Asus Zenfone 3S Max Review; Big Battery In Compact Pack
Nowadays companies are including big and big batteries into the phone which allows you to survive a day without having any worry to charge your device throughout the day, but if you get big battery then you will get a bug and bulky smartphone, but recently we got Asus Zenfone 3S Max which is and update of Asus Zenfone 3 Max (Review), and it changed our thinking for battery packed smartphones.
We have got this device some time back, and we had used this device for around ten days and here is our full review for the device.
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Build And Design of Asus Zenfone 3S Max:-
The build of the device is very nice and robust; we have full metal constructions here which not provide a solid build to the device but also looks premium in hand when you hold it. Even though it houses a 5000 mAh battery, this device is very slim at just 8.9mm, but it is compact and handy, yes it is a bit bulky at 175grams, but it is expected from a smartphone which comes with a 5000 mAh battery.
When it comes to connectivity and ports then, on the right side you will get your power and sleep button along with your volume rockers, all are the metallic buttons and will give you nice tactile feedback.
On the left you have your SIM tray, it is a hybrid SIM tray which means either you can use two SIMS or if you want to expand memory then you can have a microSD card in place of second SIM.
At the bottom, you have your speaker grills, primary microphone, along with your micro USB port charging and data transfer.
At the top of the device, you have just your 3.5 mm headphone jack for your headphones.
At the back of the device, you will find a full metal construction which makes this device smooth and slippery as well, but thanks to the curved edges which makes your grip better on this device. At the rear, you have 13MP rear snapper along with dual LED flash and the secondary mic for noise cancellation.
At the front of the device, you have your 5.2 inch HD display which seems ideal for those users who find 5-inch display too small for typing and 5.5 inches too bulky to carry.
Just above your display, you have your sensors, nice metallic earpiece and 5MP front facing camera as well. And below your display you will find a physical button which acts as your home button and finger print scanner as well for you, this device has on-screen buttons.
Hardware And Specs of Asus Zenfone 3s Max:-
When it comes to under the hood features, Asus has decided to go with MediaTek as well this time too, here you will get an octa-core processor which is MT6750 along with this you have 3Gigs of RAM. You have 5.2 inch HD display screen. It comes with 64GB of internal storage which can be expandable via micro SD card.
It has got a 13MP rear snapper along with dual LED flash, and there is a 5MP front-facing camera as well video calling and selfies.
Software Of Asus Zenfone 3s Max:-
Asus Zenfone 3S Max is the first smartphone from the company which comes with Android 7.0 Nougat right out of the box which is wrapped under companies own latest ZenUI. You will find all Android 7 Nougat features here like split screen, new notification menu and all that.
Yes like always there are lots of bloatware, some of the can be uninstalled, or you can disable them as well. The overall UI is pretty good and nice, it is smooth and lag free.
Display Of Asus Zenfone 3S Max:-
Asus Zenfone 3s Max comes with a 5.2 inch HD display screen which seems to be perfect enough who want something between 5 inches and 5.5 inches. Although the resolution which bit low, I was expecting FHD, it is fine and colors looks good here, sunlight visibility is also good, and you will be able to view the screen even in sunlight.Viewing angles are not that much great; colors do fade away when you view it from extreme angles.
Viewing angles are not that much great, colors do fade away when you view it from extreme angles, colors are good for viewing movies, but when you play high-end games, you will see lack of sharpness in the display, yes there is blue light filter option which puts less stress on eyes whiles reading books or so.
Camera Of Asus Zenfone 3S Max:-
Asus Zenfone 3s Max comes with 13MP rear snapper which does take nice images in good lighting conditions, and when you have limited or artificial lights, then you will see noise and lack of details in the images. The colors look good in images, and like always, PixelMaster does some extra work for you and makes your images over-exposed.
There are lots modes available in which you can capture images including manual mode; it can shot FHD videos for you as well.
Here are some sample images, you can take a look into these:-
Battery Of Asus Zenfone 3S Max:-
Here comes the USP of this device, on my usage which includes 3 emails setup which pulls emails every minutes, casual YouTube, web browsing, Facebook, WhatsApp and casual calling, I was able to get two full days of juice very easily, which means you are an average users then you can get three days or could be more usage on this device.
It takes around 2-3 hours to get the full charge, which is not bad for a 5000mAh battery, and as this device do supports reverse charging which means you will be able to charge your other device with.
Performance Of Asus Zenfone 3s Max :-
When it comes to the performance of the device, then it is a good device to do the average task like YouTube, Facebook, casual gaming, calling and so on. You can play games on this device as well, we tried casual games like Subway Surfer, Temple Run 2 and we didn’t face any issue with them, we also played some graphic intensive games like Asphalt 8, and Mortal Combat, both went smoothly.
Like any other Asus Zenfone 3 series smartphone, this one too has Game Genie which appears as soon as you start any game, it allows you to boost RAM for your Game, lets you record or live stream you game on Twitter or YouTube.
Speaker on this device are loud enough, but sometimes sound seems muffled, especially when you play low sound, it can play FHD videos without any issue but you won’t be able to play 4K videos on it, but we can expect this from a device at this price tag.
Overall performance of this is quite good, and you are not going to face any major issue with the device.
Final Verdict On Asus Zenfone 3S Max:-
Yes, this device do has the remarkable battery, but it does also have good build quality and latest flavor of Android which you will find here. Although the price of the smartphone which is 14,999, seems right for us as you are going to get good battery, latest software, good build and decent camera. Yes there are lots of blotware, and screen could be better but it is decent enough.