ASUS has finally shown their newest Zenfone 4 lineup and among those members is your battery-centric ASUS Zenfone 4 Max. Even though the main feature is the battery, additionally, it packs features which make it a good all-rounder its rear cameras. Much has improved from its predecessors? Let us see in our review.
Design and ConstructionThe Max has grown quite a lot which is evident in its layout. The bulky body has now been replaced by a sleeker and more superior look. The design of the Max is closer to the Zenfone 3 Zoom but chunkier if you ask us.
The front houses the 5.5-inch display that is the identical screen size used for the first Zenfone Max and Zenfone 3 Max. Placed above it’s the earpiece, 8MP camera, and LED flash.
Down below are the capacitive buttons for Programs and Back. Directly in the center is your Home button which doubles as the fingerprint scanner.
Located on the left is can adapt two nano-sized SIM cards along with a microSD card. While on the right would be volume and the buttons.
Placed up top are the sound port and mic that is secondary. While down below two sets of holes to microphone and the loudspeaker. Right in the center is a micro-USB interface which could be a disadvantage particularly.
Flip it and you will see the dual rear camera setup. LED flash, and a pair of glossy strips which sections the upper and bottom areas of the gadget.
However, the hand, the Zenfone 4 Max feels solid and reasonably hefty at 181 g. Despite the big 5,000mAh battery, it’s now thinner than the original Zenfone Max at 8.9 mm.
The metal is cool to the touch while the sides make it simple to grip and use with one hand. The 2.5D glass also makes the device feel nearly seamless once you run your fingers round it.
Display and MultimediaThe Zenfone 3 Max came out with a 5.5-inch screen with Full HD resolution. In the instance of this Zenfone 4 Max, we’re frustrated that the version we have on hand packs an HD resolution or equivalent to 267ppi. It is not that bad though but this may feel a tiny downgrade, in case you are used to at least Full HD.
The grade will suffice like watching viewing photos, movies, or gambling. Viewing angles are okay and bright enough for use outdoors, but we discovered that the color is too cool to our liking. We looked at Settings but it’s not available. The feature doesn’t support the Zenfone 4 Max as it turns out.
The down-firing speakers are crisp and perceptible that is great for listening and hands-free voice calls however as it is lacking in bass if it comes to sound, you may want to use an external speaker or earphones to get a better audio experience.For some reason it the Zenfone 4 Max doesn’t feature the AudioWizard settings although we did attempt to tweak its audio.Running the software section is Android 7.1.1 Nougat using ZenUI. The plan of the UI nevertheless stays but if you prefer something else, you can fix that by downloading your favorite launcher.
The biggest improvement here is the removal of bloatware or programs that users don’t necessarily need. There are programs that are normally found in Zenfone devices that are older and no games. The ASUS apps get if they retained the ASUS Splendid and AudioWizard features we mentioned earlier, a trimming, even though it might have been nice.
There’s still the usual apps, and fundamental networking apps like Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram that we don’t mind, which is not a lot. As for storage, it includes 32GB of storage with 22.59GB left to the user which is not bad. You can further expand it through microSD or USB OTG.CameraAnother big improvement of the Zenfone 4 Max over its predecessors is its own camera. It currently sports two back cameras with 13MP (main) + 5MP (wide-angle) detectors powered by PixelMaster 4.0 but with no Laser AF found at the Zenfone 3 Max (ZC553KL). The camera has a focal length of 26mm with 80-degree viewing angle, EIS, and PDAF, while another one has a focal length with a wide-angle 120-degree lens. The images generated are of different quality since they have different resolution and sensors, though they both have the identical resolution
As anticipated, the camera can create images with colors and details, although we noticed it’s a red color to it and is quicker. As it is vulnerable to noise and blur, it’s not much of a performer in environments, though, such as inside. The wide angle camera, on the other hand, leaves a lot to be desired in terms of quality as it is not quite as bright as the shooter while details are smudgy. As the front camera, it automatically utilizes an 8MP OV8856 sensor paired with a LED flash for. It leaves a lot to be desired though as it’s vulnerable to blur and noise