Asus launched an upgraded version of Asus Zenfone Max in the Indian markets for Rs. 9,999 . This handset is different from the one also called the Zenfone Max that was launched in early (January) 2016.  The new Max is powered by octa core processor.

New Asus Zenfone Max octa core features and specifications

This handset is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa core processor clocked at 1.5GHz. It is a bit different when compared with the old Zenfone Max. The new Max comes with 32GB storage – older max was with 16GB storage, micro SD card up to 64GB is supported. There are two versions with 2GB RAM and with 3GB RAM.

Weight with battery is 202 grams and thickness is 10.55mm. Screen is 5.5 inches TFT with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution also protected with Gorilla Glass 4 (as mentioned on Flipkart). On the rear there is luxurious leather pattern design and metal effect bezel. Camera, well a 13MP on the rear using pixel master technology with laser AF and on the front there is a 5MP fixed focus camera.

Asus Zenfone Max octa core box

There are dual SIM slots and a separate micro SD card slot. The new Asus Zenfone Max is running Marshmallow out of the box. Other features are 4G, 3G, 2G, GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth. A 5000 mAh battery powers up this handset that will last for up to 3 days with mixed usage. This handset can also charge other devices. Zenfone Max is available in Blue, Black, White and Orange colour options.

Asus Zenfone Max octa core was on

This handset will be available on Flipkart for Rs. 9,999 with 2GB RAM and with 3GB RAM it will cost Rs. 12,999.

Zenfone Max hands on and first impression

I already got the locked box from Asus about a week or two back, it was with me for a long time, sealed waiting for the lock code that was revealed today. When I opened the box and un-boxed the Zenfone Max, the handset was  on.

The idea was that, when the box is opened after a long time, the handset should still be running, and it did. There is 5000 mAh battery and when I opened the box there was still 17% battery juice left. The handset was on for almost 11 days in standby mode.

Asus Zenfone Max octa core been running for 11 days

Looks wise the handset is similar to the Older Zenfone Max (you can check the old review here). On the rear the leather like textures look great. Now this smartphone comes with different hardware Snapdragon 615, I will need to check that out, full review coming soon.

By Rajeev Rana

Founder and Chief Editor -