Our Opinion

The Lenovo K8 Plus (3GB RAM) is a slightly better phone than the Asus Zenfone 3 Max ZC553KL, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Lenovo K8 Plus (3GB RAM)!

Asus Zenfone 3 Max ZC553KL  Lenovo K8 Plus (3GB RAM) 
Asus Zenfone 3 Max ZC553KL Lenovo K8 Plus
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Excellence Score
19.3
23.5
Value for Money Score
53.4
72.7
Price ₹ 10,999 onwards ₹ 7,599 onwards
Launch Date (India) Dec, 2016 Sep, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Upgradeable to 8.1 OreoNo more updates expected Android 7.1 NougatExpected update to 8.0 Oreo
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.5 inches 5.2 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 424 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Features IPS, 2.5D Curved Glass Display, Bluelight Filter, Fingerprint & smudge-resistant Oleophobic coating, Supports glove touch 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.4 GHz 2.5 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 430Ranked #76 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio P25Ranked #28 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 505 Mali-T880
RAM 3 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB
Primary Camera 16.0MP 13MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (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 5P Lens, F/2.0 Aperture, Dual-tone LED Flash
Secondary Camera 8.0MP 8.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, HDR, Low Light Mode, Beautification Mode, Time Lapse, Effect, Night Mode F/2.0 Aperture, 84-degree Wide-angle Lens, LED Flash
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 128 GB up to 128 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.3 mm 8.99 mm
Weight 175 gm 165 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 4100 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) 720 hrs N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) 20.00 hrs N/A
Fast Charging Yes
Other Battery Parameters Audio Playback Time: 87 hrs, Internet Usage Time (WiFi): 18 hrs Battery Standby Time (4G): upto 401 hrs, Battery Talktime (4G): upto 26 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Reverse Charging (Power bank mode); QR Code Scanner; ICEpower Enhanced Speaker; Noise Filtration; Google 100GB Free space (2 years); ASUS WebStorage 5GB lifetime Fast Battery Charging; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos; TheatreMax
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Good overall design, and build quality - glass and metal construction
  • Relatively slim, ergonomic, and easy to carry around in your pocket - despite the big battery
  • Fast fingerprint scanner
  • Nice, potent display
  • 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
  • Well built
  • Ergonomically sized, comfortable for one-handed use
  • Fingerprint scanner at the back is easy to reach, and quite responsive
  • Useful physical button that can be setup to to play/ pause music, switch tracks, or launch a custom app
  • Decent Full HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection - viewing angles are good and colour reproduction is decent
  • Stock Android UI keeps thing nice and simple, and will be much appreciated by Android enthusiasts
  • Good all-round performance backed by solid hardware - multitasking is easy with several apps running in the background, and games run well too
  • Decent dual-camera setup on the rear - decent bokeh shots (as long as you set it up right), good macros, and indoor shots are also pretty good
  • Decent front camera too - photos taken with the the front camera are good and can be used on messengers and social networking apps - also, the front flash is handy in dark areas
  • Very good battery life - the phone can run for a day and a half with regular use
  • Pretty decent charging speed - takes about 2 hours to charge fully
  • Dedicated slots for dual SIM cards and memory card (which is a always a good thing when many other phones are choosing to come out with a hybrid SIM/memory slot)
  • On the whole, if stock Android and good battery life appeal to you, then the Lenovo K8 Plus is a good choice
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • 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)
  • Gaming performance is behind the curve
  • Average front camera - the beautification modes tend to overdo things at times, and the images are not that detailed
  • A bit on the thick and bulky side, measuring 8.99mm and weighing 165g
  • Sunlight legibility of the display could have been better
  • Rear camera is pretty good but could have been a bit better in landscape mode, and with HDR
  • Also the camera tends to sometimes lag a bit in depth (bokeh) mode
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