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Asus Zenfone 3 Max ZC520TL

Specifications

Asus Zenfone 3 Max ZC520TL
Asus Zenfone 3 Max ZC520TL (Zenfone Series)
Processor
Mediatek MT6737 1.25 GHz
Graphics adapter
Memory
3072 MB 
Display
5.2 inch 16:9, 1280x720 pixel 282 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, 23 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Card Reader: micro-SD max. 32 GB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer, proximity meter, compass, USB OTG
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, GSM (850/​900/​1800/​1900), UMTS (850/​900/​1900/​2100), LTE (B1/​B2/​B3/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B20); bandwidth (download/​upload): 150Mbps/​50Mbps (LTE); SAR rate: 0.59 W/kg (head), 0.86 W/kg (body), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.55 x 149.5 x 73.7 ( = 0.34 x 5.89 x 2.9 in)
Battery
15.6 Wh, 4100 mAh Lithium-Ion, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 30 h
Operating System
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix AF, LED flash, videos @1080p/​30fps
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: rear-sided speaker, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, SIM tool, charger, USB cable, USB OTG adapter, ZenCircle, Photocollage, ZenSync, Mobile Manager, 12 Months Warranty, FM radio, fanless
Weight
148 g ( = 5.22 oz / 0.33 pounds), Power Supply: 48 g ( = 1.69 oz / 0.11 pounds)
Price
219 Euro

 

Average Score: 74.97% - average
Average of 35 scores (from 70 reviews)
price: 82%, performance: 57%, features: 70%, display: 76% mobility: 86%, workmanship: 80%, ergonomy: 79%, emissions: 95%

