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Zenfone 3 Max Review: Budget Phone With Best Battery Life

Updated on October 9, 2017

Highlights:

  • 13 mp primary and 5 mp secondary snappers
  • Huge 4100 mAh battery
  • 2 GB RAM
  • Rear mounted finger print sensor
  • Full metal body with 2.5D curved glass display
  • Fits in the budget!

The new Zenfone 3 Max from from Asus is worth looking into, Which is a great device with huge battery and good performance with a competitive price of $150 for the unlocked model.

The device is handy with a 5.2" hd display weighing 148g only.

It has got a massive 4100mAh battery which will last about two full days for a normal user and more than one full day for a heavy user.

It can be even used as a power bank for your other devices by a USB on the go cable!

The display is really good in terms of brightness with 400nits brightness level, also the bezels are thin with a good 75% screen to body ratio. The touch screen provided by Asus is a 2.5d glass touch screen.

The finger print sensor is also quite good which unlock the device in a fraction of second. There are some other gestures enabled with finger print like summoning the selfie camera and capturing quick snaps.

The device comes with 16 GB ROM& 2 GB RAM, 32 GB ROM& 3 GB RAM combinations.

The memory can be expanded through a micro SD card upto 256 GB.

At a price of $150 for unlocked version, its a really good deal.

Communication

The device supports LTE cat 4 .There are seven band present in the LTE network, which is a pretty good thing considering the price range.

The Wifi present is 802.11 b/g/n, sadly there is no dual band wifi here.

The GPS/GLONASS module present in the device is satisfying which shows an accuracy around 3 meters outdoor.

Bluetooth V4 is also present.

Software

The device comes with Zen UI 3.0 based on Android 6 marshmallow. The icons are large, more rounded and colorful.

There is a provision of animated widgets for the lock screen. There are lot of customizing options with themes and all. There are some preloaded photo editing softwares present.

Overall it is an average UI, Users who doesn't require a pure android experience (as in Nexus or Pixel) won't have a problem with it.

Connectivity

The device offers a dual sim slots bud sadly it is a hybrid slot as the user need to take a decision between a second sim or memory card. It comes with a an FM radio also.

The sim slot is on the left side while the volume controls and power button are on the right side.

It has a micro USB port and a 3.5 mm jack but no type C port. But it is justifiable given the price.

Call Quality

The phone app is the redesigned one from Asus, but it is pretty similar to Google's standard one.

Recent calls and incoming numbers are at the top. Contacts, favorites, groups are easily accessible via tabs, and call blocking is also quite easy.

The call quality is acceptable, not so loud but clear. The loud speaker also performs above average.

Performance

The device comes with a Mediatek 6737m 64 bit processor clocked at 1.2 GHz. The GPU inside is Mali-T720 MP2.

The performance is okay for every day usage. When comes to gaming this device can handle normal games like a piece of cake. In the case of graphic intense games like Modern Combat Combat 5, Asphalt 8, we experience occasional frame rate drops, but playable.

The device scored an impressive Antutu score of around 30300.

Battery and Speaker performance

The device comes with a massive 4100 mAH battery, which is main highlight of it. It last around 20 hrs with medium usage and more than 2 days with normal/simple usage.

The device can even be used as a power bank for another device with the help of a USB on the go cable!

The speakers are placed in the back of the device so there are chances of sound getting blocked if the device is placed on a flat surface.

The sound output from the device is pretty decent. It is not so loud but acceptable and clear enough.

Camera Department

In the camera department the Zenfone 3 Max boasts a with 13 MP front shooter with PixelMaster technology and f/2.2 aperture producing good quality images and a 5 MP shooter handles the selfie department.

There is a super resolution capture which captures multiple shots simultaneously for a single photograph with astonishing 52 MP detail! There is a low light mode for capturing good quality photos even in poor lighting conditions.

In good lighting conditions both the cameras performs well. But struggles in poor lighting conditions.

The secondary camera is good for selfies with its f/2.0 aperture.

Camera Samples

Final Verdict

Overall the device is value for money, and is mainly aimed at customers who gives more importance to battery life, than performance. We can not complain about the performance for everyday usage. But there are some serious competitors out there like LG's X Power which has more battery life.

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