ASUS has launched a new smartphone in the Philippines yesterday touted as “The Battery King”, the ZenFone Max Plus. It boasts a 5.7-inch Full View display, dual-rear cameras, Face Unlock technology, and a large 4,130mAh battery. But what advantages does it have over the other battery champion, the ZenFone 4 Max? Find out in our specs comparison below.
|ASUS ZenFone Max Plus (M1)||ASUS Zenfone 4 Max (ZC554KL)|
|5.7-inch FHD+ IPS 18:9 display @ 2160 x 1080px, 424 ppi||5.5-inch HD IPS display @ 1280 x 720, 267ppi|
|2.5D curved glass||2.5D curved glass|
|MediaTek MT6750T 1.5GHz octa-core CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 1.4GHz octa-core CPU|
|Mali-T860MP2 GPU||Adreno 505 GPU|
|4GB RAM||3GB RAM|
|32GB internal storage||32GB internal storage|
|microSD up to 256GB (dedicated slot)||microSD up to 256GB (dedicated slot)|
|Dual 16MP f/2.0 + 8MP f/2.4 wide-angle AF rear cameras, LED flash||13MP Omnivision 13855 rear main, 1.1 um pixel size, f/2.0, EIS, PDAF + 5MP Omnivision 5675 rear wide-angle, 1.12um pixel size, f/2.0, LED flash|
|8MP front camera w/ screen flash||8MP Omnivision 8856 front, 1.12um pixel f/2.2, w/ LED flash|
|4G LTE Cat.4||4G LTE Cat.4|
|WiFi 802.11 b/g/n||WiFi 802.11 b/g/n|
|Bluetooth 4.0||Bluetooth 4.1|
|GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS|
|Fingerprint scanner, Face Unlock||Fingerprint scanner|
|ASUS ZenUI 4.0 (Android 7.0 Nougat)||ASUS ZenUI 4.0 (Android 7.0 Nougat)|
|4,130mAh battery w/ reverse charging||5,000mAh battery w/ reverse charging|
|152.6 x 72.7 x 8.8 mm||154 x 76.9 x 8.9 mm|
|160 g||181 g|
Summary of advantages
ASUS ZenFone Max Plus (M1):
* Larger display size
* Higher display resolution
* 18:9 aspect ratio with slim top and bottom bezels
* Higher rear camera resolution
* Larger RAM
* Face Unlock feature
* Smaller footprint
ASUS Zenfone 4 Max (ZC554KL):
* Front camera LED flash
* Updated Bluetooth
* Larger battery
* Lower price
Based on the summary above, the Max Plus clearly has more advantages over the ZenFone 4 Max. One of them is the larger display with higher screen resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio. The slim top and bottom bezels are attractive features, not to mention the smaller footprint despite the bigger screen size.
ZenFone 4 Max
ZenFone Max Plus
Camera-wise, the Max Plus also has higher rear camera resolution over the ZenFone 4 Max, which theoretically, should produce better images. Both devices pack 8MP front shooters, however, the Max Plus settled with screen flash compared to the LED flash found on the ZenFone 4 max.
ZenFone 4 Max
When it comes to performance, the Max Plus packs a MediaTek MT6750T chipset while the ZenFone 4 Max has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430. Both phones scored closely in AnTuTu, however, the former has the advantage when it comes to RAM as it has 4GB compared to the latter’s 3GB. ASUS also placed some extra features on the Max Plus with its Face Unlock which is a biometric feature that we’re starting to see more in smartphones.
Zenfone Max Plus
While the Max Plus look better on paper, the ZenFone 4 Max is not to be scoffed at. It may not have the “Battery King” title, but it does have a larger 5,000mAh battery. Considering the modest specs, we expect the ZenFone 4 Max to last longer.
Lastly, the price, with all its bells and whistles the Max Plus is priced at $238 which is $40 more expensive than the $199 ZenFone 4 Max. It’s a reasonable price jump, but if you’re short on the budget, the latter is a more attractive option.