Asus Zenfone 3S Max review: Enticing beauty with enough power

Asus Zenfone 3S Max review: Enticing beauty with enough power


5 out of 5
4.5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Battery backup
4.5 out of 5
4 out of 5
Value for Money


4.6 out of 5


  • Release Date: February 08, 2017
  • Pros:

    Premium looks
    Faster fingerprint sensor
    Latest Android experience
    Intutitive UI
    Huge battery life
    Reverse charging option

  • Cons:

    Inferior display resolution
    No fast-charging option

  • Conclusion:

    The Asus Zenfone 3S Max is presently one of the best premium-looking affordable smartphones. It has a massive battery pack and premium design to affordably fulfill your requirements.

Asus is keeping on improving its Zenfone lineup to match the fierce competition. After adding metal and features such as a fingerprint sensor and 4G LTE connectivity to its entire range, the Taiwanese giant has now moved a step ahead. It has adopted the same nomenclature that was pride for Apple and smartly mimicked by Samsung and Xiaomi. And ultimately, the Zenfone 3S Max has emerged as the very first model from that naming strategy.

Asus Zenfone 3S Max review

Zenfone 3S Max

Zenfone 3S Max

The Asus Zenfone 3S Max is among the few offerings by the company that are first launched in India. It is certainly targeted at customers demanding affordable smartphone experience but crafted with beauty to take on the competition. Is this the one specially made for you? Let’s see.

What’s in the Box

Asus has launched the Zenfone 3S Max in India with a price tag of Rs. 14,999. With this price, the latest Zenfone offers you the fresh Android experience and a better battery life.

Asus Zenfone 3S Max review

Asus Zenfone 3S Max with in-box content

The Zenfone 3S Max comes bundled with a 12V 2.5Amp AC adapter, headset, SIM eject tool, USB data cable and a user manual. Asus has provided enough in-box accessories to please the customers, though you might miss a fast charging technology-enabled power charger.


Asus has already started using metal for building its new smartphones. But the design of the Zenfone 3S Max is quite different from its predecessors. The handset not just have premium, aluminium alloy build with sandblasted matte finish but also a 2.5D contoured glass on the front with subtle edges.

The front of Asus Zenfone 3S Max is identical to some Samsung Galaxy headsets. The first thing that you’d notice the would on a sneak peak is a home button below the display panel. This physical key includes a fingerprint sensor that unlocks the screen in just a second. The smartphone also has an earpiece, secondary camera sensor and a couple of sensors to detect proximity and ambiance light.

On the right, there is a volume rocker and a lock/power button. Both the buttons have gold plating on top that matches the body color of the handset. Further, a SIM card tray is available on the left that can include a microSD card and nanoSIM card.

Asus Zenfone 3S Max

Asus Zenfone 3S Max with a volume rocker and power/lock key on left

The bottom of the Zenfone 3S Max includes a microUSB port as well as a microUSB port and two grills with a microphone and loudspeaker.

Asus Zenfone 3S Max

Asus Zenfone 3S Max with microUSB port and loudspeaker grill on bottom

Asus has filled the top area of the smartphone a 3.5mm jack that be the point of your AUX cables and some high-class headsets and speakers.

Asus Zenfone 3S Max

Asus Zenfone 3S Max with 3.5mm jack on top

On the back, the Zenfone 3S Max shows an iPhone 7-alike rear design with Asus’ branding and a primary camera sensor. The giant battery pack of the smartphone is not a user-replaceable — just as many of its competitors.

Asus Zenfone 3S Max

Asus Zenfone 3S Max with metal back identical to Apple iPhone 7

The overall design of the Asus Zenfone 3S Max is highly impressive. It has 8.9mm of thickness and weighs 175 grams.

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