Asus has always focused on its Max series of smartphones, Zenfone Max smartphones are for those who usually forget to charge their devices at night and wants long lasting battery backup from the device. We had already review Asus Zenfone 3 Max ZC520TL (5.2-inch variant). A couple of months back we have got Asus Zenfone 3 Max ZC553KL and decided to use over a month as I wanted to see can it replace your power bank needs?
Build And Design Of Asus Zenfone 3 Max:-
Like any other Zenfone 3 series smartphones, Asus Zenfone 3 Max too comes with solid build quality, you will find metal build all across the device, and at the front, you have your 5.5-inch display screen which is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
When it comes to connectivity and ports, at the right you have your power and sleep buttons along with volume rockers, all are sturdy buttons and gives nice tactile feedback.
On the right side, you will find your hydride SIM tray which allows you to either insert two SIMs or One SIM and an SD card if you want to expand its memory further up to 256GB.
At the bottom, you will find a Micro USB along with speaker grills, it’s nice to have speakers at the bottom which means it won’t block audio even if placed on a flat surface. At top of it, you will find your 3.5mm audio jack for your headphones.
At the rear, you have your 13MP camera which we have seen on its junior sibling and a fingerprint scanner which is quite fast.
Hardware And Specs Of Asus Zenfone 3 Max:-
When it comes to under the hood features, it is powered by Qualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430 processor, Octa-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 chipset along with 3GB of RAM and also comes with 32GB of storage which can be further expandable, it has a hybrid slot for memory expansion. For connectivity, it has WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, Micro USB, 4G/LTE.
Software On Asus Zenfone 3 Max:-
If you have ever used Asus smartphones then you know what you will find here, lots of bloatware and pre-installed apps, some of them can be disabled and some can’t be. The good part here is it runs on latest version of Android N with custom UI on top which brings several tweaks like themes and much more.
Display Of Asus Zenfone 3 Max:-
It has one of the sharp display at the price bracket, you have 5.5-inch FHD display here which provide good viewing angles. Display over here is very bright and you can easily view it under direct sunlight.
Camera Of Asus Zenfone 3 Max:-
The camera over here is same which you will find in its younger sibling, do check our review of ZenFone 3 Max (ZC520TL) to view camera samples.
Battery Of Asus Zenfone 3 Max:-
Now here comes the main segment, the battery which is its USP as well. I was using this device as my secondary device and it managed to last more than 3 days on some occasions. One thing which I wanted to test with this device was can it replace my power bank?
Well answer for this is mixed up, if I am going up for an even for or for a meeting I decided to dump my power bank and carry this device and use it to charge my primary device as it supports reverse charging.
Well it worked perfectly fine, but if you are going on a vacation or a long trip then you have to think twice, I mean I am a heavy user and for me this might not work as a replacement of power bank for long trip, but some of you who are not heavy users can do this.
As this device comes with 4100mAh battery and no fast charging support, it needs around 3-4 hours to charge full, which is a but long.
Performance Of Asus Zenfone 3 Max:-
Performance of Asus Zenfone 3 Max is quite good, it can easily run your day to day tasks, camera on this device do perform good and you can easily take nice images with it. If you love games then also this device can do this for you.
Final Verdict On Asus Zenfone 3 Max:-
No doubt, Asus Zenfone 3 Max is one the best device at its price bracket, the build quality is superb, display is again something which never let you down, and yes we have seen Asus has provided latest Android flavor for its users which is something other lacks.
In my over a month usage, I used this device as my secondary device and used as to charge my other devices which this device does perfectly, yes it cant replace your power bank but if you are on short trip, like a day or two then it can save you from carrying bulky power banks.