Asus Zenfone Max review: The ‘Power Bank’ Android

Asus Zenfone Max review: The ‘Power Bank’ Android


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


4.5 out of 5


  • Pros:

    Massive battery pack
    Solid body
    ZenUI works brilliantly
    Works as power bank
    Decent camera
    4G LTE support

  • Cons:

    Bulky build
    No word on Android Marshmallow update

  • Conclusion:

    The Asus Zenfone Max (ZC550KL) is an energetic device. It not only offers you the complete smartness of an Android device but also works as a power bank.


Affordable smartphones nowadays have large-enough camera sensors to capture subjects in detail. But Asus is trying to convince the audience with not merely some large camera sensors but also through its proprietary technology.

The Asus Zenfone Max has a 13-megapixel Toshiba camera sensor on the rear with the company’s PixelMaster technology and F2.0-aperture lens. There is also a laser autofocus integration that helps the 5-piece Largan lens to lock focus in 0.03 seconds. A 5-megapixel camera sensor is available on the front along with wide-angle, 85-degree lens.

Asus Zenfone Max camera

Asus Zenfone Max with 13-megapixel primary camera sensor along with laser autofocus technology

Asus has provided its custom Camera app on the smartphone. The app is the same that debuted on the flagship Zenfone 2 last year, and comes preloaded with modes such as Auto, Manual, HDR, Beautification, Super Resolution, Low Light, Night, Depth of Field among others. Also, it supports touch-to-focus functionality to lock focus on a subject or object in a frame with a one-tap gesture on the screen. You can additionally record videos using the same app.

Asus Zenfone Max camera interface

Asus Zenfone Max with a proprietary Camera app

We tested camera capabilities of the Zenfone Max by capturing shots under different environments. The smartphone didn’t lag in producing vivid colors. Likewise, it maintained sharpness even in some of our macro shots. The built-in technology helps deliver enhanced results without any additional efforts. You can also use the preloaded beautification settings to capture some of your best selfies.

Asus Zenfone Max camera samples

Asus Zenfone Max camera samples

Apart from the splendid performance in still shots, the Zenfone Max is a decent option for recording videos as well. It offers 1080p video recording support at 30fps frame rate. The secondary microphone helps to capture detailed audio in video clips. We observed the lack of optical image stabilisation (OIS), but this could be ignored considering the affordable price.

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