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ASUS Zenfone 3 Max (ZC250TL) Full Review

ASUS last year launched Zenfone 3 Max (ZC250TL) with some fine specs at price Rs. 12,999. We also got a device for review so we can know more about it deeply. In this review we focused on Built and Design , Display and Performance , Benchmark, Gaming , Battery Life and Camera Performance.

Build And Design

ASUS really focused on built and design this time and they seems serious. Zenfone 3 Max comes with metallic build and lightweight Aluminum back cover but the upper and lower section are made of plastic. Without any back cover you cant hold the smartphone all the time, even i me to. This device is so lightweight and didn't feel so bulky in hands even its have a huge battery of 4100mAh.

The thickness of the device is just 8.9mm and that's make the smartphone little stylish and comfortable. On the left side there is a hybrid sim tray (Micro-SIM/Nano-SIM) means you can only use 2 sims together or 1 sim and SDcard. Right side there are volume rockers and power button which looks quite good.


The smartphone have an 5.2 inch display with 2.D curved glass which looks really well as compared to previous Zenfone's. Though the display is only HD and not a FHD, works fine in indoor and outdoor but you have to increase some brightness otherwise display has good sunlight legitimacy.


Zenfone 3 Max is powered by Mediatek 6737 Quad Core 64bit 1.2 Ghz processor along with Mali-T720 GPU and 3GB of ram which is fine if you are a normal user, this smartphone is not for heavy users. Out of 3GB you will get around 1.9 GB free ram to use. 32GB of internal storage make this smartphone more useful in under 13k price range. 24GB of memory are free to use and rest is occupied by zen-ui bloatware.


Antutu Benchmark Score - The Mediatek 6737 and Mali T-720 GPU managed to get nearly 30,000 score on the Antutu benchmark but after we install some apps the score get little decreased.

Geekbench 4 Score - The Asus Zenfone 3 Max scored 570 on single core and scored 1470 on multi-core which is bit low as we expected from a MTK device.

PCMarks (Android) Benchmark - The device scored only 2342 on PCMarks For Android Benchmark which is fine for a normal usage. 

Internal Storage Benchmark - Reading Speed 44.81 MB/s
                                                      Writing Speed is 51.27 MB/s


Everyone likes to play games doesn't matter if you have a low end smartphone or high end one. We also tested some heavy games like Asphalt 8 Xtream and Modern Combat 5. The Asphalt 8 Xtream runs quite smoothly without any frame drops or lag but in Modern Combat 5 we faced lot of lag and some frame drops that means this device can't handle games in high settings. Talking about other medium size games, they works fine. Mali T720 GPU little disappointed us here which is also quite old.

Battery Performance And Charging

Talking about battery, this device have huge 4100mAh battery which gives you really good backup. If you use your device normally like playing movies, music and some other office work, this device will run 1 and a half day but in heavy usage it will run whole day which and you really never get disappoint form battery. 

In terms of charging. there is no quick charge feature so it takes 2.2 to 2.40 hours to get fully charged which is drawback of this device.

Camera Performance

Zenfone 3 Max have a 13mp rear Auto focus camera with LED flash which performs fine or we can say average in under 13k price segment. The speed of auto focus is fast and quickly focus on the object. In low light condition, the camera doing just fine as there is a lot of noise in images and the results is acceptable. 

                                                     Daylight Images In Auto Mode

                                                    Daylight Images In HDR Mode

The 5mp front facing camera also performs average in terms of taking selfies in both day light and low light conditions. So the camera is just fine as compared to other smartphones under 13k.


The smartphone have 4G LTE support but there is no VoLTE option though you can make call via Jio4G Voice App if you are using Jio sim which is quite popular. The device connect to fast to a Wifi router or if you switch on 4G data as compared to my previous smartphones. Other features like Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, FM Radio, OTG and Reversible charging also in this device. 


Fingerprint is placed on back side of this device below the camera which performs just fine in unlocking. Its not to fast or to slow, just a normal speed and sometimes it doesn't work well. Other features of fingerprint is double tap to unlock, double tap to launch camera and answer incoming calls. 

Sound Quality 

Zenfone 3 Max have only one speaker on backside which is quite loud but low sound clarity and quality. If you want more loud music than there is a Outdoor mode which enhance and increase volume of speaker. Talking about sound quality in earphone/headphone, we tested music with JBL earphones and music performance was good as compared to loud speaker. Crisp and clear sound with a little base which can modified via Audio Wizard app.

Pros of Zenfone 3 Max
  • Reverse charging
  • Good design and build quality
  • Decent display panel quality
  • Good battery life
Cons of Zenfone 3 Max
  • Average Camera 
  • No VoLTE Support
  • No FHD (1080p) Display
  • Average Performance
  • Little Overpriced
Worth To Buy Or Not ?

The ASUS Zenfone 3 Max (ZC250TL) works great in display, build quality and battery performance but lacks in other main areas like camera, performance and little overpriced if we compared to its competitors like Redmi Note 4 and Lenovo K6 Power which gives better performance. 

There is no device in world which is 100% perfect and from our above review hope you will find out more about this device. Checkout our full video review on our YouTube channel if you still confused.

Watch The Full Video Review Of Asus Zenfone 3 Max 

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