Asus Zenfone 3 Max

Asus Zenfone 3 Max is the new smartphone by company for all the budget users. The smartphone comes with a price tag of 12999 INR. It features a full metallic curved edges uni-body with 3GB of RAM. There are two variant of smartphone in this series and we got the one with MediaTek SoC. Let’s see what it can offer to the users?

Design and Display:

The smartphone has a full metal uni-body but the curved edges and glossy metal body makes it s a bit slippery to hold. The rear panel has a camera and the flash at the top along with it there is fingerprint sensor. The ASUS logo is at the bottom part of the smartphone. The front panel has camera and sensors at the top of display and the three backlit key below it.

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The bottom edge has 3.5mm audio jack and a speaker. The volume rocker keys and the power button is on the right edge. The micro-SIM tray is at the left edge. The smartphone is a bit bulky because of its heavy battery and full metal body, also slippery to hold. You might need a case cover for its protection. Overall it has one of the most stylish looks and great built quality in this price segment.

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The Asus Zenfone 3 Max has 5.2-inch HD 2.5D curved glass display with 1280×720 pixel resolution. The display is quiet bright and colourful, it can be seen with different viewing angles as well under sunlight.

Hardware and Software:

The Asus Zenfone 3 Max is powered by 64-bit MediaTek quad-core processor clocked at 1.25GHz with Mali T720 GPU. It has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of on-board storage. Users can expand the storage up to 32GB via Hybrid slot. The specifications are quiet good but not the best in this price range.

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Talking about the software, it runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with its own ZenUI on the top of it. The only problem with the UI is it comes with lots of bloatware which consumes most of your RAM and storage space. Like only 1.5GB to 1.8GB memory is accessible out of 3GB even with no apps in use. Out of 32GB internal storage only 24GB can be used by the user.

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Performance:

The Asus Zenfone 3 Max has good and responsive touch panel. There was a bit of lag while multitasking because of RAM but overall it is good to use. The gaming performance of the smartphone is nice but not the best. It lags while playing high end games like Modern Combat and Dead Trigger 2.

In the benchmarks test it scores 29556 and 11538 respectively in AnTuTu and Quadrant Standard. The scores are ok but not the best in this price range.

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The battery performance of the Asus Zenfone 3 Max is good but it takes a lot of time to charge up. Additionally there is no fast charging option in it, means if you need at least 3-4 hours to charge it up.It is a Dual-SIM smartphone with 4g LTE connectivity (micro+nano/hybrid). In my usage I dint find any type of connectivity issue in it. Also the sound and video quality of the smartphone is pretty good.

Camera:

Asus Zenfone Max 3 sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.2 aperture, 5P Lens and auto-focus. The camera shoots good images but lacks in the amount of detail to capture. The focus is also bit slow in it which makes it to shoot images slowly. But other than these the camera is good.

The front camera shoots good selfies and has good amount of detail in it. The given camera app by the ZenUI has lots of customization features which makes it more helpful to the user to take images.

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Verdict:

As per the price and performance, it is not the best option to buy. Asus Zenfone Max 3 is a good option if you need a good battery life and stylish smartphone. You can definitely go for it but if you need a smartphone with better performance there are better options available in the market.