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For Asus" new ZenFone Max Plus, the beauty runs only skin deep.

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ByAdam Ismail07 April 2018

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Last fall"s Hãng Asus ZenFone 4 Max was a mostly middle-of-the-road handset that managed khổng lồ stand out with a beefy, 5,000-mAh battery that lasted well over 15 hours in testing. Now, less than six months later, the company has returned with a half-step of sorts.


It"s not a phone in the upcoming ZenFone 5 line (those devices will roll out between now và the summer), but an iteration of the ZenFone 4 Max called the ZenFone Max Plus. This new mã sản phẩm brings a modern, 18:9 display và faster performance in a similar body. Curiously though, Hãng Asus shrank the battery. Is the trade-off worth it? Nope.

Price and Availability

The ZenFone Max Plus is available for $229 unlocked direct from Asus, as well as third-buổi tiệc nhỏ retailers including Amazon, Newegg & Best Buy. That"s $30 more than the ZenFone 4 Max.



For that, you get 3GB of RAM & 32GB of storage, though the latter can be expanded to lớn 2TB via a microSD card. The device supports only GSM networks, which means you"ll have sầu to lớn subscribe khổng lồ a network lượt thích T-điện thoại, AT&T, Cricket Wireless or MetroPCS lớn use this phone.


Hãng Asus ZenFone Max Plus (M1) Specs


Price$229
OSAndroid 7.0 Nougat with ZenUI 4.0
Screen Size (Resolution)6 inches (2160 x 1080) LCD
CPUMediaTek MT6750T
RAM3GB
Storage32GB
microSD SlotYes
Rear CameraDual 16 MP (f/2.0) & 8 MP
Front Camera8 MP. (f/2.0)
Battery Size4,130 mAh
Battery Life (Hrs:Min)11:25
Water ResistanceNo
Size6.01 x 2.87 x 0.35 inches
Weight5.6 ounces

Design: ZenFone Goes Full-Screen

Asus" ZenFone 4 series was seemingly designed khổng lồ be as unrecognizable as possible, mixing a grab bag of generic cues found on other, similarly forgettable handsets. The ZenFone Max Plus does very little lớn change that, though there is one key difference.



The ZenFone Max Plus improves upon its predecessors with a 5.7-inch, 18:9 display và much slimmer bezels at the top and bottom. The panel itself sports curved corners and sits much more suitably on the phone"s face, which no longer features a dated rectangular fingerprint sensor/trang chủ button sandwiched between capacitive sầu navigation keys.



These are subtle changes, but they"re welcome. The wider screen means you get more real estate given the kích thước of the chassis, and the narrower bezels put it all within fingers" reach.

The ZenFone Max Plus improves upon its predecessor with a 5.7-inch, 18:9 display and much slimmer bezels at the top & bottom.



Around the bachồng, the differences are harder lớn spot: There’s a rear-facing fingerprint sensor where there wasn"t one before, centrally-located on the aluminum shell. The dual cameras are bisected by recessed chrome tryên ổn that returns from the ZenFone 4 Max Plus & looks old hat at this point. Alas, this is still a budget smartphone that evokes other budget smartphones. Water resistance is again nowhere khổng lồ be found, though at least the headphone jachồng remains.


Display: Bigger & (mostly) better

There was nothing at all noteworthy about the 720p, 5.5-inch LCD display in the ZenFone 4 Max, never mind that it felt positively ancient by even last year"s standards. Thankfully, Asus has seriously upgraded the screen for the ZenFone Max Plus in every dimension. While it"s still an LCD panel, the kích thước has been bumped up lớn 5.7 inches, it employs a wider aspect ratio, và, best of all, it touts full HD+ resolution.


This was an area that desperately needed addressing from the last go-round, & we"re glad Asus tended to lớn the issue. However, that"s not khổng lồ say the new ZenFone"s display is any more remarkable than competing LCD units.

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For one thing, it"s quite dim. With a peak brightness of 377 nits, the ZenFone Max Plus is outperformed by not only its predecessor, which achieved 461 nits, but many other handsets as well. Take the $199 Honor 7X, for example, which topped out at 510 nits, or the similarly priced Molớn G5 Plus at 591 nits.

Like so many other cameras in this category, the results are generally hit or miss.

