So, Asus released the successor of ZenFone Max within the ZenFone 3 series. You guys are looking for ZenFone 3 Max Review, here it is. We will talk more about what this smartphone can do and what not.  The ZenFone 3 Max packs a 4,100mAh unit as the main ‘Max’ feature.

The ZenFone 3 Max we received for review is the 5.5-inch model. Although, it is available in two variants. 5.2 inch for around 12,999, and 5.5″ for around 17,999 INR. Let’s talk about the device.

Unboxing of ZenFone 3 Max 5.5″ ZC553KL

Build and Design: ZenFone 3 Max Review

ZenFone 3 Max Review

The design is standard, metallic body with 2.5D glass which is quite beautiful. Apart from the metal panel it has two plastic panels at the bottom and top for better reception.

There are no backlit buttons as they are capacitive buttons you may face difficulties in dark better use vibration. As there are conventional sensors on the top up with a notification LED. This LED is there in the panel you can not notice it usually.

On the rear, there is a camera, fingerprint, dual flash and laser focus. The good this about 5.5″ unit is, it has the laser focus which helps in better and fast focusing. It is the plus point for this smartphone with the metallic body. Yes, the finishing is just okay because there is a slight diff in border and body. The first ZenFone Max had a plastic finish which was reasonable and better than this state.

Apart from the complete body, the ZenFone 3 Max weighs 175g which and in thickness it stands in front of iPhone 7 Plus, Meizu M3 Note, etc.

On the right of the device, there are buttons; nice and clicky. Phone feels nice to hold and It’s a plus for this smartphone too.

On the left, there is a sim slot which is a hybrid slot. Two Sim Cards or One sim, One SD Card. The rear fingerprint is right with unlocks. Another plus for the ZenFone 3 Max.

Features & Specs: ZenFone 3 Max Review

Another plus point of this smartphone is that you can charge another device too. You will get an OTG cable for this. It can provide 1.5A of current for charging, which is so far so good.

You will get a 3GB RAM and 32GB Storage which is quite sufficient for this device. You can expand the storage up to 128GB, and there is a massive 4,100mAh battery which is just excellent. A 16mp rear camera and an eight mp front facing the camera, laser focus, fingerprint, mono speaker at the bottom and a Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor.

Display: ZenFone 3 Max Review

It has a full HD display with 1920×1080 resolution with a nice pixel density. There are no doubts in colour reproduction, and we didn’t find any issues with the screen quality. The screen is bright and good so far. You might face issues in direct sunlight, but it is better than other smartphones.

 

 

Software: ZenFone 3 Max Review

It runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with ZenUI on the top. MIUI, EUI or ZenUI; they all are skins over the stock Android which allows more customization in the smartphone. Remove those extra apps for better use. You can also download themes from Themes store, which is a great thing to design it funky. You will find some new settings also with add or remove features.

 

We liked the GameGenie application. You can stream your screen on something like Twitch or YouTube. But must check out some cool features in the settings. We liked the double-tap and few more gestures.

Performance: ZenFone 3 Max Review

As you know it comes with snapdragon 430 which is an entry level processor mostly comes with under 10,000INR smartphones. It lags sometimes and moreover because of ZenUI you might face slow processing after installing many apps. It would have been perfect with 650 processor. Overall performance is just okay. You can go with Redmi 3S which has the same 430 processor and 4100mAh battery. The sound from that mono speaker is good so far.

Camera: ZenFone 3 Max Review


There is a rear camera 16MP f/2.0 unit with PDAF & Laser-assist focussing. It also features EIS, a super-resolution mode, HDR, low-light mode, etc. But In real life, the camera isn’t that good. The camera does focus quickly.

HDR and night mode are just good in real-life, though. We can not say much on this camera. HDR didn’t show that much dynamic range or however, it struggles in low light too.

Battery: ZenFone 3 Max Review

Battery life is just impressive, the main highlight of this smartphone. But the sad thing is there is no fast charging for this type of battery.

Conclusion:

Everything is good in the smartphone, but this laggy SoC ruins the taste according to the price. We hope Asus will tag the price keeping the performance rate in mind. But We appreciate the looks, quality and battery of the device. That’s it for the ZenFone 3 Max Review.