We’re really glad the whole trend of making devices slimmer at the cost of battery life has gone the way of the dodo. Looks like Asus was onto something with its ‘Max’ series Zenfones.
No, they were never speed demons, but they did give something equally (if not more) important – excellent battery life. And joining the fray is Asus’s new Zenfone 3s Max. It’ll be launched in India next week so we don’t have details on the pricing, but here’s what to expect on the spec front…
We’ll start with the obvious
First up is the battery (obviously). The Zenfone 3s Max has a 5000mAh battery, and it features a reverse charging facility which can come handy in topping up your other devices on the go. Then, there’s a 5.2in HD display (covered in a 2.5D glass), which might not be as sharp as a Full HD part, but should help save a lot of power as compared to a Full HD screen (Asus claims up to 34 days of standby and 25 hours of web browsing over Wi-FI) – and that’s the whole point of this device.
Interestingly, the Zenfone 3s Max moves away from a Qualcomm chipset – it’s got a Mediatek octa-core CPU. Then, there’s 3GB RAM, dual SIMs, 32GB storage (expandable up to 2TB via a hybrid SIM slot), Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11ac WiFi.
Yup, you heard that right. The 3s Max comes with Android Nougat 7 pre-installed. There’s ZenUI as well, which retains its bright, colourful style. While it’s not the prettiest custom UI around, we have to admit it’s a lot more functional than most others (and doesn’t mess with the recent apps screen).
As for the cameras, there’s a 13MP, f/2.0 one at the rear and a 5MP, wide-angle one at the front. The Zenfone 3s Max also breaks away from Asus’ tradition by going in for a front-facing fingerprint sensor and on-screen buttons.
Want to know what the Zenfone 3s Max is likely to use? We’ll have a review up soon. Meanwhile, the phone has been lauched and is priced at ₹14,999.