ASUS ZenFone Max
other ZenFone models, is the phone's massive 5,000mAh battery. Combine that with the power-saving features on the phone, and we were actually able to get close to four days of continuous usage before we actually needed to plug the phone into a socket.
It's not just on regular usage that the ZenFone Max impresses. Once, on standby mode, we actually left the phone inside our drawer over the Chinese New Year week. When we finally came back to it, the phone still had approximately 38 percent of its battery left in it.
In terms of performance, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 doesn't really stand out.On 3DMark's Ice Storm Unlimited, the ZenFone Max score a 4,327, while on AnTuTu, Quadrant, and PCMark, the phone scored 24,428, 13,794, and 3,509, respectively. On Epic Citadel's Ultra High Quality setting, the phone surprisingly managed to maintain an average frame rate of 28.8 fps, which was actually a little beyond our expectation. Truthfully, we weren't expecting the phone to even maintain anything higher than 15 fps at that setting.
Overall performance of the Zenfone Max was half decent, to say the least. Navigating through the phone takes a little bit of patience, on account of the intermittent lag between swipes, and apps don't snap open immediately upon being selected. Installing and updating the apps on the phone seemed to be the drawback, but to be honest; we never really expected world-class performance, especially not from the Snapdragon 410 SoC.
On a lighter note, the rear camera on the phone isn't too shabby, and is capable of taking some relatively decent shots in areas with adequate lighting. Sadly, low-light photography isn't one of its strong points, and the images tend to be rather noisy if taken in dark areas or during the evening.
Very surprising, considering the processor.