Smartphone screens keep getting bigger and brighter, but the battery stays the same. Which means at some point, you’re likely to find yourself searching for an Uber in a sketchy part of town, on a phone with not even enough juice to power a firefly. Until now…
Asus’s Zenfone range has been quite the trendsetter. There was the Zenfone 2 with 4GB RAM and the Zenfone Zoom with a 3x optical zoom - powerful devices that pretty much ticked all the boxes. Except a few. Chief amongst these being battery life that wouldn’t get you a busy day.
Never run out of charge
It seems Asus have been listening, and they’ve done something about it. And then some more. Because what you get now is the Zenfone Max and its 5000mAh battery. You read that right. It’s not a typo.
This 5.5in phone has a 5000mAh battery, which Asus says is enough for well over 900 hours of standby or, wait for it, nearly a full day of watching videos. Even better, the Zenfone Max can act as a power bank for your other devices.
As for the rest of the device, it’s got a metal frame, a soft touch back and a 720p screen. You’ll also find a Snapdragon 615 with either 2GB or 3GB RAM, and either 16GB or 32GB storage (with microSD support as well). And yes, Asus has finally updated its ZenUI OS to Android Marshmallow 6.0.1! Mobile shutterbugs, there’s a 13MP, f/2.0 camera at the back (with dual-LED flash and laser focus) and a 5MP, f/2.0 camera at the front.
Interested? The Zenfone Max comes in three variants: 2GB RAM + 16GB storage for ₹8999; 2GB RAM + 32GB storage for ₹9999; and 3GB RAM + 32GB for ₹12,999.