No company wants to miss this trend. Asus now zenfone max Which was introduced in the month of August last year itself. Its price is Rs 9,999 and it comes with 5000 mAh battery. The Marathon M5 and Lenovo Vibe are much cheaper than the P1 and have similar specifications as mid-range handsets. Is Zenfone Max an Android smartphone with the best battery power? Let’s know.
look and design
Asus’s Zenfone range of smartphones is known for its resemblance. This design pattern has also been retained in the Zenfone Max which is easily recognizable.
Zenfone Max is available in Black and White color variants. The white variant has a boring and smooth finish on the back panel. The black variant gets a leather-like textured finish. The 3.5mm audio socket and micro-USB port are on the top and bottom respectively.
Asus has not tried to experiment much in the Zenfone Max. Volume and power buttons are on the right. The backpanel can be removed. This is where space has been made for the SIM and microSD card. You will be able to see the battery when the back panel is removed, but it cannot be removed.
The speaker grille on the back panel is at the bottom and the camera, flash and laser autofocus are at the top. We really liked the look of the black variant, especially the leather finish.
Asus Zenfone Max flaunts a 5.5-inch HD resolution display. There is no shortage in this handset in terms of brightness and color, but due to the low pixel density, the lack of detail and sharpness is clearly visible. By the way, for users who are more concerned about battery life, this screen is enough.
The charger that comes with the Asus Zenfone Max is nowhere near enough for the battery of this phone. It takes more than 5 hours to charge the phone’s battery from 0 to 100 percent. According to us, the company should have given fast charging feature. We would recommend that you also buy a reliable fast charger for Zenfone Max.
Specifications and software
On paper, the specifications of the Asus Zenfone Max are those of the cheaper Zenfone 2 Laser (ZE550KL) variant. The only difference is the bigger battery. It has Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB inbuilt storage and dual-SIM connectivity. The primary SIM slot supports 4G networks and the other supports 3G. MicroSD card up to 64 GB can be used in this.
The 5000 mAh battery present in the Max is bigger than the 3000 mAh battery on the Zenfone Ledger. With this the Snapdragon 410 chipset and HD screen gives hope for better battery life.
Sadly, the interface still houses many of Asus’ apps. For this reason, about 50 apps start updating as soon as you turn on the phone.
The similarities between the Asus Zenfone 2 Laser and the Zenfone Max are not limited to just the specifications. The 13-megapixel camera and laser autofocus system have also been used in the Max. It also has a 5 megapixel front camera. Videos of 1080 pixels can be recorded with both the cameras. Dual-tone LED flash is also provided with the rear camera. So the Zenfone Max is the bigger battery variant of the Zenfone 2 Laser.
No change has been made in the camera app as well. It is similar to other Asus devices. There are several options for camera modes and manual settings for photos and videos. This might be a bit complicated for many people, but the auto mode does the job of making things easy. Apart from this, it is very easy to switch video recording, flash and camera from the default screen.
As expected, the performance of its camera is also very similar to that of the Asus Zenfone 2 Laser. Photos come well indoors, but photos get washed out in high light and dark. Photos look completely white if there is a lot of sunlight.
The laser autofocus system works well for close up shots and indoor shots. It focuses on the subject quickly and accurately. It would be right to say satisfactory the performance of the front camera. Overall the camera is capable in indoor, but in outdoor the shortcomings are clearly visible.
Even though the Asus Zenfone Max has a budget chipset and its specifications are very simple, but the company has presented a great performer. Games like Dead Trigger 2 and Real Racing 3 ran smoothly. The phone got less hot than expected while playing the game. Our test videos also played smoothly. Never had a problem using the interface. The benchmark results of this handset are very similar to the Asus Zenfone 2 Laser.
Call quality on the phone was good. Its battery lasted for 25 hours in our video loop test. In normal use, the phone’s battery will last for three to four days without charging.
The idea of making smartphones with bigger batteries is becoming more and more popular due to the increasing concerns of more and more users about battery life. Gionee and Lenovo have made efforts in this direction, but Asus has become the first company to make 5000 mAh battery in the Rs 10,000 range. Despite being a bit bulky, the Zenfone Max retains the Asus identity.
The design of the phone is fine. Considering the price, its performance is also sufficient. Its primary camera is good and the battery life in this price range will be called excellent. Its biggest drawback is the charger. The company should have provided a quick charger with it. If you are looking to buy a budget smartphone that has great battery life, then the Asus Zenfone Max is a great option.