In the increasing trend of camera focused or “selfie” focused phones by smartphone manufacturers, Asus came up with Max series last year with its model Asus zenfone max z550kl, which did solve the issue of carrying power-banks around, with a battery of 5000mAh it was definitely a powerhouse, but design, and the hefty weight bothered everyone, also 5.5 inch phones was very huge for small handed people, after that Asus refinished the design with a fingerprint sensor upfront in Zenfone 3 Max, which did quite well off, but did not catch up due to lack of features at the price, so Asus released its saviour Zenfone 3s Max, the model with all the required features including a fingerprint sensor,2.5D glass, and smaller screen, so today we are gonna look into it

Design

apart from the fact that its a phone with battery as huge as 5000Mah, Asus managed to keep it thin, and light compared to the previous models, which is a good thing, Asus Zenfone 3s Max is secured with 2.5D contoured Glass with curved edges which add up to the premiumness of the phone, the fingerprint in the chin and over all symmetry makes the phone not only a beast in battery but a beauty to hold as well!, with its almost block form factor with slight curves and camera in the corner makes the phone standout from its earlier siblings.

Software: nougat out of the box 🙂

Asus Zenfone 3s Max comes with android 7.0 out of the box, withall its features including split screen and its weird easteregg of feeding a cat, the phone is topped with ZenUi which has improved a lot since Android 6.0, lot less laggy, refreshed UI, needs a little improvement, comes with bloatware but you gotta deal with it if you want 5000Mah of juice, pixelmaster camera could have been improved but its the same.

Camera

for that price range, 13MP on primary is great in daylight not so good in low light and cloudy conditions,auto focus is average, secondary camera is average, cannot expect much but the beautify option does smoothen your skin if thats what you want, hopwthis can improve in future updates.

Performance: beast in backup

Powered by a 1.5GHz MediaTek MT 6750 octa-core processor with 3GB RAM the zenfone 3s max with ZenUi does lag couple of times but, apart from that battery performance is incredible, from 100-0% it took two days to battery to run dry apart from fact that i was on LTE all the time, and as a heavy content consumer personally, youtube,spotify,couple of games, it handled everything smooth and did survive more than a day, which is  my favorite thing about the phone, it did run games like Fifa mobile, modern combat 5, dead trigger 2, quite smoothly, phone did get quite hot at a times, but did handle games quite well

Don’t know if its me or everyone, the Asus Zenfone 3s max unit which i had experienced few force closes of Facebook app, and youtube app, which did annoy me, but apart from that it ran most of the apps pretty well.

 

Specifications

Display

Screen Type HD IPS Capacitive Touchscreen
Screen Size 5.2 inches
Screen Resolution 1280 x 720
Protection 2.5D contoured Glass

Processor

Processor Octa Core
Speed 1.5 GHz

Memory

Internal Memory 32GB, 3GB RAM
Extendable Memory 256gb

Camera Features

Sensor Resolution 13MP
Features Backlight HDR mode, Super Resolution mode, QR reader mode, Low Light mode, Night mode, Selfie mode, Panorama mode, Beautification, and Time Lapse effect modes
Video resolution / frame rate 1080p
Front facing camera 8MP

General Features

OS Android 7.0 (Nougat)
Bluetooth Features 4.0
Dual Sim Support Yes
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email
GPS Yes, with A-GPS
Available Colours Black, Gold

Carrier Networks

2G GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
3G WCDMA 2100 MHz
4G Yes

Data

WiFi 802.11ac, hotspot

Body

Weight(grams) 175gm

Sound

Media Player Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Audio connector 3.5mm

Battery

Type Li-Ion
Capacity(mAh) 5000

Verdict

I guess it was bit underrated, since release its quite a great phone for social media hog like me who requires a lot of juice, atleast I could use the phone as my backup device to juice up the other phone using an OTG cable, it does provide reverse charging pretty well, fingerpint sensor worked well most of the times, but unlocking time made me crazy, I liked the idea of on screen buttons, but I wish it had physical buttons on the wasted space on chin, which might have given more user space on the screen, although I prefer onscreen navigation, they should have made it a choice to the user, they MIGHT have used USB C for faster recharging because micro USB is too 2015, and I had to wait so long for the phone to get back to 100%, it does weigh more than other phones, but I don’t mind as far as i get such great performance of a phone.

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