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Zenfone 3s Max Review: Whopping 5000 mAh battery a Highlight!

Asus unveiled an upgraded device, the Zenfone 3s Max today for India. This device is priced at 14999 and will be available starting today. The Zenfone 3S max is a Dual sim device with options for Micro SD card slot. 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 3S Max and see how it performs.

The Zenfone 3S Max is an all-metal phone with a 5.5/5.2 inch HD display (depends on the variant you choose) topped with a 2.5D contoured glass. Under the hood, the phone is powered by MediaTek 64-bit MT6750 octa-core SoC coupled with at 1.5GHz. It has 32GB on board storage with 3GB of RAM. 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 5.2 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 feel back panel to the phone which gives it a good grip and also adds to a style.

The Zenfone 3S Max like the earlier edition, has a 13MP Primary camera sensor on the rear which is assisted by dual LED flash and a PDAF 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 we shot. The camera performs pretty well in bright outdoor; the colours 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 optimisation 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.

Zenfone 3S Max runs on ZenUI 3.0 OS which offers a multi-window mode for better multitasking, revamped settings menu, and a lot more features. This Zenfone brings in all the goodness of the Android Nougat 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, the device is worth the buck if you are too concerned on the battery life. The battery and reverse charging are definitely a neat addition. However, if you are looking at a good all around package, you may also wanna consider either the Redmi Note 4 or the Honor 6X.

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Meet ASUS Zenbo, A Home Robot unveiled at Computex 2016

Today at Computex 2016 – Asus unveiled Zenbo, a friendly and capable home robot designed to provide assistance, entertainment, and companionship to families and meant to address the needs of each family member in this ubiquitous computing era. With a full range of capabilities, including the ability to move independently and understand spoken commands, Zenbo can assist in the home and interacting with him is easy and fun.

Zenbo supports a growing number of custom apps that expand his capabilities and bring new features to users. The free Zenbo Developer Program provides members access to the Zenbo SDK and a library of information they need to bring their creative ideas to life. Additionally, Zenbo Partners can work with ASUS to help build a rich, robotic ecosystem that will enhance Zenbo and enrich users’ lives.

Zenbo is designed for everyone, but he has specific functionality that helps senior family members safeguard their health and well-being as well as enjoy a connected digital life. As a home care assistant, he proactively provides convenient, spoken reminders of important information, such as doctor’s appointments, medication and exercise schedules, and anything else that needs to be remembered. Zenbo also monitors the home for emergency situations — such as falls — and immediately responds to them by notifying specified family members on their smartphones, no matter where they are. When they receive an emergency notification, family members can remotely control Zenbo to move nearby and use Zenbo’s built-in camera to visually check on their loved one. Zenbo is also a friendly companion who helps to bridge the digital divide between generations by making it easy to accomplish a variety of online tasks — including making video calls, using social media, shopping, and streaming movies and TV shows — using voice commands and guided help.

Asus-Zenbo-FeaturesZenbo is also a fun and educational playmate for kids who entertains them with interactive stories and learning games that foster their creativity and logical thinking skills. With his high-quality, built-in stereo sound system, Zenbo can play children’s favorite songs and even dance along to the music, making for fun playtime activity. Zenbo is also an expert storyteller who keeps children entertained during the day and helps them fall asleep at night. Zenbo includes a built-in library of stories that he tells in a variety of entertaining voices, while displaying accompanying images on his screen and controlling the room lighting to add a new level of interactivity and fun to story time. Zenbo also comes with educational games and an interactive encyclopedia that make learning fun.

In addition to working with seniors and kids, Zenbo is also a hands-free household helper who enriches the home with a broad range of skills that make life easier and more enjoyable. Zenbo can connect to and control many smart home and traditional devices, including lights, TVs, air conditioners, and more. Homeowners can even use Zenbo’s built-in screen to view visitors at the door and then unlock it with a simple voice command. He can also help out in the kitchen, reading recipes out loud and functioning as a voice-controlled timer, so home chefs can stay focused on cooking. With his built-in camera and ability to move around the house, Zenbo is a great family photographer who helps preserve special and everyday moments alike. When homeowners are away, Zenbo provides peace of mind that their home is safe by acting as a remote-controlled home security camera that is accessible from anywhere via an intuitive smartphone app.

For more information on Zenbo, read here.

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Meet the all new Asus Zenfone Max which has a whopping 5000mAh battery!

ASUS today launched the advanced version of one of its best-selling smartphones in the country – Zenfone Max. The new Zenfone Max is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Octa-Core processor and provides the users an option to opt for a 2GB or 3GB RAM. The internal memory of the phone has now been increased to 32GB, in addition to an expandable memory of up to 64GB. Zenfone Max with 2GB RAM is available for Rs. 9,999 and can be pre-ordered on Flipkart while Zenfone Max with 3GB RAM is available for Rs. 12,999 and can be purchased from Amazon, Snapdeal and Flipkart. The 3GB RAM variant will also be available at ASUS Exclusive stores and all other retail stores across India, at a later date.

The Zenfone Max USP is its 5000mAh lithium-polymer battery, that offers a good 2-3 days of usage and has a standby time of 38 days, which is pretty impressive. The phone also works like a power bank if you want to charge any other phones with this. You can simply connect the second device with a USB OTG (on-the-go) cable provided with the phone in the box.

The phone has a 5.5 TFT LED backlit screen offering a 720p (1280 x 720) display.  Backed by Android M 6.0.1 and ASUS ZenUI, the new Zenfone Max includes advanced features to satisfy power users. 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.

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We have a 13MP PixelMaster f 2.0 Main camera with laser autofocus on the rear and a wide view 5MP F 2.0 lens in the front. The phones has a good luxurious leather pattern rear cover and a metal-effect bezel around.

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Technical Specifications:

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Lets look at a detailed review in few days.

 

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Asus will make Smartphones in India; Pledges support to ‘Make in India’

ASUS, today announced that, it will start the manufacturing the smartphones in India (Sri City, Andhra Pradesh) in a move to expand its presence in India. The company has partnered with Foxconn to Manufacture ASUS Smartphones in India. ASUS will kick-start its manufacturing operations with Zenfone 2 Laser which will soon be followed by ZenFone Go. The company pledges its support to the Government’s ‘Make in India’ projects.

The company aims to manufacture 150,000 smartphones per month by the end of the current financial year which will account for almost 80% of sales in India.

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The ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser delivers a high-definition (HD) 1280 x 720-pixel resolution. It offers 5 MP front camera and 13 MP rear camera with laser- assisted auto-focus that locks the focus on an object in as low as 0.3 seconds. The phone comes with Anti-Scratch Corning Gorilla Glass 4 which has better scratch resistance than any protection film for smartphones in the market. The phone also boasts of dual microphone with noise cancellation for the best phone call quality, and full HD video recording 1080p@30fps capture with video stabilization and one-touch still-capture facility.

Last month, at the first edition of Zen Festival in India, the company launched its brand new offerings – Zenfone Selfie, Zenfone 2 Laser and Zenfone 2 Deluxe.

India offers us a huge opportunity as smartphone penetration is just 10%. We are excited to announce our local manufacturing facility that will cater to the growing demands of the market. The Indian government’s focus on ‘Make in India’ has opened a plethora of opportunities for international companies. It is an opportune time to make the announcement as it will enable us to bring our cutting edge products to consumers who are looking for features and design sensibilities of a high-end smartphone at an economic price. We are aggressively targeting the Indian market. We aim to achieve 5% market share in the country by next year and empower all our customers with luxury.- Peter Chang, Regional Head – South Asia & Country Manager – System Business Group – ASUS India.