Call it an upgrade, a refresh, or a new launch, ASUS has come up with the new Zenfone Max, the battery life-oriented smartphone from the company with some better internal specs than what were on the Max. With smartphones getting upgraded in terms of specifications in every other aspect and becoming more smarter by the day, the quintessential battery life of smartphones is largely being ignored. But with the Zenfone Max, Asus has done a great job in giving amazing battery capacity, more than decent specs and more importantly an affordable price tag.

ASUS ZenFone Max Snapdragon 615 Review

The company has managed to keep the price of the new Zenfone Max similar to the earlier model even after improving in the storage and processor segments. If you are looking for a smartphone which can work as your daily driver and give you good battery life, let’s look at the Zenfone Max, which I have been using from some time as my primary device and here’s about the important aspects of the device.

Design and Build Quality:

The Zenfone Max is not one that impresses you with its looks, with the new model carrying the same design and form factor from its predecessor having a textured (leather like) plastic back which feels good to hold and the copper frame in the middle which gives some style statement to the device which is bland from all aspects.

ASUS ZenFone Max Snapdragon 615 Review Front

It is now available in two new colors Orange and Blue apart from the Black and White colors which are available from the earlier model. Back of the device houses the Camera with the LED flash and the Laser Autofocus on either side. The Asus Branding is seen in the middle with the Zenfone branding just above the Speaker grill on the bottom. The right side of the device sport the volume rockers and the Power button with the front of the device having the capacitive touch button below the display and the top having the ear piece and the light and other sensors on either side.

ASUS ZenFone Max Snapdragon 615 Back top

ASUS ZenFone Max Snapdragon 615 Back bottom

One thing which we can appreciate Asus for is the thickness and feel in hand which is good for a device with a 5000mAh battery inside. It measures 10.5 mm in thickness which is thicker than most of the devices in and around the price tag. We can expect the size to be big with the massive battery underneath, with the curved edges it is easier on the hand to hold and use.

ASUS ZenFone Max Snapdragon 615 Back

The amount of space under the display is pretty huge with the capacitive buttons below the display and the some more space left out below it making it quite huge if you have small hands. It weighs a good 202 grams as well. Overall we can say that it is decently built, and we cannot expect it to be the slimmest smartphone with that amount of battery capacity inside.

Display:

The Zenfone Max sports a 5.5-inch HD display with a resolution of 720×1080 pixels with around 265ppi pixel density. The colors are good on the device but one thing which you will notice immediately while using the device under bright light or outdoor is the low Brightness, which makes it unreadable in some instances. It was not the case in the earlier Zenfone Max; I am not sure if it is a problem with my device or in general.

ASUS ZenFone Max Snapdragon 615 Front top

ASUS ZenFone Max Snapdragon 615 front bottom

Asus has given the option to play around with the color temperature manually which helps a bit, and even the “vivid” option improved the display a bit but not what is desirable. If you are a person who reads a lot while traveling or under bright light look elsewhere as you will strain your eyes for sure. Overall a decent display but if the brightness levels were higher it would have been great.

Software:

The Zenfone Max runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS with the ZenUI on top. One thing which is obvious is the amount of customization taken place along with a lot of pre-loaded apps. It comes with all the features which are packed in the ZenUI seen from the earlier model like the double tap to wake gestures etc. It comes with a one-hand usage mode along with the power saving mode which was quite effective in practical use.

ASUS ZenFone Max Snapdragon 615 About

ASUS ZenFone Max Snapdragon 615 Apps

ASUS ZenFone Max Snapdragon 615 Quick settings

Asus needs to look at decluttering the UI a bit to enhance the performance of the device. The company also should do something about the number of pre-installed apps. It isn’t really a list that one would want to have in their phone all the time, and given that this is Android OS, you know there are good apps always available in the Play Store to install later.

Performance:

The Zenfone Max is powered by a 1.5 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Processor which comes with Adreno 306 GPU and coupled with 2GB RAM. It comes with increased 32GB internal storage space along with microsD card slot to expand it further up to 64GB. Although the Snapdragon 615 SoC might look a bit on the lower side it is a successful processor which we have seen in some successful devices in the past. And we need to remember that the Zenfone Max a Battery oriented smartphone and not one aimed at high performance.

