Asus Zenfone 3 max ZC553KL is another new large flagship smartphone from Asus Zenfone Company giving a faster 4G connectivity. The metal design of the device is impressive with curved edges. Supplemented with a 5.5-inch display and an octa-core processor with 3GB RAM. Let’s see the performance details in the further review.
Asus Zenfone 3 max ZC553KL is supplemented by a 5.5-inch full HD display making it a better display smartphone which looks awesome. It is provided with a huge number of sensors such as proximity, Ambient light sensor, Hall sensor, Gyro sensor, Compass, Fingerprint Scanner, Accelerator, Laser Sensor. Comes in black, silver colors. Comes with 2.25mm bezel.
It feels solid in hand. The device does look a little generic which we have seen many times in the past but doesn’t mean it is a bad design. On the front comes the 8Mp front camera, sensors that are followed by a 5.5 Inch display and at the bottom we got the capacitive keys that are still backlit. The case is made up of metal and we have the 16MP camera dual tone dual LED flash laser assisted auto focus and a fingerprint scanner and an Asus branding at the bottom.
The power buttons and the volume rockers can be found to the right, the micro USB speaker and the primary microphone resides at the back. The back panel has a smooth finish. The edges are smooth curved. The back panel is non-removable and you can find SD card and the sim card trays to the left. At the rear side, you can see the primary camera and there is auto flash, the camera is rounded. On the front side, you see the secondary camera on the upper panel.
The mic is also present on the upper panel. The 3.5mm headphone jack is also located on the top side of the display. The Asus Zenfone branding comes on the back side to the middle. Its dimensions are 151.4 x 76.24 x 8.3mm. It weighs around 175 grams. It has a Dual internal mic with ASUS Noise Zero Talk Technology.
Asus Zenfone 3 max ZC553KL is 5.5-inch display smartphone made up of IPS panels. It is a multi-capacitive touchscreen with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. No anti-glare coating is provided. It provides breathtaking images which are clear.
The display quality is good. It has up to 450nits brightness for outdoor readability. It comes with Bluelight filter for eye care. It has 2.5D contoured glass. 10 finger touch capacitive buttons are available.
It is supplemented with Fingerprint and smudge-resistant oleophobic coating. Supports glove touch. The display looks sharp and vibrant and has decent viewing angles. There are no issues with the viewing angles or brightness levels.
Asus Zenfone 3 max ZC553KL runs on Android™ 6.0 with ASUS ZenUI 3.0 powered by 64-bit Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Octa-Core 430 1.4GHz Processor and Adreno 505 GPU. Consisting of 3GB LPDDR3 RAM and 32GB internal memory expandable through micro SD slots up to 128 GB. It is provided with 100GB free space in Google drive for 2 years and 5GB Asus web storage of 5GB for a lifetime.
Rear camera with 16 megapixels Pixel Master 3.0 camera with 1/3" sensor size, f/2.0 aperture, LED flash. It has Ultra-fast 0.03s instant focus and subject tracking TriTech AF system (2nd-gen laser auto-focus, phase detection auto-focus, and continuous auto-focus), Real-time HDR, Dual-LED real tone flash, 32 sec long exposure. The primary camera features Auto (default), Manual, HDR Pro, Beautification, Super Resolution, Low Light, QR code, Night Effect Selfie, Panorama, and Time Lapse.
It can record video at 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps 720p HD video recording at 30 fps, 3-axis electronic image stabilization, Take still photo while recording video. Having 8 megapixels photos, f/2.2 aperture front camera bearing Beautification (default), Auto, Night, HDR Pro, Effect, Low Light, and Time Lapse. Stereo speakers are given. Wi-Fi, Hotspot, Bluetooth, GPS options are available. Sensors such as Accelerometer, proximity and Ambient light sensors are present.
It has a 4100mAh nonremovable battery. It consists of Wi-Fi connectivity. HTML browser for the internet and Micro USB 2.0 is available. The handset is available in dual sim versions both enabling 4G connectivity. Supports USB OTG.
Under the hood, the device bears an entry level chipset which is snapdragon 430. It got the 4100mAh battery which is the major point of the phone.
It supports charging to another phone. The face of the UI looks quite familiar because this is an Asus Zn UI which built on top of Android 6.0. Out of the box, you got around 22 gigs of storage free. The fingerprint scanner feels fast and accurate and this is an active scanner.
The UI is quite regular and it has all the modes which it generally requires. The camera looks quite good and the overall picture quality is good. It includes some noise which is quite noticeable on a PC. Overall camera performance is ok but not great.
The camera shutter response feels good with a dedicated manual mode. This is a 16Mp camera. No optical image stabilization, though. You can get the best entertainment with the smartphone by playing videos. The quadrant benchmark score of the device is 21359, The AnTuTu score is 44277.
The Geekbench mark scores are 646 on a single core and 2036 on the multi-core. It does have a score of the entry level and does perform well but the price felt overrated.
The Asus Zenfone 3 max ZC553KL comes with the best budget phones and this is too one of them. It is the best smartphone if it is available for a price of 12 to 15K but at the price of 18K, this is not the best but a good phone you can buy. As you will find phones with 20MP front camera in similar segment phones like Vivo V5 the 5.5” IPS screen brings out the beauty of the images. Design and built quality are fine. This device supports faster 4G connectivity. This device is available with the price tag of Rs.17999/- in India.