Asus Zenfone Max (ZC550KL) is available in India for Rs.9,999. What makes this handset unique is that it comes with a 5000 mAh Li-Po integrated battery. It is powered by snapdragon 410 quad core chipset and supports 4G LTE.
Unboxing Zenfone Max
Inside the box you will come across the handset, user guide, warranty card, data cable, OTG cable and travel charger (5.2V ~ 1A). Earphone is not provided. SAR: 0.266W/Kg.
The Zenfone Max (ZC550KL) looks just like the other Zenfone model, however like the newly launched smartphones this one does not come with volume buttons placed on the rear and the power key on the top – in its place the buttons are placed on the right side.
Handset body is made of plastic, sides are golden colour by matte finishing and rear side is black colour with leather like textures. These textures not only gives a matchless royal look to the handset but also feels good to touch and helps get a good grip.
Weight with battery is 200 grams and dimensions are 77.40 (mm) x slightly over 154 (mm) x 10.19 (mm).This handset is slightly slimmer than the other Zenfone models.
Power key and volume rocker is on the right side, audio jack is on the top and micro USB port is at the bottom. There are double mics for noise cancellation. Loudspeaker is on the rear side.
This is a dual SIM phone – 2x micro SIM slot + a dedicated micro SD card slot. 4G works on both the SIM slots. There is LED notice and following sensors – accelerometer, light, proximity, magnetic and hall.
The Zenfone Max sports a 5.5 inch IPS screen comes with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution. The handset does come with Corning gorilla glass 4 protection. Colour reproduction systems, touch response and viewing angles are very good.
Memory, Storage and OS
There is 16GB storage and 2GB RAM. On the first boot you will get around 11GB free space and 0.8GB free RAM. OTG is supported. Apps are getting install on the internal storage, there is an option to move them to external storage (some apps can be moved).
Max is successively ZenUI 2.0 based on Android Lollipop 5.0.2.
Zenfone Max is using the well famous MSM8916 Snapdragon : 410 quad core chipset with 64 bit clocked at 1.2GHz, coupled with Adreno 306 GPU. Overall performance is smooth, lag free and phone does not heat up. Max temperature I encountered was 36 degrees.
- Quadrant – 14486
- Antutu (64 bit) – 1st time 24953, 2nd time 25317
- Nenamark 2 – 53.7fps
- Internal storage Write (36 MB/s), Speed – Read (103 MB/s)
- Multi Touch – 10 Point.
I tried Asphalt 8, got installed on internal storage. I always download the latest version – the latest version seems to download a smaller file around 800MB. I played this game in high visual superiority mode. Game was playable, not very soft but good enough.
This one also comes with laser AF camera of 13MP full to capacity on the rear with dual tone LED flash and front camera is a 5MP shooter. Laser AF is very fast but at times the focusing is not perfect, probably that will get fixed with software updates. Camera quality is above average. Rear camera can shoot FHD videos.