Announced in August 2015 smartphone ASUS Zenfone Max only now reached the shelves. It should immediately be noted that the device is unlikely to be interested geeks and those who require maximum performance from the unit around. This gadget for users who primarily need a good autonomy. At MWC 2016, we have already managed to briefly get acquainted with this product and now have the opportunity to test it in the field.
Packaging and first impressions: ASUS Zenfone Max
It comes smartphone in a small box, which itself is compact mostly Zenfone Max, charger, detachable USB-microUSB cable, a headset with interchangeable nozzles of different sizes and OTG-cable. Expect something more on the equipment is not necessary, everything you need there. Only now accessories to the white device would also like white, but it is absolutely not critical.
When we first met all the attention on attracting smartphone weight that barely passes the mark of 200 grams. These devices stand out with large batteries. The case is also thick enough, add to that weight and get a great machine that fits not at all pockets. In this case, it looks very nice, and find fault with the appearance do not want and do not need.
Design and usability: ASUS Zenfone Max
Today difficult to surprise someone Phablet. The large display is good for all tasks assigned to a smartphone, but it makes it inconvenient to use. That is, watch videos, such as cool, but keep the smartphone with one hand, but also try something they write – uncomfortable. The same applies to Zenfone Max. Body dimensions is 156 x 77.5 x 10.55 mm, the exact weight – 202 grams. Users with large hands this gadget certainly fit, but imagine this device in small pens women – girls will be difficult for him.
black and white – on sale two color options received. Both plastic housing, black lid framed “under the skin”, and white smooth, matte. Plastic pleasant to the touch and quite slippery. The bezel around the smartphone in both versions golden. Subjectively, the black version looks better. Because of the styling on a dark variant will be less noticeable any small scratches and other traces of use while the smooth white cap like the mark will no longer be allocated. Fortunately, the back is removable and can be replaced in case of such damage. Under it are located both slots microSIM and one for the memory card.
Externally Zenfone Max looks like the other smartphones in this series, except for the placement of the buttons on the right side of the body, rather than on the back of the panels. These need to get used to the location, at the start of use, I often tried to turn on your smartphone volume decrease button. Locate the key is not very good. But this is not a problem, but only a matter of habit. During the first day of the placement of the device is stored keys.
Since the controls mastitis the right, the left side was left blank. On top of the housing to the headphone jack. Bottom microUSB connector and the microphone hole. On the back window of the camera, dual flash, laser rangefinder, an additional microphone and the main speaker. The latter is where he often closes his hand while playing games and watching videos, which consequently affects the sound. The front panel is almost completely covered with glass. Above the display are the earpiece, front camera, proximity sensor, and light and LED-notification notifier. Below the display is touch-sensitive buttons (without backlight) “Back”, “Home” button and go to the multitasking menu, and under the buttons a little rough bar with a typical device for ASUS brand pattern.
To assemble no complaints. The body is very good, despite the removable back cover, which could emit unnecessary scratches. Of course, sometimes there are small crunches, but it is very rare and not particularly attract attention. As for low-cost devices, design Zenfone Max leaves very pleasant sensations. But before buying urge to twist the smartphone in your hands, because of the large size is not every user will be comfortable with it.
Display: ASUS Zenfone Max
Showing pictures consume most of the battery. The Zenfone Max emphasis placed on the autonomy. Although the screen is big here, it does not have the quality of pictures, which can boast of older models. 5.5-inch IPS-display has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, which gives a density at 267 ppi. Such authorization is fully justified in the device, which should be a long time to work without being connected to a power source.
Call Display is still difficult to bad. If the user is not intentionally seeking out the individual pixels, the comments on this will not be. Of course, those who are accustomed to a high resolution, a simple HD-display is difficult to please. But this is unlikely to target audience of inexpensive smartphones. The picture on the screen is quite warm and pleasant. In the settings, it is possible to correct the color temperature and adjust the color to your liking. There is also a «Bluelight filter» mode, which makes the picture yellowish (as in f.lux style apps). The maximum level of illumination should be enough for a sunny day. Light sensor keeps the display to dim state (power saving settings work well), so will comfortably manage their own illumination. Brightness varies from 28 to 411 cd / m², contrast ratio measured – 1 to 1563. The minimum value of illumination would like less. it noticeably dims When rotating the screen, but in everyday use, it does not cause discomfort.
The sensor works perfectly and easy to recognize up to 10 simultaneous touches. In addition, there is an increased sensitivity mode to operate with gloves on. Protects the screen glass is Gorilla Glass 4. oleophobic coating is and it comes with its purpose.
