Review ASUS Zenfone 4 Max: the smartphone in the role of powerbank
The Zenfone series 3 was very successful, and ASUS have gradually become one of the most prominent players in the smartphone market. This year, the company again updated the lineup. The new family includes the Zenfone 4, Zenfone 4 Max, Zenfone 4 Selfie and few versions; some of them are additionally available with different amounts of RAM and processors.
In our hands was the Zenfone 4 Max – cheap smartphone with large screen and impressive battery capacity of 5000 mA ·h for This,
|Asus Zenfone 4 Max (ZC554KL)||Meizu m5 Note||Samsung Galaxy J7 (SM-J710F)||Huawei P9 Lite||Asus Zenfone 3 Max (ZC553KL)|
|Screen||5.5 inch, IPS, 720 ×1280 pixels, 267 ppi, capacitive multitouch||5.5 inch, IPS,
1920 × 1080 pixels, 403 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|5.5 inch, Super AMOLED,
720 × 1280 pixels, 401 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|5.2 inches, IPS,
1920 × 1080 pixels, 424ppi, capacitive multitouch
|5.5 inch, IPS, 1080 ×1920 pixels, 401 ppi, capacitive multitouch|
|Safety glass||No data||No data||No data||No data||No data|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 425: four cores ARM Cortex-A53 (4 × 1.4 GHz) or Qualcomm Snapdragon 430: eight cores ARM Cortex-A53 (8 × 1.4 GHz).||MT6755M MediaTek with eight cores ARM Cortex-A53 (4 × 1.8 GHz + 4 × 1.1 GHz)||7870 Exynos Octa with eight cores Cortex Cortex-A53 (4 × 1.6 GHz, 4 × 1.0 GHz)||HiSilicon Kirin 650: eight cores ARM Cortex-A53 (4 × 2.0 GHz + 4 × 1,7)||Qualcomm Snapdrgaon 430 MSM8937: eight cores ARM Cortex-A53 (8 × 1.4 GHz)|
|Graphics controller||Adreno 308, 400 MHz||ARM Mali-T860, MP2, 550 MHz||The Mali-T830, MP2, 600 MHz||The Mali-T830, MP2, 600 MHz||Adreno 505, 450 MHz|
|RAM||2/3 GB||3/4 GB||2 GB||2 GB||2/3/4 GB|
|Flash memory||16/32 GB||16/32/63 GB||16 GB||16 GB||32 GB|
|Connectors||1 × micro-USB 2.0||1 × micro-USB 2.0||1 × micro-USB 2.0||1 × microUSB;||1 × microUSB;|
|1 × headset Jack 3.5 mm;||1 × headset Jack 3.5 mm;||1 × headset Jack 3.5 mm||1 × headset Jack 3.5 mm;||1 × headset Jack 3.5 mm;|
|2 x nano-SIM||2 x nano-SIM/microSD (universal)||2 x nano-SIM/microSD (universal)||1 ×micro-SIM|
|1 ×microSD||1 ×nano-SIM/microSD (universal)|
|Cell 2G connection||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz|
|3G cellular communications||DC-HSPA 850/900/1900 / 2100MHz||DC-HSPA 850/900/1900 / 2100MHz||DC-HSPA 850/900/1900 / 2100MHz||DC-HSPA 850/900/1900 / 2100MHz||DC-HSPA 850/900/1900 / 2100MHz|
|Cellular 4G||LTE Cat. 4 (150 Mbit/s 50 Mbit/s), ranges 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 40)||LTE Cat. 4 (150 Mbit/s 50 Mbit/s), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 26, 28, 38, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 7 (300 Mbps, 150 Mbps), range 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 18, 19, 26, 28, 38, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 4 (150 Mbit/s 50 Mbit/s), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 26, 28, 38, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 7 (300 Mbps, 150 Mbps), range 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 18, 19, 26, 28, 38, 40, 41|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 b/g/n/ 2.4 GHz||802.11 a/b/g/n/ 2.4/5 GHz||802.11/b/g/n/ 2.4 GHz||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4/5 GHz||802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz|
|Navigation||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou|
|Sensors||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)|
|The main camera||Dual camera: 13 MP, f/2.0, phase detection autofocus + 5 MP, without autofocus, led flash||13 MP, f/2.2, and contrast autofocus, led flash||13 MP, f/1,9, contrast autofocus, led flash||13 MP, f/2.0, contractnegotiations, led flash||16 MP, f/2.0, hybrid/laser autofocus, a 4-axis stabilization, dual-led flash|
|Front camera||8 MP, without autofocus, flash||8 MP, no autofocus, no flash||5 MP, without autofocus, led flash||8 MP, without autofocus||8 MP, no autofocus, no flash|
