Asus ZenFone Max ZC550KL
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix f/2.0 aperture, ASUS PixelEnhancing Technology
Average of 13 scores (from 17 reviews)
Reviews for the Asus ZenFone Max ZC550KL
Long, longer, ZenFone Max. Asus launches a smartphone on the market that follows one goal: The ZenFone Max is to achieve ultimate battery life. This begins with the hardware in the form of a strong 5000 mAh battery and ends with energy-saving software solutions. Read in our report whether the mid-range handset by Asus manages to oust the present reference in our battery test.
Source: Hardware Zone
Overall, it's a decent and respectable phone, but it's also in competition with the more modern entry-level smartphone from Xiaomi. At just S$299, the Redmi Note 3 is worthy of your consideration as it boasts a higher resolution display, smoother performance, a fast fingerprint sensor and a more premium design for only a little more than what the ZenFone Max commands. But you won't get a phone that lasts anywhere near the ZenFone Max, which is clearly the ultimate in battery life performance.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/12/2016
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 75% performance: 80% features: 75% workmanship: 75% ergonomy: 80%
Source: The Techy
The Zenfone Max improves over its predecessor with a slightly better SOC and options to choose an extra gig of RAM. It still offers the stellar battery life that it stood for but what Asus fails to understand is that it’s 2016 and consumer expectations are skyrocketing! At the price, it competes with phones that perform much better and offer similar battery life. Let’s hope the next iteration is well thought of.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/16/2016
As you may have guessed by now, the only feature that we did like about the new Asus Zenfone Max was its battery. We also understand that no other smartphone offers a 5000mAh battery in this segment. So we think that the big battery is the only reason one should go in for it. If battery life is your priority and all you do is make calls, send WhatsApp messages and shoot emails this could be your smartphone.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/29/2016
Rating: Total score: 65% performance: 65% features: 70% display: 65% mobility: 90% workmanship: 65%
Source: Think Digit
The Asus Zenfone Max (2016) is a good upgrade over the original smartphone in terms of performance and maintains the commendable battery life, but except that, it is still dragging all its shortcomings from the first iteration.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/02/2016
Rating: Total score: 67%
Source: GSM Arena
The Asus Zenfone Max doesn't make a promise it can't keep. It's a true endurance champ, thanks to a massive 5,000mAh battery and longevity-driven design and hardware choices. The Snapdragon 410 chipset is one such compromise and perhaps the spot on the Max's spec sheet that's decidedly below par. Yet, it may very well be thanks to it that the Zenfone Max scored a 121-hour endurance rating, with some 20 hours of web browsing, and close to 16 hours of video playback. Qualcomm's lower midranger may not be quick, but it sure is frugal.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/30/2016
Source: NDTV Gadgets
The Asus ZenFone Max (2016) is certainly a decent attempt by the company to capitalise on one of its best-selling recent products and infuse new life into it considering the competitors that have launched since January. The phone delivers improved performance to make it a little more capable, while continuing to offer excellent battery life and a good camera. Although battery life isn't up to the same stellar levels as the original, it's still more than enough to set the phone apart.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/27/2016
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 70% performance: 70% display: 70% mobility: 100% workmanship: 70%
If you're looking for a good sturdy phone to talk on for hours and do some basic work on, you couldn't do much better than one like the Zenfone Max that has such a solid battery. Check out the Gionee Marathon as well though.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/26/2016
Rating: Total score: 85%
Now that it's fairly certain phone companies haven't come up with a miracle battery for cellphones, the next best thing is to figure out putting in as large a battery into a mobile as possible without increasing the overall dimensions and weight too much. That's exactly what several companies have started toying with. First the Chinese Gionee, with its Marathon M5, then Lenovo Vibe P1, and now the Asus Zenfone Max.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/06/2016
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Think Digit
The phone is okay for basic usage and has good battery backup. If you are looking for a smartphone for multitasking and playing graphics-intensive games, you are better off looking elsewhere.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/09/2016
