ASUS recently launched the advanced version of one of its best-selling smartphones in the country – Zenfone Max. Known for its 5000 mAh battery and stylish looks, the smartphone is meant for users who are always on the move and demand superior performance along with an elegant style. I was quite excited when I received it in a locked box with a code which was going to be revealed in the webcast only on 23rd May 2016. I was looking forward to the webcast and was counting down days to #LiveUnplugged !
The new Zenfone Max is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Octa-Core processor and provides the users an option to opt for a 2GB or 3GB RAM. The internal memory of the phone has now been increased to 32GB, in addition to an expandable memory of up to 64GB. Zenfone Max with 2GB RAM is available for Rs. 9,999 and can be pre-ordered on Flipkart while Zenfone Max with 3GB RAM is available for Rs. 12,999 and can be purchased from Amazon, Snapdeal and Flipkart. The 3GB RAM variant will also be available at ASUS Exclusive stores and all other retail stores across India, at a later date.
Available in three different colours – black, orange and blue, the new Zenfone Max boasts of an extremely thin body that measures only 5.2 mm at its thinnest edge. The surrounding metal-like edge makes it durable while the back with the look and feel of embossed leather makes the phone look chic and fashionable for every occasion. The powerful 5000 mAh battery requires fewer charging cycles making the phone last longer and more efficient. The lithium-polymer battery, when fully charged, 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. The accompanying OTG cable turns the phone into a charger to power up the users’ other gadgets, making it a useful everyday accompaniment.
When I got the code and opened the phone, I was shocked to see that the phone was on and it still had over 22% battery left since it was charged more than 2 weeks ago! This was the best experiment to showcase the durability of the battery! The new ZenFone Max has a 13 Megapixel, f/2.0-aperture rear camera with the ASUS PixelMaster 2.0 technology and dual-LED flash for natural-looking photography. It also features Laser Auto Focus technology that helps photography enthusiasts focus on an object in as fast as 0.03 seconds. ZenFone Max’s front camera is a 5 Megapixel, f/2.0-aperture camera with 85̊ wide-viewing angle that helps in incorporating more information and details into the picture.
The new Zenfone Max gives the users a super-responsive lag-free user experience because of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Octa-Core processor with a 2GB or 3GB RAM. The use of the latest 4G LTE technology enables the users to utilize high mobile data speeds. Users can enjoy multi-tasking and blazing fast performance enabling them to their live their digital lives to the fullest.
Backed by Android M 6.0.1 and ASUS ZenUI, the new Zenfone Max includes advanced features to satisfy power users. The Power Saver mode helps users manage and extend the battery life even more. With five battery modes and two smart switches that users can configure to make their own battery optimization settings and help the battery last even longer.
The launch of the new Zenfone Max, also saw the appointment of Bollywood diva – Sonakshi Sinha as the brand’s first-ever brand ambassador in India. Sonakshi will be a part of ASUS’ digital campaign, #LiveUnplugged and has already appeared in the digital-only video for Zenfone Max. Portrayed as a Zenfone user in the video, Sonakshi has already started using the Zenfone Max as her primary device and can be seen documenting her experience on her social media accounts.