Asus has recently launched the Zenfone Max smartphone in India and the device went on for sale yesterday via Flipkart and Asus offline retail stores. The main highlighting feature of the device is the massive 5,000mAH battery on board which promises to give 37.6 hours of 3G talk time, 32.5 hours of Wi-Fi web browsing or 72.9 hours of music playback or 22.6 hours of video playback. The device is priced at Rs.9,999 which surely looks decent for the specifications and mammoth 5,000mAH battery.
Asus has already been ruling the under 10,000 market with the Zenfone 2 Laser smartphone which not only features great build quality but gave incredible battery life. Now with the Zenfone Max the device surely looks promising. Just a while ago we got the product for review and here we are bringing you the unboxing and initial impressions of the device.
Asus Zenfone Max Unboxing and Initial Impressions:
Box Contents: Smartphone, USB cable, Wall Adapter, Manuals, Warranty card. Headphones are included.
Just like any other Zenfone device, The Zenfone Max sports a huge 5.5-inches display HD display(1280*720) that comes with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. The slightly curved edges make the device easy to hold in one hand and fits well. From our initial impressions, the display looks vibrant with great viewing angles. The slim bezels on both the sides is an added bonus for comfort.
The device is powered by Qualcomm’s tried and tested snapdragon 410Soc clocked at 1.2GHz Quad-Core processor coupled with 2GB of Ram. The snapdragon 410Soc is quite old and we have come across many smartphones with the same chipset and is quite a good performer so the device performance sure looks promising, but stay tuned for a full review before coming to a conclusion. The Adreno 306 GPU can handle moderate to heavy games without having any issue, but it might tend to drop frame with heavy graphical intense games.
On the rear side, we have a 13-megapixel autofocus rear camera with Dual Tone LED flash and Laser autofocus for fast focusing. The rear camera can record videos in Full HD 1080p and we do have the Asus trademark Owl mode. The back panel features a textured leather-like finish which gives the device premium look and good grip in hand. The back cover is removable giving access to the Dual SIM slots and memory card slot but the 5000mAH is fixed, cannot be removed. Up front, the massive 5.5-inches HD display and three touch type capacitive buttons which are painted in white but are not backlit. There is a 5-megapixel front camera for selfies and video calls accompanied with a usual set of proximity and light sensor and main earpiece.
The device runs on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop with Zen U.I 2.0 overlaid on top, although the company might push the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update in near future. Connectivity features include 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, Dual SIM, GPS. The device features a metal frame which gives it sturdy look but at the same time makes the device heavy. A 5000mAH battery is a feature that we are really looking forward to testing. Can it join the Elite best android phone under 10000 list? Stay tuned for full In-depth review going live pretty soon.