Asus’s Zenfone series has become quite prominent in India, and the credit goes to their budget targeted devices. Now the company has announced a new Zenfone smartphone with a massive battery. The Asus Zenfone Max comes at a budget price point and packs in a lot of feature besides its battery powers. We did the hands on of the device and here are our first impressions of the device.
First of all, it is a massive device, not in terms of dimensions, but in terms of its weight. It is 10.55 mm thick and weighs 202 grams, which is quite much for a smartphone with a screen size of 5.5 inches. But hey, it has a massive battery too, unlike any other smartphone, and we’ll about its battery later. On the front it has a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 720. This seems a bit low, considering the size of the screen, and it seems Asus made some compromises.
The Asus Zenfone Max is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor clocked at 1.5 GHz and is accompanied by Adreno 405 GPU. The performance was quite good we had not many things to complain about. It comes in two variants with different RAM capacity, one with 2 GB RAM, and the other one with 3 GB. For obvious reasons, the device with 3 GB RAM performs better and feels a tad faster. The internal storage on both the variants is 32 GB, and is expandable up to 64 GB. The Zen UI 2.0 is similar to what we have seen on other Asus devices, and it now runs over Android 6.0.
Asus Zenfone Max doesn’t compromise in terms of camera. It sports a rear camera of 13 MP that comes with laser autofocus system, real tone flash, and has f/2.0 aperture. In controlled environments at the event, the camera power could not be tested completely, but we were pretty satisfied with the images produced at that time. The front camera of the device is 5 MP, and it too has an aperture of f/2.0, and is also capable of capturing wide angle selfies. It is a dual SIM device and supports 4G LTE connectivity.
Coming to the battery department, the Asus Zenfone Max comes with a huge 5000 mAh battery pack. The battery is so massive that the device can also be used as a power bank to charge other devices too. The company claims that the battery can last for 914.4 hours of standby time or 37.5 hours of 3G talk time or 32.5 hours of Wi-Fi web browsing or 72.9 hours of music playback or 22.6 hours of video playback. The claim is huge, we need to thoroughly test it.
If you wish to buy one, then you can get it from Flipkart and any retail store offline for a price of Rs. 9,999 for 2 GB RAM variant, and Rs. 12,999 for 3 GB RAM variant.
Asus Zenfone Max Specifications
Display: 5.5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection
Processor: 1.5 GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 615 processor with Adreno 405 GPU
Memory: 2 GB/3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 64 GB with microSD
OS: Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) with Zen UI 2.0
Camera: 13 MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, Real Tone flash, Laser Auto Focus; 5 MP front-facing camera, f/2.0 aperture and 85-degree wide-angle lens
Dimensions: 77.5 x 156 x 10.55 mm; Weight: 202 grams
Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
Battery: 5000 mAh (non-removable) battery