ASUS, as you may have gathered from the countless versions of the ZenFone on offer today, has been trying out different configurations on its wildly successful smartphone line, and the latest result of its “try and see if it would sell” approach to making mobiles promises hours upon hours — upon hours — of usage time. Meet the ASUS ZenFone Max, or as I’d like to put it, the Android-phone equivalent of a Judd Apatow movie with a runtime that flirts beyond two hours.
Meet the ASUS ZenFone Max, or as I’d like to put it, the Android-phone equivalent of a Judd Apatow movie with a runtime that flirts beyond two hours.
The ZenFone Max takes its name from its exceedingly generous 5,000mAh battery, which I assume puts ASUS’ latest creation among the longest-running smartphones out there. Two days of full use shouldn’t be a problem for a phone of this type. It even pulls double duty as a charger for your other microUSB devices, so you won’t have to worry about running out of power while you’re away from an outlet.
Unfortunately for those of you who are expecting a high-specced device with a comparatively large cell, you might as well look elsewhere, as reports suggest a midrange offering held back by a low-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chip with 2GB of RAM. But you do get a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, laser autofocus, and dual-tone flash, as well as a 5.5-inch screen fronted by Gorilla Glass 4 for added strength and durability.
The ASUS ZenFone Max will be available in select markets starting October for a still-undisclosed price.
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