Reviews for the Asus Zenfone 3 Max ZC520TL

80.8% Asus ZenFone 3 Max ZC520TL Smartphone Review | Notebookcheck
Long battery life, limited performance. Asus' ZenFone 3 Max aims to impress with its high-capacity battery and satisfy all runtime-junkies. However, they will have to make compromises in other aspects as our test shows.
80% Asus Zenfone 3 Max Review: Battery powerhouse
Source: Toptenreviews English
At this price point, it holds up well for daily usage. Great for worry free travels for the casual traveller.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/03/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
ASUS Zenfone 3 Max quick review – when battery life is of utmost importance
Source: Laptop Media English
As we expected, the available 4130mAh battery is Zenfone 3 Max’s key advantage in its battle with the competitive models in this price range. Apart from ensuring high durability, it is also complemented by several battery saving modes which can significantly increase battery life between separate charges. They are part of the feature-rich Zen user interface by ASUS which complements the Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS in the best possible way. Additionally, you get an HD display which ensures good enough image detail plus high brightness levels allowing easy use when outdoors.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/24/2017
100% Asus Zenfone 3 Max Review: A Balanced Size Phone Backed By Good Hardware And Massive Battery
Source: PC Quest English
Bottomline: If you’re looking for a great battery phone but don’t want to carry weight, then this is the right device with good overall performance, but a bit expensive. So, if you are ready to spend 18k then it’s a perfect choice.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/02/2016
Rating: Total score: 100% price: 90% performance: 100%
Asus Zenfone 3 Max ZC553Kl Review: Mid-Range Dilemma
Source: Unbox English
If you’re looking to grab a member of the ASUS ZF3 family and have limited funds, then you can’t do any better than the 5.5-inch version of the ZF3 Max. It has many of the same features that both the ZF3 Laser and the smaller ZF3 Max have – big battery, fast performance and insane battery life – at a price that’s hard to beat.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/30/2016
Asus Zenfone 3 Max 5.5 Review
Source: Yugatech English
The Asus Zenfone 3 Max 5.5 (ZC553KL) is yet another quality smartphone from Asus. Although, it’s already above the Php10k mark making it a bit difficult to suggest among budget consumers who prefers long battery life. At Php10,995, it’s a good balance for what you’re getting and this makes it the second cheapest Zenfone 3 member you can purchase.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/30/2016
ASUS ZenFone 3 Max (ZC550KL) Review
Source: Mobygyaan English
People already wants a phone with longer battery life and you are the one, consider it if you like the brand value. There are some alternatives to it like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 which also comes to play when it’s a showdown for the battery runtime, but only if you want a phone without a recognized brand and yes, the camera of course. Even though its smaller sized form factor, I like the design, the camera, and its battery life. What I would expect here would be a better CPU at this price range. Overall, the long battery run is a deal breaker. Not to mention it can charge other phones, consider it also as a 4,100 mAh pocket power bank.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/26/2016
Asus ZenFone 3 Max Review: Big Battery, Low Price
Source: Mobile and Apps English
If you need a smartphone that packs a great battery, you might need to look at the Asus ZenFone 3 Max. It is one of the many phones that Asus has released in its lineup and promises steady performance on the user end.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/24/2016
Asus Zenfone 3 Max 5.5-Inch Zc553Kl Unboxing, Initial Review: Zf3 Laser Replacement?
Source: Unbox English
The only thing missing now is price – there’s no pricing for the 5.5-inch ZF3 Max in the Philippines yet unfortunately, but if India pricing is anything to go by, it’ll probably retail close to the SRP of the Zenfone 3 Laser. That’s why we think that ASUS may discontinue the ZF3 Laser, since their prices are so close to each other anyway. The 5.5 ZF3 Max having an almost identical feature set with the ZF3 Laser means that the two phones will cannibalize each other in the market if they’re both available.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/22/2016
70% Asus Zenfone 3 Max Review- The Latest Premium Smartphone under 20K
Source: Tech Magnifier English
The Asus Zenfone 3 Max impresses when it comes to gaming performance, video playback and battery backup. The battery lasts more than a day in average usage and about a day in heavy usage. The screen is visible in direct sunlight and color is rendering is also appropriate. But considering the price there are better options available such as Le eco Le Max 2, One plus 3 and Mi Max Prime.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/17/2016
Rating: Total score: 70%
76% Asus Zenfone 3 Max review camera, battery performance and verdict
Source: Gogi.in English
The Asus Zenfone 3 Max ZC520TL is a good handset, quad core but quite powerful and heat up is under control. Battery life is very good. Handset has got a premium feel and the price is on the higher side. I was expecting it to be somewhere under Rs. 10,000.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/11/2016
Rating: Total score: 76%
Asus ZenFone 3 Max review: Long-lasting battery, dependable hardware
Source: The Indian Express English
Yes, if your pain-point is battery and you just need good performance overall on other fronts, then this is among the best bets in the market at the moment. Given the price, the Asus ZenFone 3 Max seems good value for money given that it offers a dependable piece of hardware that will keep most users happy.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/11/2016
ASUS ZenFone 3 Max (ZC520TL) Hands on [Images]
Source: Mobygyaan English
Given that the hardware is relatively low powered along with the display, the 4,100 mAh battery should offer a plenty of uptime. It is priced at ₹12,999 and available on online and offline stores.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/10/2016