In terms of color gamut and reproduction, the ZenFone Max Plus fares a bit better. Our unit reproduced 119.5 percent of the sRGB color space and registered a Delta-E accuracy score of 0.34. (Numbers closer khổng lồ zero are better.) Those results are par for the course at this price range, but because the ZenFone Max Plus doesn"t give sầu users the option of alternate display profiles, you won"t be able lớn tune the experience khổng lồ suit your preference.

Camera: Hardly a stunner

Like so many budget phones with flagship-photography aspirations, the ZenFone Max Plus comes fitted with two cameras on the back: a 16-megapixel main sensor with f/2.0 aperture & a secondary wide-angle 8-MP shooter that lacks autofocus. Above the display is another 8MPhường lens for selfies.


I snapped a handful of comparison shots with our unit và an Honor 7X — the latter of which costs $199 but also comes with a pair of shooters that enable dramatic portraits with blurred backgrounds.

Starting outside New York"s Penn Station in the misty, early hours of the morning, the ZenFone Max Plus derived robust color from the scene with a slightly warmer white balance than the Honor 7X delivered. However, the ZenFone"s HDR mode was finicky & frustrating to shoot with; the multiple exposures taken in quiông chồng succession made the ZenFone"s camera very susceptible lớn blurring. The Honor 7X delivered a sharper và brighter exposure by comparison.

Next, I ventured lớn Bryant Park, where I captured a few images of flowers that again illustrated a clear advantage in favor of Honor"s budget handphối. The shot from the ZenFone is dyên và a bit hazy when you zoom in. The toned-down shades of oải hương in the petals are probably more realistic, but then again, Asus" camera failed lớn convey texture & depth the same way Honor"s could.

To kiểm tra out the ZenFone"s Portrait Mode, I enlisted the help of my colleague Caitlin. Because neither device has a telepholớn lens, the perspectives were very drawn out. That means you"ll have sầu khổng lồ get extremely cchiến bại to the subject with both of these phones to take anything that looks remotely like the portraits produced by the iPhone X or Galaxy S9+.

The bokeh effect out of the ZenFone was significantly more pronounced than on the Honor 7X. It was so strong, và blurred so much of the frame aside from Caitlin"s face, that it ended up looking lượt thích a pholớn of a miniature mã sản phẩm, or a macro shot with the tilt-shift effect you get when shooting really small objects. Plain & simple, it was excessive sầu compared to lớn the totally serviceable, natural portrait courtesy of the Honor 7X.

A pair of selfies rounds out the comparison. Interestingly, the Honor 7X makes it look lượt thích the sun was out when I snapped the pholớn, with its warmer tones & brighter exposure. I"d go so far as to say the ZenFone"s rendition is more realistic và crisper as you zoom in; then again, when it comes to lớn selfies, realism tends lớn take a bachồng seat khổng lồ whatever makes you look better, and Asus" handphối didn"t bởi vì that here.

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Performance: Needs a boost

The MediaTek MT6750T system-on-chip inside the ZenFone Max Plus is quite an outdated piece of technology. Released in 2016 và manufactured on a 28-nanometer process, it can"t match the power or efficiency of Qualcomm"s newer 14-nm 600-series chipsets or the equivalent Kirin 659 featured in the Honor 7X.

Unfortunately, that puts Asus" phone at a sizeable disadvantage. In benchmarks, the ZenFone Max Plus fared no better or worse than the ZenFone 4 Max & its SnapLong 430 silicon. The newer ZenFone delivered a Geekbench 4 score of 2,610, meaning it"s virtually the same as the outgoing model in overall performance.

Three years ago, such poor performance would have sầu been expected for a $229 phone, but these days, there"s no need to lớn settle.

The trouble with Asus" proposal is that you get so much more from competing products. The ZenFone Max Plus handled casual games lượt thích N.O.V.A Legacy & SimCity BuildIt smoothly enough, but gamers on a budget would be wise lớn choose either the Honor 7X or Mokhổng lồ G5 Plus instead. Both of those phones cost $30 less than the ZenFone Max Plus, yet scored anywhere from 2,000 lớn 4,300 points higher in 3DMark"s Ice Storm Unlimited graphics gauntlet.

There were fairly common occasions when the ZenFone Max Plus didn"t feel as snappy as it should have sầu, like when thumbing between tabs in Chrome or even returning to the trang chính screen from the Settings menu. Sometimes, it"s a matter of choppy animations; other times, the phone sits motionless for a half-second before following through on your commands. Three years ago, this would have been expected for a $229 phone, but these days, there"s no need to settle.

