Asus has finally brought one of its best-selling budget smartphones ahead of the festive season in the United States.
The Asus Zenfone 3 Max was unveiled by the company back in 2016 July, and it has only recently gone on sale in regions like India. It will be available unlocked for just $149, making it one of the finest budget offerings from the company.
One of the reasons for the Asus Zenfone 3 Max to be priced at such a figure is the Mediatek processor rather than the snapdragon processors, which are commonly found in the high-end smartphones. Even then, the phone sports a quad core CPU which will be able to offer some decent performance. This processor is clocked at 1.25 GHz and will be aided by 3 GB of RAM. Since there is Android Marshmallow operating system with a user interface from Asus on top, performances may suffer when the phone is subjected to intense gaming or high-end apps.
In terms of the display, the use of an IPS panel in a phone that costs just over $100 is an attractive feature. This IPS panel is used for the 5.2-inch screen which has 720p resolution and not even a 1080p display. Yet, the decent pixel density of 282 PPI makes it quite reasonable at this price range. The phone with 16 GB of internal storage comes with 2 GB of RAM, while the 3 GB of RAM is only found in the higher end variant which has 32 GB of internal flash storage. Of course, it is possible to expand this memory using microSD cards of up to 256 GB like many other smartphones.
Incredibly, the Asus Zenfone 3 Max offers a fingerprint sensor along with elements like USB on the go, FM radio, Wi-Fi direct, Wi-Fi N, and Wi-Fi hotspot amongst many others. Buyers will also be able to lay their hands on 100 GB of cloud storage on Google Drive.
Unmistakably, one of the biggest elements of the Asus Zenfone 3 Max is the battery. The 4130 mAh battery is capable of providing up to 20 hours of talk time even on the 3G mode. Expects the phone to last easily for two days even under heavy usage. This exceptional battery seems to have been the main reason for the phone avoiding Quick Charge features. There is not even Quick Charge 2.0, which would have been present if the phone had opted for a snapdragon processor.