Smartphones are improving in most areas – be it camera, design, build quality but one key area that is missed out is the battery life. We charge our phones daily, sometimes even multiple times a day. Manufacturers like Lenovo with their P1 and P1m and Gionee with their M5 and M5 Lite are trying to address the battery life issue faced by the consumers. Asus is one of the latest entrant to try its luck with a huge battery smartphone – the Asus Zenfone Max with its mammoth 5000 mAh battery for a price tag of INR 9999.
Does it live up to all the hype it created at the Asus Zen festival last August in India? We are here to find out.
With a huge battery under the hood, the smartphone weighs in at around 202 grams, you can feel its weight in your hands but it is however a small sacrifice for the kind of battery life the device offers.
Build and Design
The Zenfone series from Asus in 2015 has followed the same legacy design of the Zenfone 2 but the Zenfone Max is a bit different. It does not incorporate the rear-mounted volume rockers but instead goes the traditional route. This was probably done to include the huge 5000 mAh with a not-so bulky body with just 10.1 mm thickness. The Display is a standard 5.5” panel with 720 x 1280 pixels and just like most Zenfones (launched in 2015), this ain’t different – this is too a two handed device for most people.
The device comes with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset with Adreno 306 GPU. There is 2 GB of RAM present on the device . The device features 16 GB of storage out of which around 10-11 GB is free for the user. It comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop with Asus’s custom skin called Zen UI which provides a great user experience as well as useful features like Glove mode, one-handed mode, display contrast adjustment, gestures and much more.
Even though the Asus ZenFone Max has a budget CPU and basic specifications that are aimed at achieving energy efficiency, it’s still a decent performer for the price.Most of the specifications as well as performance is very similar to the Asus Zenfone 2 Laser. It’s basically a Zenfone 2 Laser with a bigger battery.
The phone supports Dual SIMs and both the sim slots support 4G LTE networks. Call Quality and signal reception is solid and consistent like most other Zenfones.
And just like any other Zenfones, the speaker grill at the back is big, but the speaker itself is tiny and the audio output is weak.
The Zenfone Max and the Zenfone 2 Laser are really similar devices and the Max incorporates the same 13 Megapixel sensor with Laser autofocus module from the Zenfone 2 Laser. The camera is able to record 1080p videos at 30 fps. The front 5 megapixel is also the same as the Laser.
The camera app is the same as found on most other Zenfone series smartphones. The camera performs decently in indoor settings and outdoor shots are really good when properly composed.
The laser autofocus system does its wonders in close up shots and is quick and accurate and ensures properly focused subjects most of the time.
The front camera is average and satisfactory for the price it comes for.
The key feature of the smartphone is its huge 5000 mAh battery. The Snapdragon 410 CPU is energy efficient and this is definitely a plus point for its endurance. Even if you consider yourself a heavy user, you can’t make this phone die in a single day.Battery backup is really good, you can expect about 9 to 12 hours of continuous moderate usage on a single charge. For those people who are light users, you can even expect 3 full days worth of battery life from this smartphone.
The Asus Zenfone Max is a very good handset with excellent battery backup. This definitely is a better suited device compared to other phones in this segment. Lack of fingerprint scanner makes up in the battery department. If you are tired of poor battery life and are looking for an affordable option that doesn’t break the bank, the Asus Zenfone Max is a really good option to consider.