Review ASUS Zenfone 4 Max (ZC520KL): reduced smartphone powerbank
ASUS would not be itself, if limited to only one modification of his model Zenfone 4 Max (though, in this modification there are two versions with different amount of internal memory). The original version, bearing the index ZC554KL, equipped with a 5.5-inch HD display, a Qualcomm platform Snapdragon 425 and impressive battery capacity of 5000 mAh (19 WH). But because of such capacity and relatively large screen smartphone called the compact does not – then the thickness of about 9 millimeters, and a weight of 186 grams.
It is logical that ASUS has prepared a more compact version, which is a 5.2-inch display with the same resolution, and a battery already in 4100 mA·h (15,58 W·h). Rest it is left untouched for system-on-chip (the same budget Snapdragon processor) and memory (again, there are options for 16 and 32 GB) and camera (dual module with 13-megapixel and 5-megapixel sensors). The device is, of course, became much easier and significantly cheaper – an average of 11 500 rubles. Well, since the main feature — the ability to use Max as an external battery — saved, this version has all the chances to become more popular.
|Asus Zenfone 4 Max (ZC520KL)||Asus Zenfone 4 Max (ZC554KL)||Meizu m5 Note||Samsung Galaxy J7 (SM-J710F)||Huawei P9 Lite|
|Screen||5.2 inches, IPS, 720 × 1280 pixels, 282 ppi, capacitive multitouch||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
|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)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 425: four cores ARM Cortex-A53 (4 × 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 ARM 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)|
|Graphics controller||Adreno 308, 400 MHz||Adreno 308, 400 MHz||ARM Mali-T860, MP2, 550 MHz||The Mali-T830, MP2, 600 MHz||The Mali-T830, MP2, 600 MHz|
|RAM||2/3 GB||2/3 GB||3/4 GB||2 GB||2 GB|
|Flash memory||16/32 GB||16/32 GB||16/32/64 GB||16 GB||16 GB|
|Connectors||1 × micro-USB 2.0||1 × micro-USB 2.0||1 × micro-USB 2.0||1 × micro-USB 2.0||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||2 x nano-SIM/microSD (universal)||2 x nano-SIM/microSD (universal)|
|1 × microSD||1 × microSD|
|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, 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|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 b/g/n/ 2.4 GHz||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|
|Navigation||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS|
|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, ƒ/2.0, phase detection autofocus + 5 MP, without autofocus, led flash||Dual camera: 13 MP, ƒ/2.0, phase detection autofocus + 5 MP, without autofocus, led flash||13 MP, ƒ/2.2, and contrast autofocus, led flash||13 MP, ƒ/1,9, contrast autofocus, led flash||13 MP, ƒ/2.0, contrast autofocus, led flash|
|Front camera||8 MP, without autofocus, flash||8 MP, without autofocus, flash||8 MP, no autofocus, no flash||5 MP, without autofocus, led flash||8 MP, without autofocus|
|Food||Removable battery: 15,58 WH (4100 mAh, 3.8 V)||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)|
|Size||150,5 × 73,3 × 8,73 mm||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|
|Weight||156 g||181 g||138 g||170 g||147 g|
|Protection from water and dust||No||No||No||No||No|
|Operating system||Android 7.0 Nougat, shell ZenUI||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|
|Current price||11 500 rubles||13 000 rubles||12 280 rubles||13 500 rubles||11 400 rubles|
Design, ergonomics and software
ASUS is a company capable of much, but still do two versions of the same models in different design even she considers, perhaps, unnecessary. So Zenfone 4 Max ZC520KL looks the same as ZC554KL discount on slightly different dimensions.
Novelty became much thinner due to the reduced width and height of the battery even smaller physical size had to do a little thicker. However, this does not hinder the visual perception of Max as the device neat and not devoid of a certain elegance, especially in gold or pink versions.
Black sure looks more solid and larger smartphone.
The display occupies the entire front panel — frame highly visible, but we need to make allowances for the budget status of the model. Below the screen is the navigation unit with classic pressing the “Home” center and two touch keys on the sides. However, Central also responds to touch, but has not driven since the iPhone 7 all manufacturers consistently refuse buttons that are pressed really.
And the rest too, there are no surprises: on the left edge of the mechanical power button and volume controls on the right – a slot for a SIM card and memory card expansion. The smartphone is not deprived mini-Jack, but the old-fashioned equipped with a microUSB port and not the USB Type-C.
Case ASUS Zenfone 4 Max are made of plastic (sides and rear cover) and glass, which is completely covered by the front panel. When viewed from the side it is possible to notice that the front glass protrudes slightly above the case – it seems a little strange, but with this solution the smartphone gives the impression of more subtle than it is in reality.
In the “Home” button embedded fingerprint sensor — it can be used to unlock the device without entering a password, and to react to incoming calls. I would like to write more about proof of payment with the help of Android Pay, but ZC520KL, like his elder brother, deprived of the NFC module. Sensor works very fast, the percentage of false positives is relatively small. The center key responds to touch light vibration, and a double tap can be assigned additional functions.
ASUS Zenfone 4 Max
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Yet Max comes with Android 7.1.1 Nougat, but ASUS promises a timely upgrade to Oreo. While the envelope will change is 4.0 ZenUI, one of the main advantages of fresh Zenfone compared to previous generations. Shell not only became faster and shorter, but also got rid of almost the entire array of applications that are inevitably installed on your Zenfone: instead of 35 pre-installed software on new smartphones they will be just 11. Left with only the most useful, like the task Manager, branded galleries and some basic programs (calendar, calculator, file Manager and so on).