One of the biggest pain points for most of the smartphone users in the current day scenario is the poor battery life they offer. In what appears to be an approach to tackle this problem, Asus has launched the Zenfone 3 Max with a huge 4,100mAh battery in the country today.
This is not the first time the company is following such approach. It has earlier launched the Asus Zenfone Max with a humongous 5,000mAh battery at just Rs. 9,999. A few other smartphone vendors like the Gionee and Xiaomi have also launched budget-level smartphones with huge battery capacities earlier.
Coming back to the Asus Zenfone 3 Max, for what it's worth, the smartphone packs mediocre features. Let's take a look at them one-by-one.
The Asus Zenfone 3 Max, which is believed to be the successor of the Zenfone Max comes with a neat design. Unlike its predecessor, the smartphone dons a full metal body. Although the front of the device looks quite iPhone-ish it doesn't fail to raise the eyebrows.
We got lucky and received a review unit from the company before the launch. You can have a look at the device's first impressions here.
Two size variants
The smartphone is launched in India in two size-variants - a 5.2-inch (ZC520TL) one with HD display and 5.5-inch (ZC553KL) variant with Full HD resolution display. Both the variants boast a 2.5D curved glass design.
Both the smartphones, the 5.2-inch (ZC520TL) variant and the 5.5-inch (ZC553KL) variant come packed with the pretty mediocre internals in comparison to the other smartphones available in similar price range. The 5.2-inch one comes equipped with the MediaTek MT6737M chipset coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB internal storage space.
Whereas, its bigger sibling is powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage which is expandable up to 128GB via a microSD card.
On the software side of things, both of them run Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box with a layer of company's ZenUI 3.0 atop. Both the dual-SIM smartphones feature a fingerprint scanner at the back which has become more of a norm these days. Other features include standard connectivity options.
The bigger variant sports a 16MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and a dual-LED flash for low-light photography. At the front is an 8MP camera with f/2.2 aperture and an 84-degree wide angle lens. On the other hand, the 5.2-inch variant has 13MP primary camera and a 5MP shooter at the front.
Support for Reliance Jio
The Asus Zenfone 3 Max offers support for 4G VoLTE meaning you can make use of Reliance Jio's Welcome Offers on the smartphone.
Charge other smartphones
The USP of the Zenfone 3 Max is its huge battery. Both the variants are backed by a 4,100mAh battery. They also allow you to charge other devices provide you have a USB OTG.
The smaller Zenfone 3 Max (ZC520TL) is priced at Rs. 12,999 while the bigger one (ZC553KL) will set you back by Rs. 17,999.