REVIEWS FOR THE ASUS ZENFONE MAX ZC550KL

The last few months have sầu seen an increasing focus on battery kích cỡ, in a bid to answer the growing dem& for devices that won"t shut down on you before you go to bed every night. Apart from many mid-range & high-over phones offering batteries with capacities in excess of 3000mAh, smartphones such as the Gionee Maranhỏ bé M5 (Đánh Giá | Pictures) & Lenovo Vibe P1 (Đánh Giá | Pictures) have sầu gone above và beyond the norms with 6020mAh and 4900mAh batteries respectively.

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Not one khổng lồ miss out on the current trends, Hãng Asus has launched the ZenFone Max, a phone that announced in August last year. This lower mid-range smartphone costs Rs. 9,999 & is distinguishable by its large 5000mAh battery. It"s considerably cheaper than the Marathon M5 and Vibe P1, và has a specification sheet that is geared towards achieving maximum power efficiency. Is the ZenFone Max the energy efficient Android điện thoại thông minh that you need? Let"s find out in our đánh giá.


Look và feelThe ZenFone range from Asus is known for uniformity, & the ZenFone Max sticks khổng lồ the aesthetic formula that makes every Asus điện thoại thông minh instantly recognisable. From the distinct concentric circles kiến thiết on the chin to the off-screen capacitive soft keys, the Max sticks to the brief & does practically nothing to lớn stvà out. This isn"t necessarily a bad thing, since it makes it harder to tell the difference between a premium Asus device và a budget one such as this.

The ZenFone Max is available in two colour variants: blaông xã and Trắng. The White variant has a dull, smooth finish at the baông chồng, while the blaông chồng variant has a leather-like texture. The phone has a rounded gold plastic strip running along the sides, with a slight rounding off on the bachồng panel which helps with grip và feel. The 3.5mm socket and Micro-USB port are at the top and bottom respectively, while the notification light is at the front, just next khổng lồ the earpiece.

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Many other Hãng Asus products including the identically priced ZenFone 2 Laser (Đánh Giá | Pictures) have sầu the power and volume keys at the top and bachồng. This strategy was a bit of a hit-or-miss, and users either loved it or hated it. With the ZenFone Max, Asus has adopted a safer approach & gone with traditional button placement on the right edge of the phone. The baông chồng panel is removable, & the SIM & microSD slots sit under that. In another departure from typical Hãng Asus design, the battery is not user-replaceable, although it is visible under the hood.

Due to lớn the shifting of the volume keys, the back is now plain looking, with the speaker grille at the bottom và the flash, camera and laser autofocus window at the top. The Hãng Asus and ZenFone logos are printed on the bachồng for the white variant, while the blaông chồng variant has the Asus hình ảnh embossed. We prefer the look of the blaông chồng variant, because of its texturing.

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The screen of the Hãng Asus ZenFone Max is a 5.5-inch 720x1280 pixel affair. Although the screen itself is decent in terms of brightness & colours, at this kích thước the lachồng of detail và sharpness is visible because of the lower px density. This has presumably been done khổng lồ keep the costs down & ensure energy efficiency, since it takes considerably less power lớn run a 720p screen than a more detailed 1080p one. For basic users who are more concerned with battery life, the screen should prove khổng lồ be more than adequate.

Also included with the Asus ZenFone Max is a 1A/5V charger that is horribly inadequate for a phone with a battery of this size. The phone takes over five hours to lớn completely charge up from zero to lớn 100 percent, & supplying a fast charger or incorporating some khung of fast charging technology with high-capathành phố phones such as this is absolutely necessary in our opinion. We"d recommend that you buy a reliable high-speed charger if you choose lớn buy the ZenFone Max.

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Specifications và softwareOn paper, the Hãng Asus ZenFone Max is identical to the cheaper ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE550KL) variant, with the notable exception of the larger battery. This includes the Qualcomm SnapLong 410 SoC, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage & dual-SIM connectivity. The primary SIM slot supports 4G connectivity (Indian bands supported), while the secondary slot is limited khổng lồ 3G connectivity. The expandable storage slot supports microSD cards up to lớn 64GB, và the phone also supports USB OTG. Although the ZenFone 2 tia laze & ZenFone Max are practically the same kích cỡ và thickness, the latter is much heavier at 202g.

As mentioned, the only major difference between the two is the larger battery, which is the signature feature of the ZenFone Max. The 5000mAh battery on the Max is a massive sầu improvement over the 3000mAh unit on the ZenFone 2 laze, and coupled with the efficient Snaprồng 410 SoC và HD screen, promises excellent battery life.

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The Hãng Asus ZenFone Max runs Android Lollipop 5.0, with the company"s faithful ZenUI skin on top. We"ve stated before that this is one of the better Android user interfaces in terms of customisability and controls, and its remains so with the ZenFone Max. There are lots of ways khổng lồ set the phone up to your liking, from motion gestures to lớn quickly wake the phone or launch apps, khổng lồ various power management & UI display settings.

