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.

In Depth

From the last two segments, it has been found that the Asus Zenfone 3S Max has a premium design and decent camera capabilities. But what are its major pros and cons? We’re jotting down here.

The Asus Zenfone 3S Max is the latest in the diminishing range of compact handsets. It features a 5.2-inch IPS display with 1280 x 720 pixels (HD) resolution. This combination makes a pixel density of around 282ppi. The handset has a 2.5D glass protection on the top that is fair enough to give you a premium feel. Moreover, the display panel has splendid color production and high contrast ratio as well as satisfactory sunlight legibility.

Asus Zenfone 3S Max review

Asus Zenfone 3S Max with compact, 5.2-inch display

As a large number of smartphone buyers look for new Android while picking a new option, Asus has provided Android 7.0 Nougat on the Zenfone 3S Max. The Nougat build has many noticeable improvements over Marshmallow and Lollipop versions. Additionally, the smartphone comes with an option to receive future over-the-air (OTA) updates.

Asus Zenfone 3S Max

Asus Zenfone 3S Max runs on Android Nougat out of the box

The Android Nougat flavour on the Zenfone 3S Max comes with ZenUI 3.0. The custom interface has a large number of personalisation and customisation features to take the Nougat version to new levels. Starting from the lock screen to the available home screens and app drawers, the experience is nowhere similar to stock Android. Also, there is an all-new notification panel.

Asus Zenfone 3S Max interface

Asus Zenfone 3S Max with new ZenUI

The interface comes preloaded with various themes and apps such as Mobile Manager and Asus ZenFit. There are also pre-installed services like Facebook, Messenger and Instagram.

Asus has provided a proprietary telephony and messaging on the Zenfone 3S Max. The smartphone supports dual-SIM networks and VoLTE technology. We haven’t noticed any call drop or voice breaking issue throughout our testing.

Asus Zenfone 3S Max

Asus Zenfone 3S Max with advanced telephony and messaging

We tested the performance of Zenfone 3S Max on some of the popular benchmark apps. The smartphone got 38,986 scores on AnTuTu version 6.2.7, 964 scores on Vellamo 3.2 and 19,486 scores on Quadrant Standard Edition version 2.1.1.

Asus Zenfone 3S Max benchmark results

Asus Zenfone 3S Max with manageable benchmark results

The Asus Zenfone 3S Max has a MediaTek MT6750 chipset with eight cores of a Cortex-A53 CPU at 1.5GHz clock speed. The octa-core processor combines with a Mali-T860 GPU and 3GB of RAM. For storing content, there is 32GB of onboard storage. The smartphone has Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS and a microUSB port with USB OTG (on-the-go) support. Besides, there are an accelerometer, magnetometer, proximity sensor and a gyroscope.

Asus has provided a 5,000mAh battery on the Zenfone 3S Max. The giant battery pack lasts for over two days on a single charge. It also gives you the ability to charge other USB-powered devices through reverse charging technology, using a USB OTG cable. However, the smartphone does not have any fast charging technology.

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