Asus Zenfone Max lineups are making their way to dominate the smartphone market with their long-lasting battery pack. Few weeks after the launch of the Zenfone Max Plus M1, Asus Philippines has also revealed the Zenfone 4 Max Lite.
Related article: Asus Zenfone Max Plus M1 Review
Basically, it’s just a smaller and a more budget-friendly version of the Zenfone 4 Max which has been launched last year. Is it a real deal? Let’s find out.
What’s inside the box:
- Asus Zenfone 4 Max Lite unit
- jelly case
- wall adapter
- data / charging cable
- earphone with extra silicone ear caps
- OTG adapter
- SIM tray ejector tool
- User’s Manual
- 5.2-inch HD IPS display, 720 x 1280 pixels at 282 ppi
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 425, 1.4GHz Quad-core processor
- Adreno 308
- 16GB storage up to 256GB via dedicated slot
- 2GB RAM
- 13MP + 5MP rear cameras w/ LED flash
- 8MP front camera w/ LED flash
- Android 7.1 Nougat w/ ZenUI 4.0
- 4G LTE, Dual-SIM
- Wi-Fi b/g/n
- Bluetooth 4.2
- GPS w/ A-GPS, GLONASS
- Fingerprint sensor (front-mounted)
- Accelerometer, E-Compass, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Indicator light
- USB-OTG, with reverse charging
- 4,100mAh battery
- Php 7,995
PHYSICAL APPEARANCE / DESIGN
As we have said awhile ago, the Zenfone 4 Max Lite is just a smaller version of the Zenfone 4 Max. It still has the same physical appearance in a smaller body size. The front panel still portrays the tradition smartphones of 2017; still has thick bezels on top and bottom, and still in 16:9 aspect ratio.
The bottom front panel houses the physical navigation buttons and the capacitive home button also serves as the fingerprint scanner.
At the top front panel, it has a single selfie camera, earpiece, light sensor, LED flash, and a notification light.
Turning the phone around, you will see its dual-camera setup paired with a LED flash.
At the top is where the 3.5mm headphone jack port is located.
At the right side, you will find its volume rockers and the power button.
The bottom part houses the microUSB port and the speaker grills, although only one of them is working. We assume that a microphone for voice call is hiding behind those unused grills.
It also has a tri-slot microSD card and Dual SIM card tray on the left side along with the microphone.
The Zenfone 4 Max Lite has a screen size of 5.2-inch with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. In terms of viewing experience, its just good enough and justifiable based on its price. Watching video on multiple viewing angles is good and the screen is bright enough to see the display even under bright lighting environment.
SOFTWARE, UI, AND STORAGE
The new ZenUI 4.0 brings a better browsing experience on top of the Android 7.1 Nougat OS. Pre-installed apps are also minimized and only necessary applications like Google apps have remained.
Out of the 16GB internal storage, only around 8.3GB is available to be used. Good thing, it has a dedicated microSD card slot which supports up to 256GB of external storage. Its 2GB of RAM is also good enough for light to moderate use of applications.
The Zenfone 4 Max Lite was equipped with Snapdragon 425 CPU and Adreno 308 GPU. When it comes to gaming, we had a decent experience playing mid-graphics level games. Heating is also visible but still manageable. While using the device for multi-tasking, we feel that the 2GB of RAM is not enough and results to occasional lags when opening multiple apps simultaneously.
We also included some benchmark scores if you want to compare this device to other smartphone. See the screenshots below.
Having a dual-camera setup is one of the advantage of the Zenfone 4 Max Lite compared to other smartphones on its price range.
It has a 13MP main camera and a 5MP wide-angle camera on its back. In terms of image quality, both sensors are able to deliver sharp and detailed images based on lighting conditions. The 5MP wide-angle lens is a perfect companion specially for those people who loves travelling. Using it on dim environments might result to washed images because its low pixel size.
The camera app also support multiple modes like Pro Mode, Super Resolution, Panorama, Beauty, Time Lapse, and GIF Animation.
Using the Pro Mode, you can play with its focus, shutter speed (1/40000s to 1/3s), ISO (50 to 3200), EV (-2 to +2), and White Balance (200K to 800K).
Its 8MP front camera is capable of producing average images specially of good lighting conditions. Modes available are; Beauty, Selfie Panorama, and GIF Animation. It can also record video up to a Full HD or in 1920 x 1080 resolution.
See sample photos below.
Rear camera shots
Auto vs HDR ON
Normal vs Wide-Angle (good lighting)
Normal vs Wide-Angle (low light)
Having a 4,100mAh of battery capacity is what makes the Zenfone 4 Max Lite standout from most of its competitors on this price point. With the help of Asus’ PowerMaster app, you can optimize the battery even further to enjoy long lasting usage. On a heavy use, the device can last a whole day with around 20% battery left. While using the device on a regular basis like text, call, occasional internet surfing and minimal gaming, it can last for 2 days without charging.
Just in case you want to share your battery juice to your friends, the Zenfone 4 Max Lite also supports reverse charging technology.
If you are looking for a smartphone on a budget of below Php8K with a big battery capacity and a capable specifications for an average user, the Asus Zenfone 4 Max Lite might be the one best for you. Aside from that, it also has a dual camera setup at the back and the 5MP wide-angle lens is good enough to capture more scenery on your future travels this summer season. Internal storage is also not a problem because it has a dedicated microSD card slot that can be extend up to 256GB.
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