ASUS ZenFone Max Snapdragon 615 Multitasking

That said, the Zenfone Max is pretty decent in performance you can get through all your daily work and stuff with ease. I have been using it as my primary device doing, browsing on Facebook, Twitter, Google Chrome, using the camera a lot and watching videos, and the device got me through the day with ease. There was a slight delay or lag while multitasking between switching apps but nothing which can be a problem. It is overall a decent / good performer to get you through the day without much problem but does not expect it to support and let you use high-end games etc.

Camera:

The device comes with a 13MP rear camera with PDAF and Laser Autofocus along with dual LED flash and a 5MP front-facing camera. The rear camera is feature packed with many options like Time Lapse, HDR mode, Panorama, Miniature, PixelMaster, Time Rewind, Smart Remove, etc. The photos taken in natural light were quite impressive with great detail and color reproduction, focusing was fast too thanks to the PDAF and Laser Autofocus features with which the device is equipped.

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Indoor photos or low light photos were not that impressive, with a lot of noise seen in the images. Images taken with flash were natural thanks to the dual LED flash. The front camera is good as well, could capture decent selfies even in dull lighting conditions. The Asus camera features like the adjustable beautification mode, and other features are available in the Zenfone Max as well.

Battery:

Now we have finally come to the USP of this device which you have been waiting for; the Zenfone Max comes with a 5000mAh battery the Zenfone Max can also act a portable charger as well. I have been using the Max as my primary device and it ever since I have stopped worrying about carrying a power bank or a charger with me while going outside or when I know that I will be outside the whole day. With my usage which includes, regular use of social media apps like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram along with Youtube for streaming videos and browsing whenever I get free time. Have been playing games as well on the device, and it is lasting me well over a day and sometimes will get finished at the end of the day.

ASUS ZenFone Max Snapdragon 615 Battery

ASUS ZenFone Max Snapdragon 615 Battery Settings

The Zenfone Max has helped in acting as a portable power bank as well for a couple of times when needed thanks to the OTG cable provided by Asus with the device. The main drawback is the amount of time it takes to get completely charged, from 0-100% it took around 5 hours which is quite a lot for a smartphone. But if you plug it in while you are off to sleep it will be ready to go when you are awake and last for the day until you sleep again. The standard 1A/5V charger is the one to blame, and Asus should have managed to fit it quick charge into the device.

Final Verdict:

Asus has done one thing right; the pricing is spot on with the new Zenfone Max, which comes with upgraded Snapdragon 615 processor along with increased internal storage space and managing to keep the price at Rs. 9,999 in the affordable smartphone segment is quite impressive for a smartphone with a 5,000 mAh battery. Sure, there are some things that could have been better, but ASUS has managed to impress with the overall performance.

ASUS ZenFone Max Snapdragon 615 Review Front

ASUS ZenFone Max Snapdragon 615 Review Back

The display is decent with a bit low on the brightness side but decent enough for regular usage. It comes with the latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS with ZenUI on top. The camera is similar to the one we have seen in the earlier Zenfone Max with good options in the Camera App. Overall with great battery life (which takes ages to charge) decent camera, decent display and latest OS the Asus Zenfone Max is a great device to purchase if you are looking for a smartphone with good battery life and decent performance with an affordable price tag.

ASUS ZenFone Max Giveaway

Loved the phone based on the review already? Here’s how you can win one!

UPDATE: The winner of the Giveaway is: @saiprasadsunny5.

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Note: The ASUS ZenFone Max that we are giving away is a unit shared by the company for review. It doesn’t have a bill, but we will ensure you get any support needed for service for one year. The giveaway results will be announced on 25th June 2016.

Review by Varun Pandula

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71 Comments

  • Manoj Nagendra, Jun 9, 2016 @ 8:20 am Reply

    Nice review..Asus wins this time with its mamooth Battery..Hope to win this giveaway:)

  • Siddharth Singh Bisen, Jun 9, 2016 @ 8:32 am Reply

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  • Ajay Thakur, Jun 9, 2016 @ 10:09 am Reply

    Great Review!! Worth the read.
    My favorite feature of Asus Zenfone Max is it’s massive 5,000mAh battery! Which will easily last for 2 days even with heavy usage.

