Asus Zenfone 3 Max Review

Asus, the Taiwanese tech giant, launched the first phone in their MAX series back in may 2016, named as the Zenfone Max and received a good amount of sales in India. The selling factor for this was the 5000 mAh battery that powers the phone along with an affordable price tag. The device series was named MAX for MAXimum to denote this huge battery capacity.

The only thing people found wrong about the Original Zenfone  Max was its plastic body. In November 2016, Asus updated the range by releasing the Asus Zenfone 3 Max which has a premium metal design to impress the users. This device is the focus of this article. Today, we will be talking in-depth about the features, specifications of the new Asus Zenfone 3 Max.

There are two versions of the Asus Zenfone 3 Max available:

  1. A 5.2-inch version that has a MediaTek processor that costs Rs 13,999/-  called the ZenFone 3 Max 5.2.
  2. A 5.5-inch variant that has a Snapdragon 430 processor that costs Rs 17,999/- called the ZenFone 3 Max 5.5.

In this article, we will be looking at the 5.5-inch variant.

Ergonomic Design

Asus got rid of the plastic body design with the new Asus Zenfone 3 Max and added and All-metal premium flagship design. It is well-built and has an aluminum body. The curves along with the rounded corners of the phone make it ergonomic and easy to handle.

The device has a width of 8.33mm, and weighs 175 grams, owing to the huge battery it has and therefore the weight is not something one can hold against the device.

As in all the ASUS Zenfone devices, the front capacitive buttons are not backlit. The top part of the screen has the earpiece speaker, front camera module, Notification LED, and the light sensor.

On the back of the phone, you get the main camera and the fingerprint sensor in the center. There are two LED flashlights on either side of the camera module.

Overall, ASUS did good with the design and delivered a premium feel to the users.

Hardware

Coming to the hardware department, the 5.5 inch variant has the Snapdragon 430 processor that we saw in the Zenfone Laser. Under the hood, the device also has 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage that is expandable up to 128GB with a microSD card. An Adreno 505 GPU handles the graphics of the device.

The device has a dual SIM hybrid slot. This means that you can either use two SIMS or one SIM and a memory card. Both slots support 4G.

The display of the device is a 5.5-inch and Full HD (1920×1080) IPS screen with a pixel density of 401 ppi. The images are sharp, and the screen has great viewing angles.  For protection, ASUS has added a 2.5D glass that has an oleophobic coating and not a Gorilla Glass.

ASUS did not forget to add a Fingerprint module. It is below the camera unit in the back and is quick to respond. The sensor can also be used to attend calls and capture images.

The camera department is also impressive. The rear camera is a 16MP f/2.0 one featuring a Laser-assist focusing system. As per Asus, the camera is able to focus in 0.03 seconds. For selfies, ASUS added an 8-megapixel front camera with f/2.2 aperture.

In our review, the unit never got too hot even under intense usages such as heavy games and streaming.

Battery

The huge battery capacity is the selling point of this device. The device is powered by a 4100mAh battery that is non-removable owing to the uni-body design. Even though there is a drop of about 900 mAh compared to the original MAX, you will not feel any difference because of the optimizations are done on this phone regarding hardware and software that uses the battery efficiently. The phone will deliver 2-3 days of the screen on time even with modest usage.

MAX devices are known for the reverse charging feature, which means that you can charge other devices using your Zenfone 3 Max. As per Asus, the ZenFone 3 Max can give an output current of 1.5A. An  OTG adapter is provided in the box along with the phone just for this.

Software

The smartphone runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with an announced upgrade to the latest Android 7 (Nougat). Asus customized the OS using their own ZenUI 3.0. ZenUI has a lot going for it. Features such as the Asus Themes store, ZenMotion app for gesture navigation, one-handed mode,  Mobile Manager, good animations are worth mentioning.

Specifications of the Asus Zenfone 3 Max

OS Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow) with ZenUI 3.0
Display 5.5-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS
Processor 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
RAM 3 GB
Storage 32GB expandable upto 128GB with a microSD card
Rear Camera 16MP | f/2.0 aperture | Dual-LED flash
Front Camera 8MP | f/2.2 aperture
Battery 4100 mAh
Dimensions 151.4 x 76.24 x 8.3mm
Weight 175 g

Conclusion

The Asus Zenfone 3 Max is a decent premium phone, and we got nothing to hold against it. The awesome build quality, processing power, and humongous battery life will be enough to choose this as your daily driver.

P.S. Unboxing Video Coming Soon

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