ASUS ZenFone Max with 5000mAh long battery life is now available in Malaysia. Keep your power bank at home!
ZenFone Max battery life
ZenFone Max uses a 5000mAh lithium-polymer non-removable battery. The “monster battery” offer up to 38 days standby-time. You can left the phone on and it will still has battery juice left when you pick it up after a month!
What can do you with a fully charged ZenFone Max 5000mAh battery? Here are some ideas:
You can talk non-stop over 3G call for 1.5 day!
You can surf web using WiFi for 1 day 8 hours!
You can listen to your favourite music for 3 days non-stop!
You watch videos for 22.6 hours!
A friend with a power bank when my phone battery is low is a godsend. With the free OTG cable in the package, ZenFone Max can turns into an instant power bank to charge other devices. The 5000mAh battery can fully charge an iPhone 6S about 3x times!
13MP laser auto-focus camera
ASUS ZenFone Max’s 13MP PixelMaster camera has F/2.0 wide aperture lens, 0.03s laser auto-focus, allowing you to take high resolution photos with zero shutter lag and reduce blurring. Portrait photos with flash on will look more nature with ZenFone Max’s Dual-LED real-tone flash. The front camera is 5MP with 85Âº wide-angle.
PixelMaster 2.0 technology offer many camera modes to capture your moments: Backlight HDR mode, Low Light mode, Beatification, Selfie Panorama, etc.
Though containing a big battery inside, ZenFone Max looks stylish and luxury in a slim profile — 5.2mm at thinnest edge.
The phone is surrounded by a metal-effect bezel with smooth touch. The leather-like back cover gives you a better grip. The phone dimensions are 77.5mm x 156mm x 10.55mm. Weight only 202 gram.
ZenFone Max is available in two colors: OSmiium Black or Pure White.
ZenFone Max is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 64-bit quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB storage, support microSD card up to 64GB. It runs 64-bit Android 5.x Lollipop with ASUS ZenUI.
The 5.5-inch HD (1280×720) IPS display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4, 2x drop-damage resistance of Gorilla Glass 3.
ZenFone Max has 2 micro SIM card slots supporting Dual-SIM-Dual-Standby, with SIM1 support 4G LTE Category 4 for download speed up to 150Mbps. (SIM2 is 2G/3G)
ASUS ZenFone Max price in Malaysia
With 5000mAh battery, 13MP PixelMaster camera and Qualcomm 64-bit quad-core processor, ASUS ZenFone Max retail selling price in Malaysia is RM 899 (inclusive 6% GST). You may get cheaper price on Lazada:
ASUS ZenFone Zoom with 3x optical zoom to be available in Malaysia. ASUS took almost a year since CES 2015 to make the smartphone available in 2016.
Beside premium build quality and high hardware specs, the highlight of the new ZenFone Zoom is 3x optical zoom camera with Hoya 10-element lens.
Read on to learn more about ASUS ZenFone Zoom.
Slimmest 3x Optical Zoom Smartphone
ASUS ZenFone Zoom is not the first smartphone with optical zoom. For instance, Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom has optical zoom camera but it looks more like a compact camera, instead of a smartphone.
ZenFone Zoom is the world’s thinnest optical zoom smartphone, with 3x zoom 13MP camera packed in a slim body with only 5mm at the edges.
The innovative 10-element lens (4x aspherical lens, 4x glass lenses, 2x prism lens) was created by Hoya. The lens is configured in a dual-prism periscope arrangement to maximize incoming light and capture the best possible quality photo.Â Of course, the unique design also keeps the smartphone’s camera module to the slimmest.
Here’re the specs of ASUS ZenFone Zoom (ZX551ML)Â Â rear camera:
13MP with PixelMaster technology
Hoya 10-element camera lens
3x optical zoom (focal length: 28-84mm), 12x total zoom
Panasonic SmartFSI sensor
0.03s laser auto focus
32-second long exposure
5cm close-up macro
4 stops Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
Dual-LED Real Tone LED Flash
Physical camera shutter and video recording buttons.
Not to forget also, the front camera is 5MP with F/2.0 aperture.
ASUS ZenFone Zoom Design
At first glance, ASUS ZenFone Zoom reminds me about the Nokia Lumia 1020 which has the similar big camera part at the back. The latter has no optical zoom, though.
Unlike previous ZenFone series with plastic back cover, ZenFone Zoom has premium build quality.
