Phones that can last longer have risen to popularity lately, in large part thanks to Pokémon Go, essentially a smartphone battery’s worst nightmare.
And if, you’re still in the market for something that can get you past the first day, the ZenFone 3 Max is among the better choices out there. It’s fitted with a 4,100mAh battery for up to 18 hours of web browsing or up to 87 hours of music playback (ASUS’ words, not ours).
And it turns out, if you live in the Philippines, you don’t have to wait any longer to get it. The ZenFone 3 Max is now shipping to stores as we speak, joining the lineup of ZenFone 3 models that can be purchased officially through local retailers for P8,995.
It’s the most affordable handset among the new ZenFones, though a higher-capacity cell inside its metal (or metal-like?) shell would have made it an even more enticing proposition; last year’s Max was equal parts phone and powerbank, with its 5,000mAh battery. You can still use it to charge other devices in case you forgot to juice up hours before, or if you left your powerbank at home for the nth time.
The latest Max has a squircle fingerprint scanner around the back, but it isn’t the fastest or most accurate in the ZenFone family — not by a long shot. It might have to do with the shape, as the pill-shaped sensor on the ZenFone 3 works better. A quad-core processor with 3GB of RAM powers the Android Marshmallow-based interface on a 5.2-inch display.
On a related note, we’re told the ASUS ZenFone 3 Laser and ZenFone 3 Deluxe should hit stores in the Philippines sometime in September, while the ZenFone 3 Ultra may arrive as early as next week. That should give you enough time to decide whether any of those phones are worth the sticker price.