ASUS and its ZenFone series Smartphones have always been slammed owing to the lack of battery life. To counter this issue, Asus came out with Asus ZenFone Max, which is primarily focused on battery. Recently, the makes have also released another Smartphone, Asus ZenFone 3 Max. The device is available in two variants, which vary slightly on a few sections like screen size, battery, RAM, etc. Today we will be talking about the larger of the two variants of Asus ZenFone 3 Max 5.5 inch.
The Asus ZenFone range in itself is quite a big change when it comes to design especially with the full metal body. The Asus Zenfone Max 3 is no exception as it features a full metal body along with very slim antenna lines that crawl along the top and the bottom section of the device. The rounded edges gives the device a slight curved feel, which also adds a lot to how much comfortable it is on hand in spite of being 5.5 inch in size.
The Asus ZenFone Max 3 cen be easily stated as the better version of the two variants that we have in line. The device comes with a octa core Snapdragon QUALCOMM 430 chipset, which adds a lot of efficiency. It also has 3GB RAM and a base internal storage of 32 GB, which can easily be upgraded to 12 GB via microSD cards. The big thing about the device is the 4100 mAh battery, but sadly it take a lot of time (approximately 3 hours) for a full charge cycle. The device also has VoLTE support along with 4G LTE support.
Asus ZenFone Max 3 sports a 5.5 inch full HD screen, but the colors on show are ok like when it comes to sharpness and brightness. To be true, I found it nothing different than many other smartphones at a much low price range. In addition, the buttons are also not back lit. So in case you are coming new to the Asus ZenFone brand, you might just have to get your muscle memory updated. The device also supports reverse charging of other devices and also has an OTG cable for the purpose as a part of the kit. It also has a hybrid SIM section supporting either a Nano SIM or a micro SIM or a Micro SIM and microSD card in case you need more storage space. Keep in mind that for the base storage, you will only be able to use 23 GB out of 32 GB owing to the operating system and the preinstalled applications on the device.
Asus ZenFone Max 3 comes with a preinstalled Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and has the Zen UI lying on the top. One of the major disappointments that I would like to point out here is the sheer number of bloatwares. To be true, some of the applications are useful, but sadly quite a few of them are just a waste of internal storage space.
Apart from the issue regarding the bloatwares, the Zen UI is pretty clean. The good thing is that the UI has kept the related applications separate from the actual operating system. Thus, the applications can be updated as and when required, instead of large system updates. As a result, you can also manually choose which internal applications you do not want to update so as to reduce usage of storage.
This is something that I have always loved about the device under the Asus ZenFone series. The Asus ZenFone Max 3 comes with a 16 megapixel rear camera and an 8 megapixel secondary camera for taking quality selfies. The rear and the secondary camera has a f/2.0 aperture, hybrid auto focusand can record full HD videos.
There are plenty of tweaks that you can do in the settings to take snaps as you want. The most popular modes like HDR, panorama, time lapse, etc are all there but not the slow motion capture feature. Till here all looks good. Sadly, on zooming you get to see the actual drawbacks of the camera. Upon zooming, you will be able to see the grains forming for normal daylight images. If ask me, I was certainly hoping a lot of improvements in the camera, but there not a lot.
Well, to sum up, there is no doubt of the fact that the best part about Asus ZenFone Max 3 is the battery that it has. In fact, it looks like a good mixture of powerful battery life with its appropriate performance and specifications. I would have gone for a few more additions to the camera, but nonetheless it does not make any significant difference. The point of concern is the price of 17,999 INR. There are many devices offering more that what Asus ZenFone Max 3 is doing at much more affordable prices.
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