The 5.5-inch Android smartphone isn’t particularly power-demanding, so it may well last more than two full days between charges.
If you thought Motorola’s 3,900 mAh juice-packing Droid Turbo was impressive, then Asus will probably knock your socks off, matching Gionee’s rare feat from late last year. Yes, exactly like the Marathon M3, the ZenFone Max supplies a whopping 5,000 mAh of energy.
Of course, squeezing the gargantuan cell inside the newest member of the ever-expanding ZenFone family was slightly easier, as Max’s display measures 5.5 inches in diagonal, compared to the Marathon M3’s 5.2-inch glass.
But seeing as how similar giants such as the LG G4 barely offer 3,000 mAh battery capacity, despite not exactly standing out as the thinnest handhelds around, we have to give Asus a slow clap and some sort of engineering award.
No words on the precise dimensions of the ZenFone Max yet, but judging from the only press render shared by the Taiwanese OEM, the Android 5.0 phablet is hardly chunky. It’s probably 7 or 8 mm thick, tops, and may tip the scales at under 160 grams.
Alas, Asus leaves us guessing the screen resolution also, with 720p the safest bet considering the overall average specifications. Downright disheartening as far as the quad-core Snapdragon 410 SoC is concerned, but a little more encouraging when adding 2 GB RAM, a 13 MP rear-facing camera with laser autofocus and dual-tone LED flash, and 5 MP selfie shooter in the equation.
Why the secrecy? It’s simple, the ZenFone Max was merely previewed in India, and will see daylight come October. In as-yet unrevealed markets, at an unknown price, though it clearly targets Asian and European budget consumers. Just please, Asus, don’t go over the $250 mark!