Since the day Asus launched its first smartphone in the Indian smartphone market it has been constantly raising the bar and striving to provide value for money smartphones. Asus has gone on to become one of the most popular smartphone brand in India and has gained the trust of millions of customers with its stupendous smartphones. Asus has launched another gem that goes by the name Asus Zenfone Max priced at INR 9,999. The marquee feature of this smartphone is the 5000 mAh battery under the shell. Fortunately enough we got to lay our hands on this device and bring you the unboxing, quick review and benchmarks of this device.

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Asus Zenfone Max Specifications

Key SpecsASUS Zenfone Max
Display5.5 inches IPS
Screen ResolutionHD (1280 x 720)
Operating SystemAndroid Lollipop 5.1
Processor 1.2 GHz Quad-Core
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 410
Memory2 GB RAM
Inbuilt Storage 16 GB
Storage UpgradeYes, upto 64 GB via microSD
Primary Camera13 MP
Video recording1080p@30fps
Secondary Camera5 MP
Battery 5000 mAh
Fingerprint SensorNo
NFCNo
4G readyYes
SIM card typeDual SIM (Micro)
WaterproofYes
Weight202 gms
Price INR 9,999

Asus Zenfone Max Coverage

 

Asus Zenfone Max Unboxing

Asus has packed the smartphone in a very compact box with an image of Zenfone’s UI on top of it. Other than the name of the smartphone there is no unnecessary logos and text on the box and it looks quite simple and descent.

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Asus Zenfone Max Box Contents

Inside the box you will get a very nice looking Asus Zenfone Max, a headset, a wall charger, a USB cable and a spare set of ear buds for the earphones which is a good thing altogether. From quite some time we have seen OEMs were not including the earphones with the handsets but Asus has done this with this handset.

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Asus Zenfone Max Unboxing, Quick Review, First Impressions [Video]

 

Physical Overview

Asus Zenfone Max features a very elegant and descent design that we have seen on Asus smartphones many times. Thelook and feel of this smartphone is quite premium and do not look cheap at all. On the front there is a speaker grill on top with sensors placed next to it. Then there is 5.5 inch HD IPS display which occupies most of the body of the phone and below it are the capacitive touch buttons which are backlit.

At 202 gms this phone is not bulky at all considering the 5000 mAh battery it packs in the body.

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On the right edge there is a well placed volume rocker and just below it is the power button. You will not feel any discomfort accessing the buttons.

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On the top left corner on the bezel there is a universal 3.5mm earphone jack.

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Opposite to that on the bottom there is a micro USB port with microphone opening next to it.

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On the back there is a very nice looking back panel which adds to the beauty of this smartphone. You will find a 13 MP camera with an LED  flash. There is a noise cancellation mic just above the camera unit.

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On the bottom part you will find the Zenfone branding with the speaker grill just below it.

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Asus Zenfone Max Photo Gallery

User Interface

Asus Zenfone Max features the ZenUI which is another highlight of the Asus smartphones. It is a very cool and beautiful UI with very easy to use widgets and many additional other features. You will not feel any discomfort while using this UI and you can regroup or sort your apps based on many categories which include installed date and many more. Overall the UI is very good and you will have a fun time using it. It feels very different from the stock Android experience and provides tons of extra options to make the UI experience smarter. The icons look very good and have a nice feel about them.

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Gaming Performance

The game-play on this device is very smooth and did not show any lags at all. We installed Asphalt 8 and Dead Trigger 2 on this smartphone and except for a few frame drops there was nothing we can complain about. Overall the gaming experience was good on this device taking into account the fact that the main focus of Asus or this device is the huge battery it comes with. With 5000 mAh cell underneath you can enjoy countless hours of gaming.

GAMING

NOTE:- The gaming performance was tested under an atmospheric temperature of 13 degree Celcius.

GamePlaying DurationBattery Drop (%)Initial Temperature (In Celsius)Final Temperature (In Celsius)
Asphalt 8: Airborne18 Minutes3%19 degree26.2 degree
Modern Combat12 minutes1%21.2 degree25.8 degree
Dead Trigger 220 minutes4%19.2 degree26 degree

Day To Day Performance And Banchmark Scores

Performance of this smartphone is very impressive and is comparable to so called high end phones. You can play games, enjoy movies, browse web and open tons of apps in the background without any issue and it will rarely slow down or show any lags. Performance is decent and a lot better than many other phones with such specs.

The benchmark scores of the Asus Zenfone Max are:

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Benchmark AppBenchmark Scores
AnTuTu (64-bit)25299
Quadrant Standard 13508
Geekbench3Single-Core- 469
Multi-Core- 1400
Nenamark54.1 fps

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At this price point Asus Zenfone Max really amazes with its sturdy feel and flawless performance. With a huge 5000 mAh battery under the hood you do not need to worry about your phone running out of power. We give this phone a thumbs up and it is a worthy competitor to other smartphones in this price bracket.