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Unfortunately, the interface is still full of Hãng Asus apps and other bloatware, which makes the phone feel excessively loaded và bloated. As a result, about 50 apps needed to lớn be updated on start up, and the interface splits even basic phone functionality inlớn various apps that can be updated separately rather than keep them tied khổng lồ the interface. Functions such as the dialer, camera, tương tác danh mục and gallery all have sầu separate apps with their own update schedules This means that the software & its apps will need updating far more often, but is lighter on the system and allows for better efficiency. From a user"s point of view, apart from a bit of work at the start và regular updating of apps, the software is capable and efficient enough.

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CameraThe similarities between the Asus ZenFone 2 tia laze and ZenFone Max don"t stop at the specification sheet; the Max uses the same 13-megapixel camera & laser autofocus system as the ZenFone 2 tia laze. The 5-megapx front camera is also the same, và both cameras are capable of recording 1080p đoạn Clip. The rear camera has a dual-tone LED flash as well. This essentially makes the ZenFone Max a ZenFone 2 tia laze with a larger battery, & considering both phones cost the same, it makes the older variant redundant at this point. This might point khổng lồ why Hãng Asus has chosen khổng lồ launch this device only now, despite announcing it back in August 2015.

The camera app, too, remains unchanged from what we"ve sầu gotten used to lớn seeing on Asus devices. There are plenty of camera modes và manual settings for both stills and video, and effects such as slow motion, HDR, time lapse, panorama & beautification continue khổng lồ offer plenty of great options for camera lovers. It might be a bit too complicated for some, but tự động hóa mode simplifies everything to lớn reasonable levels. Additionally, video recording, flash toggle, and camera switching are easily accessible from the mặc định screen.

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The camera itself is, as expected, identical in performance to lớn the Asus ZenFone 2 Laser. Pictures are decent in indoor settings, be it well-lit or dark, and outdoor shots tkết thúc to be washed out with regard lớn brighter areas. Heavily sunlit areas often appear completely Trắng, but the rest of the colour spectrum is accurate and clear, with pictures being sharp, detailed và dramatic when properly composed.

The laser autofocus system continues khổng lồ work wonders when shooting close-ups and indoor shots, quickly & accurately focusing on the subject matter. Within a closed environment, pictures are incredibly detailed, and the camera quickly adjusts lớn slight movements & shakes. Taking the camera outside renders the laser autofocus somewhat ineffective, but as with the ZenFone 2 tia laze, the Max reverts to lớn contrast detection methods to lớn focus. The front camera is satisfactory for most basic requirements as well. On the whole, it remains a competent camera indoors with slight weaknesses when shooting outdoors.

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PerformanceEven though the Hãng Asus ZenFone Max has a budget SoC và basic specifications that are aimed at achieving energy efficiency, it"s still a decent performer, especially for the price. Games such as Dead Trigger 2 và Real Racing 3 ran smoothly, và typical battery drain và heating were lower than usual as well. Our demo videos ran smoothly as well, and the interface is acceptably decent khổng lồ use. Swiping between screens và settings, as well as opening apps are all done satisfactorily.

Benchmark figures are nearly identical to the numbers we saw on the Hãng Asus ZenFone 2 Laser as well. The ZenFone Max produced scores of 24,683 and 14,494 in AnTuTu & Quadrant respectively, along with 9.3fps & 5264 in GFXBench & 3DMark Ice Storm. As we"ve already mentioned in this đánh giá, the ZenFone Max is essentially a ZenFone 2 laze with a larger battery.

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The phone"s basic functionality is simple and effective, with decent Gọi chất lượng, ability to lớn hold a signal và audio unique from its single speaker và through headphones. Finally, touching on the key feature of the Asus ZenFone Max, the phone ran for nearly 25 hours in our đoạn Clip loop chạy thử, falling slightly short of the current record holder, the Gionee Marathuôn M5. This is despite the fact that the 5000mAh battery on the ZenFone Max is significantly less that the combined 6020mAh capacity of the Gionee"s two batteries. This is thanks to the efficiency of the SnapLong 410 SoC and the general tuning of the phone, which has been geared towards achieving as much usage time on a full charge as possible. In ordinary use, the phone is capable of running for three khổng lồ four days on a full charge.

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VerdictWith more & more users getting concerned with deteriorating battery life on their smartphones, the idea of the big battery điện thoại thông minh has gained popularity. Recent efforts from Gionee & Lenovo have sầu proven khổng lồ be capable, but Asus has the distinction of being the first manufacturer lớn offer a decent super-battery smartphone at under Rs. 10,000. The ZenFone Max is designed around optimizing energy usage, & apart from being significantly heavier, sticks to lớn the ZenFone aesthetic in all other ways.

This is a phone that offers a decent thiết kế, acceptable performance for the price, a decent primary camera & absolutely stellar battery life at a competitive price point. The only significant weakness is the fact that the supplied charger is weak & slow khổng lồ charge the phone. But if you"re on a budget and need a smartphone that you can count on to power you through your day, look no further. The Hãng Asus ZenFone Max is your answer lớn battery issues.