No company wants to miss this trend. Now asus Zenphone max Launched, which was introduced only in the month of August last year. It costs Rs 9,999 and comes with a 5000 mAh battery. Marathon is much cheaper than M5 and Lenevo Vibe P1 and its specifications are like mid-range handsets. Is Zenfone Max an Android smartphone with great battery power? Let's know.
Look and design
Asus's Zenfone range of smartphones is known for similarities. The Zenfone Max also retains this design pattern that is easily recognizable.
Zenfone Max is available in Black and White color variants. The white variant has a boring and smooth finish on the backpanel. Texture finish like leather to black variants. The 3.5mm audio socket and microUSB port are at the top and bottom respectively.
Asus has not tried much in Zenfone Max. The volume and power buttons are on the right. The backpanel can be removed. This is where space has been made for SIM and microSD cards. By removing the backpanel, you will be able to see the battery, but it cannot be removed.
The speaker grille on the back panel is at the bottom and the camera, flash and laser autofocus at the top. We liked the look of the black variant more, especially its leather finish.
Asus Zenfone Max has a 5.5-inch HD resolution display. There is no shortage of this handset in terms of brightness and color, but the lack of detail and sharpness is evident due to the low pixel density. By the way, for those users who are more concerned about battery life, this screen is sufficient.
The charger that comes with Asus Zenfone Max is not enough for the battery of this phone from anywhere. 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 suggest that you also buy a reliable fast charger for Zenfone Max.
Specification and software
On paper, the specifications of Asus Zenfone Max are cheap Zenfone 2 laser (ZE 550 KL) variants. The only difference is the large 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 another for 3G. Up to 64 GB microSD card can be used.
The 5000 mAh battery present in Max is larger than the 3000 mAh battery of Zenfone Laser. The Snapdragon 410 chipset and HD screen, along with it, gives hope for better battery life.
Asus Zenfone Max runs on Android Lollipop 5.0, above which the company's ZenUI has been used. We have told you earlier that this is a better interface in terms of skin user experience. You also have many customization options.
Sadly, many Asus apps still exist in the interface. For this reason, about 50 apps start updating as soon as the phone is turned on.
The similarities between the Asus Zenfone 2 Laser and Zenfone Max are not just limited to specifications. Max also uses a 13-megapixel camera and laser autofocus system. It also has a 5 megapixel front camera. Videos of 1080 pixels can be recorded from both cameras. Dual-tone LED flash is also provided with the rear camera. In this way, Zenfone Max is a large battery variant of Zenfone 2 laser.
There is also no change in the camera app. It is similar to other Asus devices. There are several options for camera mode and manual settings for photos and videos. This can be a bit complicated for many people, but the auto mode works to make things easier. 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 quite similar to the Asus Zenfone 2 laser. Photos are fine in indoor, but the photos get washed out in more light and darkness. Photos look completely white if there is more sunlight.
The laser autofocus system works best in close up shots and indoor shots. It focuses quickly and accurately on the subject. The performance of the front camera is satisfactory. Overall, the camera is enabled in the indoor, but the deficiencies in the outdoor are clearly visible.
Even though Asus Zenfone Max has a budget chipset and its specifications are very simple, the company has introduced 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 ran smoothly. Never had any problems while using the interface. The benchmark results of this handset are quite similar to the Asus Zenfone 2 laser.
Call quality on the phone was good. Its battery lasted 25 hours in our video loop test. In normal use, the phone battery will last for three to four days without being charged.
The idea of making smartphones with larger batteries is becoming popular due to increasing user concern about battery life. Gionee and Lenevo have made competent efforts in this direction, but Asus has become the first company to make 5000 mAh battery in the range of Rs 10,000. Despite being a bit overweight, the Zenfone Max retains Asus' identity.
The design of the phone is fine. Given the price, its performance is also sufficient. Its primary camera is good and battery life in this price range will be called superb. Its biggest drawback is the charger. The company should have given a quick charger with it. If you want to buy a budget smartphone that has great battery life, then Asus Zenfone Max is a great choice.