Asus Zenfone 3 Max ZC553KL

price Rs. 17,999 expected launch Coming Soon!
current magic score ?
53.8
verdict AVOID
average value-for-money
currently ranked
#33
of 96 phones in Rs. 15,000 - 20,000
expected to launch in India within the next few months

phonecurry editor's note based on opinion across 8 expert review(s)

WHAT WE LIKED
  • Good overall design, and build quality
  • Relatively slim, ergonomic, and easy to carry around in your pocket - despite the big battery
  • Nice, potent display
  • Fast fingerprint scanner
  • Decent speed/performance (though definitely lagging behind the top performers in this price range, because of the entry level SoC)
  • Decent rear camera - with better image results than the previous iteration of the Max
  • Good audio quality
  • Loudspeaker is also quite good for watching videos and listening to music on the go
  • Excellent battery backup, of almost two days (beating out the older Zenfone Max)
  • Relatively fast charging time - the included 10W charger manages to top up the phone in a couple of hours

WHAT WE DIDN'T
  • No Gorilla Glass protection on the display
  • Asus's UI over Android is well optimized and offers some interesting additions, but does have a lot of bloatware (over 20 preinstalled apps)
  • Average front camera - the beautification modes tend to overdo things at times, and the images are not that detailed
  • Gaming performance is behind the curve

8 expert review(s)


video review

source: @C4ETech
OS
Smartphone OSAndroid 6.0
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size5.5 inches
Screen Resolution1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch)
Display Features
  • IPS
  • 2.5D Curved Glass Display
  • Bluelight Filter
  • Fingerprint & smudge-resistant Oleophobic coating
  • Supports glove touch
Sensors
  • Accelerator
  • Hall Sensor
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Gyroscope
Fingerprint sensorYes
Processor/RAM
Processor1.4 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
GPUAdreno 505
RAM3 GB
Memory
Internal Memory32 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 128 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity4100 mAh
Battery Standby (3G)720 hrs
Battery Talktime (3G)20.00 hrs
Other Battery Parameters
  • Audio Playback Time: 87 hrs
  • Internet Usage Time (WiFi): 18 hrs
Dimensions
Weight175 gm
Thickness8.3 mm
Camera
Camera16.0 MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features
  • F/2.0 Aperture
  • 5P Largan Lens
  • Laser Autofocus
  • PDAF
  • Continuous Auto-focus
  • PixelMaster 3.0
  • Back Light (HDR)
  • Low Light Mode
  • Real Time Beautification
  • Night Mode
  • Selfie Mode
  • Time Lapse
  • Effects
  • 3-axis Electronic Image Stabilization
Secondary Camera8.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • F/2.2 Aperture
  • HDR
  • Low Light Mode
  • Beautification Mode
  • Time Lapse
  • Effect
  • Night Mode
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
USBYes
WiFiYes
4GYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou
CompassYes
More
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Noise FiltrationYes
FM RadioYes
More
  • Reverse Charging (Power bank mode)
  • QR Code Scanner
  • ICEpower Enhanced Speaker
  • USB On-The-Go
  • WiFi Direct
  • Google 100GB Free space (2 years)
  • ASUS WebStorage 5GB lifetime
Note: All brand quality factors listed below are already taken into account (with appropriate weightage) when calculating the magic score for a phone!
brand rating
3.13/5
(Average)
average phonecurry internal rating for phones launched by this brand in the last 12 months
brand perception
Good
brand perception among consumers, based on surveys
service quality rating
Good
service & support quality rating, based on user surveys