ASUS has launched a new budget phone, called the Zenfone Max, in India.
The phone features a 5.5-inch HD 720p Display, with a 178° viewing angle, ASUS TrueVivid Full Screen Lamination technology and a 72% screen to body ratio.
The Zenfone Max runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop with ASUS ZenUI 2.0 on top, and is powered by a 64-bit quad-core 1.0GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410(MSM8916) processor with 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM and an Adreno 405 GPU. The phone comes with 16GB of internal storage, with a microSD slot proving upto 64GB of optional expandable storage, and 5GB of free lifetime ASUS WebStorage.
Photography options on the device includes a 13 megapixel rear camera with a Toshibha Sensor, Dual LED (Real Tone) Flash, Laser Auto Focus,PixelMaster and an f/2.0-aperture. The selfie lens is a 5 megapixel front camera which also supports Auto Focus, and has an 88˚wide-angle lens.
The highlight of the ASUS ZenFone Max, is the massive 5000 mAH battery (lithium-polymer, non-removable), which it ships with. ASUS says that the device can even be used as a power bank to charge other devices. There is no mention about Quick Charging though.
The phone supports Dual SIM cards (Dual SIM Dual Stand By) which supports 4G LTE (Cat 4. 150 Mbps) on one SIM slot, and 3G (WCDMA) on the other. The supported 4G bands are: FDD LTE 2100MHz(1)/1800MHz(3)
Other connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, GPS, GLONASS, AGPS & BDS, FM Radio and a 3.5mm audio jack. The Zenfone Max features a variety of sensors: Accelerator, eCompass, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Hall sensor. The phone weighs at 156 x 10.55 x 77.5 mm, and weighs at 205g.
The ASUS ZenFone Max has been priced at Rs 9999 in India, and is available for pre-order at Flipkart and Amazon India. The phone will start shipping on January 15th, and you can also buy it from ASUS Exclusive Stores and other retailers.