Sound: ASUS Zenfone Max
Musical ability Zenfone Max no delight lovers of good sound. The main speaker is rather weak. To play music, he does not fit. When viewing video sound enough, but depending on the content can be nuances. The complete headset looks nice, but for me, for example, it was uncomfortable, and the volume stock issued to the headphones signal is not enough. On the other headphones similar situation with power.
Despite all this, the earpiece sound good and loud enough, and voice over suit my interlocutors.
Cameras: ASUS Zenfone Max
The smartphone is equipped with two cameras. The main sensor has a resolution of 13 megapixels, a front – 5, both with f / 2.0 aperture. Assist main chamber double flash and autofocus laser. The manufacturer says the focus speed of 0.03 seconds (in practice it is not as fast). Expect mind-blowing images from both cameras are not worth it. With good light they take good shots, but in any other circumstances will the noise and other artifacts, autofocus often misses, and the colors lose their natural appearance.
If you quickly get the smartphone out of your pocket, just to make a good picture does not always turn out three or four attempts may be required for the normal frame. Sudden movements are blurred. But the camera has a fairly rich set of settings, filters, and other improvements. We were pleased with the opportunity to make an acceptable macro shot (although at the time of the frame settings, the picture in the “viewfinder” will look better than the finished picture). Initially, the camera takes pictures in resolution 10 megapixel (16:10).
The video is recorded with a maximum of Full HD. Software image stabilization is only available when HD-resolution. The sound of gurgling in the recording. Autofocus on the video periodically badly misses (well illustrated by the test clips). Again, for acceptable images should be enough light.
The front camera also leaves a lot of artifacts in the image. In selfish settings have effects to smooth skin tones and so on.
For a budget model, smartphone cameras are acceptable. Expectedly, they require good lighting for normal shots. Sometimes a good frame will have to spend a little extra time and made better pictures on the spot check and, if necessary, to alter. But remember, we have to test inexpensive device and personally I did not expect more. As for such a smartphone, a camera is enough.
Hardware platform and software: ASUS Zenfone Max
Heart Zenfone Max performs a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 with Adreno 306 video chip, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of memory (which can be increased at the expense of memory cards up to 64 GB). As you know, this is not a top processor and, unfortunately, it is not manageable all modern games at high graphics settings, but it is not with the rest of the global problems. This phone will be able to perform any task, even though sometimes it takes a little extra time before you start the application, or when switching from one program to another.
Powered hardware running Android 5.0.2 with a proprietary shell ASUS ZenUI 2.0. Subjectively, it is not the best appearance and functional solution for the mobile operating system from Google, despite the extensive range of possible settings. Fortunately, nothing prevents the user to set a suitable launcher him and get rid of the unnecessary pre-installed software.
In general, the device works quite well if you do not pay attention to the occasional delay. For those who are not interested in gaming, this device at the time. It is powerful enough for undemanding tasks, it is not heated and very long runs (just due to the relatively weak processor). To all, he has two slots for SIM and 4G support. From the set of the popular wireless modules only lacks NFC.
Autonomy: ASUS Zenfone Max
All, what to save, was not only for the “light” price tag. Low-resolution display and a relatively weak processor consume not much energy. And it worked. From the built-in (non-removable) battery capacity of 5000 mAh with my very active use of the smartphone lasted two and a half days without a power outlet (more than 12 hours to activate the screen). E-mail, browsing the web, watching videos on YouTube, read the latest news, navigation, correspondence to the messengers, social networks, little rings, performance tests, a few camera shots, etc. – all of this, I took on a smartphone and completely in what does not deny. Frankly, I’m even a little tired of his discharge. Those who are not so intensively uses a smartphone, you can count on at least 3 full days of work. With a slight margin. It is very cool!
Zenfone Max does not support the Quick Charge technology, so on a full battery charge will need nearly 5 hours (control measurement shows the 4 hours 48 minutes with 0 to 100%). But the built-in battery using the included (or any other) OTG-cable you can charge other devices.
Pros: Long battery life, two SIM-cards, memory card support, the ability to charge other devices, good appearance
Cons: For a long time the battery is charging, mediocre camera, HD-resolution display of 5.5 inches, sound
Conclusion of the new ASUS Zenfone Max
Zenfone Max boom is difficult to recommend. It has the low-resolution display, frail camera, and no stock performance. But the main purpose of this smartphone – to help the user to stay connected for a long time. And with this machine perfectly cope. It is unlikely to need paperback since he can be. Pay for it will have about $ 250, what about the fair with an eye to its potential. But if you are not so important autonomy, but I want a higher quality display, and camera performance, it is worth paying attention to, for example, competitive Meizu and Xiaomi.