Android OS version – 7.0
Colors – Black, Gold
Display – 5.2″ Full-HD LCD
Camera – 13MP Rear / 8MP Front
Battery – 5,000 mAh
System On Chip – MediaTek MT6750
RAM – 3GB
Internal Storage – 32GB
The phone comes with a metallic unibody. While holding it in my hands I was impressed with its sandwich glass construction. What I believe, design is the first thing which attracts the customer. While holding it in hands it gives the premium feeling despite it’s a mid-range device. It wasn’t something which I expected from a mid-range device but guess what mid-range device just got better from ASUS.
Asus Zenfone 3S max comes with a resolution of 1280×720 pixels LCD display which gets the job done. At this price, I wasn’t even expecting a 1080p display. Of course some other companies like Lenovo and Xiaomi are offering a 1080p screen at the same price point but Asus has its reasons. The colors are crystal clear and sharp. High Definition resolution has some advantages of its own but at the same time, it will eat more battery.
The impressions I got while using this phone for several days – I’m not impressed by the camera performance. Low light performance and front camera disappointed me a lot. Although the picture quality was clear in daylight and indoor lighting. The 13MP camera does the job well but while comparing it to Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 camera you will see a big difference in overall picture quality. You will not get detailed texturing in this camera. Front camera comes with different modes but none of them will get the job done for you. Zenfone 3S Max doesn’t carry an impressive camera but not much can be expected at this price point.
The Zenfone 3S Max comes with the powerhouse of 5000mAh battery. It can get you up to 3 days of usage without charging it. You don’t need to carry a power bank if you are using Asus Zenfone 3S Max. While comparing its battery to the new HTC U Ultra and with Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, the performance was quite better. Total charging from 0% to 100% will take around 2 hours and once you are done charging you are free to drop your charger and power bank at least for a day if you are using 4G sim, Wifi and doing multitasking. It also provides the features of reverse charging.
The device packs a MediaTek 6750 coupled with 3GB of RAM so the overall performance was good but don’t expect graphic heavy 3D games to run smoothly. If you are a decent user and not much interested in heavy gaming this could be the perfect phone for you. The speaker is also pretty loud. While doing multitasking the phone doesn’t lag at all.
Well, It’s the thing which disappoints me the most as the UI was not much interactive but hey, I installed the Pixel launcher and my phone was transformed completely.
The Zenfone 3S Max sports Android 7.0 out of the box. What I believe that Asus needs to enhance it’s UI in coming updates.