Asus ZenFone 3 Max Review – Optimized Battery Meets Cool Looks


Asus ZenFone 3 Max Review |

The Asus ZenFone 3 Max is one cool smartphone that offers best of both the worlds – when it comes to power optimization and great looks.

As a brand Asus has always been on innovative edge and this has created the basis for its latest ZenFone 3 range of smartphones. Keeping this spirit of innovation in mind, Asus has unveiled ZenFone 3 Max, which is available in two variants.

We have reviewed the larger and more expensive of the two variants from Asus, the ZenFone 3 Max (ZC553KL). This smartphone features the same design elements as the rest of the ZenFone 3 series by Asus. ZenFone Max comes with a large 4,100mAh battery and an increased focus on the device’s power efficiency.

Priced at INR17,999, this smartphone delivers a unique combination of cool looks, specifications as well as more than average battery life.

Asus ZenFone 3 Max Design

Asus ZenFone 3 range is all about innovation in metal design – and the ZenFone 3 Max is no different. It features a metal unibody, with slim silver antenna lines near the top and bottom of the device.

This smartphone has all its edges in rounded form factor, which gives the phone a great feel when in hand. It comes with a hybrid SIM tray and also offers option to have either two SIM cards (nano + micro) or one micro-SIM and one microSD card for expandable storage capacity.

ZenFone 3 max has a 5.5-inch full-HD screen. While reviewing the product, we felt that this is a decent screen in terms of sharpness and delivers great color viewing performance and we also had no issues with sunlight legibility while working on this device.

Asus ZenFone 3 Max Specifications

The ZenFone 3 Max comes with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC – this sits right at the heart of this device’s power management capabilities.

There’s also 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage (expandable by up to 128GB using a microSD card) and 4G LTE with VoLTE support. The phone has a large 4,100mAh battery, which is still quite a large and delivers wonderfully optimized performance for the users. While reviewing this device, we played around with multiple Apps, games etc and found that this is more than apt for a one and half day of heavy usage.

Asus ZenFone 3 Max Battery

This is really a superstar when it comes to battery performance. With this introduction of Zenfone 3 Max, Asus has reduced the size of the battery, now using a 4,100mAh unit. However, surprisingly – this has not taken away anything from this device. I can surely say that with careful usage – it is definitely possible to get up to two full days of usage on a single charge with this smartphone.

And yes, there are software-based power saving modes, which disable some functions to stretch battery life on essential functions. A ‘Super Saving’ mode claims to offer 2.5 times as much battery time as the normal mode, by keeping only the phone, SMS and alarm functions active. Users can also set schedules for power usage, or have the phone switch to Super Saving mode when the battery level drops under 10 percent.

Asus ZenFone 3 Max Software

Asus ZenFone 3 Max (ZC553KL) runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, with the company’s Zen UI layered on top of this. While some third party apps and games can be uninstalled, a lot of Asus’ own apps can only be disabled.

Asus ZenFone 3 Max Camera

This smartphone comes with a 16-megapixel rear and 8-megapixel front camera, the ZenFone 3 Max is above-average when it comes to camera specifications. There’s also an f/2.0 aperture, hybrid autofocus using phase detection and a laser feature embedded in the camera functionalities. The phone also provides up to full-HD video recording with both cameras.

Final Verdict

At a time when there are a number of brands which are positioning their devices for increased battery usage – the ZenFone 3 Max strikes great balance between delivering power-efficiency, performance and great looks as well.