Asus launched half a dozen phones under the Zenfone 4 brand in August, and now the first of those phones is available in the US and Canada, with more coming soon.

The Asus Zenfone 4 Max is a 5.5 inch smartphone with a 5,000 mAh battery, dual rear cameras, and 3GB of RAM, which all seem like pretty nice specs for a phone that’s selling for $199 (or $299 in Canada).

But the rest of the phone’s specs are kind of underwhelming.

Here’s what the Zenfone 4 Max has to offer:

  • 5.5 inch, 1280 x 720 pixel IPS display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of storage + microSD card slot
  • 13MP rear cameras (with one 120 degree wide-angle lens) and electronic image stabilization
  • 8MP front-facing camera (with LED flash)
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Micro USB 2.0
  • 2.4 GHz 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1
  • Mono speaker
  • Dual SIM support
  • Aluminum body

Other phones in the Zenfone 4 family include the mid-range Zenfone 4 with a Snapdragon 600 series processor, the high-end Zenfone 4 Pro with a Snapdragon 835 processor and up to 6GB of RAM, and the Zenfone 4 Selfie with, you guessed it, an emphasis on the front-facing camera (or in this case, cameras, since the Zenfone 4 Selfie has a 20MP dual-lens camera).

Asus hasn’t announced the North American prices for those models yet, but the company says the Zenfone 4 and Zenfone 4 Pro will be available in Q, 2017.

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6 replies on “Asus Zenfone 4 Max launches in the US and Canada for $199 ($299 CAD)”

  1. I really like my Asus Nexus 7 2013 tablet… I have not liked anything else Asus has made since then. I couldn’t believe they made Intel tablets… that went nowhere fast. Now they are just doing budget phones.

    1. Sorry if that wasn’t clear, but I’m not saying $199 USD = $299 CAD, I’m saying that’s how much Asus is actually going to be selling it for in Canada. As to why it’s more expensive there, I have no idea.

      1. Actually, I should be the one apologizing over clarity. I was referring to the Newegg Canada price being rather ridiculous.

        1. And then there is the GST and PST to add on, so the total could be getting up to about CAD 345 (which is about USD 285. Ever think that Canadians are really getting ripped off on consumer prices (including taxes)?

          1. Canadians enjoy free healthcare so they should shut up about prices on electronics being too high

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