I don't know about you but I was really surprised to learn that as of writing there is already a new confirmed variant of Zenfone 3 device coming to the market. So fast right? I mean we are still waiting for the official release of other Zenfone 3 variants in the Philippines. What's more is this new variant is another battery-centric device - a much upgraded version of Zenfone 3 Max.
The new Zenfone 3 Max (ZC553KL) has a bigger 5.5-inch screen and an upgraded display quality at 1920 x 1080 or Full HD. The front and rear cameras have also been upgraded on this variant with the rear shooter now with 16MP and a front cam being pegged at 8MP. Processor wise, this one has an octa-core Snapdragon 430 chipset, again a more powerful one compared to the first Zenfone 3 Max phone. Apart from those, the rest of the specs are just the same as original Zenfone 3 Max smartphone like running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Fingerprint Scanner, Powerbank Functionality, 4100mAh battery and more.
Just to give you a quick refresher, the current Zenfone 3 Max sports 5.2-inch HD (1280 x 720) IPS display, and 13MP rear and 5MP front cameras. And the processor is a quad-core MediaTek MT6735.
Based on those specs, I can really say that that's a lot of improvement already knowing that it is just another iteration of Zenfone 3 Max and not a successor. In fact I was a bit disappointed when Asus officially unveiled the Zenfone 3 Max with the display resolution still the same as last year's 720p. I was really expecting this year's Max to sport a much higher screen resolution. But with the launch of this bigger 5.5-inch Full HD and Octa-core version, I think I am more happy now since the Zenvolution Philippines a couple of months back. Hopefully the price is also as attractive.
Asus Zenfone 3 Max (ZC553KL) specs:
- 5.5-inch Full HD IPS Display
- 1920 x 1080 resolution
- 2.5D Contoured glass
- 64-bit Octa-core Snapdragon 430 processor
- Adreno 505 GPU
- 2GB / 3GB RAM
- 32GB Internal storage
- Supports microSD card up to 128GB
- 16MP Rear camera with f/2.0, Laser Autofocus and LED Flash
- 8MP front camera with f/2.2 aperture
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow
- WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS
- 4G LTE
- Fingerprint Scanner
- USB OTG Support
- Powerbank Feature
- 175 grams
- Glacier Silver, Sand Gold, Titanium Gray, Rose Pink
- 4100mAh battery