SELF­SUF­FI­CIENT DAILYDRIVER

ASUS ZenFone Max

HWM (Malaysia) - - TELEPORT - By John Law

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.

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