Just like how the demands of the power banks are booming in India, the smartphones’ battery are also growing bigger. ASUS recently launched its Zenfone Max in India with a huge 5000 mAh battery capacity. The smartphone is priced at ₹9,999 which is a budget segment. If you are familiar with the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser, then you would surely like the Zenfone Max. Here’re our quick hands-on with the ASUS Zenfone Max.
ASUS Zenfone Max Specifications
- Display: 5.5-inch IPS HD Display
- Software: Android 5.0.2 (Lollipop) with ZenUI 2.0
- Processor: Quad-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916)
- GPU: Adreno 306
- Memory: 2 GB LPDDR3 RAM
- Storage: 16 GB eMMC internal storage, Expandable up to 64 GB using MicroSD, Lifetime 5 GB of free ASUS WebStorage, Free 100 GB of Google Drive Storage for 2 years.
- Main Camera: 13 MP Auto Focus with dual-tone LED flash, F2.0 aperture, Wide View, Manual Mode
- Front Camera: 5 MP Autofocus, F2.0 aperture, Wide angle 88-degree lens, 140-degree Selfie Panorama
- Connectivity: WLAN 802.11 b/g/n, Micro USB (support OTG), Bluetooth V4.0 (EDR and A2DP), Wi-Fi direct, GPS, GLONASS, AGPS & BDS
- Network: Dual Micro SIM card, 4G LTE dual-SIM (GSM + GSM), supports 4G on SIM1 and 2G/3G on SIM2
- Battery: 5000 mAh Li-Polymer (non-removable)
- Dimensions: 77.5 mm x 156 mm x 10.55 mm
- Weight: 202 grams
- Color Variant: Black and White
It looks like the Zenfone Max has the same 5.5-inch HD display, Snapdragon SoC, storage and other specs from the Zenfone 2 Laser. The hardware specifications are pretty much kept the same but the design language has some slight alterations though the body is made of plastic. The Zenfone Max is now thicker and heavier because of a larger battery under the hood.
The front has a 5 MP F2.0 camera that supports autofocus and wide angle 88-degree lens. The bottom has the touch buttons but they aren’t backlit. Backlit buttons can be helpful if you are using the phone in the dark room or at night.
We saw the Zenfone 2 had volume and power buttons on the back and on the top respectively. However, in the ASUS Zenfone Max, they are replaced to the right side which seems to be more convenient for the users. The sides are now golden in color.
The removable back cover has a leather finishing and feels classic. The 5000 mAh Li-Polymer battery isn’t removable, though. The back pleases you and you get a nice grip to hold the smartphone in your hands.
Also, prominent is the 13 MP autofocus camera at the back with an LED flash of course. The camera performance might be identical to the Zenfone 2 Laser or even better. Just above the camera, there is a small microphone. The other microphone is at the bottom. You can see an ASUS branding behind and a Zenfone Logo above the loudspeakers grill.
The Zenfone Max supports 4G LTE network on SIM1 and 2G/3G on SIM2. There are 2 slots to insert Micro SIM cards and one slot for a MicroSD card.
The top has a 3.5 mm audio, the bottom has Micro USB port along with a microphone beside it. The left side is kept blank while the right side has the power and volume rocker buttons.
So, having a smartphone with a large battery is worthy? Definitely, it is. We will be soon reviewing the Zenfone Max covering more things in detail like the performance, camera, battery life and etc. Till then, share your views about the new Zenfone Max in the comments.