70% Asus Zenfone 3 Max review: The prowess lies in battery
Source: Gadget Show English
The Asus Zenfone 3 Max is no doubt one of the best handsets in the particular series I've come across so far. It has a huge battery capacity of 4100mAh, which is not the highest but good enough to keep the device running for over a full day of use. There are other battery-focussed handsets too in the market but are priced higher.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/10/2016
Rating: Total score: 70%
60% Asus ZenFone 3 Max 5.5 review: Good build, great battery; but for Rs 17,999 look elsewhere
Source: Tech2.in.com English
I can’t for the life of me figure out why Asus has priced the ZenFone 3 Max as they did. I appreciate the battery life and the build quality at this asking price of Rs 17,999, but that sluggish SoC completely ruins the experience for me. The camera is also lack-lustre. The elephant in the room is, of course, the Redmi Note 3, and that device sells for about Rs 5,000 to Rs 7,000 less than the ZenFone 3 Max. It also offers a massive performance bump, a better camera and the same battery life. Why would anyone in their right minds pick a ZenFone 3 Max over the Redmi Note 3, at the current pricing?
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/09/2016
Rating: Total score: 60% performance: 40% features: 70% display: 75% mobility: 90% workmanship: 70%
65% Asus ZenFone 3 Max (ZC553KL) review: All that metal can't make it shine
Source: India Today English
Then there's the pricing. The ZenFone 3 Max (ZC553KL) will cost buyers Rs 17,999. That's right. It's mighty expensive and easily forgettable. Especially, when a phone like the Redmi 3S Prime offers so much more (even equally good battery life, at just about Rs 9,000) in actual usage. Not to forget, phones like the Moto G4 Plus and the Lenovo Vibe K5 Note are equally competitive.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/09/2016
Rating: Total score: 65%
ZenFone 3 Max Review: Maximised the battery experience
Source: The Mobile Indian English
ZenFone 3 Max Review: Maximised the battery experience The Zenfone 3 Max comes out as a decent smartphone to keep in your wish list. The battery output and camera performance are impressive. Even the performance will not disappoint.. The only issue that Asus needs to sort out at the earliest in to remove bloatware they need to give users freedom to choose what they want to download.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/09/2016
70% Asus ZenFone 3 Max (ZC553KL) Review
Source: NDTV Gadgets English
The ZenFone Max name no longer means you're getting a one-trick pony, as this new model aims to offer a well-rounded solution to aspiring smartphone buyers. This shows in the new aesthetics, improved display and cameras, and of course, solid battery life. It would have made a perfect rival to Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 3, but Asus has priced the ZenFone 3 Max in line with higher aspirations. Keep in mind that the ZC520TL variant does fall in the Redmi's price range but it doesn't seem to match up to it, at least on paper. It's also important that you check the model number behind the box carefully as its easy to confuse the two versions.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/09/2016
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 60% performance: 60% display: 70% mobility: 90% workmanship: 80%
ASUS Zenfone 3 Max ZC553KL Review
Source: Fone Arena English
The Zenfone 3 Max is quite a decent smartphone and this is something that can be said for the entire Zenfone range. It however lacks a differentiating factor. In fact even within it’s own product lineup, Asus would find it hard to set the Max aside given that phones like the Zenfone 3 Laser too have really good battery life.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/08/2016
60% ASUS ZenFone 3 Max review: Battery capacity isn't everything
Source: Hardware Zone English
The ASUS ZenFone 3 Max will have a tough time measuring up to its own past model and rivals. For an extra S$50, you get a 1080p display and better battery life with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, but the same price will net you the older ZenFone Max that comes with a larger battery capacity and significantly longer battery life - exactly what we expect out of a "Max" class ZenFone product.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/04/2016
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 60% performance: 40% features: 75% workmanship: 90%
ASUS Zenfone 3 Max Review
Source: Yugatech English
The Zenfone 3 Max is more of an update rather than an upgrade for the Max series of the Zenfone. The smaller screen size is the culprit behind the shrunken battery capacity. While it’s still above the standard Android phone battery life, it’s not as impressive as before or even when compared to its Zenfone 3 siblings.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/13/2016
ASUS Zenfone 3 Max Battery Benchmark Results
Source: Unbox English
The ZF3 Max is shaping up to be a promising smartphone on its own right – we’re in the middle of the review process of the phone and the review should be out by next week. Stay tuned till then.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/12/2016
ASUS Zenfone 3 Max Review: More Than Just A Glorified Powerbank
Source: Unbox English
While the original Zenfone Max delivered insane battery endurance, it sacrificed everything else to get that legendary battery performance. That’s not the case with the Zenfone 3 Max – while it performs a little worse in the battery department because of the smaller capacity, it’s a better phone in almost every other category. ASUS compromised a little bit on the battery to give users a phone that’s not just a glorified powerbank, and they’ve succeeded.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/12/2016
ASUS Zenfone 3 Max Unboxing, Initial Review: Big Battery, High Fashion
Source: Unbox English
That’s pretty much it for this initial review for the Zenfone 3 Max. We’ll be running PCMark’s battery benchmark as soon as possible on this phone so you can watch out later on to see just how far the Zenfone 3 Max can go on a single charge. The Zenfone 3 Max is available to buy now, priced at Php 8,995.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/05/2016

