Charging your phone is something you might do several times a day if you are a power user of your phone – particularly social media addicts. The Asus Zenfone Max just solves that problem of yours. While most phones have batteries that last for a day, the Zenfone Max can actually last for more than a day. With a 5000 mAh Li-Po unit, this phone is surely a power house. All of this with a premium build quality comes in just for Rs.9999 – not too expensive, huh?
The phone pretty much looks similar to other Zenfone devices. It is sometimes very difficult to differentiate between the Zenfone Max with other Asus phones. The phone boosts a metallic frame, capacitive navigation buttons and the shiny plastic strip at the bottom.
The phone comes with a charging adapter, USB cable and a OTG cable. You might be wondering why does the phone come with a USB On-The-Go cable – well that would actually help you use your phone as a power bank. You will be able to charge any other phone using your Asus Zenfone Max. While that is an advantage – I didn’t really find it very useful. The odds of having your phone to charge another one is very less and if you use your Zenfone Max is your primary device, it is highly unlikely that you would use it to charge any other device.
The charger provided along with the phone is a 5V/1A charger which is definitely underpowered to charge that type of battery. With the charger provided, it would take somewhere around 6 to 8 hours to charge the 5000 mAh battery completely to 100%. Being used to fast charging, I didn’t really prefer using the charger that comes along – a 2A charger should be a good choice instead.
Unlike Zenfone 2/Zenfone 2 Laser, the device has volume and power buttons on the right side – pretty much like the Zenfone Zoom. I am sometimes suspicious about Asus realizing their mistake of having volume buttons at the back – a reason why we’re seeing the latest phones launched with volume buttons on the side? I’m not sure of this but as a personal choice, I prefer them on the side.
The back of the phone features the battery which is huge and not removable. Along with this, you have two SIM slots and a SD card slot that can support up to 64 GB of memory.
The phone weighs 202 grams and features a 5.5-inch HD (1280×720 pixels) IPS display. The resolution is pretty low for a 5.5 inch size. Accommodating the battery without a huge display might have been impossible but for a low-cost phone – I think it’s fair enough. Viewing angles on a sunny day are pretty bad.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 410 quad-core chipset paired with Adreno 306 GPU and 2GB of RAM constitute for the inner make of the phone. Though these specs don’t affect your daily activities much, playing graphic intensive games do warm up the phone to some extent. I’m an Asphalt fan and the phone struggled after a few minutes of playing and its temperature went up pretty high.
The phone’s software is built on Android 5.0 Lollipop – I don’t really expect updates for this one at least considering that Asus’ flasghip device, the Zenfone Zoom still has not received a Marshmallow update. The phone does come with a huge number of preloaded apps that you might need to update as soon as you start using the device. The 20-30 apps you need to update come bundled with most phones and include some major ones like Camera and Contacts apps.
The phone’s camera is a 13-megapixel shooter on the rear and a 5-megapixel shooter for your selfies. While the selfies might turn out really well, the rear shooter might struggle under sunlight trying to focus on objects. After using Zenfone Zoom for months now, I am not a big fan of such camera specs. Low light shooting is pretty good though.
After a few days of usage, I feel the phone beats most others at the same price range particularly because of the battery part. If you’re not a power user, you may want to consider Xiaomi or Lenovo.
That said, buying this phone for its power bank use case is senseless – but it might boost the manufacturer’s marketing efforts a bit. For a price of Rs. 9,999 I think it’s a good choice to go for. Let me know your comments about the device below.