  • Umesh Sharma, Jun 9, 2016 @ 10:49 am Reply

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  • James Semaj, Jun 9, 2016 @ 1:21 pm Reply

    Its great value and has some great features like the display and long battery life.

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    I like that this has a giant battery and has a small chance of being free.

  • Birbrata Roy, Jun 9, 2016 @ 3:18 pm Reply

    Awesome review, it’s have impressive 5,000 mAh battery, ZenUI and Zenfone Camera app.
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  • Shivam Nayyar, Jun 9, 2016 @ 5:48 pm Reply

    Great review.. Looking forward for video reviews on GizmoTimes channel chetan sir.. 🙂
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  • Vinay Grover, Jun 10, 2016 @ 2:22 am Reply

    The Battery Backup is great…. 5000 mAh it is huge

  • Amol Mathur, Jun 10, 2016 @ 5:05 am Reply

    Mostly, because of the battery. I personally need it the most.

  • Abhay Shahi, Jun 10, 2016 @ 5:16 am Reply

    Upgraded with SD 615 and a huge 5000mAh battery, Simply a beast phone

  • Birbrata Roy, Jun 10, 2016 @ 5:45 am Reply

    Awesome review, I like the impressive 5,000 mAh battery, ZenUI and Zenfone Camera app.
    Thanks Gizmotimes for this awesome review and amazing opportunity

  • Swaraj Nandedkar, Jun 10, 2016 @ 7:29 am Reply

    Completed all Tasks. Hoping to Win the Giveaway!

  • Ablu, Jun 10, 2016 @ 3:40 pm Reply

    Very nice!

  • Sohil, Jun 10, 2016 @ 6:35 pm Reply

    This is the first time I entered into the giveaway on this site. Hope for winning.

    Thanks

  • Daniela Plume, Jun 11, 2016 @ 4:00 am Reply

    I love the size and the look of this phone. I’ve always been a fan of ASUS products. I expect the phone will live up to its name.

  • Prashant Borate, Jun 11, 2016 @ 3:40 pm Reply

    THis new 2016 variant of Zenfone Max is awesome
    SD 615 with 32 GB is fair enough for routine use.

  • averagegeek, Jun 11, 2016 @ 6:22 pm Reply

    It’s Good to see a 5000 mah battery smartphone from Asus at the price range of Rs. 10000

  • Michael Hurst, Jun 12, 2016 @ 1:53 pm Reply

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  • Abdul Samad Nizamani, Jun 12, 2016 @ 11:55 pm Reply

    Thanks for giveaway

  • Sunaina Samad, Jun 12, 2016 @ 11:57 pm Reply

    Awesome smart phone awesome giveaway thank u gizmotimes

  • ANSUMAN GIRI, Jun 13, 2016 @ 8:52 am Reply

    You reviewed it well with the tagline, “Battery life-oriented Smartphone”!

    I do like the ” ZenUI”, build quality, and overall performance of the smartphone that too under decent price! Though never own an ASUS smartphone myself. But I’d definitely consider including one to the list before buying a new smartphone! ☺

    I believe there is not enough buzz about ASUS smartphones in India, but it’s a good brand to consider and it can compete against many other brands like Samsung, Motorola, Lenovo, xiaomi at same price range. I’d love to possess one! Thanks for the opportunity!
    Thanks,
    Ansuman

  • Narayani Garai, Jun 13, 2016 @ 12:00 pm Reply

    I hope I win. Fingers crossed!
    #AsusZenFoneMax Thanks. ☺☺

  • aaron Matteson, Jun 14, 2016 @ 2:45 pm Reply

    i have a 3g $20 smartphone (bought it for 100 but it’s worth 20 if i were to sell it)

    ill take anything 4g. this would help me out

  • Markus, Jun 14, 2016 @ 7:58 pm Reply

    looks like a great phone

  • Nico, Jun 14, 2016 @ 8:54 pm Reply

    Good Luck Everyone. 🙂

  • Hectar, Jun 14, 2016 @ 9:21 pm Reply

    I second that.