Foreign Reviews

82% Asus Zenfone 3 Max Test: Bloatware und Monster-Akku
Source: Teltarif German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/22/2017
Rating: Total score: 82% price: 97% display: 70% mobility: 80%
60% Asus ZenFone 3 Max ZC520TL (32 GB)
Source: Android Pit - 2/2017 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2017
Rating: Total score: 60%
83% Asus ZenFone Max
Source: Connect - 01/2017 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 12/01/2016
Rating: Total score: 83%
Schlanker Einstieg in die Zenvolution
Source: Tom's Hardware German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/18/2016
80% ASUS Zenfone 3 Max
Source: Ocaholic.ch German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/20/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
Großzügiges Phablet mit fettem Akku
Source: Notebooksbilliger Blog German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/05/2016
Asus Zenfone 3 Max, Ventajas y Desventajas destripadas
Source: Mi Mundo Gadget Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Compact size; high autonomy; fast fingerprint sensor; decent cameras; good price. Negative: Poor display; many bloatwares; weak hardware.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/04/2017
80% Review – Asus Zenfone 3 Max
Source: PC Guia Portuegese PT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/25/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
Review | ASUS Zenfone 3 Max
Source: Target HD Portuegese PT→EN
Positive: Good hardware; nice design; fast fingerprint sensor; high autonomy. Negative: Poor display.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/01/2017
80% Recensione ZenFone 3 Max: sempre carico e fluido
Source: Tecno User Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/12/2016
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 95% performance: 75% display: 85% mobility: 90%
75% Asus Zenfone 3 Max, recensione del phablet con super batteria
Source: Tecnoandroid.it Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/30/2016
Rating: Total score: 75% price: 85% features: 75% mobility: 85% workmanship: 80%
69% Recensione Asus ZenFone 3 Max: batteria promossa, il processore soffre un po’
Source: Optima Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/30/2016
Rating: Total score: 69% display: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 75%
80% Recensione Asus Zenfone 3 MAX
Source: Megapk Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/02/2016
Rating: Total score: 80% features: 80% display: 75% mobility: 85%
80% Asus Zenfone 3 Max – Recensione
Source: Geek 4 You Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/31/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
Recensione Asus ZenFone 3 Max (ZC520TL) By Smartphone Italia
Source: Smartphone Italia Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/21/2016
Rating: price: 90% features: 80% display: 80% mobility: 70% ergonomy: 80%
77% Asus Zenfone 3 Max – Recensione
Source: Hardwareready.it Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/04/2016
Rating: Total score: 77% price: 80% features: 70% display: 70% mobility: 90% ergonomy: 75%
75% Recensione Asus Zenfone 3 Max, Nulla Da Invidiare Ai Modelli Più Costosi
Source: Key for web Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/04/2016
Rating: Total score: 75%
83% Recensione ASUS Zenfone 3 Max: batteria mastodontica!
Source: Chimera Revo Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/28/2016
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 90% features: 75% mobility: 95% workmanship: 80% ergonomy: 80%
79% Recensione Asus Zenfone 3 Max: look ricercato e 4100 assi nella manica
Source: Leonardo.it Tech Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/26/2016
Rating: Total score: 79% price: 85% display: 78% mobility: 89% workmanship: 84% ergonomy: 82%
80% Asus Zenfone 3 Max: una giornata sotto stress | Video
Source: HDblog.it Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/25/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
75% Asus Zenfone 3 Max | Recensione
Source: Lupo Kkio Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/22/2016
Rating: Total score: 75%
78% ASUS Zenfone 3 Max, la recensione (foto e video)
Source: AndroidWorld.it Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/14/2016
Rating: Total score: 78% price: 80% display: 75% ergonomy: 80%
69% Asus Zenfone 3 Max recensione
Source: Andrea Galeazzi Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/12/2016
Rating: Total score: 69% price: 70% display: 65% mobility: 89% workmanship: 72%
ASUS Zenfone 3 MAX - Recensione
Source: MrInformatica Italian IT→EN
Positive: High autonomy; low price; nice design; decent display. Negative: Sim and microSD are on the same slot.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/18/2017
Recensione: ASUS Zenfone 3 Max
Source: InstaNews Italian IT→EN
Positive: Low price. Negative: Mediocre hardware; low performance.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/03/2017
