Taiwan based smartphone maker ASUS on Monday updated its ZEN smartphone portfolio with its newly launched ASUS Zenphone MAX. The smartphone offers a more powerful processor and comes in two memory variants with a 3GB RAM and a 2GB RAM priced at Rs 12,999 and Rs 9,999 respectively.The new ZenFone Max variants run Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and has a built in memory of 32 GB.
The phone when carried, weighs much more than any other 5.5 inch smartphone, but the design makes it look cool and sleek. The new smartphone comes in eye popping colours like blue, orange and black suitable for people of all ages. It has a coarse plastic finish that adds a dash of luxury. The 5.5-inch display has a screen resolution of 1280x720p. The resolution is a bit on the lower side compared to other smartphones at this range, but its no bad deal either. The phone however makes watching movies, playing games a lot easier, within the pocket friendly budget.
Asus Zenfone Max now comes with 1.5 Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor, which is an upgrade from the older version. Its just three days since its launch and nothing can be said in detail about the performance of the phone as of now, but as a first impression, after watching a couple of videos, the phone did not show any tendency to hang or shut. The smooth display made swiping between apps a lot more easy.
The biggest plus point of the phone is its powerful 5000 mAh battery. The smartphone easily gives a battery backup of 2 to 3 days, depending upon the usage. A power saver mode has been installed in the phone, (which is common feature in most high-end smartphones) to adjust processor performance, screen brightness and restricts access to features that use up more battery.
The smartphone comes with a 13-megapixel camera with dual LED flash. It also has a 5 megapixel front camera and the selfies are worth taking, when captured in good light. It has a colour right property installed in it, which makes the detailing fine and also has special modes for low light photography, which is not very impressive.
Pros: Good battery, latest android, works smoothly, pocket friendly
Cons: Feels bulky, no major change in design