  • Marcos Batac, Jun 15, 2016 @ 5:14 pm Reply

    Nice smartphone thanks for the giveaway

  • Andreia Lopes, Jun 16, 2016 @ 11:11 am Reply

    Thank you so much for the giveaway 😀
    This smartphone is absolutely wonderful.
    I love the design, the building quality like you mention in the review.
    The amazing performance it has to use it smoothly and the great amount of battery available.
    Great to see this phone has as well really nice cameras, I sure would enjoy taking pictures with it 😀
    Would be so happy if I had this.

  • Sergio Teixeira, Jun 16, 2016 @ 1:11 pm Reply

    Nice review!
    My favorite feature of Asus Zenfone Max is it’s 5,000mAh battery!
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Fel, Jun 16, 2016 @ 1:51 pm Reply

    Dream phone. I really love this!

  • Shreya Haldar, Jun 16, 2016 @ 4:14 pm Reply

    I love asus because you guys work very hard & improvise every little details & give great importance to public review which made me your fan. Expandible storage & updated snapdragon 615 processor has shown great response which has boosted phone’s capactiy to work. Copper edges sure made a unique feature which anyone can identify that too with funky two new colours. One hand usage with power mode option. Most attractive feature which one buys a phone is how great the camera quality & it’s features. That is you who has decent megapixel both front & rear along with awesome camera quality with soo many features & has laser autofocus that attracted me alot. Good multitasking phone with most promising battery life which is a basic requirement for today’s smartphone user to stay updated with techno life every now & then. This is how you caught everyone’s attention. With great features & stunning colour reproduction comes great responsibility. All the best for your future 😀
    (Always a dream to have you Asus Zenfone Max)

  • Luis A, Jun 17, 2016 @ 4:51 am Reply

    I really like the battery size on this phone.

  • A, Jun 17, 2016 @ 7:26 am Reply

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  • Yağız Karaarslan, Jun 17, 2016 @ 8:34 am Reply

    this is awesome phone and giveaway really thank you

  • Ryan Quevauvilliers, Jun 17, 2016 @ 8:48 am Reply

    I love the massive battery for all day usage

  • Bruno Mourão, Jun 17, 2016 @ 10:59 am Reply

    This Asus Zenfone Max is really a beast compared to other phones available in the market in its price range.
    It’s equipped with a whooping 5000 mAh battery, like seriously? This is really incredible to use it for several hours in hard usage or several days to do daily tasks.
    It’s fast, it has a really great performance with the hardware built-in, that Snapdragon CPU is really more than enough to run Android OS smoothly and perfectly as well the 2GB of RAM helps a lot for that purpose.
    This is a phone that I would like to have to use it for several days on a daily basis without recharging for some time 🙂
    Thanks for the amazing chance

  • Manish Kataria, Jun 18, 2016 @ 6:17 am Reply

    Used Zenphone, which was perfect in usage, looks, one thing that it lacked was a good battery life, now this is also covered up.

  • Alexander G, Jun 18, 2016 @ 9:45 am Reply

    I like ASUS!

  • Zeeshan Siddiqui, Jun 18, 2016 @ 5:52 pm Reply

    I like Asus Brand

  • SreekarAB, Jun 19, 2016 @ 4:04 am Reply

    Very Good Review ,want this phone because of its stunning battery life…..
    Hope I wins.

  • swapnil w, Jun 19, 2016 @ 4:07 am Reply

    5000 mah is huge. Does it heat while playing games?

  • Chirag Kapuriya, Jun 19, 2016 @ 4:30 am Reply

    I am asus fan and looking forward to add it to my asus collection of laptop,router and powerbank 🙂

  • Shaileshwar, Jun 19, 2016 @ 4:40 am Reply

    5000 mAh battery is just humongous. So Asus Zenfone Max is a battery power house!! You can just forget about battery levels when you are using this beast and concentrate on other important things.

  • Harshpreet, Jun 19, 2016 @ 4:44 am Reply

    Amazing Phone Indeed.

  • Omkar Aradwad, Jun 19, 2016 @ 4:53 am Reply

    Loved your review.Humongous 5000 mAH battery would last easily for 2 days.Asus really done a good job.