Asus Zenfone 3 Max – La Recensione
Source: Androidiani Italian IT→EN
Positive: Low price; high autonomy. Negative: No NFC; average performance; poor cameras.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/23/2016
Asus ZenFone 3 Max - Recensione
Source: Techstation.it Italian IT→EN
Positive: Long battery life; great built quality; good price; decent cameras. Negative: Average speakers.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/24/2016
Asus Zenfone 3 Max, la nostra recensione
Source: Tech Different Italian IT→EN
Positive: Elegant design; long battery life; good price. Negative: Unsupport fast charge.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/05/2016
Asus Zenfone 3 Max, la Recensione
Source: Pianeta Cellulare Italian IT→EN
Positive: Metal case; nice design; decent hardware; long battery life; good price; decent cameras. Negative: Unsupport fast charge.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/03/2016
Recensione Asus Zenfone 3 Max – L’Equilibrio Oltre L’Autonomia
Source: Techzilla.it Italian IT→EN
Positive: Solid workmanship; high autonomy; good price. Negative: Average fingerprint sensor.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/26/2016
Asus ZenFone 3 Max (ZC520TL) review
Source: Nieuwe Mobiel.nl Dutch NL→EN
Positive: Beautiful design; metal case; high autonomy. Negative: Poor display; slow system; many bloatwares; poor cameras; inflexible fingerprint sensor.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/03/2017
60% Test Du Asus Zenfone 3 Max : Seule L'Autonomie Le Sauve
Source: AndroidPit.fr French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/17/2017
Rating: Total score: 60%
64% Test : Asus Zenfone 3 Max, un choix discutable malgré son prix
Source: 01Net French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/16/2016
Rating: Total score: 64% performance: 50% display: 80% mobility: 80%
Test de l’Asus Zenfone 3 Max (ZC520TL) : grosse batterie à bon prix
Source: Top for Phone French FR→EN
Positive: Good price; long battery life; premium design; flexible fingerprint sensor; decent hardware. Negative: Poor display; average performance.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/02/2017
81% Recenzja Asus Zenfone 3 Max
Source: Tabletowo Turkish PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/19/2016
Rating: Total score: 81% performance: 70% display: 75% mobility: 90% workmanship: 85%
77% Asus ZenFone 3 Max incelemesi
Source: Log TR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/17/2017
Rating: Total score: 77%
79% Asus Zenfone 3 Max İncelemesi
Source: Chip Online TR TR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/14/2017
Rating: Total score: 79%
ASUS ZenFone 3 Max İncelemesi: 8.55 mm inceliğinde 4100 mAh batarya
Source: Inceleme.co TR→EN
Positive: High autonomy; nice design; decent display; good price. Negative: Sim and microSD are on the same slot.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/06/2017
71% Смартфон Asus Zenfone 3 Max ZC520TL
Source: Product Test RU→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/04/2016
Rating: Total score: 71%
5 lý do ZenFone 3 Max 5,5 inch được lòng người dùng tầm trung
Source: Zing VN→EN
Positive: Long battery life; nice cameras; stylish design; metal case; fast fingerprint sensor; low price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/24/2017
ZenFone 3 Max phiên bản hồng dành cho nữ
Source: Zing VN→EN
Positive: High autonomy; impressive color; good price; large screen; metal case; decent cameras; fast fingerprint sensor.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/18/2017
Trên tay Zenfone 3 Max màu hồng: Món quà tuyệt vời ngày 8/3
Source: The Gioididong VN→EN
Positive: Stylish design; impressive color; decent hardware; long battery life; good price.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/06/2017
Đánh giá pin Asus ZenFone 3 Max 5.5: đổi cấu hình, pin "trâu" hơn hẳn
Source: VNReview VN→EN
Positive: High autonomy. Negative: Unsupport fast charge.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/24/2016
Mở hộp Zenfone 3 Max 5.5 inch: Pin chờ hơn 1 tháng, giá 5,5 triệu
Source: The Gioididong VN→EN
Positive: Good price; powerful hardware; long battery life.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/18/2016
Đánh giá nhanh Asus ZenFone 3 Max: thiết kế ấn tượng, pin không trâu như xưa
Source: VNReview VN→EN
Positive: Low price; attractive design; nice display; decent cameras; good performance. Negative: Short battery life.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/04/2016
Ревю на ASUS Zenfone 3 Max – когато животът на батерията е на първо място
Source: Laptop.bg BU→EN
Positive: Stylish design; long battery life; fast fingerprint scanner; good cameras. Negative: Low performance.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/11/2017
75% Recenzia: Asus Zenfone Max
Source: Digitalportal.sk SK→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/03/2016
Rating: Total score: 75%

