The battery has been pitched as the USP for many smartphones in the mid-range segment. So is the case with the Asus Zenfone 3s, a smartphone that houses a 5000 mAh enormous battery just in Rs 14,999. Not only this, it comes with five superior battery-extending technologies so that you can make the most out of the 500mAh cell. You won’t run out of power even in the toughest scenarios.
Build & Design
Compared to the other Zenfones in the series, the smartphone has a slightly different design. At first, you’ll notice that no capacitive navigation keys are provided. You now get on-screen controls instead. The fingerprint sensor is at the front molded in the home button itself, something not quite often seen in the smartphones at this price range. However, you will have to click the button first to activate the sensor which takes a bit of time.
The Zenfone 3s Max is a bit bulky than normal, thanks to its 5000mAh big battery. But despite such a huge battery, the smartphone looks quite sleek, giving it a premium in hand feel. You also get a full-metal finish along with the curved edges.
Although the ZenFone 3S Max might not be as appealing as you expect it to be, there’s no doubt in this smartphone’s build quality. The smartphone is very well built and feels very solid, especially considering the price.
The smartphone comes with a 5.2-inch HD resolution IPS LCD.
The contoured (2.5D) glass screen gives a nice feel and firm grip. For sure, compromise has been made on display. While Full HD displays are today’s standard even at the low-end market, the phone comes with a pretty old HD display for an improved battery life. However, it doesn’t make any sense.
The color calibration is also different this time, and it seems they aren’t quite accurate. Over that, even the viewing angles aren’t that good and suffer especially when you tilt it from side to side. The display, however, works pretty well even in direct sunlight.
The display is suitable for regular usage. Touch response is fine as well. However, you might won’t get satisfied if you are into movies or heavy gaming.
The battery is the main highlight of this smartphone. The Zenfone 3s Max sports a 5000mAh big battery giving 10 hours of onscreen time easily. Over that, the company’s PowerMaster app claims to increase battery life by up to 2 times. It’s clear that the battery life is better than most other smartphones in this price range.
Although the battery is huge, the smartphone doesn’t support fast charging, yet another disadvantage. It takes over 4 hours to fully charge this device with the given 10W adaptor.
The phone sports a 13MP primary camera along with an 8MP selfie shooter. The camera isn’t up to the mark and doesn’t perform well in low light conditions. However, photos taken in the natural light look quite well. Apart from this, the built-in camera app comes with a number of filters that are actually usable.
The camera is a decent one but not the best to buy. In this pricing, the camera is acceptable but phones like Honor 6X does much better in terms of camera quality.
The smartphone is powered by a 1.5GHz MT 6750 octa-core processor coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage, and can to most day to day tasks smoothly. It runs on the latest Android Nougat OS with heavily bloated ZenUI on top.
However, you might face lags if you are into heavy gaming. Graphical games like FIFA 16 and F1 2016 are not yet available on this device. The phone starts heating right after 20 minutes of gaming. Even while playing HD videos on YouTube, you may experience frame drops.
The Asus Zenfone 3s Max is indeed a decent smartphone and has a lot more to offer than just a massive battery. But, it still lacks in certain areas.
The overall performance is satisfying but not well up to its pricing. Competitors have already come up with better devices in the same price range.