Usually battery phones are bulky affairs, not very good looking and not very well specced. That perception has changed over the past year, as we’ve started seeing better looking models of this sort, slimmer and higher specced. The ASUS ZenFone 3 Max for example is pretty compact and hot looking and luckily we’ve scored it for an unboxing below. It’s priced at a very affordable $149.
This handset debuted last summer and we’re playing with the ZC520TL version, which is the 5.2 inch variant of the smartphone, not the 5.5 inch one. Inside the box we find the manual, USB cable, USB OTG cable and charger. There are no headphones, at least not in the version we tested. The core selling point is the 4100 mAh battery and this model can also be used as a power bank to juice up other devices.
There’s a 2.5D glass panel upfront, a hot looking metal body, that’s compact and reminds me of the ASUS PadFone design and a bit of the OnePlus 3. The handset comes with a 5.2 inch screen with HD resolution, a quad core MediaTek CPU, 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. There’s a 13 MP back camera, a 5 MP front shooter and Ice Power enhanced speaker.
There’s also dual SIM slots, 4G LTE and Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Zen UI 3.0 on top. A well built phone with a lot of promise and it can be purchased from here.