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Asus had launched their first smartphone of 2017 named Zenfone 3S Max in Feb. The main highlights of Zenfone 3S Max are "exquisite design, powerful battery, stunning camera and stellar perfomance". This zenny comes with the enhanced 5000 mAH battery with premium good quality ZenEar earphones along with the box.

Do Asus could suceed in mesmerize users with Zenfone 3S Max ? Lets Check..

Watch Our Unboxing and First Impressions video of Zenfone 3S Max



Design



Zenfone 3S Max made out of Aluminiun alloy metal body with 2.5D contoured Touch Screen which add up premium looks to the Max. Other catching thing is that the 360 degree fingerprint scanner spot on the home button which is rarest design when comparing with budget competitors but its a little bit slow detecting the finger edges.

The top of the MAX holed for 3.5 mm jack headphone while the bottom accomodates speaker grille providing high clarity in output.

Zenfone 3S Max Review


Lifting into screen side , 8 MP front camera revamped on top but does not feature any LED Flash light for selfie lovers.

Flipping over the back , there places 13 MP PixelMaster camera on top of the left corner surrounded by a small thin sheild which protects the lens from scratches and wraps. Dual LED Flash light (dual tone) sticked near the rear cam. Speaker moved to bottom, neighbour of Mic.



Overall the design of Zenfone 3S Max is fantastic and easy to hold and slide in single hand. Zenfone 3S Max providing 75 per cent screen to body ratio so this 5.2 inch display phone is great fit and relief for users who feels uncomfortable with 5.5 inch and 5.0 inch large display phones.





Display

The Asus Zenfone 3S Max features an 5.2inch HD (1280×720 pixels) LCD display along with a sleek Metal body and 2.5D contoured glass. The display is broadcasting colours clearly and outstanding at 282 PPI but is reflecting some yellowish tint under direct sunlight , can be adjusted at brightness defaults. The display is enough brighter at outdoor to stand with sunlight without being dull.The lower resolution should see it do better in the battery section and let it perform better in games as well. The bluelight filter in builted helps adjusting the screen light in day- night conditions and engage users for surfing without causing irritation to eyes.


Camera



The Asus Zenfone 3S Max carrying 13 MP PixelMaster , f/2.0 aperture primary camera gives clear and good quality output while provided with sufficent light as well as low light. The Dual LED Flash enhances the beauty of photographs taken in night. The 8MP front camera is not awesome in snaping selfies and the out is only average . 1080p HD video recording is possible in Zenfone 3S Max. The phone doesn't heat up quickly while the camera doing his job but there happens delay in shutter camera in some time.

Here are some sample photographs taken using Asus Zenfone 3S Max.



The Zenfone 3S Max is adaptable for beginning photographers because it provides much customization in camera modes and able to adjust in accordance with the availablilty of light. We suggest you to switch manual instead of auto mode and adjust ISO in night photogarphy, only then you will get nice shots that outstands your expectation.

Super Resolution mode, Low-light mode, Backlight (Super HDR) mode etc are the different modes found in camera application.

Software

Asus Zenfone 3S Max marked as the first budget phone that ships with the latest version Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. The Nougat version brings multi-window feature , made the space for multi tasking in way of a split-window or effortlessly switching between apps. we now get the privilege to choose the display size which makes plenty of sense.

The ZenUI 3 is bloated with a bunch of pre installed applications is a little sad bit. The system itself consumes some more RAM due to unwanted apps but not affecting the stability of system. Thanks to Mobile manager application for clearing cache , freeing up RAM and boosting the memory.



Performance

This handset is powered by MediaTek MT6750 octa core 64-bit processor clocked at 1.5GHz with Mali T860 GPU and 3GB RAM lifting the performance overview. The device provides 32GB Internal Memory Expandable upto 2TB. It would be better if provides 4GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage rather than 2TB expandable micro sd slot.

The big 5000 mAH battery and processing speed shows the attraction point of users who needs a budget phone with long battery life, good camera and using continous usage without any lag. The gaming performance in Zenfone 3S Max is fine in gaming. High end games like Asphalt 8 Airborn can be played smoothly.

The phone supports 4G VoLTE and during our test the sound quality is fine and not found any issues in JIO VoLTE network.

The speaker was pretty loud. Sound and sound quality comparatively high in Zenfone 3S Max than Redmi Note 4 and specially notable that Zenfone 3S Max provides noise cancellation in dual Mic better than other budget phones.

The device does not heat uncontrollably while heavy use but the charger gets heated up that lasts until reaches above 80 per cent battery level. The charger made with necessary capacity to hold too much heat and its common in almost all budget phones in the range.



Battery : The Asus Zenfone 3S Max packs in a massive 5,000mAh Lithium-polymer battery. As its name 'MAX', Asus gives priority to the big battery. During my testing, the battery easily managed to get me up to two days of moderate usage and lasted for one day with heavy usage which includes gaming, online surfing, calling video play back. It takes almost 2 hours to battery get fully charged but is worth waiting to play with this device more time.

Extras : I felt impressed with the ZenEar earphones which comes inside the box along with Zenfone 3S Max. The premium quality earphones comes under the brand Asus is excellent in its build quality. The earphones also spoted a microphone in it and the quality of the mic is fine. The ZenEar has Patented Damping System and Transmission Tube designed to deliver crystal clear and detailed sound


Key Features

  • 5000mAh battery
  • 5.2inch HD IPS display along with a sleek Metal body and 2.5D contoured glass 
  • Fingerprint sensor that supports 5 finger recognition and 360° finger detection. 
  • 13MP PixelMaster rear camera
  • 8MP front camera with 85° wide capture angle 
  • ZenUI 3 with Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box, bringing along the Multi-window mode for multi-tasking
Availability And Price

Asus Launched Zenfone 3s Max in India on Feb,2017 ,This handset is powered by octa core processor, supports VoLTE and the USP is 5000 mAH long lasting battery. Asus Zenfone 3s Max priced to 14,999 in india and available on both online (Flipkart) as well as offline.

Buy : Asus Zenfone 3S Max

Verdict

Asus Zenfone 3S Max surely great fit for users who gives much importance to good battery backup as it can deliver 2-3 days backup. The 5.2 inch larger display is cool to occupy in single hand and easy to handle. The shots from 13 MP PixelMaster Camera is nice if use manual mode than auto. In the price range Zenfone 3S Max is an excellent choice and far better than Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime

Also Read : ASUS Rolling Out VoLTE Support for Zenfone 3 Series

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