ZenFone 3S Max Review : Your Battery Woes Are Sorted

Battery back up is perhaps the most pressing issue for today’s’ smartphone users and Taiwanese firm Asus got it right when it introduced the mammoth 5000 mah battery in its Max series of smartphones. Looking at the huge success of its introductory Max series smartphone – ZenFone Max, the company once again launched 3 variants of the model with higher specs and better performance. We will consider the ZenFone 3S Max here.

The company launched 3 new phones under the ZenFone 3 Max series, the ZenFone 3 Max 5.5 inch, ZenFone 3 Max 5.2 inch and the ZenFone 3S Max. Of all three, only the 3S Max comes with 5000 mAh battery whereas the other two come with 4100 mAh battery.

Let’s See What the 3S Max has in it.

Asus ZenFone 3S Max (ZC521TL) Tech Specs
Size : 5.2 icnh
Display : HD (1280×720) IPS
Processor : MediaTek Octacore
Internal Storage : 32 GB
Front Camera : 8 MP
Rear Camera : 13 MP
Battery : 5000 mAh
OS : Android Nougat
Type : Dual SIM 4G with VoLTE enabled

Look & Feel
This ZenFone 3S Max, it seems, wished to be different than its predecessors.The ZenFone 3S Max looks premium with its metal unibody structure compare to the first version that came with plastic back panel. The camera module placement is also different, here it is placed at the left top corner of the back panel whereas in previous versions, the camera was centrally located at the top portion. The fingerprint sensor also came to the front panel and doubles up as the home key also. The volume and power buttons are placed at the right and the charging port and speaker grille are present on the bottom of the phone.

The display resolution at 1280x720p, though looks lower than some peers in the same price range, offers absolytely great experience. Simply saying, one would not complain for better resolution. The colors are bright and offers natural rendition.

The Max 3S uses a Mediatek Octacore 1.5 GHz processor with MT 6750 chipset coupled with 3GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage. Asus claims the storage capacity can be expanded upto 2 TB. However, I wished for an equivalent Qualcomm processor as the San Diego based firm’s chipsets are low in power consumption and that indirectly helps in curbing heating up of the smartphones.

But the phone performed well when tested on all fronts, from watching HD videos, to playing heavy duty mobile games. One would not find the speed lag anywhere.


With Pixelmaster camera, the Max 3S was expected to do well. The phone comes with 13 megapixel rear camera with flash and autofocus. The front one is an 8 megapixel snapper. On paper it looks good and the camera did perform well and the image output are decent, but mostly in well-lit or outdoor environment. In low-light and night conditions, I was expecting better performance. I strongly believe, smartphone companies should blur the gap between their front and rear snapper. These days there are more selfies taken than than primary photographs!

The Main Feature
Ideally the main feature should have been discussed first. The ZenFone Max 3S is all about its power – a mammoth 5000 mAh. Its not just the size but the technology behind the battery and the usage is also commendable. While testing, the battery lasted little over 2 days in a always-4G-LTE environment, and with any kind of use, it can give you more than one and half day’s life. The Max 3S also comes with reverse charging option that can charge any other smartphone by using the compatible cable. So, apparently, you are carrying a smartphone with an inbuilt power bank.

At Rs 14,999 what you are getting is overall a decent phone. Good built, great display, over-the-average performance, standard camera, and a huge battery. I’m not sure if you rush to buy this phone but if you bought, you would not repent this purchase. And you can always boast of having some energy still left in the phone.

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