Asus Zenfone Max ZC550KL Review

Remember my review post on Asus Zenfone2 Laser phone? Once my kid installed his favorite app 'Talking Tom', he started loving the phone. He enjoys using the phone with Talking Tom and few other kids games installed. Though I do not allow more screen time, I allow him to play with it for sometime. If I take that phone, my kid asks me not to use his phone and cause any damage:)

Last week, I got another exciting opportunity to review a new Asus phone called 'Asus Zenfone Max'. I readily accepted it as my Asus Zenfone 2 Laser is still doing very good even if it is being handled by a small kid.

When I was going through the Press Release, I was astonished with the battery life. I am super excited to try a new smart phone with a good battery life. With heavy usage, almost all the smart phones get drained quickly. Is it possible to reduce the usage? No, Never.

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Highlights of Asus Zenfone Max:

  • Amazing 5000mAh Battery.
  • Comes with OTG cable that turns the Asus Zenfone Max into a charger for other devices. Yes, you can do when you have a phone with 5000 mAh battery.
  • Available in 3 interesting colors. Black, Orange and Blue. 
  • Comes with 32 GB internal storage expandable up to 64 GB.
  • Powerful Octa-core processor. 
  • 2GB/3GB RAM variations.
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Technical Specifications:

Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 1.5 GHz, Octa-Core
Peak Data Rate
DC-HSPA+ (DL/UL): 42/5.76 Mbps; LTE CAT4 (DL/UL): 150/50 Mbps
RF Band Support
GSM: 850/900/1800/1900
WCDMA: 1/2/5/8 ; TDD-SCDMA: 34/39                                                                    
FDD-LTE Band: B1, B3, B5
TD-LTE:  38/39/40/41(2555-2655MHz only)
Android M 6.0.1
5.5" TFT LED Backlight (Typ 450 nits ) ; 1280 x 720 HD IPS
16:9 , Wide active matrix; Glare type
GFF Touch panel (Directly Bonding): Capacitive touch panel with 10 points multi-touch with 60ms response time
Battery Pack & Life
Typ:5000mAh, non-removable polymer battery
Micro SD Card Support (Up to 64GB)
1. Accelerator
2. E-Compass
3. Proximity
4. Hall sensor
5. Ambient light sensor
Integrated 802.11b/g/n; WiFi-Direct
Bluetooth V 4.0 (EDR + A2DP)
Bluetooth Profile: A2DP + AVRCP + HID + PAN + OPP
FM Radio
Support GPS, aGPS, Gloness
Micro USB
Front Camera
5M wide view F2.0 / 85 degree
Main Camera
13M auto focus F2.0/ 75 degree,
Flash LED
Dual Flash Real Tone LED & laser focus(40cm)
Codec integrated into PMIC
Microphone*2 (one for de-noise)
Micro SIM*2
Power and Volume Up/Down
Standard USB Cable , Adaptor, User Manual, Warranty Card, OTG cable
Black/ Orange/Blue
Support ─ Power Bank,  ASUS Zenflash, USB flash disk, USB Keyboard, USB mouse.

About ASUS:

  • ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning motherboards. 
  • With a broad portfolio including motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets, smartphones and wearables. 
  • ASUS won 4,326 awards in 2014 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. 
  • It has more than 16,000 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 5,200 engineers. 
  • Revenue for 2014 was approximately US$14.5 billion.

My view on Asus Zenfone Max:

Are you someone who expects a smart phone to have superior performance along with a stunning style?

Are you someone who dreams about a smart phone with long-lasting battery life without the need of charging quite frequently?

Are you someone who loves to flaunt with innovative devices?

Are you a blogger who wants to take pretty good photographs but could not afford a DSLR?

Are you someone who wants all these features in a pocket-friendly price?

If yes, Asus Zenfone Max is just the right phone for you. You can use this Asus Zenfone Max as a power bank and help others to get their phone charged by your phone. I have listed few notable specifications of this phone below.

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Amazing Battery Life:

With lithium-polymer battery, Asus Zenfone Max provides 914.4 hours of standby time or 37.5 hours of 3G talk time or 32.5 hours of Wi-fi web browsing or 72.9 hours of music playback or 22.6 hours of video playback.

Asus Zenfone is the best for those who uses their phone a lot and struggling with low battery capacity. It is definitely the most irritating thing to charge everyday. With new Asus Zenfone Max, you can see a reduction in the number of charging cycles.

There is a power saver mode and you can save your battery life a lot more. To save further, just play with 5 battery modes and 2 smart switches.

Superior Performance:

I have been using this phone for almost a week and the phone performance is really good. With lag-free user experience, it stands really out. Can a phone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Octa-Core processor disappoint you in anyway? With 4G LTE technology, it gives you a high mobile data speed too.

If you are someone who is popular for multi-tasking, this phone is sure to delight you with its amazing performance. As a blogger, I cannot skip multitasking.

Stunning photography:

With Laser Auto Focus technology, you can focus on an object as fast as 0.03 seconds.

Rear Camera - 13 MP, f/2.0 aperture, Dual LED flash, Asus PixelMaster 2.0 technology.
Front Camera - 5 MP, f/2.0 aperture.

Did I tell you that I am enjoying my kid's vacation in my native. As a result, I am just playing with the phone daily to capture little things that give utmost happiness. Here are some of the random clicks that I have taken with Asus Zenfone Max ZC550KL.

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In short, you will be happy to own a phone fewer charging cycles. You can play more games, music videos, click more pictures with fewer charging cycles. You can take stunning photos including crystal clear selfies with this affordable smart phone. So, what are you waiting for? Grab this phone. 

Note: Please protect your phones with proper cases and avoid accidental damages. 

Do not forget to check my Asus Zenpad 8.0 review.

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