Asus Zenfone 4 Max review
Dual camera and a whopping battery
Our Asus ZenFone 4 Max review finds two big reasons why you may want to purchase this mobile phone. First, there is a dual camera and second, there is a massive battery that holds so much juice that it can be used like a power bank to charge other devices.
The premium metal body is the first thing that you notice, along with its minimalist design that simply lets you enjoy its smooth form. There are antenna stripes across the back and speaker grills at the bottom, which once again screams premium.
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The Asus ZenFone 4 Max isn’t particularly thin at 8.9mm or light at 181g. However this is easily forgiven when we factor in that the phone will retail SIM free at under £250 in the UK. Three colour choices are on offer and these are Sunlight Gold, Rose Pink and Deepsea Black.
Display and processor performance
The Asus ZenFone 4 Max has a bright 5.5” IPS display with HD resolution (1280 x 720 pixels). The 2.5D glass curves away at the edges and it reduces eyestrain in the evenings with a blue light filter.
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The Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.4GHz processor is paired up with a healthy amount of RAM. The 3GB RAM ensures that performances is good, with minimum lag.
Phone Set Up
Security and transferring content
Security can be set up using the fingerprint sensor, which has been built into the home key. There really isn’t a reason not to go this way with unlocking taking place in just 0.3 seconds and with fingerprint recognition through a full 360°. The sensor can recognise up to five fingers, catering to families where more than one person may use the phone.
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The ZenFone 4 Max has a 32GB internal memory for transferring content over from an old smartphone or iPhone. There is also a triple bay SIM card holder that can hold two SIM cards and one microSD card with a value of up to 256GB.
Android meets ZenUI
The Asus ZenFone 4 Max has Google’s Android 7 Nougat operating system on board. This has been tweaked by Asus who have added their ZenUI use interface.
ZenUI adds more than 1,000 improvements to the standard Android interface. You can enjoy having separate work and personal spaces along with apps like Laser Ruler, Themes and Weather. You can also join the ZenCircle photo sharing community.
Camera & Video
The dual camera consists of a 13MP PixelMaster lens with a f/2.0 aperture for capturing clearer photos and a 120° 5MP wide angle lens. The wide angle lens on the ZenFone 4 Max is really useful for capturing more of landscapes, group shots and for indoor photography where confined spaces mean that you can’t step back to get a wider view.
The wide angle lens actually gives a 200% larger field of view, when compared to a standard smartphone camera. You can instantly switch between the two lenses and enjoy zero shutter lag (0.003 seconds with Phase Detection Auto Focus) and EIS (Electronic Image Stabiliser) for capturing shake-free Full HD video.
In total, there are eight shooting modes including Auto, which enhances brightness by up to 400% in low light. The other shooting modes are Pro, Beauty, 53MP Super Resolution, GIF Animation, Panorama, 140° Selfie Panorama and Time Lapse.
The 8MP selfie camera is paired up with a Softlight LED flash and this gives just the right amount of illumination when natural light is lacking. The perfect selfie is aided by live beautification adjustments that manage skin tone, eye enhancements and cheek thinning.
High capacity battery
The Asus ZenFone 4 Max has a high capacity 5,000mAh battery, which holds almost twice as much power compared to most other phones. The battery offers up to 26 hours of Wi-Fi internet browsing or up to 22 hours of video playback, 40 hours of talk time or up to 46 days of standby.
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There is a fast charger included and this completes a full charge in four hours or gives three hours of talk time in just 15 minutes. If needed, Super Saving Mode can be selected and this can give 91 hours of standby on just 10% battery. The battery capacity is so large that it can be used as a power bank and charge other smartphones, through the provided USB OTG (On-The-Go) cable.
The Power Management software helps to preserve long-term performance and optimise battery life. You can opt to use the Double Battery Lifespan feature and this halves the loss of battery capacity over time.
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Written by: Michael Brown