Zenfone 3 Max Review : An Upgrade For Asus Users?

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The Zenfone 3 Max comes in 2 different variants – one with a 5.2″ powered by MediaTek Quad-Core Processor priced just under Rs. 13,000 and a 5.5″ powered by 64-bit Qualcomm Octa-Core Snapdragon 430 processor priced just under Rs. 18,000. Both the variants are quite different from each other in terms of camera and display. They are similar in terms of RAM, Storage, Battery and the Dual-Sim Functionality. Let’s see how the 5.5″ Zenfone 3 Max fairs.

Design

The new Zenfone 3 Max is definitely more slimmer and lighter in weight. Much better than the previous heavy and bulky Zenfone Max. It has an all-metal unibody design with rounded corners and a 2.5D curved glass on the front. It’s not the most slippery phone in the world, but it is prone to that.

On the back, you have a 16MP camera placed in the middle and just below it, is the fingerprint scanner (which was missing in the earlier version). On the front side, there’s a 5.5″ Full HD screen with an earpiece, an 8MP front camera and a notification LED on top of the display, and the capacitive keys below the display, which arent backlit. The power button and the volume controls are on the right side. On the left is a hybrid card slot that can house 2 sims or a single sim with an expandable micro SD card. There is a 3.5mm Headphone jack at the top. At the bottom, you will find a micro USB port and the speaker.

The buttons are easily accessible and the fingerprint scanner is quite fast. With a 1080P Full HD screen, the display is decent, with good brightness. But, the colors look a bit washed out.

Performance

Zenfone 3 Max is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Processor at 1.4 GHz. Adreno 505 is the GPU. Zenfone 3 Max is packed with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. This is expandable up to 256GB. The phone runs on Android Marshmallow with the ZenUI 3.0 on top. In spite of ZenUI’s heavy skinning, it’s pretty easy to use as it is heavily customizable (something Zenfone users are well acquainted with with).

Camera

The Zenfone 3 is packed with a range of camera modes and manual controls: The 16MP rear camera is a decent performer and in a good lighting the pictures do come out well. As long as you stay away from the beauty mode, the 8MP front camera won’t disappoint. The beauty mode tends to overdo things sometimes. The phone can record Full HD videos!

Battery

Before we come to the verdict, let’s us address the elephant in the room. The outstanding 4100 mAh battery housed in Zenfone 3Max. Considering that the battery is THE priority in the Zenfone Max series, it will really keep you happy and satisfied. The battery lasts almost 36-40 hours on regular usage. Plus, Zenfone 3 Max comes with an OTG Cable that can be used to charge other devices as well. Zenfone 3 Max runs on the same processor as the Xiaomi Redmi 3S which is priced at just Rs.7,000.

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