Asus Zenfone Max Review

By Wednesday, June 01, 2016

I have been using Asus Zenfone Max for the last one week and now it's time for a review. To be honest, I really thought it would be the average Android phone, but as soon as I switched it on, I was pleasantly surprised.

The is the new and improved version of the old Zenfone Max. The phone has been launched in two variations - 2 GB and 3 GB RAM. The former is priced at 9,999 INR, while the latter costs 12,999 INR ( This is the one I have).


With a 5.5-inch display, the phone is really sleek. It has the rubber-y back case which gives a good grip when you are holding the phone. This almost reminded me of the leather-y back case of Galaxy Note 4. 

I also liked the metallic ring on the side which also encompasses the power and volume buttons.


Asus Zenfone Max has Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.5 Ghz Octa-Core processor. It runs on the new Android M, and it has 4G too. The storage space can be extended to 64 GB with memory card.

Doubles up as a power bank 

The best feature of the phone has to be that it can double up as a power bank. They have an OTG cable through which you can connect another phone to charge it. 

To do that, you just have to press the power button and choose the reverse charging mode. Though, when I tried it, I was disappointed to see the cable provided in the box doesn't fit the iPhone cable, it only works for Android phones. 

Amazing display 

I have a weakness - I judge phones only through their displays. And I have to say, I was blown away to see the amazing display of Zenfone Max. 

The phone has a 1280 x 720 HD display with TFT LED backlight. I watched videos on both Youtube and Netflix, and the videos had super clarity with full HD. 


With a 5000 mAH battery, the phone promises a long life. But since, I haven't had the chance to insert a sim in the phone yet, I really cannot comment on this part. 


The camera is 13 megapixels with a dual LED flash while the front camera is 5 megapixels. I have to say, I really like the front camera more than the back camera. If only I were into selfies.

But what blew me over was the 'Manual' mode in the camera. If you have a DSLR, you might be familiar with the manual camera settings like ISO, Shutterspeed and Auto focus. With this phone you can set all of them manually and take DSLR-like shots. (PS - You cannot set the Aperture)


I have these Sennheiser and Sony headphones that are great on their own but they just don't get the right bass out of my iPhone. With Zenfone, they work amazingly. This might become my music player, temporarily.


The phone works super smoothly with absolutely no lag. It came pre-installed with all the Asus UI apps and Google apps. 

The settings are same as the Asus Zenpad tablet, with a few additions since this one runs on Android M. 

Overall Experience

Asus Zenfone Max is a great budget phone. With the features it packs in the price, this is a definite buy. Not to mention, my family has been fighting over who gets this phone. Let's see about that.

*Disclaimer - The phone was sent to me by the company 

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