The unibody metal frame is polished with a smooth finish. The back cover is real leather crafted using traditional Italian tailoring skills.
The camera module is available in Pure Black or Ceramic White colours. It is protected by a dedicated frame made from aerospace-grade alloys.
Also, every ZenFone Zoom comes with a leather strap for your confident shooting.
ASUS Malaysia Country Manager, Jimmy Lim said: “â€¦ Now, with the ASUS ZenFone Zoom, we offer users a smartphone that has not only the look and feel of a DSLR camera, but the advanced features to match. With ASUS ZenFone Zoom, we are putting professional photography within the reach of everyone.”
PC Grade Performance
ASUS ZenFome Zoom is not only about the optical zoom camera. Packed inside the smartphone are high-end hardware specs.
It is powered by 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom 2.5Ghz processor with 4GB dual-channel DDR3 RAM and 128GB storage. Supports LTE Category 4+ for download speed up to 250Mbit/s.
The built-in 3,000mAh battery with BoostMaster technology only takes 39 minutes to charge from 0% to 60%.
The display is 5.5-inch with 1920×1080 Full HD IPS display with 403ppi and 60ms touch-response time. The latest Corning Gorilla Glass 4 is used to protect the phone from drop-damage.
Price and release date in Malaysia
ASUS ZenFone Zoom price in Malaysia is RM 2,099 (inclusive 6% GST). The release date is around end-January 2016.
ASUS ZenFone Selfie has been launched in Malaysia at the end of August 2015. The new Android smartphone equipped with 13MP front camera with flash. How does it compare with ASUS ZenFone 2? Let’s find out in this article.
ASUS ZenFone Selfie design is same as the company’s 2015 flagship smartphone — ZenFone 2, except that you will notice a big front camera on ZenFone Selfie at first glance, and that explain its name.
ZenFone Selfie’s rear and front cameras are both 13MP resolution. The rear camera has laser focus for fast autofocus. The front camera is 13MP with dual-tone flash — a great upgrade from ZenFone 2’s 5MP front-camera.
Thanks to the laser focus, ZenFone Selfie camera focus is a lot faster than ZenFone 2. Saving camera shoot is also faster, comparing to ZenFone 2 which could take up to 1-2 seconds to save a photo.
ZenFone Selfie display is same 5.5-inch Full HD (1920×1080) but uses Corning Gorilla Glass 4, which is 2x more drop-damage resistance than Corning Gorilla Glass 3 used on ZenFone 2.
ASUS drops Intel Atom processor and uses Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor in ZenFone Selfie. It has 3GB RAM, 1GB less than ZenFone 2. Only 32GB storage model is available, supporting microSD memory card up to 128GB.
Both ZenFone Selfie and ZenFone 2 supports Dual SIM cards, but the latter only allows mobile data from 1 SIM slot. ZenFone Selfie is Dual-SIM-Dual-Standby, support 3G/4G networks on both SIM slots (only one SIM card can connect to 3G/4G at a time).
Both ZenFone 2 and ZenFone Selfie are using 3000 mAh Li-Polymer battery, but we expect Qualcomm Snapdragon processor to be more battery efficiency — longer battery life.
Refer the table below for a glance of ZenFone Selfie vs. ZenFone 2:
ZenFone Selfie price in Malaysia is RM 1,049 and available in 3 lovely colours: Pure White, Chic Pink, Aqua Blue.
I recommend ZenFone Selfie over ZenFone 2, the former is a welcome upgrade from the already good ZenFone 2.
ZenFone Selfie has better front & back cameras, tougher glass, and supports Dual 4G SIMs. These features are more important and useful than 4GB RAM in your daily phone usage. Also, I bet you will hardly notice the difference between 3GB and 4GB phone memory.
Plus, ZenFone Selfie is RM150 cheaper than ZenFone 2!
ASUS ZenPad 7.0 (Z370CG) and ZenPad C 7.0 (Z170CG), ASUS brand new tablet series, were officially launched during ASUS Zensastion Roadshow in Mid Valley Megamall at the end of August 2015. The new 7-inch Android tablet has a new outlook design and customizable functionality with interchangeable covers (ZenPad 7.0).
The beauty of new design is the embossed-leather patterning back cover, which is influenced by fashion accessories such as clutch bags and wallets, giving the tablet a luxury feel.
The front is a 7-inch display with thick top and bottom bezel, surrounded by a metallic frame. ZenPad C 7.0 has a similar design, except that the back cover is not interchangeable.
