It was less than a year ago when Asus came up with the Zenfone Max 2 which we were extremely impressed with. It was one of my favourite devices for its insanely long battery life.
The first Zenfone Max had an enormous battery, but poor software and hardware. The second Zenfone Max improved on the software and internals. Now Asus is back with the Zenfone 3 Max and this time around they’ve improved on the design. With the design upgrade, the Max series feels a lot more premium than it used to.
This time around, the Zenfone 3 Max comes in two different variants. They both have an all metal build with a curved back. The one I got is the lower end Zenfone 3 Max.
The Zenfone 3 Max has a 5.2-inch screen with a resolution of 720×1280. It is not too heavy and is still comfortable to hold with the massive battery. There’s a hybrid SIM Slot to the left which can either hold two SIM cards or one SIM and an SD card up to 128GB. The phone also supports VoLTE straight out of the box. There’s a headphone jack on the top and a micro-USB charging port in the bottom. On the right, the phone has a volume rocker and the power button. On the back, there’s the camera module and the fingerprint sensor right below it.
The Zenfone 3 Max has a 13MP Primary Camera with a single colour LED Flash and a 5MP Secondary Camera.
The phone runs on a Quad Core 1.25GHz Cortex-A53 with Mediatek MT6737M Chipset. For graphic processing, the Zenfone 3 Max uses Mali-T720MP2. The phone has 16GB ROM and 2GB RAM. The performance has never been the reason to get any device from the Max series, and neither is this one. But the phone does perform well with day to day tasks and light gaming.
Like every other Asus phone, this one also runs on their own flavour of Android 6.0, ZenUI 3.0. ZenUI still has some bloatware but has substantially reduced over the years, and some of the preinstalled apps can be deleted.
Coming to the battery, it is the most important part of Zenfone Max. It has a 4,100mAh Li-Po Battery which lasts one and half days with heavy usage and up to three full days with light usage. The phone does not support fast charging, but a 10W charger is included in the box which can charge the phone from 0 to 100 in just about 2 hours.
The Zenfone 3 Max not only has a huge battery for the phone itself but can also act as a power bank with the included OTG cable!
The Zenfone 3 Max comes in three different colours: Titanium Grey, Glacier Silver, Sand Gold and costs Rs.12,999. If long battery life is what you’re looking for, the Zenfone 3 Max is an incredible buy!