Asus has positioned the Zenfone 3 Max as their budget smartphone with an extra generous serving of battery so it’s only natural that people will expect it to have really long battery life. This was demonstrated by the first Zenfone Max which got a whopping 19 hours and 59 minutes under our standard PC Mark Battery Test.
We expected the same performance with the Zenfone 3 Max although not as long as the original one due to the lower battery capacity of 4,100mAh.
The results are both surprising and disappointing. The Zenfone 3 Max got a score of 10 hours and 49 minutes. While this score can be considered pretty good for a typical handset, it’s far below the original performance of the older Zenfone Max. We verified this by also running our standard video loop test and got 12 hours and 30 minutes which is pretty much within the range from the PC Mark Battery test. The older Zenfone Max got 26 hours and 32 minutes on that same video loop test.
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