Asus has launched their zenfone 3 series smartphones a few months back in India. In addition to the Zenfone 3, Zenfone 3 Laser, Zenfone 3 Deluxe models, Asus Zenfone 3 Max was launched in two variants, one is 5.2 inch and the other is with a 5.5-inch display. We have already posted the frequently asked questions, pros and cons of the mobile during the launch if you missed, check out the same here. Also, I have got a chance to use the 5.5 inch variant of Zenfone 3 max for few days and here is my detailed review of the device.
Asus Zenfone 3 Max Review:
Design & Display:
Asus Zenfone 3 Max comes in a metal aluminum unibody design with rounded edges on four sides of the phone. The phone is slim and shiny. Easy to hold and the shining finish makes the phone slippery. But that’s not an issue because it gives the premium look to the phone. On the front, we have 8 MP camera, sensors, earpiece. On the right, we have volume and power buttons. We have the SIM card and microSD card slot on the left. On the back, we have 16 MP rear camera with two-tone flash and fingerprint scanner just below the camera. On the top, we have 3.5 mm audio jack and secondary noise-canceling microphone. Bottom we have the mic, speaker grill, and micro USB standard port. It has a 2.5 D contoured display glass. Below the display, we have the physical navigation buttons.
The phone has a 5.5-inch full HD display with the maximum brightness level of 450 nits. The screen has 73% screen-to-body ratio and it has Bluelight Filter for Eye Care. The screen quality is decent, where the sharpness is good and the colors are slightly over-saturated. You can make use of the blue light filter to protect your eyes while reading and night.
The phone comes in 4 different colors Glacier Silver, Sand Gold, Titanium Grey and Rose Pink.
Hardware and Performance:
Zenfone 3 Max 5.5 inch variant is equipped with Qualcomm 64-bit Snapdragon 430 Octa-Core processor along with Adreno 505 GPU. This processor is capable of Qualcomm quick charge 3.0. This variant has 3 GB of RAM for better performance. The inbuilt storage is 32 GB and the memory can be expandable up to 128 GB using a microSD card. OTG also supported on this phone, so you can connect external storage devices to access data. In addition to the above, it has 5 GB ASUS WebStorage valid for the lifetime and 100GB Google Drive space for 2 years. The phone comes with the fingerprint sensor which is located on the backside of the phone just below the camera. You can save up to 5 fingerprints. The fingerprint sensor response is good. There is a notification light located at the front.
The phone comes with Dual SIM hybrid SIM slot supports 4G LTE with VoLTE. Both SIM slots support 4G, but you can use any one SIM with 4G at a time. While using 4G on one SIM, the other SIM will support 3G/2G. Initially, I had some problem with Jio to Jio calls and after the software update, there is no problem with the calls as well as data. This works well with all networks. Also the phone has Bluetooth V 4.1 +A2DP +EDR, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, GPS.
The navigation buttons are not backlit which is disappointing. The phone has the following sensors like Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Fingerprint, Proximity, Ambient light, E-Compass, Hall Sensor and IR sensor (Laser Focus) sensor.
On the rear, we have a 16 MP camera – 5 P largen lens with LED flash, f/2.0 aperture, dual LED real tone flash, Blue Glass IR Filter. The camera comes with the laser and phase detection, which helps to quick focus objects. The camera app is fast, so you can take more photos quickly without any lag. You can able to record full HD videos.
On the front, we have 8 MP camera with f/2.2 aperture and 4 P largen lens. You can record full HD videos even from the front camera.
I can rate the camera as above average after few clicks on various locations.
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Zenfone 3 Max runs on Android MarshMallow 6.0.1 with the brand-new ASUS ZenUI 3.0 on top. As usual, it has a lot of the preloaded apps, but you can able to uninstall some of the third party apps which help to save some space used by the unused apps. If you don’t like any app from ASUS, then you can able to disable them. You can also make use of the plenty of themes available in the theme store.
It comes with a 4100 mAh non-removable battery. As I mentioned earlier, the phone has the capacity of quick charge 3.0, but the company has bundled the slow charger [10 W] with the phone. The phone took 3 hours for a complete charge with the charger given with the phone. The battery backup is really good when compare to the same range smartphones. On a heavy usage, the battery lasts for almost 30 to 35 hours. You can also make use of various battery saving modes available on the phone for more performance. The phone is also capable of reverse charging, so you can charge the other devices.
Overall the specifications, camera, battery performance makes the phone as an above average device. The performance of the phone is really good and I didn’t find any lag, heating issues, battery draining complaints while using the device. The phone is priced at Rs.17999 which looks slightly higher for the device with the processor. Rest all the features of the device are fine.
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