Asus ZenFone 3 Max ZC553KL Review – Bigger And Better!

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The smaller Asus ZenFone 3 Max is a great having a look and respectable handset for its worth, however left us yearning for extra. Thankfully, Asus got here up with an upgraded variant with larger display screen and meatier specifications with out the will of mountaineering the cost that a lot.
Asus ZenFone 3 Max ZC553KL Review

As a question of truth, we have been very inspired with what this telephone presented even simply on first glance and check out. Now after a month, we have been ready to assemble the information we had to take a look at if our reward and claims about this handset is correct. Let’s get started!

For the assessment phase 1: Asus ZenFone 3 Max ZC553KL Unboxing And First Impressions – The Midrange All Rounder You Want? ^(

Show High quality

Checking the display screen of this Zen 3 Max variant, we loved that it now has a larger and sharper 5.5 inch FHD display screen w/ 401 pixels according to inch.
Multitouch test, 10 points!
Multitouch check, 10 issues!

Colours also are superb and gratifying to the eyes even though it does not have an identical quantity of colour pop or saturation discovered with different Zen handsets we examined prior to now. Deepness of blacks also are respectable. It actually have a Bluelight clear out toggle to give protection to our eyes from that damaging component particularly in the dead of night. It does not colour tone changes.

We additionally loved that it could possibly cross in reality brilliant even for out of doors use, has a correct adaptive show sensor, and is derived with 10 issues of multitouch for higher contact enjoy.

Audio High quality

The only speaker discovered with this handset is reasonably great general. It may give respectable quantity of main points with brilliant and lively sound signature with appropriate degree of bass reaction for a small telephone speaker. It is usually slightly loud on max degree with minimum grains or distortion.

For the headphone out, we beloved its extra balanced output not like their ZenFone’s with bassy and darker sound signature prior to now. To excite you guys additional, it’s analytical sufficient for reasonable listeners with transparent vocals, respectable instrumental separation, and now not that sibilant highs. The audio output and soundstage of this instrument could be very appropriate for a smartphone.

Be aware: Asus incorporated their standard great sounding ZenEar as a freebie.

Checking its audio recording functions, this version of the Zen 3 Max has just right microphone high quality for calls because of its noise-cancelling talent. For video recordings, its appropriate, however it is not as detailed as we needed and noise are very audible.

Battery Lifestyles

14 hours and 31 minutes at PC appmarsh’s battery check

Going to the spotlight of this instrument, it nonetheless has the similar great amount of 4,100 mAh of battery capability discovered with the 5.2 inch variant. Logically, because of its larger display screen and determination, this handset will have to have lesser battery lifestyles when compared with its smaller sibling.

Even higher battery lifestyles than its smaller sibling!

Thankfully, it’s the opposite direction round. We have been stunned that this handset was once ready to perfect the smaller Zen 3 Max (13 hours 20 minutes) through greater than an hour in our PC appmarsh battery check end result at 14 hours and 31 minutes. What is much more outstanding is it was once ready to final for 2 days on a unmarried fee with our reasonable day-to-day use. As a question of truth, the battery lifetime of this handset is just right sufficient as our all day WiFi hotspot at the cross.

On most sensible of that, Asus incorporated their standard just right battery saving app with tremendous saving mode. You’ll be able to additionally use the handset as a powerbank with its opposite charging mode by the use of USB OTG. Charging time remains to be at round 2 hours and 45 minutes the usage of its 2A wall charger. Then again, this handset wasn’t ready to benefit from the Fast Price 3.0 toughen of its Snapdragon 430 chip.

Digital camera

Main camera w/ Tri-tech AF behind!
Major digicam w/ Tri-tech AF at the back of!

On the again, this telephone is loaded with an excellent larger and higher major digicam, a 16 MP f/2.0 sensor w/ Tri-tech AF, 720p video stabilization, and twin tone LED flash. It has a just right form of auto, landscape, HDR, HDR professional, tremendous answer, evening, low mild, and clear out modes. Then it has a QR code reader, selfie detection, and time lapse. Then again, the intensity of box mode of the common Zen 3 style remains to be nowhere to be discovered.
Manual camera mode
Guide digicam mode

The handbook mode was once lacking with the smaller 5.2 inch style, however thankfully, this 5.5 inch variant has that choice. It is even whole with handbook center of attention, as much as 32 seconds shutter pace, ISO 1600, publicity worth adjustment, and white stability as much as 6500Okay. It additionally has ranges and grids for guides. It simply lags when saving pictures, so endurance is a should.

The handbook digicam is not absolute best, however it could possibly do wonders in case you are affected person!

