Asus Zenfone 3 Max ZC520TL Full Review | Specification | Features

Quick look at the New Asus Zenfone 3 Max ZC520TL

Maximize Battery & Metallic Beauty

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Lucky Me – one of my coworkers bought the new Zenfone 3 Max which means that I can have some time to play with it. Zenfone 3 max is the predecessor of the last year’s model Zenfone 2 Max. This year’s max has upgraded in a whole new level, however there are sections which have been downgraded order to keep its affordability. Let’s find out if this one is for you.

Zenfone 3 Max 2016

  • 5GHz Quad-core MediaTek MT6737T processor
  • Mali-T720 MP2 GPU
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 2-inch HD IPS display, 2.5D glass, 1280 x 720 resolution
  • 32GB of expandable storage
  • 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash
  • 5-megapixel front camera
  • Dual SIM
  • 3G, LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, Fingerprint scanner
  • Android Marshmallow 6.0, ZenUI 3.0
  • 4100mAh battery
  • Price: P8995.00 – Senfone sale price tba

Among the Zenfone 3 line, the Zenfone 3 max is the lowest priced but doesn’t mean that it’s also low class. For the price that ASUS is asking, the Zenfone 3 max has decent internals and acceptable level of performance.

Out of the Box | Asus Zenfone 3 Max

Coming with the unit is a wall type fast charger (micro usb) at 5 volts and 2 Ampere. It also includes a Zen Ear headphones with extra buds, an OTG cable and manuals and warranties.

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Construction and Build | Asus Zenfone 3 Max

One things that beefy smartphone has in common are the thick body construction due to large battery. The Zen2Max has a total weight of 202 grams whereas the latest max has only 148grams. This can be attributed to the 900 less capacity of battery and smaller screen from 5.5 to 5.2 inches. However the screen now features a 2.5 curved design which is an upgrade. The screen remained on an HD resolution at 1280 x 720 pixels and has a good display and a little bit contrasted display. You can customize the display by using splendid app of ASUS. The right side contains the volume rocker and the power button and the left side of the device has the hybrid card tray for two Micro-SIM cards or a micro SD card for storage expansion. The top part has the 3.5mm audio jack while the back has the 13mp pixel master camera paired with 5mp camera for selfies. At the top of the camera has the noise cancellation mic. Below the cam is the square type finger print scanner which is a new feature of this year’s max. What is very obvious here is the premium design of the phone. It has a metallic body construction which is very nice to hold. The curved design adds to the manageability in terms of device handling.

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Performance | Asus Zenfone 3 Max

Inside the device is MediaTek’s new MT6737T that’s clocked at around 1.5GHz, paired with a Mali-T720 MP2 GPU, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. Antutu benchmarks showed an around 40k points which in real world performance should bring a smooth multitasking and usage of the unit. Using the device doesn’t revealed and lags or hanging. Just be sure the check always the ram consumption since if you are a heavy user, the ram can be occupied and can cause lagging. The max also uses the 3.0 version of the ZenUI which means you can customize the unit depending on your own taste. Pre-installed software’s are also present. These are also usable tools but you can disable it if you prefer. Finger print security is also fast in detection at 0.03 secs.

Gaming wise, the device can do delivered a descent playing experience. Users has able to install modern combat five, need for speed and implosion which is a high demanding game. Some drop of frame rates were seen but on a minimized level. Some available games are playable especially the causal onescan be played smoothly.

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Camera | Asus Zenfone 3 Max

Powering the camera of Zenfone 3 max is a 13MP pixel master camera and paired with a 5mp shooter selfie camera. Overall the performance of the camera is acceptable as expected with a pixel master camera. It reminds me of the shooting capabilities of the last year Zenfone 2 laser photo quality especially when taken during well-lit condition. However, there has been complaints from users as seen on their comments and complaints on Facebook page group of ASUS zenfone 3 max regarding the yellowish tint that appears during low light condition. ASUS is now working to fix this issue probably via software update.See camera sample below and judge it yourself.

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Asus Zenfone 3 Max ZC520TL Full Review | Specification | Features
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Battery | Asus Zenfone 3 Max

Charging the phone lasts around 2hours and 30 minutes and the device lasting for more than one day from an average use. This is given since the max uses a larger than usual battery capacity of 4100mAh. You can also use an OTG cable to charge other devices as well.  You can last to more than a day on an average use which is the main selling point of this device.

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 Verdict | Asus Zenfone 3 Max

This update of the Zenfone Max is a huge leap from its previous version. The addition of nice features like the fingerprint scanner and updated software versions is a pro. The design and metallic body construction as well has been a nice improvement. The units are now available on different kiosk of asus and concepts stores. We are expecting that this device will start to fly off the shelves since this is the lowest priced device offered on the zen3 line.   So if you’re looking for a smartphone that will last for more than a day and with sleek design and nice performance under the 9k hood, then the zenfone 3 max is for you.

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*Disclaimer| Some of the photos used are from by their respective owners from Asus Zenfone 3 max facebook group. Credits is given to them.