Comment

Model: Asus has just introduced the new Zenfone 3 Max, which focuses on delivering best possible battery life without making too many compromises. The result was a decent package that balances performance and price well enough, while still delivering its key objective. The phone is encased in a 149.5 x 73.7 x 8.6 mm sand-blasted aluminium alloy body, and weighs about 148 g. With a thin 2.25 mm bezel and 75% screen-to-body ratio, it allows for more display and less bulk. Its 5.2-inch IPS touchscreen is covered by 2.5D protective glass with oleophobic coating, so fingerprints will not be an issue. The screen has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, 16M colors and a brightness of 400 nits for easy viewing under direct sunlight.

The Zenfone 3 Max runs on Android v6.0.1 Marshmallow with ZenUI 3.0 out of the box. The ZC520TL variant is powered by a quad-core Mediatek MT6737M SoC clocked at 1.45 GHz. This variant comes with the option of either 16 GB storage with 2 GB RAM or 32 GB storage with 3 GB RAM, but both have a microSD card slot which allows adding up to 358 GB. But the crowning jewel of the Zenfone 3 Max is its considerably large 4100 mAh battery. The phone’s ZenUI 3.0 brings super saving modes, which allows the phone to squeeze out more juice from its battery. The super saving modes are pre-configured to maximize every last milliamp, and, when enabled, can extend ZenFone 3 Max’s standby time by 36 hours – even when it’s as low as 10%. The Zenfone 3 Max’s ability to perform reverse-charging is what truly sets it apart from other devices on the market. Thanks to its large battery capacity, the Zenfone 3 Max can double up as a power bank to charge other digital devices.

The Zenfone 3 Max has a 13 MP primary camera with f/2.2 aperture, autofocus, and LED flash. It can take high-resolution photos with zero shutter lag, and record 1080p videos at 30 fps. It also has a 5 MP secondary front camera with f/2.0 aperture, which shoots sharp selfies and is able to produce clear video chats. It is also notable that in one of the Zenfone Max 3’s PixelMaster modes, i.e. the Super Resolution mode, the device can capture multiple shots simultaneously for a single photograph with stunning 52 MP detail. The other two PixelMaster modes are HDR mode, which can see clearly through daytime shadow, and Low Light mode, which takes clear and bright photos, even in poor lighting conditions. Just below the rear camera is the phone’s fingerprint sensor, which unlocks the phone in 0.3 seconds. Swiping down the fingerprint sensor will summon the selfie camera, and the sensor also acts like a second shutter button, which can be tapped to snap a photo. The Zenfone 3 Max is truly one of a kind. It offers a good design and great battery life for just a fraction of the price.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

ARM Mali-T720 MP2: Integrated graphics card in ARM based SoCs. Can be configured with up to 8 cores (T720 MP8) and 650 MHz core clock (at 28nm). Supports OpenGL ES 3.1, OpenCL 1.1, DirectX 11 FL9_3, and Renderscript. These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
MT6737: ARM based quad-core SOC (4x Cortex-A53) with 64-bit support and a clock of up to 1.3 GHz.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
5.2":

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.
0.148 kg:

Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.


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).


74.97%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
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Stefan Hinum, 2016-09-21 (Update: 2016-09-21)