Asus Zenfone 3S Max Review

Updated On: Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Finally, the wait is over. Asus Zenfone 3S Max is officially launched for the price of Rs.14999 in India. We have already posted about the phone a few days back . Check out the FAQ and Picture round of the post here. The phone features a decent specification and extended battery life. This phone is the latest addition to the existing zenfone 3 series. I have been using the phone for a few weeks now and here is the detailed review about the phone.

Asus Zenfone 3S Max

Design & Display & Package:

The phone sports a 2.5D contoured Glass in a new full-metal, aluminum alloy body, and 5.2 HD IPS display. The display is capable of 720p and the images are clear and crisp. The phone is 8.85mm thick at the sides. On the front, we have 8 MP camera, sensors, earpiece. Below the screen, we have the on-screen navigation buttons and the fingerprint sensor. On the right, we have volume and power buttons. We have the hybrid SIM card slot on the left. On the back, we have 13 MP rear camera with dual LED Real-tone flash and ASUS branding. On the top, we have 3.5 mm audio jack and secondary noise-cancelling microphone. Bottom we have the mic, speaker grill, and micro USB port. The phone weighs about 175 grams and it is 8.85mm thick at the sides. Overall the phone fits compact in hand.

The phone is available in two colors Black and Gold.

The Box package contains the Asus Zenfone 3S Max itself, Charging Adaptor and micro USB cable, Earphone, User Guide and Warranty Card.

Hardware and Specifications of Zenfone 3S Max:

Zenfone 3S Max is equipped with MediaTek 6750 Octa-core 64 bit processor clocked at 1.5GHz with Mali T860 graphics processing unit. It also packed with 3 GB RAM for better performance and the phone has 32 GB built-in Storage that is further expandable up to 2TB with the Micro SD card. OTG also supported on this phone, so you can connect external storage devices to access data. In addition to this, Asus offers 5 GB ASUS WebStorage valid for lifetime and 100GB Google Drive space for 2 years on every new purchase.

The phone has the fingerprint sensor which is located on the front side of the phone and it has a mechanical button. The fingerprint sensor is capable of unlocking the phone from the lock screen. You can add up to 5 fingerprints. The navigation buttons are on-screen buttons.

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 the only 3G/2G. This works well with all networks. The phone supports JIO VoLTE feature. Also, the phone has Bluetooth V 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Hotspot, WiFi Direct, GPS, AGPS CAT. 4. 150/50Mbps (download/upload).

Battery:

You may all aware that the previous version of the Zenfone Max was built with 5000 mAh massive battery. Now the same was adopted in Zenfone 3S Max. Yes, this phone comes with long lasting 5000 mAh non-removable Lithium-polymer battery. The phone battery lasts for 16 to 18 hrs on a heavy usage and 24 to 30 hours on an average usage. If you are a lite user, then you may not need to worry about the battery. The battery is also capable of doing reverse charging which helps to charge other mobiles, Bluetooth headsets, speakers, and other accessories. You can use the OTG cable to charge other devices. The connector is not included in the box like the previous Max variants.

Camera:

On the rear, we have a 13 MP camera, 5 P largen lens with Dual LED Real-tone Flash. Following are the Camera modes available with the rear camera – Backlight HDR mode, Super Resolution mode, QR reader mode, Low Light mode, Night mode, Selfie mode, Panorama mode, Beautification and Time-Lapse effect modes. The camera is capable of recording Full HD 1080p videos.

On the front, we have 8 MP camera that supports an 85° wide field of view. Following are the Camera modes available with the front camera – HDR, Night, Time-Lapse, Lowlight and Beautification modes.

Checkout the Camera Samples:

Software:

Zenfone 3S Max runs on Android Nougat 7.0 with the brand-new ASUS ZenUI 3.0 on top. The phone comes with Android Nougat out of the box. You can also have the multi-window feature and it helps a lot for multitaskers. 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. The phone also has gesture features to open apps right from the lock screen.

Performance and Test Results:

I have been using the device for a few weeks now and I have tested the phone under various situations. The have been using Jio SIM all the time with this phone. On an average usage I got around 24 to 30 hours and on the heavy usage, I get around 16 to 18 hours. Also, the reverse charging is very useful to charge the other accessories while on the go. The call quality is decent. The phone doesn’t lag much, but sometimes it will. The RAM Management have to be concerned more in the feature updates. Also, we have a lot of preloaded apps. The camera is decent in all lighting conditions and the front camera with beautification mode is really make perfect selfies.

Below the screen, we have only the physical fingerprint sensor at the center and the rest of the space is free. Instead, of having the on-screen navigation buttons, the company might use the use. If played few heavy games and the phone is able to handle them. I would suggest playing the heavy games with medium graphics to get better results. There is no heating problem I absorbed during the usage. The phone supports JIO VoLTE feature and there is no problem with the calls as well as data.

Overall it is decent mid-range smartphone for a normal usage users.

Pros:

  • Compact Size
  • Long Battery
  • Android Nougat 7.0 out of the box
  • Reverse Charging
  • Decent Camera

Cons:

  • Not Full HD
  • Little High priced
  • RAM Management

Final Verdict:

The phone is priced at Rs 14999 and it will be available through online and offline channels. The phone is little overpriced. But this phone will really be a competitor if it is priced between Rs.10000 to Rs.13000.

Please share your views, experience, doubts about this phone via comments.