Asus Philippines flew us to Cebu to #SeeMoreinFullCharge with the new Asus Zenfone Max – a new smartphone that promises 38 days of battery life in Stand-by Mode. Click Read More to read my review and sample shots of Asus Zenfone Max.
When you received an invitation to fly to Cebu to attend a product launch and experience a new smartphone to take beautiful pictures and memories, you just say yes. You just simply say yes.
It was sent to me Thursday (and it was already preloaded with apps) but because of the many other things that I do, I only got the chance to unbox it in the airport – Saturday morning.
First off, The Design
Here are some initial results from our own lab testing*:
• Standby time: up to 914.4 hours
• Talk time (3G): up to 37.5 hours
• Internet use time (Wi-Fi): up to 32.5 hours
• Audio playback (local): up to 72.9 hours
• Video playback (local): up to 22.6 hours
Below are the sample shots using Asus Zenfone Max
Turista Pic with Nognog in the City
Below: Taken with Lenovo Vibe Shot
I went to bed at 12 midnight. The Asus Zenfone Max is at 50%. It weirdly updates the clock into a different timezone despite configuring it (so you would have guessed, that my pictures timestamps are a mess). Same with Earth’s Zenfone Max. But it was a minor glitch (or something that we probably haven’t configured and figured out yet).
7:00 AM Sunday – Room 1009 Marriott Hotel
I woke up the following day at 7 in the morning. It was good that I was already done with spiritual responsibilities back in Manila. We were scheduled to attend the parade but we already made arrangements to skip it and just explore the city (or the Ayala mall beside the hotel).
8:00 AM Sunday – Breakfast at Marriott Hotel
11:00 AM Sunday – Pool Time and Mall Time
Rodel and I decided to just stay in a hotel, take a dip in the pool and stroll around Ayala Mall which has direct access to our hotel.
A #ruthgoestocebu story: while checking out the pool in @cebumarriott hotel, I thought I spotted a hottie. I have to use the @asusph #zenfonemax 3x OPTICAL ZOOM and discovered that it was just the nognoginthecity @rodelflordeliz 😭 Define DISAPPOINTMENT. I need to get my eyes checked soon. #zenfonezoom #seehwhatothercantsee #seenognogupclose Not #seesinulogupclose
1:00 PM Sunday – Lunch at Marriott Hotel
We had lunch at Marriott Hotel. Thank you Alvin and Louie for arranging this for us! I was taking my sweet time enjoying the fruits that I completely forgot we needed to check out at 2pm. Thankfully, I only brought few stuff during the trip and I was done packing in 5 minutes 🙂
2:30 PM Sunday – En Route to Mactan Airport
It was around 2:30 pm when we left the hotel. Battery-check shows that it was already showing red flag. En route, I was able to connect with JuanderfulPinoy and Lakwatseros. They are camera-shy though. But it was nice to get to know some of the first travel bloggers in the Pinoy Blog Community.
Disregard the time, it was taken prolly around 4:30 pm. On the background was my bag and packs of Cebu Lechon!!!
Thank you so much @asusph for flying me to Cebu and letting me to be one of the first to try the new #zenfonemax and #zenfonezoom 💖 I had an awesome weekend with these peeps. Will share my experience and sample shots on the blog www.ruthdelacruz.com 💖💋 #thisisruth #RuthGoestoCebu #seemorewithfullcharge #seewhatotherscantsee #seesinulogupclose
The Verdict: Asus Zenfone Max
I have mentioned in my previous reviews of different gadgets that battery life and camera are more important features for me. The best camera is the one that you have at the moment. But what good is a camera if you have no battery?
You have seen all the evidences of how powerful the battery of the new Asus Zenfone Max.
Yes, it is impressive that it lasted for me for 2 days. I wish I have tested it fully by making it my main phone for social media posting and for connectivity. The better news, the Asus Zenfone Max can also be used to charge up your other phone. You just have to connect the second device with the bundled USB on-the-go (OTG) cable and begin charging.
Here’s my battery life usage. Screenshot taken at around 4:30 pm on a Sunday.
The camera can take good, quality pictures with good lighting. It is a pretty decent smartphone with good camera for its price. I noticed though that switching between apps is quite a challenge as it tends to lag in a millisecond.
Here are the Asus Zenfone Max Specs:
Finish / Color
Leather-like finish: Osmium Black
Eggshell finish: Pure White
Internal storage: 16GB
Micro SD: Up to 64GB
ASUS WebStorage: 5GB free for life
Google Drive: 100GB free space (2 years)
Weight / Dimensions
202 g (with battery) / 77.5 x 156 x 5.2 ~ 10.55 mm (LxWxH)
HD (1280 x 720) IPS display with full-screen lamination
ASUS TruVivid technology
Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4
Bluelight Filter for Eye Care
Industry-leading 60ms touch response time
Fingerprint and smudge-resistant oleophobic coating
Support glove touch
Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 410 quad-core ARM® CortexTM A53 at up to
1.2 GHz per core; 32-bit and 64-bit capable
Adreno 306 GPU
RAM: 2GB LPDDR3
PixelMaster Camera Modes:
HDR (up to 400% brightness), Low Light (up to 400% better light
sensitivity), Manual (DSLR-like) , Real Time Beautification, Super
Resolution (52MP), Night, Depth of Field, Photo Effect, Selfie Panorama,
Selfie, GIF Animation, Panorama, Miniature, Time Rewind, Smart Remove,
All Smiles, Slow Motion, Time Lapse
What do you think of Asus Zenfone Max?
Where will you bring it?
Coming up next, #RuthGoestoCebu Photo Diary using Zenfone Zoom
Thank you Asus Philippines for the opportunity to test the new Asus Zenfone Max and Asus Zenfone Zoom in Cebu.
Asus Philippines sponsored the trip but all opinions and pictures in this blog are all mine.