Asus ZenFone Max (2016) Review

Asus ZenFone Max Review HIGHLIGHTS

  • The new Asus ZenFone Max has a Snapdragon 615 SoC.
  • Internal storage has also been increased to 32GB.
  • The phone’s biggest selling point is its 5000mAh battery.

One of Asus’ most prevalent cell phones generally has been the Asus ZenFone Max (Review). Dispatched in January this year, it offered an answer of one of numerous cell phone’s greatest blemishes: battery life. Despite the fact that the telephone was normal in many ways, it positively surpassed desires in the battery division.

That is the place the revived Rs. 9,999 Asus ZenFone Max (2016) comes in. This new telephone would like to offer the same phenomenal battery life that was the mark highlight of its ancestor, alongside updates in different divisions that will improve the telephone an all-rounder. It’s likewise being offered at the same cost as what the first ZenFone Max was dispatched at, so it’s intriguing to check whether this will infuse new life into the arrangement. Discover what the redesigns are, and in addition how the new ZenFone Max (2016) charges, in our audit.

Asus ZenFone Max Look and feel

Asus ZenFone Max

The ZenFone Max (2016) is outwardly and physically indistinguishable to the past form, from its measurements to its weight. This incorporates the separable back spread, gold trim at the edges, and the trademark Asus button with concentric circles. There are, be that as it may, two new shading alternatives for the 2016 form: blue and orange. On the off chance that you go for the dark or white alternatives, you basically can’t tell the old ZenFone Max and the new one separated.

To the extent outline and format is concerned, the ZenFone Max (2016) adheres to the rudiments. The force and volume keys are on the privilege, the Micro-USB port is at the base and the 3.5mm sound attachment is at the top. The back board is removable, uncovering the two SIM spaces and an expandable stockpiling opening. The battery is noticeable under an administrative sticker, however it isn’t client replaceable. Asus’ configuration prompts basically stay unaltered even well into 2016, and we’ll need to hold up till the ZenFone 3 dispatches for any progressions on that front.

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One absence of progress where it would have been pleasant is in the utilization of the same 5.5-inch 720×1280-pixel IPS screen. Regardless of the Rs. 9,999 sticker price (Rs. 12,999 for the 3GB RAM variation), Asus is not offering a reasonably high-determination screen, which is a failure when you consider different telephones, for example, the Coolpad Note 3 Plus (Review) offer a full-HD and 3GB RAM at a lower cost. Furthermore, there’s no unique mark sensor on the ZenFone Max (2016), which is another failure considering the opposition.

The screen itself is the same as some time recently, with the low determination likely kept up for battery life. In the event that that is your fundamental concern, the low determination and absence of subtle element in the screen might be satisfactory to you, yet for a telephone that ought to would like to be a greater amount of an all-rounder this appears like a missed chance to enhance things.

Asus ZenFone Max Details and programming


Details are the place the greatest contrasts between the two eras of the ZenFone Max can be seen, with the new one donning the all the more effective Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC. Albeit now old and superseded by more competent alternatives, the 615 is certainly a redesign over the Snapdragon 410 in the more established ZenFone Max. Another key overhaul is the knock from 16GB to 32GB of inward stockpiling. In the lower-end variation of the new ZenFone Max (2016), the RAM continues as before at 2GB, yet the Rs. 12,999 variation knocks this up to 3GB. It’s likewise significant here that the Rs. 3000 expense for the additional 1GB of RAM appears to be fairly steep to us, since there are no different contrasts between the two variations.

What stay unaltered are the 5000mAh battery and unfathomably deficient charger. In spite of the fact that the force yield has been enhanced somewhat to 5.2W, it’s still dreadfully feeble for a telephone with a 5000mAh battery, and it assumes control five hours to completely charge this telephone. You will need to utilize an alternate charger on the off chance that you do wind up purchasing the ZenFone Max (2016).

The 2016 variation ventures up to Android Marshmallow out of the crate. Asus had recorded which of its telephones would get the overhaul to Marshmallow prior this year and the old ZenFone Max is on this rundown, so it appears to be legitimate that the new gadget ought to accompany the new programming pre-introduced. A ton of Android M’s key components do show up, including Do Not Disturb Mode, Doze Mode, Now On Tap, and redid application consents.

