Off late, Smartphone OEM’s have made a conscious effort to address the battery related issues in Android ecosystem. Many smartphone manufacturers have tried to beef-up battery capacity, while other persisted with average battery, but with fast charging. Recently Asus also joined the bandwagon of beefed up battery phones with its Zenfone Max which features a massive 5000mAh battery. We have been receiving lots of user queries related to Asus Zenfone Max. Therefore, we have tried to answer all the Zenfone Max related question in this article.
Key Specifications And Features:
|Asus Zenfone Max
|5.5 Inch, 720p HD
|1.2 quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410; Adreno 306
|16GB, expandable up to 64GB
|Android 5.0 Lollipop based ZenUI
|13 MP, f/2.0, laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, 1080p Videos
|Dimensions and weight
|156 x 77.5 x 10.6 mm, 202 Grams
|4G LTE, Dual SIM
Display, Design and Build
Question: How is the Asus Zenfone Max design?
Answer: Owing to its big battery, the Zenfone Max is naturally chunky and heavy, but clever design on Asus part makes it feel a lot better in day to day handling than it is supposed to. The phone has a decent 70% percent screen-to-body ratio at the front and a premium looking plastic faux-leather back which is curves at the edges to ensure comfortable grip.
On the front, it looks more like Zenfone 5 than current generation Zenfone 2 and its siblings, but that’s not a bad thing.
Question: How is the build quality of Asus Zenfone Max?
Answer: The build quality of Zenfone Max is of top notch and it feels quite solid in hands.
Question: Does it have capacitive keys? Are the capacitive keys backlit?
Answer: Yes, Zenfone Max comes with capacitive keys. No, the keys are not backlit.
Question: How is the display of Asus Zenfone Max?
Answer: Asus has fitted a 5.5-inch IPS capacitive touch-screen display with 1280 x 720 HD resolution and 267ppi pixel density. The Text and icons on the display are sharp enough for day to day usage. During multimedia consumption as well phone it managed to impress us with its rich and balanced colors, and wide viewing angles. ZenUI also allow users to tweak color settings as per personal preference. All said and done, Zenfone Max is using a good quality IPS LCD panel.
Question: How is the outdoor visibility? Does Zenfone Max has option for automatic brightness?
Answer: Asus has ensured that we users don’t have to worry about sunlight legibility. Yes, Asus has added an option for automatic brightness as well.
Question: Does Asus Zenfone Max display has gorilla glass protection?
Answer: Yes, its display wears Gorilla Glass protection.
Performance and Storage
Question: How much internal storage space is free? Can Apps be moved to SD card on Zenfone Max?
Answer: Out of 16GB user gets 10.48 GB as usable space. Yes, apps can be moved from internal storage to microSD cards.
Question: Does Asus Zenfone Max support USB OTG?
Answer: Yes, it does support USB OTG. An OTG cable comes bundled with the phone.
Question: How is day to day or general performance? How is gaming performance of Asus Zenfone Max?
Answer: Asus Zenfone Max is a decent performer despite featuring a budget chipset. We have noticed no specific shortcoming as far as performance is concerned. IT handled all our day to day tasks pretty well without raising any alarm bells. We threw few benchmark tests and games like Asphalt 8 and Dead Trigger 2 to put it under stress but it managed to handle everything without much trouble.
Question: What are benchmark scores of Asus Zenfone Max?
Answer: Here are some benchmark scores
|Vellamo (Browser, Metal, Multicore)
|PC Mark Work performance
Question: Does Zenfone Max has heating issues?
Answer: As we mentioned above, we ran lots of benchmark tests and played a couple of graphic intensive games on our review unit but it managed to remain calm and its temperature didn’t skyrocket anywhere close to being uncomfortable for usage.
Question: How much RAM is free on first boot?
Answer: At the time of first boot, 885mb out of 2GB was available for usage.
Question: Does Asus Zenfone Max support Google cardboard and other VR gear?
Answer: No, gyroscope is missing, so VR capabilities will be limited. It is not compatible with Google Cardboard.
Question: How is the Zenfone Max camera performance?
Answer: Zenfone Max borrows the camera from Asus Zenfone 2 Laser. It features a 13MP camera at the back with fast laser auto-focus, f/2.0 aperture dual tone LED flash and blue glass filter. The primary camera works well in the well-lit locations. It impressed us with its ability to capture a decent amount of details in low-lighting condition with HDR turned on. The 5MP front camera is good enough to capture selfies for social media. In low light, Auto Mode the image quality isn’t anything to write home about. We will continue our camera testing and give our final verdict in our full review.
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Question: Is HDR mode present in Zenfone Max camera?
Answer: Yes, there is an option to enable (or disable) HDR mode in this phone.
Question: Can Asus Zenfone Max shoot 4K videos?
Answer: It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 which doesn’t support 4K videos.
Question: Can you record slow-motion videos on Asus Zenfone Max?
Answer: No, we couldn’t find any option to record Slo-mos on Asus Zenfone Max.
Question: How is the software?
Question: Does Asus Zenfone Max support Gestures?
Answer: Yes, it supports both touch and motion gestures.
Question: What kind of SIM card does Asus Zenfone Max accept?
Answer: It accepts micro-SIM card on both slots.
Question: What is the SAR Value of Asus Zenfone Max?
Answer: The SAR Value is 0.58 W/Kg at the head and 0.407 W/Kg at the body.
Question: How is the call quality on Zenfone Max?
Answer: Zenfone Max call quality offers decent calling experience. We didn’t notice any voice distortion while making or receiving calls.
Question: How is the Battery backup on Zenfone Max?
Answer: Battery is the strongest suite of Zenfone Max. Mammoth 5000mAh battery lasted for 2 days of moderate usage. Zenfone Max can also be used to top-up battery of your other portable devices thanks to its reverse charging feature.
Question: Is the battery removable on Zenfone Max?
Answer: Unfortunately, battery of Zenfone Max is non-removable. Doing so might void your warranty.
Question: How many sensors are present in Zenfone Max?
Answer: It features Accelerometer, proximity and compass as sensors.
Question: How loud is the loudspeaker on Zenfone Max?
Answer: Asus Zenfone Max loudspeaker enough but clearly lacks the punch of Lenovo Vibe K4 Note.
Asus Zenfone Max is a big battery phone. While delivering all that extra battery juice, it doesn’t gravely compromise on other aspects either. Coming with a price tag of 10,000 INR, Zenfone Max checks almost all the right boxes from value to money, but you will still be buying this for battery longevity, which is the veritable highlight here. Stay tuned for Asus Zenfone Max full review (coming soon).