We’ve reviewed quite a few ZenFone units last year and now here’s another one, the brand new ASUS ZenFone Max. This is a 5000 mAh battery phone, that was announced last summer and hit the shops this month. We unboxed it for you below.
Priced at $147 in India, the handset comes with an USB cable and charger in the box, in our test unit version. The official box may also include a manual and headphones. Available in black and white, the phone runs Android 5.0 Lollipop with Zen UI on top, relying on a quad core Snapdragon 410 plus 2 GB of RAM. The handset weighs 202 grams and measures 10.5 mm in thickness, so it’s quite massive, on account of the big battery inside.
Other specs include 16 GB of storage, a microSD card slot, dual SIM slots and LTE. The screen integrated upfront is a 5.5 incher with a 720p resolution and IPS panel. That battery we keep mentioning offers (on paper) 37 hours of talk time, 38 days of standby functioning and 22.6 hours of video playback. ZenFone Max comes with power bank functionality, so it can charge other devices.
At the back there’s a 13 megapixel camera with laser autofocus, the same unit from the ASUS ZenFone Laser, while upfront there’s a 5 MP shooter for selfies. One thing to notice here is the leather back imitation, that feels nice to touch. We’ll be back with a full review soon, after we test the promising battery.