Asus announces the Zenfone Max with 5000 mAh battery

by: Robert TriggsAugust 6, 2015


Bigger battery life is probably the typical smartphone user’s number one feature on the improvements wish list and ASUS has heard your calls. The company has just announced its new ZenFone Max at a launch event in India today, which features a gargantuan 5,000mAh battery.

5,000mAh should be enough juice to get even the most power hungry user through a full day of use. However, the large battery does mean that the smartphone is a little on the big side, with a 5.5-inch display and some rather hefty looking bezels.

There’s no word on the display’s resolution yet, but the smartphone comes with a Snapdragon 410 SoC and 2GB of RAM, so we’re looking at a entry/mid tier device. The processor should ensure plenty of life from the already huge battery. The Zenfone Max also features a 13 megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, laser auto-focus and dual-LED flash, along with a 5-megapixel front facing camera.

ASUS is keeping the pricing details under wraps for now, and it’s not clear exactly when the smartphone will be hitting the shelves. Given the cost competitive nature of India’s smartphone market, ASUS is going to have to price its Max accordingly against other handsets with larger batteries, such as the Innos D6000 (6,000 mAh) and the Marathon M4 (5,000 mAh), which retail for less than Rs 19,000 ($300).

  • MdNazmusSaqib

    will it support quick charging?

    • Marc Perrusquia

      Not with a 410.

  • papi92

    Wtf why do people settle. Why not use an 801? Or Intel quad core. Why?

    • evolucion8

      Intel Quad core? Bad idea, they are power hungry and have mediocre performance.

      • Cool

        You’re kidding right? Intel quad core processor in the Asus ZenFone 2 benchmarks around the same level as a Snapdragon 805 (bit higher actually) and it’s smooth as butter on every task or game.

        As for battery life, my wife easily get through a day on a single charge with heavy use. That seems fine to me.

        • evolucion8

          I dont get along that well with you to make jokes to make you laugh, this review says it all and it has a mediocre battery life.

          If you compare it with devices that has similar battery size like the Meizu MX4 Pro, it offers nearly 60% less battery life.

          • Cool

            I never said it had the best battery life. I said it had battery life that was good enough to get you through a day with heavy use.

            The Intel chip, by its nature, does use a little more battery than ARM based chips. But for what it is, it does pretty well, and also the reason why it is getting bad battery life on the Asus phone is because they need to fix the software. Android OS always appears at the top and double digit numbers in the battery statistics. That indicates a software problem, not a hardware problem, so if they fix that the battery life would likely be much better.

          • evolucion8

            Android is a battery hog, but the x86 tax is real, that is why most Intel powered phones comes with a huge battery to overcome somehow the limitation. ARM is just inherently efficient by nature, x86 is an horrible ISA for mobile phones.

          • Cool

            Yup. I am aware of that, which is why I said Intel uses a little more battery than ARM.

            But the problem with the Asus phone mainly is that the software is using more battery than it should. Having Android OS at 60 percent battery usage in the battery stats is not anywhere near being normal. Even if the phone will, in general, use more battery power than in ARM, it can still get really respectable battery life if they fix that software bug. Hopefully in the Android 5.1 update.

          • evolucion8

            Another thing is that Android does not run on native code on x86, it uses a similar approach that was used with Dalvik by using a virtual machine for machine byte code, and while it was a nice idea for ARM cores, the x86 is more complex and have way more overhead. Intel is more than capable to create a powerful ARM Core, they should give up the x86 on mobile, its old and inefficient.

    • Cakefish

      Battery life and price.

  • retrospooty

    Doh SD410? If they just put this fatty in the higher end model it would be perfect. I actually bought the Zenpad S 8 tablet 3 weeks ago and couldn’t be happier with it. I was worried about the Atom chip, but it actually runs fast and cooler than any Snapdragon 600 or 800 series chip I have ever had.

  • Onsi Yousfi

    Are they afraid of using big batteries in flagships? Since samsung has been experimenting all different types and shapes of phone, why can’t one manufacturer toy with the idea of creating a flagship with top specs BIG battery and fat metal case!

    • swtrainer

      Absolutely agree!

  • Mustapha Benalouane

    Why the best batteries found only in mid range/budget devices??

    • Because you hardly can eat your cake and have it. You can’t have the best of processor, RAM, screen, camera in a slim phone body all plus a huge battery. Doesn’t work that way, unless there’s battery revolution, which there hasn’t been that much yet.

    • swtrainer

      I understand Nkansah’s response. But, I don’t want to give up specs – screen, RAM, storage, processor speed and camera quality are all important to me. Far less important is having the slimmest phone on the market. I don’t mind holding a phone in my hand that has some substance to it. In fact, I find holding a phone that is a little thicker feels more secure in my hand. Give me a top spec phone that has a large enough battery to last and I’d be a happy camper.

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  • Justin Williams

    With those specs that phone should last a week. But why not up the ante and use a much more better chip. I mean it’s 2015 soon to be Q3 dammit

  • melchor2679

    Finally, if only Samsung would listen to this petition as well..

  • Yep, battery life means way more to me than it being the latest, greatest specs, so this has my interest. 2 Gig in RAM is sufficient. What I am hoping to find out is that it doesn’t just have a measley 16 Gig internal memory. That has been the deal killer for me on so many phones. 32 or more or else forget about it. (And an SD card slot helps, but not enough for a 16 Gigger.)

  • The Bastard Christ

    it’s 720p and the device is 5.8mm thin

  • mudu

    I need a help getting confused between asus zenfone 2 laser & asus zenfone max, plz help which is best smartphone…