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New ASUS Zenfone Max Unboxing, Quick Review, Camera Samples and Gaming

Taiwanese multinational company, ASUS unveiled a new variant of its earlier launched Zenfone Max yesterday. The new Asus Zenfone Max will be available in two variants, the one with 2GB RAM is Priced at Rs. 9,999 and the other with 3GB RAM is priced at Rs. 12,999.

The New Zenfone Max is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz, unlike Snapdragon 410 clocked at 1.2 GHz in the older model. It is backed by a massive 5000 mAh battery like the older variant. We unboxed the all new Zenfone Max (3GB variant) and tested almost each and every aspect of the phone, after all the tests here is what we found.


Asus Zenfone Max Full Specifications

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Asus Zenfone Max Unboxing


The New Zenfone Max comes packed in a rectangle shaped box which is pretty similar to the earlier packaging with a little difference in color. The box has a picture of the phone on it and can easily be handled with one hand. The box can be opened by sliding the top cover. Once you open the box, you’ll find Asus Zenfone Max wrapped in plastic cover lying on the top of the partition sheet. Once you open the partition you’ll find rest of the things that are placed neatly at the bottom.

Asus Zenfone Max Box Contents


Asus Zenfone Max comes with the following contents inside the box.

  • Zenfone Max
  • Warranty Card
  • Charger
  • OTG connector
  • USB Cable

Physical Overview

Asus Zenfone Max features a very elegant and descent design similar to its earlier variant. It has a rounded back cover made up of plastic with leather finishing for good grip. It has a 5.5inch IPS LCD display panel with HD resolution (720p) with pixel density of 330ppi. Its dimensions are 156.00 x 77.50 x 10.55 (height x width x thickness) and it weighs around 202 grams. The phone is surrounded by a striking metal-effect bezel that looks stylish.

At 202 grams the phone might seem a little bulky but with 5000 mAh battery it is not too much. All in all the physical structure is good and the phone can easily be handled with one hand.

Let us take a look around the phone and see how it looks from each angle.

Front top has the speaker grill, primary camera, and proximity and ambient light sensors in the center.2016-05-23 (10)

At the bottom there are 3 capacitive navigation keys that are not backlit.2016-05-23 (9)

Primary camera is placed at the top center of the back panel and the LED flash is on its left side.2016-05-23 (3)

Power/Lock key and volume adjustment key is on the right hand side of the phone2016-05-23 (6)

Loudspeaker grill is placed on the back of the phone at the bottom.2016-05-23 (4)

Micro USB port and primary microphone are at the bottom edge.2016-05-23 (8)

3.5 mm audio jack is placed on the top.2016-05-23 (7)

Zenfone Max Photo Gallery


The Asus Zenfone Max comes with a 5.5 inch HD IPS LCD display panel. It has a screen resolution of 1280 x 720 and a pixel density of 330 ppi with ASUS TrueVivid Full Screen Lamination technology. Although the pixel density is little low but in day to day usage you will not have any problems. The color reproduction is good, sunlight visibility is also nice and it has a fine 178˚ viewing angle. Overall, the display is above average.2016-05-23 (2)

User Interface

The New Asus Zenfone comes with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and Zen UI on the top which is a highlight point of the Asus smartphones. It is a very cool and beautiful UI which gives you simpler smarter and more personalized experience. In Zen UI, it is very easy to use widgets and many additional other features. ASUS ZenUI has more than 1,000 features that improve the standard Android interface. The brand new Zen UI comes with a stylish new layout that expands white space for a cleaner design, placing the information you need front and center. Zen UI gives a more personalized experience by knowing your needs and saves you from any discomfort.

Camera Overview

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Zenfone Max comes with a 13MP PixelMaster Auto Focus primary camera with f/2.0-aperture lens which has LED flash and a Wide View to include everyone. It has a dual-color Real Tone flash which has back Light (HDR) mode with ASUS PixelEnhancing Technology for up to 400% brighter photos and a Manual Mode for DSLR-like camera detail settings. It has a night mode, selfie mode, panorama mode and Hdr mode. It captures good, high-resolution photos with minimal shutter lag.

The front camera is a 5 Mega-Pixel auto focus shooter with f/2.0-aperture lens and pixel master technology. It has a 88 degree wide view and has a night mode, selfie mode and HDR mode.

Zenfone Max Camera Samples

Gaming Performance

Zenfone Max is not designed for heavy tasks and hardcore gamers but the 1.5GHz Snapdragon 615 processor works well in handling mid level games like Dead Trigger 2, it can also run games like Modern Combat if you tweak the graphic settings to low or medium. I played multiple games including the graphic intensive Modern Combat 5 and the experience was pretty impressive at medium graphic settings.
I had few issues with the aiming and touch response in the middle but rest of the experience was decent and the game was playable even after minute frame drops.

We noticed 2% of battery drop after playing Modern Combat 5 for 20 minutes, and the highest temperature noted was 39 degree Celsius during a hot day.


Asus Zenfone Max has been released for the second time with improved specs. Like previous model, this one has also managed to impress us with the overall performance and features it offers at this price. We cannot ignore the 5000 mAh battery that supports reverse charging, and still it offers you a decent camera, great performance at such an affordable price.


Abhishek Bhatnagar

Abhishek Bhatnagar, a known technology blogger & YouTuber from India. A Software Engineer by qualification, now he works as the editor-In-Chief, Webmaster, & Managing Director at Gadgets To Use. He runs a number of other technology websites as well.