Shifting to its capturing functions, this handset has very speedy center of attention pace because of its laser autofocus. It is shutter pace could also be rapid, however it’s a must to have secure fingers or a few of your pictures might be blurred. For shut-up photographs, we beloved that it could possibly center of attention intently at round 2 inches close to. Then again, generating background blurs is inconsistent.

Checking its general high quality, pictures pop out colourful and sharp sufficient so long as you’re in a smartly lit surroundings. It has just right dynamic vary and its HDR mode is not grainy in sunlight. Many of the photographs we took are appropriate to nice in high quality. It is indubitably an improve over the smaller Zen 3 Max.

In lowlight, be expecting grains in your stills. We propose using its evening mode, handbook mode, or just right form of flash on the ones events.

Rear Digital camera Samples

HDR Pro captured the right colors in this scene
HDR Professional captured the best colours on this scene
Another HDR Pro mode shot that corrected blow-out details on auto mode
Some other HDR Professional mode shot that corrected blow-out main points on auto mode
Natural light on auto mode
Herbal mild on auto mode
Grains in lowlight condition
Grains in lowlight situation
Manual mode at night is very useful!
Guide mode at evening could be very helpful!
Flash test
Flash check
Selfie high quality could also be now higher and sharper. It now comes with an 8 MP module w/ f/2.2 aperture and huge perspective lens. It has a pleasant form of decorate mode, filters, HDR professional, lowlight, evening, and may also do time lapse in entrance. Then again, there may be nonetheless no display screen flash mode for selfies in tremendous lowlight prerequisites.

Selfie Digital camera Samples

Beautify selfie w/ natural light
Adorn selfie w/ herbal mild
Grainy selfie at night on HDR mode
Grainy selfie at evening on HDR mode
The night mode captured the sharper selfie in this scene
The evening mode captured the sharper selfie on this scene

For movies, the primary digicam shooter is in a position to capturing as much as 1080p with respectable quantity of element. At 720p mode, it even has stabilization to minimize shake. With out its use, secure fingers or use of tripod is a should. In entrance, it has a good 1080p shooter. Clearly, it would possibly not simply be as respectable when compared with its major digicam.

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The opposite notable improve of the ZenFone 3 Max ZC553KL is located within. Coming from the MediaTek’s 64 Bit MT6737T quad core chip, Asus embedded this instrument with a a lot better and extra environment friendly 1.4 GHz 64 Bit Snapdragon 430 octa core processor. It is also the similar chip discovered with Vivo’s Y55, and CloudFone Subsequent who carried out really well in our earlier evaluations.

Checking what it could possibly do, efficiency is each responsive and clean. Then because of its 3 GB of RAM, we hardly ever had issues in switching from an app to any other, and opening a couple of apps on the similar time. The instrument additionally slightly heats up even if charging or use of information connection. It additionally has 32 GB of expandable garage to your apps, pictures, and different information.

NBA 2K17 is playable in mostly high-settings!
NBA 2K17 is playable in most commonly top-settings!

In gaming, funds players will like this as this is a succesful one. Operating Asphalt 8 on all top settings is breeze, NBA 2K17 is playable in all top-settings, and tremendous clean in most commonly medium settings. It proved that Adreno 505 GPU is a brilliant funds gaming chip.

This handset is a dream come true for funds players because of its succesful GPU and lengthy battery lifestyles.

Shifting to its Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS w/ ZenUI on most sensible, it nonetheless has many of the standard options and customizations discovered at the more recent Zen handsets. The the standard Asus bloats are nonetheless there. Thankfully, maximum of them may also be uninstalled.

Its fingerprint scanner is now extra correct as smartly. It can be used to respond to calls, shutter button, or digicam app shortcut.

There are a number of experiences that some gadgets have vulnerable indicators, thankfully, our not too long ago up to date unit has respectable indicators for SMS, LTE, and calls. OTG additionally works and there may be gyroscope for VR / Pokemon GO’s AR mode.

Professionals – Close to most sensible notch aesthetics and construct high quality, sharp complete hd display screen, nice specifications for the cost, just right cameras, longer battery lifestyles
Cons – No fast fee, handbook digicam mode lags when saving pictures, no intensity of box mode, standard Asus bloatwares


For its instructed retail worth of simply PHP 10,995, the Asus ZenFone 3 Max ZC553KL is a thieve. Specifically, we indubitably loved its lengthy lasting battery capability on most sensible of its just right general efficiency.

As of this writing, we’re so certain that there are few telephones that is formally to be had within the nation that may fit its degree of bang according to buckness.

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