5 reasons to get excited about the 5.5-inch ASUS ZenFone 3 Max

This is what we’ve been waiting for

As much as we adore the ZenFone 3 Max with its large battery and sleek physique, we can’t help but feel ASUS could do better — and, we may be right. Based on a newly launched product page on the company’s official website, there’s a larger 5.5-inch model on the way. With a ZC553KL model name, it looks to be more than a cosmetic update. Here are five reasons why we think the upcoming ZenFone 3 Max will rock.

ASUS ZenFone 3 Max hands-on

It’s larger yet thinner than the ZenFone 3 Max…

The most obvious upgrade is the more generous 5.5-inch display. Up from the original ZenFone 3 Max’s 5.2-inch screen, gaming and movie watching will be far more enjoyable on this amount of real estate. On top of that, the resolution is given a boost, going from a measly 720p on the original to a Full HD 1080p resolution on the newer model.


ASUS ZenFone 3 Max 5.5 top and bottom design

Surprisingly, the added size doesn’t affect the thinness of the phone. In fact, the 5.5-inch ZenFone 3 Max is thinner than the 5.2-inch version: 8.3mm compared to 8.6mm. Woah!

… but its battery is still massive

But seriously, the real highlight is the battery capacity. Still having a 4100mAh battery despite the shaved profile means you’re getting 19 hours of web browsing on Wi-Fi and 72 hours of music playback on a single charge.

With a 4G standby time of 38 days (even more if you rely on 3G), going over a day of heavy usage shouldn’t be any trouble at all. Turn on Super Saving mode, and you’ll be able to squeeze out 30 hours of standby time when your battery’s down to 10 percent.

It doesn’t settle for low-end specs anymore…

One qualm we had with the smaller ZenFone 3 Max was its entry-level, quad-core MediaTek processor. While we appreciate the chip’s battery-conscious energy consumption, it simply didn’t meet our performance standards. That changes with the larger ZenFone 3 Max’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor.

ASUS ZenFone 3 Max 5.5 UI

It’s such a step up in quality, we wonder why ASUS didn’t implement it in the first place. Even last year’s battery life king, the 5000mAh-capacity ZenFone Max, had an older version of this Qualcomm processor. The updated chipset is a lot more capable of handling graphics-heavy games, and shouldn’t significantly reduce the overall battery life.

Zenfone Max Unboxing & Initial Impressions

… and has an even better camera than the ZenFone 3 Laser’s

The biggest surprise — and we’re not making this up — is how the 5.5-inch ZenFone 3 Max has a better camera setup than the ZenFone 3 Laser’s. For those unfamiliar with the ASUS lineups, the Max series is designed to have the longest battery lives, while the Laser line specializes in offering the best shooting performance in its price range.

ASUS ZenFone 3 Max 5.5 camera

For some reason, ASUS decided to disrupt the flow by equipping the new ZenFone 3 Max with a 16-megapixel, f/2.0 aperture camera, along with a laser and phase detection autofocus system for better subject tracking, plus three-axis electronic image stabilization. This is like having the two lineups mashed together, but better.

Let’s not forget: It’s a power bank in disguise

You won’t have to worry about running out of juice when you have the upcoming ZenFone 3 Max with you, but sadly, this doesn’t apply to all your gadgets. Carrying an extra power bank is also out of the question for some light travelers. Luckily, this Max has you covered, too.

Using the bundled USB OTG (on-the-go) adapter, you can connect any mobile device to the 5.5-inch ZenFone 3 Max and treat it like any other portable charger. Trust us, your friends will thank you.

Bonus: It comes in four sweet flavors!

ASUS ZenFone 3 Max 5.5 four colors

Sand gold, titanium gray, glacier silver, and rose pink are so hot right now. Unfortunately, there’s no official word on price or the release date yet.

Are you as excited as we are? Let us know if you’re looking forward to more from GadgetMatch on this maxed-out ZenFone. For now, watch this promo video from ASUS:

Source: ASUS

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  • Jeorge Paolo October 7, 2016   Reply →

    I’ve been eye-ing this for a while now. Here’s hoping ASUS would eventually release it here in PH 😀

    • Marvin Velasco October 7, 2016   Reply →

      We’re sure it’ll reach Philippine shores, as well as the rest of Southeast Asia. It would be too cruel if it doesn’t. 🙂

  • Mike October 7, 2016   Reply →

    Is it plastic or aluminum body?

    • Marvin Velasco October 8, 2016   Reply →

      Officially, ASUS calls it “metallic.”

      • Crimson October 10, 2016   Reply →

        The ZenFone 3 Max body is aluminum alloy, it’s highly likely this one will be made of the same material. Same basic design and all that.

  • Chadi October 8, 2016   Reply →

    What about the updates, zen2 took over a year to update?

    • Marvin Velasco October 8, 2016   Reply →

      We’ll find out once the phone is officially released.

  • ex flarex user October 8, 2016   Reply →

    then the price is….. BAM! 11k Ph-to-the-P.

    kahit yung 8k na zen3max mahal pa din e. mas ok pa din yung zen2max 32gb variant sd 616

  • John Paulo Salamat October 8, 2016   Reply →

    yeah, looks to me like asus is merging the zenfone max and zenfone laser series into one.

    • Marvin Velasco October 8, 2016   Reply →

      It’s looking good so far!

  • yanyan October 9, 2016   Reply →

    i hope this one has a gyroscope in it,

    • Marvin Velasco October 9, 2016   Reply →

      According to the product page in the source link, it does indeed have a gyroscope.

  • Chadi October 19, 2016   Reply →

    I will never buy an asus phone again, it toke 1+ year to get the MM update on my zenfone 2

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