ASUS Zenfone MAX Review

Introduction

ASUS’ Zenfone lineup has always been about value for money, and the Zenfone MAX continues this trend. One might not expect much from the MAX’s unassuming $249 price tag, but the Zenfone provides many surprises, including its massive 5000 mAh battery, Corning Gorilla Glass 4 front panel, and laser autofocus. Intriguingly, the MAX is able to function as a portable power bank for other devices when coupled with a USB OTG and micro-USB cable, which ASUS had conveniently provided us with. So how does the MAX stack up compared to the rest of the budget competition?

Pros

  • Good battery life, lasts a full day
  • Screen quality and brightness is impressive despite 720p resolution
  • Good speaker quality
  • Laser autofocus works fast
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protects well from scratches and shattering
  • Excellent cell reception

Cons

  • Phone is heavy and large for a 5.5 inch screen
  • Snapdragon 410 can be slow
  • Minimum screen brightness is too high, auto-brightness can be quirky
  • Image quality can be better

Specifications

ASUS ZenFone Max (ZC550KL) 
Processor 

64-bit, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 410 running at 1.2 GHz

Operating system 
ASUS ZenUI with Android 5.0 (Lollipop) 
Display 

5.5-inch with 1280 x 720 (HD) IPS LCD with Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4

PixelMaster 
cameras 
Rear: 13 MP, f/2.0-aperture with laser auto-focus and dual-color Real Tone LED 
flash 
Front: 5 MP, f/2.0-aperture, 85-degree wide-angle lens 
PixelMaster features include Low Light mode,
Backlight (Super HDR) mode, 
Beautification mode, Professional (manual-settings) mode  
Memory and 
storage 
16GB ROM 
2GB LPDDR3 RAM 
Micro SD card slot (up to 64GB supported) 
Wireless 
802.11b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Category 4 LTE and Bluetooth® 4.0  
Connectors 
3.5mm audio jack, Dual micro-SIM 
Battery 
5000mAh non-removable lithium-polymer 
Colors 
Black, White 
Dimensions 
(H x W x D) 
156 x 77.2 x 10.5~5.2mm 
Weight 
202g 

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