|Food||Removable battery: 19 WH (5000 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 15,2 WH (4000 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 12,54 WH (3300 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 11.4 W·h (3000 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: the 15.6 WH (4100 mAh, 3.8 V)|
|Size||154 × 76,9 × 8.9 mm||153,6 × 75,8 × 8.1 mm||151,7 × 76 × 7.8 mm||146,8 × 72,6 × 7.5 mm||151,4 × 76,2 × 8.3 mm|
|Weight||181 g||138 g||170 g||147 g||175 g|
|Protection from water and dust||No||No||No||No||No|
|Operating system||Android 7.0 Nougat, shell ZenUI||Android 6.0 Marshmallow, shell Flyme 5||Android 6.0 Marshmallow shell TouchWiz||Android 6.0 Marshmallow, shell Emotion UI||Android 6.0 Marshmallow, shell ZenUI|
|Current price||990/15 13 990 rubles||9 500 rubles||15 990 rubles||15 990 rubles||14 300 rubles|
Design, ergonomics and software
Pleased to note that despite the strong visual distinction between different generations Zenfone, ASUS has developed an own style, device and recognizable without a logo on the front panel. Max Zenfone 4 smartphone naturally large, after all, a 5.5-inch display requires. To use it with one hand at first can be difficult, especially after some four-inch device, but for a couple of days it is possible to get used to. But for those who the transition will not be given, in the settings there is a special one-handed mode. But more on that later.
The smartphone is available only in three colors: pink, gold and dark blue. Latest in dim lighting can be mistaken for black, this remains the most practical, and obviously will be sold to other active. Design can be described as very quiet – case shape maximum traditional, the side faces are gently rounded. Have to give credit to ASUS: despite the large size, the body Zenfone 4 Max remains quite thin – only 8.9 mm.
The front side of the case is completely covered with tempered glass, the edges and rear panel is made of anodized aluminum. Only top and bottom rear there is a plastic insert that is painted in body color. They are necessary for the normal operation of built-in antennas and wireless modules.
On the bottom face of the housing located grid system speaker and microphone, and microUSB port – this serves as a reminder that the low-cost model. Top smartphones and devices of the middle class almost to a man use USB Type-C On the top face Zenfone 4 Max is a 3.5-millimeter headset Jack.
On the right there is a power button and two keys for volume adjustment. And on the left is the tray for two SIM-cards and microSD. The slot for the second SIM card separate, which means you don’t have to choose between the extended memory and using the second carrier card. It is a pity that the producers of the most expensive smartphones ignore a similar approach.
In Zenfone 4 Max alive the spirit of the old school – on the front side, under the screen there are three hardware buttons (two touch). Smartphone have lost nothing without them – Android long allows you to duplicate these items on the screen, but in this case, “eaten” part of the usable area of the display.
In the Central button is integrated fingerprint sensor, which traditionally can be used to unlock the smartphone without entering the password. Sensor works surprisingly quickly, which did not have to expect from a budget model. The Central button responds to the touch of light vibration, and a double tap can be assigned additional functions. For example, a one-handed mode, in which the active area of the screen decreases and is shifted to the left or right. Free space is black is not really beautiful, but convenience increases, especially in the transition from a small smartphone.
Zenfone 4 Max out of the box comes with the seventh version of Android, but soon will appear and the update to Android 8.0 Oreo. Installed on top of a proprietary shell ZenUI 4.0, fast and convenient.
Especially well done menus for quick access to applications presents many features of versions to choose from it is rarely necessary. The system works quickly, switching between programs is quite rapid, without thorough testing, and not to say that in front of you smartphone on a budget platform.