The Taiwanese smartphone manufacturing company Asus, around the start of the year, brought this competition in the budget smartphone category. From metal unibody to Full HD screen, and from Camera to battery performance, Asus Zenfone 3 Max (ZC553KL) has tried to woo the Indian customers on a high scale. Asus has always been trying to bring major performance in a budget smartphone and Asus Zenfone 3 Max is one that will leverage the brand one step high.
With good response for the Asus’ Max series, the Chinese brand brought two variant for the Asus Zenfone 3 Max. The first one i.e. Asus Zenfone 3 Max (ZC553KL) with slightly larger screen of 5.5 inch HD screen with 1080 pixel resolution and Asus Zenfone 3 Max (ZC520TL) which packs 5.2 inch display of 720 pixel resolution. Today, we are talking about Asus Zenfone 3 Max (ZC553KL) which we had received to try and test for more than a month on various parameters. We bring you our hands-on experience with this value-for-money smartphone for you
Build & Design
The build quality of the Zenfone 3 Max looks good because of the aluminium unibody and the grip is ergonomic which means you will find it comfortable to hold and use. While there are other smartphones which may look slippery, Zenfone 3 Max wouldn’t slip off your hand while making or holding the phone. Looking at the design of the smartphone, you will definitely fall in love with this Smartphone. The HD display with the 2.5D glass touch screen and looks like thick shield with its all four corners curved at the edges. The notification LED is located at the front which notifies on any message received.
The Dual (hybrid style) Micro+Nano SIM slot to the left and volume rockers and power button on the right are ergonomic for the users.
Talking about the charging slot and headphone jack, the Charging slot is located at the bottom while the headphone 3.5mm audio jack is located at the top.
The speaker grille has been placed at the bottom of the Smartphone just beside the charging port. The aluminium metallic finish also completes its task to woo you completely.
Asus Zenfone 3 Max packs a 5.5 inch full HD IPS display with 1080x1920p resolution and gives a curved screen at the four corners of the phone. The display quality is good and clear in its price range. The color balance and picture quality is value for money. It comes in 32GB Internal storage capacity but expandable to 128GB using a MicroSD card. The battery power of this Smartphone is a powerful 4100 mAh non removable battery. It also offers reverse battery charging which means you can charge another smartphone using your own Asus Zenfone 3 Max. This power packed battery for a 5.5inch HD display is all you need to keep your phone going all throughout the day. It weighs 175g but doesn’t look very bulky to hold. The other specifications include Single band WiFi b/g/n, GPS, FM Radio and Bluetooth 4.1. It is also equipped with a fingerprint scanner at the back of the Smartphone which didn’t delay at all to respond to our fingerprint. It slightly vibrates while unlocking the Smartphone or if touched any finger to the fingerprint scanner which acknowledges the touch to the fingerprint scanner.
Talking about the most awaited section of a review, the camera features and the quality of the pictures and videos recorded through it’s camera. The 16MP primary camera with aperture of f/2.0 and phase detection feature makes it a good smartphone at its price plus the dual LED flash. The front camera of 8MP makes your selfie experience worthy with aperture of f/2.2. You get various shooting mode which includes HDR. Our experience with the camera features wasn’t that bad and we recorded ample of videos and clicked many pics. The respond time was decent and picture quality is rated 6/10.
As far as software is concerned, it supports Android 6.0.1 marshmallow with Qualcomm Octa-core MSM8937 Snapdragon 430 which boosts the performance capability of the phone. It comes with 3GB RAM which didn’t lag while the operation in the Smartphone. We played Asphalt 8 in the Smartphone and it didn’t lag in the performance or graphic processing.
Asus Zenfone 3 Max seemed to live up to the expectation when it comes to its performance overall. However, Asus could have worked li’l bit on upgrading the microprocessor SoC in the Smartphone. We played high end games like Asphalt 8 & Modern Combat 5 and found no lagging in the graphic processing or interruption of any kind. We even tried multi-tasking with various apps simultaneously but it worked pretty well without much overheating or any other hitch. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 wouldn’t disappoint you in terms of performance. Although Asus Zenfone 3 Max is enclosed in an Aluminium unibody, it shouldn’t scare you with overheating fear as we didn’t find much of this problem with this Smartphone. The best part that we found about this Smartphone is it’s standby capability. The 4100 mAh battery will keep you going all day without the fear of recharging the battery time-and-again. We kept the Smartphone with light use and found it drain off completely in complete 2 days. We also used the Smartphone heavily with games, internet browsing, video streaming and found the Smartphone giving up in 3-4 hrs. Calling and light use will keep the phone alive for a day atleast.
As far as the price is concerned, Asus Zenfone 3 Max (ZC553KL) comes at a price of INR 15,690 (Flipkart) and INR 15,072 (Amazon.in). We are sure, this price for such high battery powered smartphone will definitely make you think before considering any other option.
Asus’ goal seems successful with Asus Zenfone 3 Max to woo the budget-friendly consumers by giving maximum in a low price.