All aspects of the tablet’s display — including contrast, sharpness, colour, clarity, and brightness — are optimized by ASUS VisualMaster, a suite of visual enhancement technologies that combine hardware and software, including ASUS Tru2Life and ASUS TruVivid.
ASUS ZenPad is also the world’s first tablet to integrate DTS-HD Premium Sound. It provides high-fidelity sound from multimedia content with DTS-HD encoding and transforms stereo audio into virtual surround sound. You will also get full 360-degree surround sound when listening with headphones. ASUS SonicMaster will enhance other non-DTS-HD encoded audios.
ZenPad 7.0 is powered by a 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB storage (supports microSD memory card up to 128GB). It runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and ASUS ZenUI.
The display is 7-inch WXGA (1280×800) IPS panel with Corning Gorilla Glass1. Its 8MP rear-facing and 2MP front-facing cameras are powered by ASUS’s PixelMAster technology to capture better-looking photos, videos and selfies.
It supports mobile network (no 4G) with a micro SIM. The 13Wh Li-polymer battery provides up to 8 hours battery life. The dimension is 189 x 110.9 x 8.7mm, Weight is 272 gram.
The interchangeable cover design allows you to easily customise the tablet with functional back covers for additional features and colour options. (Read ZenPad 7.0 accessories later)
ZenPad 7.0 C Dual SIM
On the other hand, ASUS ZenPad C 7.0 is the junior using the same Intel Atom 64-bit Quad-Core CPU, but 1GB RAM and 8GB storage (support microSD card up to 64GB). Its 7-inch IPS panel display’s screen resolution is 1024×600 pixels. The front and rear cameras are 0.3MP and 5MP respectively.Â ZenPad 7.0 C is dual-SIM phablet supporting 2G/3G networks.
ASUS ZenPad 7.0 (Z370CG) price in Malaysia is RM 749 (free one extra Zen Case). ZenPad C 7.0 price is RM 529. Both are now available for sale at ASUS Store Online.
The following table compares ZenPad 7.0 (Z370CG) and ZenPad C 7.0 (Z170CG): (click to enlarge)
ZenPad 7.0 accessories
ASUS ZenPad is the world’s first tablet to feature an interchangeable cover design that lets you easily customize the tablet with functional back covers.
Audio Cover (RM 249)
Audio Covers brings 5.1-channel surround sound to ZenPad. It includes four satellite speakers, one center channel speaker, and one subwoofer to provides surround-sound experience when watching videos or listening to music. Audio Cover sound output is 6x louder volume than the tablet alone.
It last up to 6 hours of continuous usage on a single charge. Audio Cover also double as a stand for conveniently watching videos or getting some work done.
Power Case (RM 109)
Power Case extends ZenPad’s battery life up to 15 hours of usage, long enough for your whole day usage or longest international flights.
It is compact and seamlessly attaches to ZenPad, giving you power on the go without the need to carry portable batteries and extra cables.
Zen Clutch (RM 119)
Zen Clutch is a fashionable protection case features a leather finish and is available in black and white colours. Its folding design also serves as a stand for typing or watching videos.
Zen Case is another stylish accessory featuring fine leather texture that allows you to outfit ZenPad in 5 colours: Obsidian Black, Pearl White, Aqua Blue, Vibrant Orange, and Aurora Metallic.
ASUS ZenFone 2 is the 2015 flagship Android smartphone of the company. It comes with many new and useful features that you want to know about. Read on to learn more.
Tell us which is your favourite ZenFone 2 feature in the comment.
(Note: â€œZenFone 2â€ here is referring to ZE551ML variant with 4GB RAM.)
Worldâ€™s first 4GB RAM smartphone
ASUS ZenFone 2 is the worldâ€™s first 4GB RAM smartphone while other more expensive Android flagship smartphones have 2GB or 3GB RAM.
Plenty of available RAM means that you do not need to worry about phoneâ€™s memory usage. The system does not need to kill apps to allocate free memory for new running apps. You do not need to remove background apps to make your phone runs faster.
The result is better multitasking and faster app switching.
Powerful 64-bit Intel Atom processor
ZenFone 2 is powered by Intel Atom Z3580 processor. It is a 64-bit Quad-core processor with 2.3GHz speed and supports up to 4GB DDR3 RAM with Dual 32-bit channel. ZenFone 2â€™s PowerVR 6430 graphic processing unit (GPU) supports OpenGL 3.0 and up to 7x faster than ZenFone 5.
