Few months ago, ASUS launched a whole set of Zenfone 2 variants includes Zenfone 2 Laser, Zenfone 2 Selfie and Zenfone 2 Deluxe. Currently we got our hands-on with Zenfone 2 Max. As the name hints, it’s a phone with a large battery mAh with same Zenfone 2 design aspects. Instead of an Intel processor, this one comes with a Qualcomm chipset and an affordable price tag.
DESIGN & BUILD
Asus has taken exactly the same design elements found on the first ZenFone 2. If you look at it from the front, you can barely tell the difference. It has the same screen size, shape and design.
Asus has preferred a more satisfying matte finish, while ZenFone 2, that has a faux metal-texture. It provides an excellent in the hand grip and doesn’t attract smudges and remains rather clean but prone to get scratches easily.
From the back, the Laser features the same curved back panel, and the same volume button and speaker placement as the original ZenFone 2. The difference lies on the placement of the dual tone flash and the laser autofocus sensor.
The ZenFone 2 Max weight 202 grams which is heavier than the rest Zenfone 2 variants due to its high capacity battery, though it measures the same at 10.6mm.
DISPLAY & FEATURES
Zenfone Max provides a screen display of 5.5 inches HD(720p) IPS display with a pixel density of 267 pixels per inches which is not upto mark as compared to today’s competitive market where full HD smartphones are easily available at same price range. Apart from that, it has the most recent version of Corning Gorilla Glass 4 which provides better.
The Zenfone Max is powered by 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 chipset alongside a 2GB RAM that ensure it has enough power for a smooth multitasking. There is also an Adreno 306 GPU which does a good job for playing high-end games. NOVA 3 played exceptionally well. While in some games like Asphalt 8, Modern Combat 5, there were minor drops in frame rates at the highest settings. Do remember that the Snapdragon 410 is mid-range and has limited capability. But despite that, the overall gaming experience is quite good. Zenfone 2 Max has a customised build of Android Lollipop, which is skinned with Asus’s ZenUI. That being said, the phone’s UI is butter smooth and responsive, and the overall operation is fast and snappy.
The ZenFone Max comes with a 5,000mAh battery, which is the highlight features of Zenfone Max. Device comes with normal charging technology which point of disappointment since it will take very long time to charge. Using charger provided with Zenfone Max, it will take around 3 hour to get it charge. So make it faster you can chose suitable fast charger. But battery back of Zenfone Max is excellent. Continuous heavy usage of Zenfone Max allow you to use battery upto 16-17 Hours. Where as using device with heavy usage it last for 2 days and for moderate usage it can last upto 4 days. We are very happy with it’s excellent battery backup. Not only 5000 mAh battery provide power to Zenfone Max it can also charge your other devices. Yes it can also work like power bank.
The Asus ZenFone Max is a device that gives consumers most features at a decent price point. As compared to OPPO and Lenovo, Asus has done excellent job providing large battery with good performance smartphone under 10000 mark. the device is bit heavy due to battery of weight and other components but it feels really premium and solid to hold. So if you are running short on the budget and don’t want to charge the device once in a day then this device is your best bet.