Rating: Total score: 67%
Source: Connect - Heft 11/2016
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 10/01/2016
Source: c't - Heft 14/2016
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 07/01/2016
Source: Connect - Heft 7/2016
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 06/01/2016
Rating: Total score: 83%
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Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/02/2016
Rating: Total score: 79%
Source: Android Pit DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/01/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
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Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/25/2016
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Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/21/2016
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Smartphone Magazin - Heft 4/2016
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 03/01/2016
Rating: Total score: 88% price: 82%
Model: It is apparent that Asus has capitalized a lot on its battery juice with the Zenfone 3 Max. Asus claims that its battery provides power to users through the day without recharge. Its high-capacity 4100 mAh cell is capable of standby of up to 30 days. Not only that, the battery is also capable of reverse charging, which means that the Zenfone 3 Max doubles up as a power bank to charge other digital devices such as other smartphones, and tablets. The Zenfone 3 Max is no less impressive design-wise. Just like the other versions of the ZenFone 3, it is built of a premium looking aluminum unibody frame with curves on its rear cover that feel comfortable to the grip. In addition, the display bezel is slim at 2.25 mm. The dimensions of the Zenfone 3 Max measure at 149.5 x 73.7 x 8.55 mm and it weighs 148 g. It is equipped with a 5.2-inch touchscreen display (screen-to-body ratio: 75%) with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. While the low display resolution is quite disappointing, it makes for a longer battery life.
The Zenfone 3 Max is powered by a 64-bit MediaTek quad-core processor, 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. Thanks to a MicroSD slot, the storage capacity can be expanded by up to 32 GB (which arguable lies on the lower side). As a bonus, 100 GB free space on Google Drive is provided to users for two years. The phone features a 13 MP front camera capable of shooting Full-HD videos and a 5 MP rear camera. The PixelMaster 3.0 camera is capable of various modes such as backlight (HDR), low light, real time beautification, night, selfie, and time lapse. The fingerprint sensor can be used for unlocking purposes and ID recognition, thus improving security and convenience. The Zenfone 3 Max is able to support up to two SIMs. Both SIM card slots support 3G WCDMA/4G LTE network band, but only one SIM card can connect to 3G WCDMA/4G LTE service at a time. In addition, the phone features an FM radio receiver.
Its speaker is ICEpower enhanced and the dual microphone is fitted with noise cancellation for improved clarity. However, the real life tests aren’t that impressive. The device runs on Android 6.0 with ASUS ZenUI 3.0 and there is no news on any upgrades to the newer Android 7.0. Choices of colors available are titanium gray, glacier silver, sand gold, and rose gold. The ZenFone 3 Max will surely appeal to the average smartphone users. It is priced competitively and looks great. However, for users who are looking more into media or even performance, there are many other choices out there, but these will most probably not offer such a long battery life as the ZenFone 3 Max.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
Qualcomm Adreno 306: Integrated mid-range graphics card in the Snapdragon 410 SoCs that supports OpenGL ES 3.0 and features unified shaders.
These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.
410 MSM8916: 64-Bit Cortex-A53 Quad-Core with an Adreno 306 GPU manufactured in 28nm» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This display is quite big for a smartphone but frequently used for smartphones.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for smartphones.
Asus: ASUSTeK Computer Incorporated, a Taiwanese multinational company, produces motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, PDAs, computer monitors, notebook computers, servers, networking products, mobile phones, computer cases, computer components, and computer cooling systems. The company's 2007 revenues reached US$6.9 billion. ASUS also produces components for other manufacturers. The Eee PC initiated the netbook boom in 2008.
In the notebook sector, Asus had a global market share of about 11% from 2014-2016, making it the fourth largest laptop manufacturer. In the smartphone sector, Asus is not among the Top 5 and has only a small market share (as of 2016).
75.92%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
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