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Asus Zenfone Max (2GB RAM, 32GB, Snapdragon 615)
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Lenovo Vibe K5 Note (3GB RAM)
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magic score79.791.4
PriceRs. 9,999 onwardsRs. 11,999 onwards
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Launch Date (India)May, 2016Aug, 2016
Smartphone OSAndroid 6.0Android 6.0, Expected upgrade to 7.0
Screen Resolution720x1280 pixels (~ 267 pixels per inch)1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch)
Display FeaturesIPS, Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass 4)IPS, Scratch Resistant Display (Gorilla Glass 3)
Processor1.5 GHz1.8 GHz
Processor NameQualcomm Snapdragon 615MediaTek MT6755 Helio P10
GPUAdreno 405Mali T860 MP2
RAM2 GB3 GB
VoLTEYes
Secondary Camera5.0 MP8.0 MP
Expandable Memory Slotup to 64 GBup to 128 GB
Dual SIMGSM+GSMGSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness10.55 mm8.45 mm
Weight202 gm165 gm
Battery Capacity5000 mAh3500 mAh
Battery Standby914 hrsN/A
Battery TalktimeN/A33.00 hrs
Battery Talktime (3G)37.60 hrs18.00 hrs
Other Battery ParametersWeb Browsing Time: 32.5 hrs, Video Playback Time: 22.6 hrsBattery Standby Time (4G): 364 hrs
Fingerprint sensorYes
Editor's Note [Positives]
  • Rugged, and good looking design
  • The curved back fits well into the palm and due to the coarse plastic finish, it really feels good to hold
  • Decent display with accurate color reproduction, good brightness levels, adjustable color temperature and an in-built blue-light filter
  • Gorilla glass protection on the display
  • Smooth, effortless performance, including with resource intensive games
  • Excellent, super long lasting battery, that can deliver up to a 2-3 day backup!
  • Also includes a Power saver mode, which adjusts processor performance, screen brightness and restricts access to features that use up more battery
  • Unique reverse charging support - can be used to charge other devices
  • Decent loudspeaker, and audio quality
  • Good build quality
  • Nice metal unibody design and brushed metal finish - feels good to hold
  • Smaller and slimmer than the K4 Note
  • Bundled clear cover for protecting the phone
  • Good display - solid brightness levels, contrast ratio, sunlight legibility and viewing angles
  • Display has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection unlike the K4 Note
  • Lenovo‚Äôs Vibe UI adds some useful features on top of Android
  • Good speed/performance, including with games
  • Multitasking is smooth too, thanks to the ample RAM
  • Built-in support for VR glasses, similar to the K4 Note (ANT VR headset has to be purchased separately)
  • Decent, fast rear camera, especially for daylight shots - macro shots are good too and HDR shots came out well
  • The 8MP front-facing camera is good for selfies and video chats - colors are vibrant and the images are sharp as well
  • Fast fingerprint sensor
  • Thanks to Dolby Atmos, Wolfson WM8281 audio codec and 1.5W speaker, loudspeaker output is good and clear even in full volume
  • Audio output through headphones is good as well
  • Good call quality
  • Good battery life - a definite improvement over the K4 Note - lasts a full day
  • Useful power saving modes to further reduce battery consumption
Editor's Note [Negatives]
  • Feels bulky, and tips the scales at over 200g
  • Visibility under bright light is average due to the reflective nature of the screen
  • The Zen UI is a bit cluttered and sometimes buggy (although highly customizable)
  • Average camera
  • Charging speed is on the slow side
  • Hybrid dual SIM slot lets you either use dual SIMS or a memory card, but not both together
  • No special support for quick charging unlike some of its competitors
  • Low-light camera performance of the phone is strictly average - with plenty of noise in the shots
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