January 23 2018
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Reviewing the Asus Zenfone 3s Max

Asus with its Zen 3s Max has intensified the mid-ranged smartphone market competition , Priced at Rs 14999 this phone comes in two colour variants ie black and gold. With a sleek metal body, 5000Mah battery and a 13Mp rear camera this phone has all it takes to be the best in the segment.

 

Screen and Design

The Asus Zen 3s Max has a 5.2 inches screen which offers a vibrant display with a 720X1280 pixels resolution was a treat for the eyes. There was no distortion at all while streaming videos of all resolutions from 1280 to 1280p. The metallic body offers a rich look and looks exquisite while using. However, the phone was quite slippery even for a metallic body. A good rubber back cover would be recommended for this phone. The 175g frame also feels heavier than most of its competitors.

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THE METAL BODY ENHANCES THE PHONE’S LOOK

 

Software and OS

The phone is equipped with the latest Android 7.0 Nougat with a ZenUI 3.0 theme. The phone comes pre-installed with the basic Google apps and the Asus apps- including their new video recorder(for Games). The interface seems familiar and is easy to use. Even if you are switching from iOS to Android, the interface will hook you up instantly.

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Camera

We were awed by the camera in bits and pieces. The images were crisp and sharp. The 13MP rear camera easily beats the camera of its competitor Redmi Note 4 and Honor 6x when it comes to colours and sharpness. However, the camera takes its time to focus before a smart click and does’nt offer the depth effect that phones like Honor 6x with dual rear camera have. Also, low light images or magnified images were  disappointing.

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SOME PICTURES TAKEN BY THE 13mp REAR CAMERA OF THE ASUS ZENFONE 3S MAX

 

The front camera fared better than the back camera. The 5Mp camera offered a wider angle and allows you to take smart selfies.The images were bright and the colours were vibrant in both the cameras for standard pics but in low light or when you need to zoom in, the images might be a let-down.

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A SELFIE OF OUR FRIEND

Fingerprint Sensor

Asus offers a rectangular fingerprint sensor in the front, like the Moto G4, contrary to Redmi and Honor which have a circular fingerprint sensor below the back camera. The sensor was a let-down for us. Although it allows us to save upto 5 fingerprints, the sensor was quite faulty and it usually took 2-3 tries for the sensor to read the fingerprint. Also, the sensor doubles up as an unlock screen button upon pressing but didn’t inspire any confidence and felt weak.

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Battery

The 5000mAh non removable battery is a delight for gamers and heavy users. It could easily last about 1.5 days on heavy usage. The phone does not come with a dash charger but the high capacity of the battery ensures that this would not be a problem for the users.

Performance

The phone was impressive in this sector. The 1gHz octa-core processor ensures the device runs smoothly. The phone was able to juggle different apps with relative ease and minimal lag. We did experience some lag while playing Asphalt 8 on the device however, the phone was quite a decent performer overall. The dedicated Free-RAM icon in the toolbar was a welcome addition, not that you would be needing it regularly with a 3GB RAM. Also, the device offers us a pre-installed screen recorder to record games & other videos and also an option to stream them live on YouTube, particularly to target the YouTubers and mobile gamers. You get an internal storage of 32GB which is expandable upto 2000GB via a hybrid sim card slot. The phone is equipped with the latest Android 7.0 Android Nougat. The touch felt smooth . However, we did experience heating problems on prolonged usage. However, that didn’t affect the performace and the overall experience in this department was quite satisfactory.

Final Verdict

All in all the phone excels in bits and pieces but fails to inspire confidence in whole. It is packed with most of the features that a user desires and looks quite impressive on paper. However, the image is not so rosy in reality. In conclusion, our final verdict would that the Asus Zenfone 3s Max is a decent phone equipped with a mean processor, sharp camera and a smart frame. However, there are a few places where it fails to shine. But in totality, Asus have come up with a phone that is an excellent performer but feels that it could have been better.

We would give this phone a rating of 7.5/10

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