back cover, gold trim along the sides, the trademark Asus chin with concentric circles. And this model has been released in another two new colors: blue and orange. Previously, we had the black and white colors available in the Asus. Keeping all the four color smartphones besides each other, the old Zenfone Max can’t be made apart from the new ones.

Zenfone Design

The Zenfone Max sticks to the basic design and the layout. It has its power and volume button on its right side. The micro USB port is at the bottom and the 3.5 mm audio jack at the top of the device. This device has a removable rear panel that reveals two SIM slots and an expandable storage slot.

The battery can be found under a regulatory sticker, but the thing is, the battery isn’t user replaceable.

Specifications and Software:

The Asus Zenfone Max sports the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC. This software might be an old one and is superseded by many other Software, but it is definitely an upgrade over Snapdragon 410 which is found in the older Asus versions. One of the best features for the users to select this smartphone is its storage. The storage capacity has been increased from 16GB expandable to 32GB of internal storage.

The RAM of the Asus Zenfone Max remains the same at 2GB whereas another variant in the higher end at Rs.12,999 bumps it to 3GB. And the 5000mAh battery and the charger remains unchanged even with this flagship. The power output has been slightly increased to 5.2W. This might seem better but it takes nearly five hours to completely charge the 5000mAh battery with this power capacity.


Zenfone Display

It features a 5.5 inch IPS display with 720 x 1280 pixel resolution. This can be said that it doesn’t offer a suitably high resolution display. Comparatively, Coolpad Note 3 Plus offers a full HD display with 3GB RAM at a lower price. Also, there is no fingerprint sensor on the Zenfone Max whereas it is available with the Coolpad Note 3 Plus. Keeping the battery life of the smartphone, the device is designed with low resolution and lacks detail in the screen.


Zenfone camera

The camera used in the Asus Zenfone Max is the same one as used before in the old Zenfone Max. The laser autofocus system is similar to the one used in the Zenfone laser. This gave a descent camera output at its price range. It sports a 13 MP camera sensor at the back and a 5 MP camera at the front. A dual-tone LED flash and a laser autofocus window can be seen on either sides of the rear camera.

Thankfully, both the rear and the front cameras are capable of video recording at up to 1080p with 30fps resolution. The camera app remains unchanged with this smartphone like many apps are the same. But there is a slight change in the camera app settings menu in this Zenfone max.

We can have great photography performances with this smartphone’s camera in close-ups and indoors. This is all because of the camera and the laser focus system. The videos and photos shot with the front camera are descent enough.


The 2016 variant has the best budget SoC and the specifications powered by a Snapdragon 615. This has been upgraded with the latest software whereas the old one used Snapdragon 410 SoC. It is a most noticeable phone in terms of performance. The Snapdragon 615 is a proven performer with assured and reliable functionality.

Benchmark scores are identical with 41,306 in AnTuTu, 26,071 in Quadrant, 24fps in GFXBench and 9,936 in 3DMark Ice Storm. Definitely, these score are improvements over the previous variants. And the Zenfone Max is identical to the Zenfone 2 Laser except the thing that the Zenfone Max is powered by slightly a larger battery.

The reception of both Wi-Fi and mobile network that includes a strong 4G connectivity is good and descent. However the Asus Zenfone Max is found to be one of the best smartphones with a great battery at 500mAh powered battery and a Snapdragon 615. This battery can last for two days completely and sometimes even more than two days if the mobile network is used in a limit.

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