A few days ago we unboxed ASUS’ most affordable Zenfone 3 – the ZF3 Max. Now the whole point of the Max family of phones is the battery – the original Max managed to post crazy PCMark battery benchmark numbers back when we reviewed it a few months ago. Will the ZF3 Max match the performance of its predecessor?
Not exactly. The ZF3 Max posted a score of 11 hours and 11 minutes. That pales in comparison to the score of the original which came in at a whopping 18 hours and 12 minutes on a single charge.
Putting things in perspective though, the battery performance of the ZF3 Max isn’t too bad. While the original Max has battery life that’s unmatched by any phone that we’ve reviewed in the past, you also have to remember that it’s not a particularly fast phone. It’s an okay phone for most tasks and light Android gaming, but the Snapdragon 410 processor isn’t suited for serious number crunching. The ZF3 Max on the other hand, has a more capable processor that’s able to handle even demanding gaming titles like Asphalt 8 and Final Fantasy Mobious with very little performance issues, not to mention it has more features which include a fingerprint scanner as well as a nicer looking body. The tradeoff is that the processor uses up more power than the original.
The ZF3 Max is shaping up to be a promising smartphone on its own right – we’re in the middle of the review process of the phone and the review should be out by next week. Stay tuned till then.