The result? You get up to 3x better performance and 7x faster gaming experiences than its predecessor.
PixelMaster Camera 2.0
PixelMaster Camera 2.0 is a combination of the ASUS-developed imaging system and camera hardware to deliver high-quality photos. ZenFone 2 has 13MP rear camera with F/2.0 aperture and dual-color LED flash, 5MP front camera with 80-degree wide-angle lens.
PixelMaster Low-Light mode allows the camera captures 400% brighter photo and video in low-light conditions.
PixelMaster Backlight (HDR) mode able to capture clear photos of backlight objects by automatically merging multi-shots with different exposures with ASUS Pixel Enhancing Technology.
5.5-inch Full HD display
ZenFone 2 is 5.5-inch Super Bright IPS Full HD (1920×1080 pixels) display with 403 pixel per inch (PPI). Thanks to the high 72% screen to body ratio, the 5.5-inch display fits into the body of a traditional 5-inch device.
The IPS panel reaches the 72% of the NTSC allows you to see more precise colors. The 400 nits brightness display allows you to read the screen under sunlight outdoor.
250Mbps 4G LTE-A with Carrier Aggregation
ASUS ZenFone 2 is one of the few smartphones in the market that support latest 4G LTE-A (LTE-Advanced) to offer high download speed up to 250Mbps.
Carrier Aggregation allows your phone to use more than one carrier to increase transmission bandwidth. Watch the cute video by Qualcomm below to understand Carrier Aggregation:
Currently, up to 32 countries are supporting Carrier Aggregation and more in future. Hopefully, it will come to Malaysia soon.
Supports 5 satellite navigation systems
ZenFone 2 supports 5 satellite navigation system with up to more than 60 satellites to pinpoint your position. According to ASUS, it works wherever you go, even you are under a bridge, or in the middle of skyscrapers.
The 5 supported satellite navigation systems are:
Global Positioning System (GPS): Global coverage. Owned by United States.
GLObal NAvigation Satellite System (GLONASS): Global coverage. Owned by Russian.
BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS): Regional coverage, expanding to global coverage by 2020. Owned by China.
Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS): Regional coverage with limited accuracy, viewed as GNSS augmentation service. Owned by Japan.
Satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS): â€œa system that supports wide-area or regional augmentation through the use of additional satellite-broadcast messagesâ€
ZenFone 2â€™s volume buttons have been moved to the back as a â€œrear keyâ€. The concentric-circle design key is part of the phoneâ€™s ergonomic design, now you feel more natural to adjust the volume level and snap selfies by pressing the rear key, regardless you are left-handed or right-handed.
Fast Touch Response Time
ZenFone 2 has one of the quickest touch response time of only 60ms. Most smartphones have response time over 70ms. A shorter response time gives you no lag feeling when you tap or drag on the screen, as well as more smoothness gameplay.
Dual SIM Dual Active
You can use two SIM in ZenFone 2. It is not Dual SIM Dual Standby, but Dual SIM Dual Active (DSDA). Dual SIM Dual Active is enabled by the dual transceiver, one for each SIM. Both SIMsÂ are active at all the time. SIM1
For example, when you are calling a friend from SIM1, you can still receive messages or calls from SIM2 during the SIM1 call. You can hold a current SIM1 call and answer the SIM2 call.
In short, you can always receive calls from both SIMs and say bye-bye to miss an incoming call.
ZenUI Instant Update
ZenUI, the ASUS customized Android user interface, for ZenFone 2 has Instant Updates feature to always keep the system updated. ASUS made ZenUI into 30+ apps that can updated separately via Google Play Store. As a result, you do not need to wait for months for a big system update. Your ZenUI apps are always updated.
Privacy and Security
SnapView is your private space in ZenFone 2 to store personal photos, files and apps. You can easily switching in and out SnapView by unlocking the phone using different password/pin/pattern.
ZenUI Kids Mode allows you to manage apps, content and play time for children to play with your ZenFone 2.
Trend Micro Dr. Safety app is pre-loaded in ZenFone 2 to protect you against malicious websites, online threats and privacy risks.
Quick charge technology
ZenFone 2 non-removable 3000mAh Li-Polymer battery with BoostMaster quick charge technology. It can charge up to 60% in 39 minutes. After charged more than 60%, the system will slow down to maintain low temperature.