Asus got a lot of attention for its smartphones this summer when the company launched the Zenfone 2 line of phones with strong specs and low price tags. But while the Zenfone 2 unit I tested was fast and reasonably good looking, it offered the kind of battery life we’ve come to expect from smartphones in recent years: maybe you can get a full day’s use before the battery dies.
Now Asus has a new smartphone that should easily be able to run for a day or two on a charge, if not longer.
The Asus Zenfone Max is a 5.5 inch smartphone with a 5,000 mAh battery.
Engadget reports the Asus Zenfone Max will be available in October, and Asus unveiled the phone during a launch event for several other new phones in India… so it’s a good bet that India could be one of the first markets where the phone is available.
Not only does will the big battery give the Zenfone Max better battery life than most phones. Asus also decided to let you use the phone as a portable power bank. That means you can connect a USB cable and use the phone to charge a tablet or a different phone.
The original Asus Zenfone 2, by the way, featured a 3,300 mAh battery.
That said, the battery isn’t the only thing that’s different in the Zenfone Max. The new phone has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, 720p display, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP rear camera with laser auto-focus, and a dual-tone LED flash, and a 5MP front camera.
The Zenfone 2, meanwhile, features an Intel Atom Moorefield processor, up to 4GB of RAM, and no laser auto-focus.
Android Police put up some more emerging info – 720p display for one. ASUS needs to lose the UI overlay.
Well that and ffs they need to open source more for 3rd ROM devs. Do just that and we got ourselves an outright Moto G 3 killer right here.
Definitely something I am interested in.
I just ordered a Note 4 yesterday, and I was considering ordering an Asus Zenfone 2 instead (the 4gb/64gb model). I decided on the Note 4 because of battery life. Based on alot of reviews, the battery life of the Zenfone is pretty poor, compared to other phones with a 3000+ mah battery. Plus the Note 4 has a really cool “ultra power saving mode”.
I would have definitely ordered the Zenfone 2 with a 5000mah battery.
Samsung should take a page from Asus’ book here. I would love an OEM kit to use a larger battery. The 3rd party ones look terrible, and they’re hard to trust (most brands have very inconsistent reviews on Amazon).
I had the Note 4 and the battery life was amazing. I also bought a second battery just for fun. It was a little too large for me and I switched to an iPhone 6. The Eco system is better but I do miss the amazing battery life!
I wish this wasn’t so unusual. I care more about battery size than I do about how thin my smartphone is. Too bad that’s not typical.
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