  • Jitendra Sakariya, Jun 19, 2016 @ 5:06 am Reply

    Asus Zenphone Max have 5,000 mAh battery power, which makes it different from other smartphones; it needs for minimum 2 days outdoor use. However 1A/5V charger makes it slow charging ratio & huge battery makes it little bulky.
    Dual tone flash & decent camera, Leather finish premium look, Dual SIM & expandable memory, Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS are good.
    Overall its ok for the price range, who needs more battery backup & premium look phone.

  • Azan Siddique, Jun 19, 2016 @ 1:05 pm Reply

    Amazing SmartPhone

  • Kelly Hysell, Jun 19, 2016 @ 3:04 pm Reply

    Nice review
    Good job

  • Rajeeva, Jun 20, 2016 @ 1:49 pm Reply

    great phone

  • Chemy, Jun 21, 2016 @ 4:09 am Reply

    Asus is one of the greatest brands of technology, my cousin had one of it and he simply love it!

  • Fotios Kossyvas, Jun 21, 2016 @ 5:44 am Reply

    I like the design, less the ui, don’t care about photography BUT the 5,000 mAh battery is it’s best feature.

  • Jay Kay, Jun 21, 2016 @ 9:51 am Reply

    The only thing I dislike about this phone is that huge space under the display, otherwise it’s a fine phone.

  • Brandon Sparks, Jun 21, 2016 @ 7:35 pm Reply

    This has got to be hands down the best phone I have ever seen. All the feathers are great. This would such a god blessing to win. I have a crappy tracfone right now so this would be a step up by 100%. Thanks for giving me this chance to win this.

  • Andrea Fisher, Jun 22, 2016 @ 12:57 am Reply

    This looks awesome!

  • Marco Lima, Jun 22, 2016 @ 2:10 am Reply

    This smartphone is really outstanding.
    It’s really gorgeous, perfect size, great display and great building quality.
    It’s a real power house with such a high capacity battery to run it for several hours under heavy use.
    It’s equipped as well with notorious and great hardware to run everything perfectly.
    Thank you so much for the opportunity to win this phone 🙂

  • enio, Jun 22, 2016 @ 8:32 am Reply

    Nice phone. I like the features and the design.

  • Hope K, Jun 22, 2016 @ 1:42 pm Reply

    Great contest!

  • Robyn Bellefleur, Jun 22, 2016 @ 3:21 pm Reply

    I would love to win this phone. I need a new one badly!

  • nicolthepickle, Jun 22, 2016 @ 4:25 pm Reply

    I like the internal storage space. Good for lots of pictures.

  • Robert Palasy, Jun 22, 2016 @ 4:49 pm Reply

    I want to win this Smartphone

  • Roshan agarwal, Jun 22, 2016 @ 6:28 pm Reply

    Wish to win 🙂

  • Klára Glenister, Jun 23, 2016 @ 8:59 am Reply

    I would love to win this phone

  • Bellicová Kim, Jun 23, 2016 @ 10:32 am Reply

    This looks awesome!

  • Smart Zeeshan, Jun 23, 2016 @ 2:24 pm Reply

    My favorite feature of Asus Zenfone Max is it’s 5,000mAh battery!

  • Qboss, Jun 23, 2016 @ 4:08 pm Reply

    5000mAh battery is really impressive, but 5.5-inch HD display should have Full HD resolution.

  • Heather W, Jun 23, 2016 @ 4:39 pm Reply

    I have been using a BB 9900 for the last 5 years, and although I love the keypad on the phone the OS is becoming obsolete, and there are so many apps and features I can’t use anymore. I’m dying to upgrade to a phone with Android… fingers crossed!

  • Ruslan Selkhanov, Jun 24, 2016 @ 1:04 pm Reply

    Worthy phone at such price

  • Mohd Ayaz, Jun 25, 2016 @ 12:41 am Reply

    Thanks for a chanse gizmotimes

  • Inês Caires, Jun 25, 2016 @ 8:09 am Reply

    Very good phone for the price range!

  • Chemy, Jun 26, 2016 @ 2:32 am Reply

    Well, the time has arrived! finger crossed and good luck everybody!

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