Little by little and with good pace, Asus has made a good name in the field of the Smartphones. Both the Zenfone series and the ZenPad they find their audience, especially thanks to the praise that was at the end of last year Zenfone 2. Not to be the best on the market, but by the balance between its proposal and its direct sale price.
Its has strategy has been very direct: make flourish to his around an ecosystem of somewhat less balanced phones but with a rather cheap and enhanced feature. Zenfone Laser, Zenfone Selfie and Zenfone Max fulfilled this function, each in their own way: rear photos, photos front and great autonomy.
More than three days of normal use hold the big family without load. It is the latter which has passed through our hands and here is our analysis of the Asus Zenfone Max.
A modest smartphone with lot of battery
Zenfone Max is a modest middle range which, on paper, only stands out above the rest of its competitors for your battery. But that should not be interpreted a priori as being inferior to none of them.
It is a big phone, not by 156 x 77.5 mm stroke but by its 10.55 mm thickness. A decision needed to put its 5,000 milliampere battery. The other consequence, that its weight is shot up to 202 grams, between 20% and 25% more than the smartphones with a display like yours.
In return, it is capable of guaranteeing throughout a weekend away from the plug from normal use, without limitations, nor excesses. In testing It resists more than 7 hours of on screen and some test has been out of the ordinary. It is not surprising that applications that end up absorbing more energy than the own panel there are.
The Taiwan company has chosen a TFT LCD panel of 5.5 inches which has well, protected by Gorilla Glass 4, which gives a HD 1280 x 720 (267 dots per inch) resolution. Justito resolution and also in exhibition because among the reflections which produces the separation between the panel and the glass and low resistance to stains, its 450 nits fail that the image is always clear.
What most affects your use however, is that screen does not react quickly to the contact of the finger, a lazy touch response.
It can be cause of that riding a little efficient chip, Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core Cortex A53 1, 2 GHz and GPU Adeno 306. Thanks to its 2 GB of RAM LPDDR3 you have more than sufficient for the day’s work without any problem, but it is easy to see him suffer when squeezed its ability to process, for example, a video game.
The response of the camera is the surprise
To the rear camera, Asus bets on 13 megapixel with auto laser focus and dual LED flash that It responds quite well to what you can expect from a phone of this price. On the front, a more modest 5 megapixel sensor allows you to make self-portraits permitting external lighting.
In this gallery you can see what is capable in various situations and with the help of the HDR.
See complete gallery» photos ASUS Zenfone Max (7 photos)
The application and the software for the management of the Chamber is as complete as chaotic. It has a professional mode to calibrate the elements and so many other alternatives auto-configuration parameters to optimize the capture, all so little organized, that in the end they get confuse more than help.
It is the general trend that transmits the software Asus has included in this terminal. Is over you look at you look at, and the worst is that it is not well distributed according to its possibilities. Luckily, it does not affect the performance of this old 5.1 Android Lollipop, which should already have been retired.
A dream claim, and effective?
After all these assessments should return to the starting point, its price. We must not lose sight that we have a smartphone of 199 euros to which everything works correctly, and sometimes even a little better than that. Which has as a weaker point software, just the only thing that can be solved after buying it, for example with a promised update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow in which there will be fewer installed apps.
Asus Zenfone Max is not the first that proposes a great drummer along with other current specifications as a great attraction. Its creation has a real support, the surveys that users ensure that they prefer a more chubby smartphone in Exchange for forgetting the concern of running out of battery anywhere.
But they are consistent with what they say or ultimately will pull for the skinny that which has better pint? As concept no longer a niche market that perhaps there is to meet in a special way, just worrying about integrating it into the overall design of each smartphone.
We are still playing cat and mouse with the issue of autonomy. Buyers fill the mouth claiming it, manufacturers are looking for how to reduce consumption and system builders strive to optimize components and firmware. Zenfone Max is a solution affordable to forget all those puzzles centered in which there are currently without sacrificing the balance quality price.