Asus Zenfone Max 2016 with Upgraded Processor and New Variants – Review

Last Updated On : Wednesday, June 1, 2016
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Few months back on Jan 2016, Asus India has launched its smartphone Zenfone Max with Snapdragon 410 processor, 2 GB RAM, 5.5-inch display, 5000 mAh battery and with a 13 Megapixel primary camera. We reviewed the earlier version of Zenfone Max and you can check it here. After the launch, the phone had a huge response from the consumers due its price and features, but it lacks in some aspects when compared to the mobiles with the same price range in the market. Within few months from the launch, Asus came with all the upgraded variant called Asus Zenfone Max 2016 and this time with killer specifications. Two new variants are announced by Asus with upgraded specifications.

Asus Zenfone Max 2016 - Front

I have also posted about the new variant on the launch day on this blog. I have been using this device as my primary smartphone since the launch day[23rd May] and after 7 days of hard usage, I’m writing this review.

Launch Event:

The launch of new Asus Zenfone Max 2016 device was live telecasted at 12:30 PM IST on 23-May-2016. To make the event more different, Asus team sent the demo units of the new Zenfone Max to the bloggers and journalists in a number locked box few days before the launch. Its a like a mystery box and they have mentioned to watch the live launch on 23rd May to unlock the box and discover the new device. It’s quiet different for the phone launch and I liked the new strategy followed by the team. Before the launch itself, the phone got good hype, as all the bloggers and journalists had posted about the mystery box from ASUS in their social media. Finally during the live launch event, the secret box code has been revealed and we came to know about the device. #LiveUnplugged is the hashtag mentioned by ASUS team for this event.

Asus Zenfone Max 2016 - Back

Surprise:

To prove the device battery power, ASUS has sent the device in ON condition. The device was powered ON when it is out from its India factory. To the surprise, the device was in ON state, when I opened the box after the launch. Its nearly 15 to 20 days, the device is in stand-by mode, which really adds value to the phone.

Overview:

To give an overview about the new variant of Zenfone Max, the new variant comes with the upgraded processor which is the notable change in this variant. Rest all the features are same as the old variant. You can checkout the review of the earlier version here.

The new Asus Zenfone Max 2016, comes with an improved processor and available in two variants :

  • Asus Zenfone Max 2GB RAM variant
  • Asus Zenfone Max 3GB RAM variant

Design, Display, Color:

The new variant has the same design and looks as the older Zenfone Max. It has a 5.5 Inch TFT LED Display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels made of Gorilla Glass 4. The colors are vivid and sharp which gives a better view during direct sunlight. It also comes with an oleophobic coating to protect from fingerprints and smudge which adds value to the phone. The volume keys and lock button are placed at the right, Micro-USB port at the bottom, notification light and 3.5 mm audio jack at the top. It has 3 capacitive touch buttons present for navigation.

Asus Zenfone Max 2016 - Design

The new variant comes in 4 different colors Black, White, Orange, and Blue. Two micro SIM slots and a microSD card slot in the back. The back panel comes with a premium leather finish and it is detachable, but the battery is non-removable.

Better Viewing Experience With Bluelight Filter:

The display comes with ASUS TruVivid technology, which provides superior clarity, brightness, and touch responsiveness. The Bluelight Filter for Eye Care protects the users’ eyes from strain during prolonged usage.

Hardware:

As I said earlier, the notable change in this new variant is the processor. The new variant comes with 1.5 GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 615 processor. With the improved processor, multi-tasking becomes easy in Zenfone Max. I didn’t notice any much lag on the device in this past 7 days of usage. The phone comes with 2GB and 3GB RAM variants.

Camera:

The camera is same as its previous version. It holds 13 Megapixel, f/2.0-aperture rear camera with the ASUS PixelMaster 2.0 technology and dual-LED flash for natural-looking photography. It also features Laser Auto Focus technology that helps photography enthusiasts focus on an object in as fast as 0.03 seconds. ZenFone Max’s front camera is a 5 Megapixel, a f/2.0-aperture camera with 85° wide-viewing angle that helps in incorporating more information and details into the picture.

The camera apps has many in-built features and modes like beautification, HDR, depth of field, Super resolution, low-light, night mode, gif animation mode, panorama, smile detection, time-lapse, slow-motion for videos, etc.,

The overall picture quality is outstanding for the budget phone.

Check out the Camera Samples from the New Asus Zenfone Max 2016:

Battery:

Same as the older version, this phone comes with 5000 mAh lithium-polymer battery, which is more enough for a regular usage. OTG cable is included in the newer variants as well to use the phone as a power bank and to connect other USB gadgets. The Power Saver mode helps users manage and extend the battery life even more. With five battery modes and two smart switches, you can make your own battery optimization settings and make the battery last even longer.

Storage:

The new variant comes with 32 GB internal memory in which 7.79 GB is system reserved and the rest 24.21 GB is available for the user. You can also expand the storage up to 64GB with a microSD card. In addition to this, ASUS is offering 100GB of free storage for 2 years for the phone buyers. You can claim it when accessing the Google drive app for the first time in your Max phone.

Asus Zenfone Max 2016 - Storage

Operating System and UI:

The new variants are backed with Android’s latest version MarshMallow 6.0.1 and it comes with Asus ZenUI. Asus ZenUI comes with many preloaded apps like phot collage, video editor, battery booster, etc.,

SIM :

Asus Zenfone Max holds dual micro SIM slots and both supports 4G LTE technology. But you can set any one SIM to 3G/4G at one time.

Box Contents:

The box contains  a Phone with a non-removable battery, Charger with removable USB cable and an OTG cable.

Price:

After launching the new variant, Asus India had reduced the price of Zenfone Max older version to Rs.8999 [16GB/Quad-Core/2GB RAM].

The new Asus Zenfone Max 2016 variants are priced at Rs.9999 for 2GB variant [32GB/Octa-Core/2GB RAM] and Rs.12999 for 3GB variant [32GB/Octa-Core/3GB RAM].

Pros:
  • Processor
  • Camera
  • Battery Backup
Cons:
  • Weight
  • No fast Charging

Conclusion:

ASUS Zenfone Max is one of the best device in the market for a budget price with an octa-core processor. Really the device impresses with its processing, camera quality, and the battery backup. You can also use the device as a power bank to charge other USB gadgets which helps a lot while traveling. Asus Zenfone Max[2106] is a beast in battery and other specifications. The device weighs 205 grams and it is acceptable when considering its huge battery.