Asus Zenfone 3 Max Review: Power Hub

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With Asus Zenfone 3 Max, we saw that Asus has spared no effort to publicize the battery of 4,100 mAh ZenFone 3 Max, putting this information right on the front of the pack. On the sides, we only have information about the device such as the Pixel Master technology used in your camera and the 2.5D finish found on the front panel, seeking to provide an even more elegant set.

Regarding the accessories included by Asus with the ZenFone 3 Max, we have headphones with call button and built-in microphone, spare headphones, two-pin standard plug with 2A output, USB cable with microUSB port, A small key to open the hybrid SIM card or microSD card slot and an OTG adapter that allows other devices to be loaded with ZenFone 3 Max.

Still on the accessories, it is worth highlighting here for the earphones of great quality for the price range of the device. They have good fidelity and a good level of bass and treble, and can be used for long periods without any kind of annoyance.

DESIGN & SCREEN

In terms of design, users who choose ZenFone 3 Max will hardly be disappointed, being a very commendable set for the price range, especially for the materials chosen. The model acquired by us from TodoCelular was golden, and the same tone used even on its front panel. If desired, it can also be purchased in gray or silver, with the first having its front in black.

The 5.2-inch ZenFone 3 Max is 149.5 mm high by 73.7 mm wide, and 8.55 mm thick, thus being taller and thicker than its main rival, LG X Power, but more narrow. It still has 148 grams, something that is justified by the predominant presence of metal in its construction.

Regarding the display, we have a 5.2-inch IPS LCD panel with HD resolution (720 x 1280 pixels), which gives the device an approximate density of 282 ppi. From what could be observed in our tests , this is possibly one of the most positive aspects of the device, being delivered good levels of brightness and contrast, and vibrant colors but do not reach the point of being unrealistic.

The ZenFone 3 Max screen also features a “night mode,” which reduces the incidence of blue tones to optimize the experience in dark environments. In technical terms, the device was able to achieve a maximum brightness of 596 lux (using the 1/100 scale) and a minimum of 12 lux with a white image being displayed, thus ensuring a comfortable experience in the most varied environments.

HARDWARE, PERFORMANCE & GAMES

The ZenFone 3 Max ZC520TL features a MediaTek MT6737M 64-bit Quad-Core 1.25 GHz chipset, ARM Mali-T720 MP2 GPU and 2 GB of RAM, plus a 5.2-inch screen with “HD” resolution only (720 x 1280 pixels) and 16 GB of space for internal storage with possibility of expansion via microSD card, if you do not mind a second SIM chip.

This set is more than enough to perform basic tasks like access to social networks, web browsing and even games like Clash of Clans, Subway Surfers, Asphalt 8 and Modern Combat 5, ensuring a reasonably fluid experience even in heavier titles such as Injustice And Mortal Kombat X.

Regarding connectivity, the ZenFone 3 Max is compatible with Wi-Fi 802.11b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.2 with A2DP / EDR and has GPS connection with A-GPS, GLONASS and BeiDou. It also has proximity sensors, accelerometer and compass, as well as a biometric reader for fingerprint authentication, plus the aforementioned possibility of using two nano-SIM chips.

In the practical test here of TudoCelular.com, ZenFone 3 Max did not do as well as X Power, marking 1 minute and 37 seconds in the first step and 1 minute and 35 seconds in the second, which shows that practically all the apps needed Be reopened in the second cycle. With this, the device totaled 3 minutes and 12 seconds, thus getting almost 20 seconds above that required by its rival.

All results in benchmark tests can be found in our specific test performance, where it is shown that the ZenFone 3 Max reached the following brands:

  • AnTuTu: 38.649
  • GeekBench: 666 / 1.826
  • GeekBench GPU: 891
  • 3D Mark: 174 (Sling Shot ES 3.1)
  • GFX Bench:
    Manhattan: 8.7 / 4 fps
    T-Rex: 11/19 fps

Regarding game performance, as can be seen in the Game Bench captures above, ZenFone 3 Max manages to maintain a fairly acceptable frame rate even in heavier titles, being able to masterfully run simpler games like Subway Surfers, Candy Crush Saga and Clash of Clans.

Obviously you will not have the same performance found in more expensive and powerful models, but we must remember that the tests were performed with the quality of the games at most, so if desired it is possible to reduce a little the presence of particles and textures to have a Fluidity.

One point that still seems to need to be polished is the ZenUI interface used by Asus on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, since although it is quite intuitive and highly customizable it ends up undermining the performance of the device at certain times. This, however, can be easily solved in future updates, and ZenFone 3 Max is expected to receive Android 7.0 Marshmallow sometime in the coming months.

CAMERA

Asus included a very complete camera application on your device, allowing manual control of various points of the image and allowing the use of filters and effects. In terms of quality, ZenFone 3 Max proved very competent in external and with good levels of lighting environments, managing to raise a good amount of votes in our comparative held recently .

On the other hand, in nocturnal environments it ended up not doing so well, mainly due to the digital stabilization system that still needs to be adjusted, requiring a firm hand and a good dose of patience to record good images in these places. It is worth noting that the 5.2-inch model features a 13-megapixel camera with f / 2.2 aperture, while the larger version has something more complete.

The 5 megapixel front camera did not despair but it was not surprising either, a little too much to saturate the images and to record in low resolution compared to rivals, allowing videos in only 640 x 480 pixels. It is worth noting that Asus did not include a “flash” on the screen as other companies have done to lighten the lack of a LED itself, which should disappoint self-fans.

BATTERY

This is the point that could be the great differential of ZenFone 3 Max against rivals of the same price range, but that ended up disappointing enough. During “normal” days, the device can do well and hold on until the end of the night, but just go for a more aggressive use pattern with GPS navigation, streaming audio and games that it will hardly hold until the end of the afternoon, That you have to always measure what you can or can not use.

VERDICT

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

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