The ASUS ZenFone 3 Max offers a long-lasting battery
ASUS has just added a new smartphone in the Zenfone 3 series named as the Zenfone 3 Max. As the name suggests, it offers a powerful battery backup, giving you more than a day of usage. We got a chance to play with the device for some time, and here’s what we think.
The smartphone has a curved metallic body which gives it a premium design, which is different than all other ASUS smartphones. Although the rear panel has the same three-segment body design like all the other phones, with the top and bottom portions hiding antenna lines. The ASUS Zenfone 3 manages to be quite slim, and is also quite slippery as the body is made of metal featuring a smooth finish.
The rear panel has a square-shaped camera and flash alongside. There’s a fingerprint sensor just below the camera. Towards the bottom, there’s a speaker module. You can also find the ASUS logo, which is imprinted just above the speaker.
The front panel is covered by 2.5D curved glass body almost touching the bezels. At the top portion, there is a camera, mic, and proximity sensor. Again there is an ASUS logo at the bottom part of the front display.
All edges are curved along with the rounded corners which lend a premium finish to the smartphone. The volume rocker keys and power key are on the right edge. The hybrid SIM card tray is available on the left edge, along with the 3.5mm audio jack at the top. Unlike the all recent phones, it doesn’t have Type-C, since there’s a usual micro-USB charging port.
The ASUS Zenfone 3 Max has a 5.2-inch display with a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels. It’s powered by 64-bit quad-core processor coupled with Mali T720 GPU. It has 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM along with 32GB of internal storage.
The smartphone runs pretty smoothly and multitasks very easily, however, the touch response was not very quick and I needed to touch twice or thrice. I guess maybe it’s a software issue and could be fixed by an update. The display of the smartphone was good and vivid.
It sports a 16-megapixel rear Pixel Master camera with 5P Largan Lens and a LED flash. The front camera is of 8-megapixel. It runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with ASUS ZenUI 3.0 on the top of it. It is backed by 4,130mAh of battery, which is impressive. It also offers super saving mode and reverse charging, which means you can charge another device by it.
There are lots of modes present in the camera like HDR, Low Light, Real Time Beautification, Night, Selfie and Time Lapse. It also offers to take an image while recording video. The camera samples were good; it has good amount of details but the autofocus seems bit sluggish.
ASUS Zenfone 3 Max is a dual-SIM smartphone with 4G LTE connectivity on both. It accepts micro + nano-SIM card slot. It has a hybrid slot, which allows the user to insert up to 32GB microSD card. Additionally, it also offers 100GB of free google drive space for 2 years. Other connectivity options are 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth V4.0, GPS/A-GPS, and USB OTG.
ZenUI is a good, but the only problem is the bloatware. There are a number of unnecessary apps in it which confuses me. Overall the customization and usage seem pretty good.
This seems a promising smartphone in terms of design and specs but the price is not yet revealed. In my opinion, it would be under Rs 15,000, but still, it’ll get tough competition from the Redmi Note 3 and Moto G4 Plus.
Asus Zenfone 3 Max will be coming for Rs. 12,999 as the starting price and the higher end variant will cost Rs. 17,999.