Battery: Surprisingly short-changed

Despite widening the screen, Hãng Asus shrank the battery inside the ZenFone Max Plus, down from a whopping 5,000 mAh in the ZenFone 4 Max lớn 4,130 mAh. While the downsizing betrays the "Max" brand, this screen is still pretty generously sized in the grand scheme of things — which makes it all the more confusing why the Max Plus lasted nearly 4 hours less than its predecessor in our testing.

That"s right: The newest ZenFone called it quits after 11 hours và 25 minutes of maranhỏ nhắn website streaming on T-Mobile LTE. For perspective sầu, the ZenFone 4 Max delivered 15 hours and 19 minutes of battery life.

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The Galaxy S9 has only a 3,000-mAh battery, and that phone achieved 11 hours on the dot. Testing the Max Plus again didn"t help things, as it mustered only 10 hours & 17 minutes the second time around.

Aside from the physical kích cỡ of the battery, two factors could explain the Max Plus" surprising performance. First and foremost is the MediaTek chipset, which is older & not as renowned for its efficiency as Qualcomm"s 400-series silibé. Additionally, it"s critical lớn remember that the new ZenFone also has a bigger, higher-resolution screen than the previous ZenFone 4 Max, which is obviously going to put more of a strain on the battery.


Disappointing longevity aside, Asus has baked a lot of functionality into the ZenFone Max Plus" battery. There"s a reverse-charging mode, as well as the ability to lớn prolong the health of the paông xã with a setting in the included Power nguồn Master phầm mềm.

The Double Battery Lifespan feature is designed khổng lồ prsự kiện the battery from degrading as quickly, at the expense of less usage time per charge. It"s difficult to lớn judge the long-term effectiveness of this system in our short time with the phone, but given this device"s relatively underwhelming battery life to begin with, it"s something I would think twice about before turning on.

Software: Nougat on a brand-new phone

Although Asus has made good on its promise lớn deliver Android 8.0 Oreo khổng lồ select ZenFone 4 models, the ZenFone Max Plus strangely launches with version 7.0 Nougat. This isn"t a clean rendition of Google"s OS either; it"s filtered through Asus" ZenUI interface.


That"s going khổng lồ disappoint some Android purists. Not only does ZenUI look very different from the stoông chồng experience, but it doesn"t add a great giảm giá khuyến mãi of value either.

Sure, you get Asus" di động Manager tiện ích, which provides a one-stop siêu thị to lớn various device-maintenance controls, lượt thích the aforementioned battery-saving modes và a system scan that can help identify ways lớn improve sầu device performance. But many Android phones these days come with similar features, và if they weren"t there, you wouldn"t be any worse for wear.

The new ZenFone"s interface is cluttered, too. ZenUI commits that cardinal sin of so many manufacturer skins, putting forth an overwhelming number of quichồng toggles in the notification shade for things that either don"t belong there (lượt thích multiwindow mode) or that you probably won"t use very often (like sharing location reports over tin nhắn và SMS).

Asus made its budget phone much prettier but diminished its greachạy thử asphối.

To make matters worse, settings often aren"t stowed away where you"d expect khổng lồ find them. I overturned seemingly every rock to lớn try & find a way to turn on some khung of quick-launch gesture for the camera, only to locate it in a sub-menu titled Asus Customized Settings — whatever that means.

Bottom Line

As similar as many phones look and feel these days, there"s typically one quality you can point to that a handset does particularly well, that differentiates it from its competitors. Unfortunately, I"m struggling lớn find it in the ZenFone Max Plus.

Asus made its long-lasting budget proposition much prettier, but destroyed the phone"s greakiểm tra asmix. The ZenFone 4 Max was remarkable for its battery life, but with that diminished, there"s no other reason khổng lồ consider the Max Plus.

Yes, the screen is larger và the bezels are smaller, but everyone"s doing that nowadays. The camera hasn"t been appreciably improved, and the performance has actually taken a step back in a few respects. The software is still outdated và both functionally and aesthetically inferior to lớn stochồng Android. Yet, despite all these faults, this phone is more expensive than the Model it was designed to lớn iterate upon.

For my money, I"d rather buy the $199 Honor 7X và the recently discounted Mokhổng lồ G5 Plus. You could even upgrade to the Molớn G5S Plus, which adds dual cameras, for just $đôi mươi more than the lakiểm tra ZenFone.

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That makes the choice pretty clear. The ZenFone Max Plus is the right phone for literally no one.


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