ASUS ZenFone Max (ZC550KL) with 5000mAh Battery Life

ASUS ZenFone Max
ASUS ZenFone Max
ASUS ZenFone Max

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!
ZenFone Max can OTG charge other devices
ZenFone Max can OTG charge other devices

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 85º wide-angle.

PixelMaster 2.0 technology offer many camera modes to capture your moments: Backlight HDR mode, Low Light mode, Beatification, Selfie Panorama, etc.

Design

ASUS ZenFone Max available in Black and White
ASUS ZenFone Max available in Black and White

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.

Specs

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:

For more information, please visit http://www.asus.com/my/

Compare ASUS ZenFone Selfie VS ZenFone 2: Which Should You Buy?

ASUS ZenFone Selfie (right) VS ZenFone 2
ASUS ZenFone Selfie (right) VS ZenFone 2
ASUS ZenFone Selfie (right) VS ZenFone 2

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 launch in Malaysia
ASUS ZenFone Selfie launch in Malaysia

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.

ASUS ZenFone Selfie launch in Malaysia
ASUS ZenFone Selfie launch in Malaysia

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.

ASUS ZenFone Selfie 13MP front camera with flash
ASUS ZenFone Selfie 13MP front camera with flash

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.

ASUS ZenFone Selfie
ASUS ZenFone Selfie

Refer the table below for a glance of ZenFone Selfie vs. ZenFone 2:

compare zenfone selfie vs zenfone 2
Compare 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.

Conclusion

ASUS ZenFone Selfie
ASUS ZenFone Selfie

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!

ZenFone Selfie photo gallery

Zenfone 2: 12 Great Features You Need to Know

ASUS ZenFone 2 and model
ASUS ZenFone 2 and model
ASUS ZenFone 2 and model

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: “ZenFone 2” here is referring to ZE551ML variant with 4GB RAM.)

World’s first 4GB RAM smartphone

ASUS ZenFone 2 is the world’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 phone’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 2’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

ASUS ZenFone 2 camera and rear key
ASUS ZenFone 2 camera and rear key

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

ASUS ZenFone 2
ASUS ZenFone 2

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:

  1. Global Positioning System (GPS): Global coverage. Owned by United States.
  2. GLObal NAvigation Satellite System (GLONASS): Global coverage. Owned by Russian.
  3. BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS): Regional coverage, expanding to global coverage by 2020. Owned by China.
  4. Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS): Regional coverage with limited accuracy, viewed as GNSS augmentation service. Owned by Japan.
  5. Satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS): “a system that supports wide-area or regional augmentation through the use of additional satellite-broadcast messages”

Rear key

ASUS ZenFone 2
ASUS ZenFone 2

ZenFone 2’s volume buttons have been moved to the back as a “rear key”. The concentric-circle design key is part of the phone’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 SIMs are active at all the time. SIM1

ASUS ZenFone 2 supports Dual SIM Dual Active
ASUS ZenFone 2 supports Dual SIM Dual Active

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.

ASUS ZenFone 2 ZenUI Kids Mode
ASUS ZenFone 2 ZenUI Kids Mode

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.