Asus Zenfone 3 Max: A Decent Mid-range Device
With a market filled with Android devices, Asus put priority on making sure that you get a decent phone first. Priced at around Rs. 12,999, the Zenfone 3 Max packs a massive battery that can last a couple of days without charging, a fingerprint scanner and an average camera that gets the job done.
The Asus Zenfone 3 Max comes with a 5.2 inch 720p HD display. The resolution is on the lower side considering the price range, but the screen has really good color reproduction. Brightness is again average.
The device is powered by a MediaTek MTK6737 quad-core processor bundled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in storage. 3GB RAM is alright for the memory hungry operating system. It can run high end titles such as Asphalt 8 without hiccups.
The main attraction here is the 4130mAh battery. Heavy users can get over 5 hours screen time and still have enough juice to get through the day. For average users, the battery can last almost two days. But the big battery is not coupled with a fast charging support. The entire battery takes around 4 hours to charge fully with the in-box charger. It could be sped up a bit if the device is kept off and a faster charger is used.
The phone has a 13MP rear camera and the 5MP front camera. None are impressive, but gets the job done. Low-light capabilities are very poor and the front camera can get very noisy. Both the cameras can shoot 1080p videos.
The fingerprint scanner on the rear is also pretty quick.
The device runs Android 6.0 out of the box. The interface is heavily skinned using the ZenUI. However, the device stays snappy, thanks to the large memory.
In general, the interface looks cluttered and needs some getting used to. One can however, use alternate launchers to make things easier.