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Asus Zenfone 3 Max ZC553KL

Asus Zenfone 3 Max ZC553KL is a smartphone that has a 4100mAh battery and it is priced under 20K. The smartphone has a sparkling design and it is powered by 1.4 GHz quad-core processor. Asus Zenfone 3 Max was launched around November 2016 in India and it is doing great in the Indian market.

I have used this smartphone for more than 2 weeks as my secondary device and I’ll be sharing my views in detail. I am pretty much impressed with the design and camera. Not only this but also the performance. Let’s start the Asus Zenfone 3 Max ZC553KL in detail.

Design & Display

Asus Zenfone 3 Max ZC553KL

The smartphone is really slim and handy. When you hold the smartphone for the very first time, you’ll get the premium look and want to use this as your primary smartphone. It is very handy and you can use it easily. It has a 5.5 inch FHD (1920 X 1080) IPS display. It supports up to 450nits brightness for outdoor readability.

Asus Zenfone 3 Max ZC553KL

It has 2.5D contoured glass and 10-finger capacitive touch. The display has Bluelight Filter for Eye care and it also supports glove touch. You won’t get any fingerprint or dust as it has Fingerprint and smudge-resistant oleophobic coating. It weighs 175g but you won’t feel it because of the slimness of the smartphone.

If we take a look on the front side, we get LED light that shows the charging status, front camera, and receiver. On the front bottom side, we get capacitive buttons. On the bottom side, it has a charging port, mic and speaker grill. On the top, we get 3.5mm audio jack and secondary mic.

This is a hybrid sim smartphone and you can insert two sims or one sim and one SD card. The Sims can be inserted on the left side of the smartphone. It has volume rocker key and power button key on the right side.

On the back side, we get a rear camera and LED light. It also has a Fingerprint sensor and Asus branding at the back side.

The smartphone is available in Titanium Gray, Glacier Silver, Rose Pink, Sand Gold color.

Software, Hardware, and Performance

Asus Zenfone 3 Max ZC553KL is powered by 64-bit Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Octa-Core 430 Processor clocked at 1.4GHz. It is supported by Adreno™ 505 GPU. It runs on Android™ 6.0 with ASUS ZenUI 3.0 and ASUS ZenUI 3.0 includes number of customized apps, here are the pre-installed apps:

Asus Zenfone 3 Max ZC553KL

Storage wise, it is packed with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage space. The ROM can be expanded upto 128GB with the microSD card. You will also get 100GB free space (2 years). It has a 4100mAh (non-removable) battery. Here are the snapshot of Cortex:

As mentioned above, it is a hybrid SIM smartphone. Here is how you can use SIMs in each SIM slot:

SIM 1: 2G/3G/4G Micro SIM Card
SIM 2: 2G/3G/4G Nano SIM Card

Only use the Nano SIM card or the MicroSD card at a time. Both SIM card slots support 3G WCDMA / 4G LTE network band. But only one SIM card can connect to 3G WCDMA / 4G LTE service at a time. It has Proximity, Ambient light sensor, Gyro sensor, Ecompass, Fingerprint Scanner, Accelerator, Laser Sensor.

You will get 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 and Wi-Fi direct. Apart from that, it has a reverse charging feature as well. Yes, as you know, it comes with a long lasting battery i.e. 4100mAh. You can also use it as a power bank. With the help of an OTG cable, which is provided in the box, you can charge any smartphone.

The company claims that it can last long till 38days in 4G standby mode. If you use it for 3G talk time, it can be used up to 17hrs. You can browse for 19hrs and last but not the least, you can enjoy music up to 72hrs. I have checked that the statements are almost true. The battery backup is massive.

Asus Zenfone 3 Max ZC553KL

We have played different games and the phone works well on this. You can check the detailed review in the below-mentioned video as well.


Asus Zenfone 3 Max ZC553KL


Asus Zenfone 3 Max ZC553KL smartphone has a 16 megapixels PixelMaster 3.0 rear camera with 1/3″ sensor size, f/2.0 aperture, Ultra-fast 0.03s instant focus and subject tracking TriTech AF system, Real-time HDR and Dual-LED real tone flash. Whereas, it has an 8 megapixels front camera for selfies, f/2.2 aperture, 84˚ field of view.

There are different camera modes available and a few are:

  • Auto (default)
  • HDR Pro
  • Beautification
  • Manual
  • Super Resolution
  • Low Light
  • Night
  • QR code
  • Selfie
  • Panorama
  • Time Lapse

I have clicked photos and captured a sample video as well that you can check here in the camera sample. Though it says, 8 MP front camera but it doesn’t capture much detail. However, 16MP rear camera does well.

Camera Sample

Quick Specs of Asus Zenfone 3 Max ZC553KL Smartphone

Display: 5.5inch HD display screen (1280*720 pixels)
Camera: 16MP rear camera with dual LED flash, 8MP front facing shooter
OS: Android™ 6.0 with ASUS ZenUI 3.0
CPU: 1.4 GHz Quad Core processor
Storage: 32GB ROM, Expandable up to 128GB
Connectivity: Dual SIM with 4G/3G/HSPA/LTE, Bluetooth v4.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, hotspot, Micro-USB, WLAN Direct, OTG Support connectivity
Battery: 4100mAh
Weight: 175g
Color Options: Titanium Gray, Glacier Silver, Rose Pink, Sand Gold

Box Content

Asus Zenfone 3 Max ZC553KL

You will get:

  • Handset
  • ASUS ZenEar with Mic
  • OTG Cable
  • USB Power Adapter
  • Documentation (User Guide, Warranty Car
  • Ejector Pin

Asus Zenfone 3 Max ZC553KL Video Review

The video will be added soon.

Asus Zenfone 3 Max ZC553KL review – Final words

The smartphone is priced at Rs 16,800 and the current price of the smartphone is Rs 16,599 on Flipkart. If you are looking for a good smartphone with amazing battery backup and camera quality, you can think about Asus Zenfone 3 Max ZC553KL.

It is a 5.5 inch smartphone and gives a comfortable grip. The phone is quite slim i.e. 2.25mm thick. The display of the smartphone is really good and also, you are getting 100GB free space for 2 years on Google. It supports 4G LTE as well. You can buy Asus Zenfone 3 Max ZC553KL


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