Announced in July this year, Asus is now bringing its Zenfone 3 Max to India on November 9. The third-generation smartphone from Asus Zenfone series was introduced alongside the Zenfone 3 Laser in Vietnam. The smartphone was launched at a price of 4,490,000 VND ($200), which is approximately Rs 13,400. Highlights of the Asus Zenfone 3 Max include a metal body design and its mammoth battery that comes with reverse charging feature. Also Read - Asus ZenBook 13 OLED UM325U review: Premium design, snappy performanceAlso Read - Asus ROG Zephyrus, TUF series laptops refreshed for 2021: Price, specifications and more
The smartphone is a successor to the Zenfone Max that was made available in India earlier this year. The 3GB + 32GB storage variant of the Zenfone Max was priced at Rs 12,299. The Zenfone 3 Max improves on its earlier model in terms of chipset and camera, but downgrades on display size and battery capacity. Also Read - Android 12 beta 2 rolling out: New privacy features, tweaked design and more
Zenfone 3 Max specifications
The Zenfone 3 Max features a 5.2-inch HD display with 2.5 curved glass protection as compared to the Zenfone Max’s 5.5-inch HD display. Under the hood is a 64-bit quad-core processor with Adreno 505 GPU. It will come paired with 2GB or 3GB of RAM with 32GB of onboard storage which can be further expanded up to 128GB.
On the photography front, the Zenfone 3 Max boasts a 16-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, and laser autofocus. For selfie lovers, it will come with an 8-megapixel front camera. Both the cameras are capable of shooting videos in full HD resolution. The smartphone will house a 4,100mAh battery that the company claims is good enough for up to 20 hours of talktime and can survive up to 30 days on standby mode. It comes with reverse charging support.
Connectivity options in the Zenfone 3 Max include support for dual SIM, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS and AGPS. The smartphone also features a rear fingerprint scanner. On the software front, it runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with ZenUI 3.0 on top. ALSO READ: Asus Zenfone 3 Laser, Zenfone 3 Max launched: Price, specifications, features
The Zenfone Max which will precede the Zenfone 3 Max featured a mammoth 5,000mAh battery with reverse charging support that got it the title of being more of a powerbank than a phone. It was launched in India earlier this year and features a 5.5-inch HD IPS display with ASUS TrueVivid Full Screen Lamination technology. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 64-bit quad-core processor with a 2GB or 3GB of RAM and Adreno 306 /405 GPU. The smartphone offers 16GB of internal storage, which can be expanded using a microSD, up to 64GB. For photography, the smartphone features a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera. In contrast, the Zenfone 3 Max offers lower battery capacity and smaller display size. The Zenfone Max, when launched, was made available in three variants. It is unclear if the company will make the Zenfone 3 Max also available in three variants.
At the estimated price of Rs 13,400, the Zenfone 3 Max will compete against the likes of InFocus Epic 1, LeEco Le 2, and Moto G4 Plus. The InFocus Epic 1 is the company s first smartphone to come with a deca-core processor by MediaTek and is coupled with 3GB of RAM. Priced at Rs 12,999, the smartphone features a 5.5-inch full HD display, 32GB of internal storage (expandable up to 128GB), 16-megapixel rear camera coupled with 8-megapixel front camera, and 3,000mAh battery which is supported by quick charge.It comes with a USB Type-C port for data exchange and charging. It further includes a rear fingerprint sensor and comes with 4G VoLTE support.
The LeEco Le 2 is priced at Rs 11,999 and is one of the first smartphones to do away with the 3.5mm headphone jack. It comes with a 5.5-inch full HD display and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 octa-core processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. It further comes with 16-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel camera up front. Keeping the device ticking is a 3,000mAh battery. The Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based smartphone offers dual-SIM support. Further connectivity options include 4G VoLTE support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a rear fingerprint sensor.
At Rs 13,499, the Moto G4 Plus features a 5.5-inch full HD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage, 16-megapixel rear camera, and a 5-megapixel selfie camera. It is powered by a 3,000mAh battery that comes with TurboPower support. Other features include a rear fingerprint sensor along with a storage expansion up to 128GB, 4G LTE, and dual-SIM support.