Asus ZenFone 3 Max (ZC553KL) review

The Asus ZenFone 3 Max is available in two different versions. On the one hand the version with a 5.2-inch screen (ZC520TL) and my testsample with 5.5-inch screen (ZC553KL). The smartphone is based on Android 6.0 from a Snapdragon 430 as well as 3GB of RAM. The internal memory of 32GB can be expanded via MicroSD and LTE is also part of the equipment of the approximately 250 euro expensive smartphone. More details I will tell you in my review.

Asus ZenFone 3 Max: Design and processing

Purely visually, the Asus Zenfone 3 Max hardly differs from smartphones like the Honor 6X. The housing mainly consists of metal, only the upper and lower cover on the back are made of plastic. However, this can only be noticed on a second glance. In terms of color, the plastic is slightly different from the rest. Purely theoretically one can choose from the “colors” woman, silver and gold. My golden test sample is certainly not everyone’s taste and I have to admit that it is not exactly “attractive” to me.

With its dimensions of about 152*76*8.3 mm and a weight of about 175 grams, it is not exactly small or light and Samsung has made the Galaxy S8 Plus, which one in such a case can accommodate. But that also costs a lot (more) money. The ZenFone 3 Max comes only on a screen-to-body ratio of about 68%. The edges above and below the display just fall into the eye.

On the right side you find the power button and the volume rocker. On the left is the slot for two SIM cards or one SIM and one MicroSD card. So either dual SIM or memory expansion.

The fingerprint sensor is located on the back, just below the cameral lens. By the way, this is directly integrated into the housing and offers, in addition to an LED, a laser-autofocus with added value, but more on that later. The smartphone is very handy and feels great.

Asus ZenFone 3 Max: Display without heights and depths


My ZenFone 3 Max has a 5.5 inch full HD screen. The IPS display resolves with 1,080 x 1,920 pixels and thus presents its contents nicely sharp. The maximum brightness is sufficient to be able to read it in the office or shaded areas. In sunlight, it is unfortunately damn tight. A blue light filter is also available, as is a small notification LED in the upper right corner. Unfortunately, I can not wake the Asus ZenFone 3 Max by double tap.

Asus ZenFone 3 Max: ZenUI and Android 6.0.1

The ZenFone 3 Max is delivered with Android Marshmallow and ZenUI 3.0 and is definitely only for people who like it extremely colorful and playful (like me). The menus are displayed in windows, the speed settings are filled with very large round buttons and the launcher itself can be personalized on almost all the steles. Additional icons, backgrounds or whole topics are no problem. In addition, there are countless “transition animations” of the individual homescreen and widgets.

ZenUI 3 Asus Zenfone

I can add this directly from the app overview. Asus itself also provides a plethora of apps and third-party apps. And in addition to the pendants from the house Google. The one can then but then partially remove bz.w not even first install. Nevertheless, the initial setup and the three updates of the ZenFone 3 Max lasted for an hour and every restart takes at least a minute.

Firmwareupdates you get either OTA (Over The Air) or manually to download.

Asus ZenFone 3 Max: Performance & Battery

The Asus ZenFone 3 Max features a Snapdragon 430 with four cores and a maximum frequency of 1.5 GHz. My testsample is equipped with 3 GB of memory and 32 GB of main memory. The result is an approximate 45,000 points in the AnTuTu benchmark. In Geekbench 4, the SoC achieves 630 points in the single core and around 1,900 in the multi-core. The interface runs surprisingly smooth, despite the numerous animations. In the case of the current games, you have to screw down the detail steps, in fact, downwards 😀

The main focus is on the ZenFone 3 Max on the battery. It has an impressive 4,100 mAh and can not be changed. For this you can use the included adapter – also as Powerbank abuse and other smartphones or accessories charge!


In the battery benchmark of the PCMark, the Asus ZenFone 3 Max reaches a peak of 10 hours and 49 minutes with a screen brightness of 75%. As with other smartphones (also with the Honor 6X) already clearly “the lights off”. In the test I have managed a term of two days without having to bend myself or my usage behavior.

Despite the included charger with its 10W the charge takes more than 2 hours. Of course, this is not wireless either.

Asus ZenFone 3: connectivity and sound

The ZenFone 3 Max is dual-sim capable and supports LTE and UMTS in all required bands and frequencies. Also WLAN is supported in the usual standards (not / ac), in both bands (2.4 / 5GHz). The transmit and receive power appears to me subjectively and in comparison to other devices – somewhat lower. At least the display is noticeably less optimistic. The network disappears faster and the switching from UMTS to LTE takes longer. The fingerprint sensor on the back usually worked quite reliably. You can talk with him, start the camera and even trigger pictures.

The sound over the auricle, however, is in order and the sound in the conversation gave no cause for complaint. The speaker of the ZenFone 3 Max scratches a bit, but is quite loud. The smartphone sounds really good on headphones and the sound enhancements of Asus.

Asus ZenFone 3 Max: 16 megapixel camera

Asus ZenFone 3 Max

On the front of the ZenFone 3 Max is an 8-megapixel camera with an f / 2.2 aperture. The camera at the back releases 16 megapixels and has an f / 2.0 aperture as well as a dual LED. The camera app offers some setting options. For example, there is a burst mode and the resolution of videos can be adjusted (up to full-HD). The ISO value and the white balance can also be adjusted manually. The laser autofocus works very quickly and reliably.

You can even use it as a kind of “laser ruler” and thus calculate distances, however, up to a maximum of 150 cm 😀

In poor light conditions, the camera produces a clearly visible noise. In good light conditions, the results are fine, but the camera always has

Conclusion: Power without end?

The almost 250 euro expensive Asus ZenFone 3 Max fights in its price class with a strong competition from the house Honor and Lenovo (Moto). The camera quality is good, the 5.5 inch large full HD display I liked well and also the performance makes no problems. But all of these points are not yet unique features compared to the competition. This is and remains the 4,100 mAh strong battery, which supplies more than enough energy for everyone. The Asus ZenFone 3 Max is almost a Powerbank with telephone function.

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