Asus ZenFone 4 Max is a mid-range phone with 5,000 mAh battery and dual camera


Consider this a surprise: Asus has just unveiled the first smartphone in its ZenFone 4 line, which we were expecting to come out at the end on the month. The device in question, the Asus ZenFone 4 Max, is the successor to last year's ZenFone 3 Max, meaning it's once again equipped with a gargantuan 5,000 mAh battery, but with otherwise mid-range specs.

Hardware & design


Right off the bat, Asus throws a curveball by offering the ZenFone 4 Max in a number of different hardware configurations, all under the same model name: ZC554KL. That is, the phone comes either with the Snapdragon 425 or with the Snapdragon 430 SoC on board. Furthermore, it has three different storage options: 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB, though all variants come with eMCP storage and an SD card expansion slot.

Also, there's more than one configuration in terms of RAM, though the official site only lists it as "up to 4 GB." All of the above differences mean Asus will be playing a wild game of mix-and-match with the specs, though we don't have much specifics regarding the number of models that will be available on the market.

The display is an 5.5-inch IPS LCD panel with a full HD resolution. Beneath it are a trio of capacitive buttons, the middle one of which doubles as a fingerprint scanner. All of this is housed in a metal body that comes in black, pink, and gold color versions. On the bottom you'll find a mono speaker and a micro-USB connector, while the top is host to a 3.5 mm audio jack. Software-wise, the ZenFone 4 Max will run Android 7.0 Nougat right out of the box, with Asus' ZenUI laid on top. And lastly, like many other cheaper devices, the phone will support two SIM cards at once.

Camera


After the ZenFone 3 Zoom, Asus now seems to be more keen on equipping its devices with dual cameras, as is obvious here: the Zenfone 4 Max sports a 13 MP dual camera configuration on its back, with one regular and one wide-angle lens. Asus also makes a big deal of mentioning the fact the wide-angle shooter can take pictures with a 120 degree field of view.

The default camera app will offer a number of functions, including a beautification mode (obviously), pro and panorama modes, as well as Asus' peculiar upsampling Super Resolution mode, which will result on photos with a whopping 64 MP resolution. As for the front camera, not much is interesting there: it's your regular, run-of-the-mill 8 MP shooter, which also has the ability to make 140-degree selfie panoramas.


Battery


But the meat of the Max line is its batteries, and Asus once again doesn't disappoint: the ZenFone 4 Max promises a whopping 46 days of standby time when connected to LTE. But while a big battery is nothing new at this point is, being able to realistically use your phone as a power bank is. The ZenFone 4 Max can be used to recharge your second smartphone right out of the box, thanks to the doubled outbound charging speeds and the included OTG cable right in the box.

However, the 5,000 mAh battery has its drawbacks, too: namely, a full charge takes 4 hours, though charging the device for just 15 minutes can theoretically give you 3 hours of talk time.


Pricing and availability


One thing to note is that the device has only been announced in Russia so far, so a wider release at the end of the month is still likely, though we have no concrete info on the matter right now. The phone will start at RUB 13,900, or about $235, for the lowest-specced model equipped with Snapdragon 425, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of storage.


source: Asus (translated) via GSMArena

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11 Comments

1. gahd3p

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

the phone comes either with the Snapdragon 425 or with the Snapdragon 430 SoC on board The phone will start at RUB 13,900, or about $235, for the lowest-specced model equipped with Snapdragon 625, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of storage. Snapdragon 625, or 425?

11. drifter77

Posts: 402; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

SD 625 for sure. It's well above average chipset. Balanced performance and battery efficient, plays almost all games as well without lag.

2. djcody

Posts: 228; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

''The phone will start at RUB 13,900, or about $235, for the lowest-specced model equipped with Snapdragon 625, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of storage." so what processor will have? on top you sad 425 or 430 SD now 625? I lost track now, plz fix it.

3. Kaloyan.C

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

There's only a Snapdragon 425 and a Snapdragon 430 variants, the 625 part was a typo (which should be fixed now, thanks for pointing it out!)

4. you_sukk_it

Posts: 219; Member since: Apr 11, 2017

why no one does a 4500mah flagship phone....ff**k thinness. give me battery life and all the top end specs. add 4mm if you need to. some phones today are way too thin. make it a curved back. like the motorola x pure. perfect hand fit.

5. starche

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 27, 2017

+100500 bro Who cares about the thickness, especially when 3/4 of the users putting it in the case. Like I put my S7 is in the case coz it's VERY slippery and it's just uncomfortable to hold, it's too thin for my fingers. Give me thicker phone with 4,500 - 5,000 mah battery - for greater battery life AND thicker phone.

6. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

You should understand that flagship phones do have a lot more sensors and other components more than midrange phones, which leaves no space for a 5,000mAh battery. It isn't that easy to add more thickness to increase battery capacity, and weight is of concern too, not just thinness of the device. On top of that, smartphone OEMs do pay to ship their goods based on the weight of said goods, OEMs want their handsets to be as light as possible in order to lower the cost of shipping, hence they continue the push for thinness in their handsets.

7. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

5000 mAh battery and no quick charging?!

8. you_sukk_it

Posts: 219; Member since: Apr 11, 2017

why doesnt asus every make an amazing phone. all their phone models are a pain in the ass to remember the tiers and they make nice phones but nothing stellar that stands out. they always disappoint in a few features. shame. they have the ability to do it. but they never stand out. all mediocre stuff. maybe its a specific segment theyre going after and just make low end stuff.

9. brasstax

Posts: 544; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Snapdragon 425 and 430 are firmly entry level chips. Current gen midrange is the 625 with the 650/652/653 ranging from midrange to upper midrange. Snapdragon 820/821/835 are flagship chips.

10. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

Asus product really kick ass, and most of the zenfone 3 family already on nougat since feb/mar 2017.

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