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ZenFone 3 Max: What Should You Know?

By Avery Pacheco, 21/01/2017, updated on 14/01/2022

The ZenFone 3 Max device, released by Asus recently,has got curved edges with metallic unibody design like the ideas came up with by Samsung, which makes it look premium. Its curved edges make it comfortable to grip in a single hand. With its size in 5.5 inches and also with a 2.5D glass touchscreen, the ZenFone 3 Max device would surely capture most of the users who prefer larger screen. The camera module along with the flash sits on the top and is followed by a fingerprint scanner and Asus branding at the bottom. Please continue to read, I will talk more about the device in the features of Software and Performance,Camera and the more important one – Battery.

ZenFone 3 Max

Software and Performance

Equipped with a quad-core processor from MediaTek namely the MT6737T and clocked at 1.5GHz paired with a Mali-T720, the ZenFone 3 Max device perform pretty well when it is running. It’s designed for everyday tasks with ease that are expected to last for more than a full day. It can handle emails, web browsing, streaming videos, casual gaming without any lag. Theoretically, the Zenfone 3 Max is not a powerhouse phone to run the best games and apps. However, with an ample 3GB of RAM that given by ASUS, it can perfectly run social apps smoothly and other similar software.

What’s more, it doesn’t have any overheating problem either, even it is gaming or using the camera. And the phone handles high-bitrate videos just fine thanks to the vibrant display. Audio performance is particularly good through wired and wireless headphones. Even the bundled headset does a really good job at isolating ambient noise and delivering a good audio experience. In general, for the performance of the ZenFone 3 Max device, it would never let you down.


The 16-megapixel sensor and f/2.0 aperture lens result in detailed landscapes and macros in daylight, which allows you to caputer the wonderful photos on your own. Color reproduction is fairly accurate too although we could have used a little more sharpness in captured images, especially around the edges of objects. Captured stills with the rear camera are fairly decent with good amount of details and there’s no shutter lag. For the 8-megapixel front-facing camera, you are able to shot a great selfie as well. Focusing is quick thanks to the laser autofocus and and pictures are saved nearly instantly.

While the videos appeared bright and crisp on the display, recording 1080p video looks really great too and it also has electronic image stabilization but works only while shooting videos at 720p resolution.

ZenFone 3 Max Camera

Battery Life

The battery capacity is the one of the main features of the Zenfone 3 Max, which easily lasted a day and a half on a single charge. The biggest plus point of the Zenfone is that there’s a 4100mAh cell inside. Please imagin the situation:When most of the smartphones struggle to last a day with a single charge, it still had 30-40 percent battery left at the end of the day with heavy usage. How grent it is!

There’s no Quick Charge feature because it’s not using a Qualcomm chipset but it supports fast charging with a supplied power brick of 5V 2A. Charging it from zero to 100 would cost you about 2 hours and 45 minutes. Reverse charging, that is, charging another device with the ZenFone 3 Max is also possible using the bundled OTG adapter.

ZenFone 3 Max Battery

As you can see above, the Zenfone 3 Max device have longer battery life than average and when compare to its predecessors, it obviously gets impressive benchmark scores for its range and have upgraded build quality from predecessor. However, Asus wouldn’t have lost much in terms of battery performance even with a Snapdragon 625, and the pricing would have made a lot more sense.