Few weeks ago, Asus unveiled an upgraded Zenfone Max which comes in 3 variants. This is a Dual sim device with a Micro SD card slot options. This is a successor to the last year’s Zenfone Max. The USP of this device is its whopping 5000 mAh battery. The phone does have some weight but it doesn’t feel bulky at all. In this article, let’s review the Asus ZenFone Max and see how it performs. The phone is available in Orange, Blue, White and Black colours.
Under the hood, the phone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor clocked at 1.5 Ghz. It has a 2GB or 3GB of RAM (based on the variants you choose to buy) and a 32GB of Storage, in addition to an expandable memory of up to 64GB. While using the phone, I could feel a lack of optimisation in the RAM department. The app loads are very slow and there is a occasional frame drops when you play high graphic intense game. However, at the range this device is considered, it makes the best use of the hardware and gives you the value for money!
The display is a 5.5 screen which supports a HD ready (720p) display. The screen is protected by Corning Glass 4. The viewing angles of the phone is pretty good. The text are decently sharp and images are a tad high saturated. The contrast is pretty neat too; means the black and whites look good. I really wished if this had a 1080p display.
On the rear side, the phone adds a matte leather feel back panel to the phone which gives it a good grip and also adds to a style. Its just a plastic though. The sides of the phones aren’t metal either. However, the phone does give a good feel to the hands.
The Zenfone Max like the earlier edition, has a 13MP Primary camera sensor on the rear which is assisted by dual LED flash and a laser auto focus. The front camera has a 5MP sensor. The camera app comes with a lot of filters and features. There are various modes, such as: Auto mode, Manual mode, HDR mode, Beautification, Super Resolution, QR Code scanner, Low light mode, Night Capture mode, Depth of Field mode, Selfie Mode (Rear camera), GIF Animation, Panorama, Miniature, Time Rewind, Smart Remove, Slow Motion and Time Lapse. Also, the camera does record full HD videos.
Here are some of the pictures Praveen shot on his recent trip. Like you see in the samples, the camera performs pretty well in bright outdoor; the colors are quite impressive too. However, in a moderate lighting conditions, the pictures aren’t exposed right. Although, the laser auto focus helps in quick focus, I noticed that the pictures weren’t very sharp when shot in low light conditions.
One of the strongest feature of this phone is its battery. With 5000 mAh, its too good at its segment. The lithium-polymer battery offers a good 2-3 days of usage and has a standby time of 38 days, which is pretty impressive. The Power Saver mode helps users manage and extend the battery life even more. With five battery modes and two smart switches that users can configure to make their own battery optimization settings and help the battery last even longer. However, the phone takes a long time to charge and thats definitely a pain. The wall charger is a 5.2V at 1Amp charger. It takes a good 5-6 hours to charge from 0 to 100. Wish, Asus had included a fast charger in it. The battery on the ZenFone can also work as a power bank and share the power with other devices with the OTG cable that comes along with the box.
This Zenfone brings in all the goodness of the Android Marshmallow with ZenUI skin. The phone also wakes up on double-tap and there are options to clear the cache memory right from the multi-tasking window. There are few more tweaks which are made in the OS level that helps in better memory management and app loads; however, ZenUI still has a long way to go. There is still a lot of scope of improvement in the area of RAM management and optimisation.
Given the price of 9,999 INR, the device is definitely worth the buck. The battery and reverse charging are definitely a neat addition.