Be that as it may, the client interface on top is still Asus’ ZenUI, which appears to have become more meddlesome and disappointing since we looked into the ZenFone Max. On first boot, around 50 applications promptly should have been overhauled. Also, applications and administrations are always pushing warnings to you for different things, for example, setting up a specific record, actuating the battery saver mode, or controlling the way a specific application associates with the gadget. The interface has its favorable circumstances however, quite isolating some applications from the framework takes into account a more productive method for taking care of redesigns, and less load on the framework.

Asus ZenFone Max Camera

Asus ZenFone Max

The old ZenFone Max utilized the same camera and laser self-adjust framework as the Asus ZenFone Laser, which guaranteed better than average camera execution at the cost at the season of its dispatch. The 2016 variation has precisely the same as some time recently, with a 13-megapixel sensor at the back and a 5-megapixel shooter at the front. The double tone LED streak and the laser self-adjust window sit on either side of the back camera, and both cameras are equipped for recording video at up to 1080p-30fps determination.

The camera application has been marginally made strides. The settings menu is somewhat neater than some time recently, yet a large portion of the application stays unaltered. There are a lot of photography modes, and centering is unimaginably speedy and exact on account of the laser framework. The sheer number of controls might overpower for a few, yet adhering to auto mode will more often than not guarantee great results.

Camera execution is typically unaltered from the past two Asus telephones that utilization the same camera and center framework. Indoor shots are incredible, as are close-ups. Outside shots tend to wash out a bit, yet are acceptably better than average in any case. Shooting outside will in any case render the laser self-adjust framework pointless and return to customary differentiation recognition strategies, however the capacity of the camera to center and shoot macros is as good as can be expected. Recordings and shots with the front camera are conventional, particularly in 1080p-30fps mode.

Asus ZenFone Max Execution


The contrasts between the old Asus ZenFone Max and the 2016 variation are most discernible in the execution of the telephones. While the old gadget utilized the financial backing Snapdragon 410 SoC, the new gadget has been moved up to the all the more effective Snapdragon 615. A typical sight on mid-range telephones a year ago and toward the start of 2016, the Snapdragon 615 is a demonstrated entertainer, and guarantees average and dependable usefulness. Nonetheless, likewise evaluated telephones are putting forth better, all the more capable alternatives nowadays, and a considerable measure of clients dislike the possibility of an old SoC.

Execution on the Asus ZenFone Max 2016 is great not surprisingly, with open to treatment of most errands, including gaming. Benchmark scores are what we would ordinarily anticipate from a Snapdragon 615-fueled gadget, with 41,306 in AnTuTu, 26,071 in Quadrant, 24fps in GFXBench and 9,936 in 3DMark Ice Storm. These scores are an unmistakable change over the prior Asus ZenFone Max.

Fundamental usefulness is respectable too, with great better than average call quality, great gathering on both Wi-Fi and versatile systems, including solid 4G network when accessible. The single back confronting speaker is somewhat feeble, however solid quality is worthy when utilizing earphones.

With regards to battery life, the Asus ZenFone Max (2016) satisfies our desires. The telephone kept running for 18 hours, 4 minutes in our video circle test, which is a reasonable piece not exactly the 25 hours that the first ZenFone Max kept running for, regardless of the battery being the same limit at 5000mAh. This is normal, as the Snapdragon 615 is not as vitality productive as the Snapdragon 410, and this effects battery life to some degree. Notwithstanding, it’s still fabulous, and the telephone kept running for two entire days with standard use.


The Asus ZenFone Max (2016) is absolutely an OK endeavor by the organization to profit by one of its top of the line late items and imbue new life into it considering the contenders that have dispatched since January. The telephone conveys enhanced execution to make it somewhat more competent, while keeping on offering fabulous battery life and a decent camera. In spite of the fact that battery life isn’t up to the same stellar levels as the first, it’s still all that anyone could need to separate the telephone.

Be that as it may, Asus has fail to make upgrades in other key zones. A unique mark sensor would have supported the estimation of the telephone greatly, particularly considering that numerous telephones in this value range offer this component now. 3GB of RAM ought to have been standard at Rs. 9,999, and the Rs. 3,000 premium for an additional gigabyte of RAM looks bad to us. ZenUI has become more terrible rather than better. What’s more, despite the fact that this would have affected battery life further, regardless we feel that a full-HD screen would have been more appealing.

Regardless of every one of this, the Asus ZenFone Max (2016) still remains an awesome telephone to purchase in the sub-Rs. 10,000 value portion if battery life is imperative to you. The execution support keeps it pertinent notwithstanding the absence of different upgrades and augmentations, thus this telephone is surely worth considering in case you’re hoping to purchase another telephone at under Rs. 10,000 right at this point.