Asus zenfone 3 max zc553kl / zc520tl reviews, pros and cons


Among the most popular điện thoại thông minh models sold by ASUS are their ZenFone Max devices. They come with generous batteries that are created to lớn offer plenty of autonomy. A few months ago, we tested the ASUS ZenFone 3 Max, & we were not happy with what it had to offer. We thought it provided less value than the first ASUS ZenFone Max. Many users had similar criticism &, as a result, ASUS listened & released a new & improved ASUS ZenFone 3 Max 5.5. This điện thoại thông minh is a revision of the previous Model and promises lớn fix the biggest complaints people had. Is this new version a solid tăng cấp over its predecessor? Read this nhận xét & find out:

What is the ASUS ZenFone 3 Max 5.5 good at?

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Max 5.5 (ZC553KL) điện thoại thông minh is good at:

Keeping you away from the power socket for two days in a row between chargesMultitasking và good website browsing experiencesLooking better than most smartphones with the same price tag

Pros and cons

Here are the best things about the ASUS ZenFone 3 Max 5.5 (ZC553KL):

The performance và the camera experience are much better than that of the previous modelIt offers a fingerprint sensor for enhanced securityIt has a large battery (4100 mAh) which offers plenty of autonomyIt has good build chất lượng và a metallic bodyIt has a 5.5 inch screen, which is both large and small enough khổng lồ please most usersYou get to use và enjoy Android 7.1.1 Nougat

There are also a few not so positive things about it:

If you want a gaming điện thoại thông minh, it is not a great choiceThere is no Gorilla Glass protecting the screenThe smartphone is a bit pricier than it should be
Product rating4/5


The very first ASUS ZenFone Max smartphone (ZC550KL) was a Mã Sản Phẩm that we appreciated greatly. Then came the ASUS ZenFone 3 Max (ZC520TL) which was a bit of a disappointment in our view. This was also confirmed by user feedbaông chồng &, as a result, ASUS decided to take action and release ASUS ZenFone 3 Max 5.5 (ZC553KL). This revision is a great upgrade in many ways that matter: the processor, the camera, & the performance that it offers. If you want to buy a điện thoại thông minh from the ZenFone Max family, ASUS ZenFone 3 Max 5.5 (ZC553KL) is the one lớn choose. The only important downside is the price, which could have been slightly smaller. However, the winter sales will be here soon and we expect ASUS ZenFone 3 Max 5.5 to lớn be available at great prices, making it a must-buy in its nibít.

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Hardware specifications & packaging

ASUS ZenFone 3 Max 5.5, also known as ASUS ZC553KL by its factory name, arrives in a box that is made from Trắng cardboard. It is soft lớn the touch và looks good. On the top, there is an illustration of the điện thoại thông minh that shows what it looks lượt thích both from its front và from its rear side. Near this illustration, you can also see that the smartphone is called Zenfone 3 Max 5.5.


ASUS ZenFone 3 Max 5.5

On the sides you will find information about this smartphone & some of its most important characteristics. Turn the box bottom up, and you will find detailed information about the exact điện thoại thông minh mã sản phẩm, the IMEI code, serial number & so on.


ASUS ZenFone 3 Max 5.5

Inside the package, you will find the ASUS ZenFone 3 Max 5.5 sitting on top of a paper tray. Underneath it, there is the power charger with a detachable USB lớn micro USB cable, a micro USB to lớn USB OTG cable that you can use lớn charge other devices from your smartphone"s battery, a pin for ejecting the SIM tray, the warranty thẻ, & the user manual. Unfortunately, there are no earphones included.


ASUS ZenFone 3 Max 5.5

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Max 5.5 is available in four different color variations: S& Gold, Titanium Gray, Glacier Silver, & Rose Pink. These are the same colors that we have seen for the ASUS ZenFone 3 Max, with one exception: Rose Pink is found only on the ZenFone 3 Max 5.5. The Mã Sản Phẩm that we tested was the Titanium Gray one.


ASUS ZenFone 3 Max 5.5

As the name implies, ASUS ZenFone 3 Max 5.5 has a 5.5 inch screen. This is one of the main differences between this mã sản phẩm & the smaller ASUS ZenFone 3 Max, which has a 5.2 inch display. ASUS ZenFone 3 Max 5.5 offers a Full HD resolution of 19đôi mươi by 1080 pixels and uses IPS (In-Plane Switching) technology, which means that the viewing angles are very wide và the colors should be cthua thảm lớn natural. The front side of the smartphone, including the display, is protected by 2.5 chiều contoured glass.

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Max 5.5 uses a 64-bit Qualcomm Snaprồng octa-core 430 processor running at 1.4GHz. For video clip rendering, the điện thoại thông minh relies on an Adreno 505 video chip that runs at 450MHz và which has support for DirectX 12.1 & OpenGL 3.2. In comparison, ASUS ZenFone 3 Max offers a quad-core MediaTek processor running at 1.25 GHz và a Mali-T720MP2 Clip chip (with tư vấn for DirectX 9.3 và OpenGL 3.1). When it comes to processing power, the ASUS ZenFone 3 Max 5.5 is definitely an improvement over its predecessor.

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Max 5.5 also comes with 32GB of internal flash storage space, and 2 or 3GB of LPDDR3 memory, depending on the exact version that you buy. It is also worth noting that you can always expvà the storage capathành phố of the điện thoại thông minh by adding a microSD card of up to 128 GB. The microSD card is inserted instead of the secondary SIM, which means you will have to lớn choose between having more storage space or being able to lớn use the smartphone with two SIM cards simultaneously. You cannot have sầu them both. Note that the Mã Sản Phẩm that we tested had 3 GB of RAM.

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Max 5.5 offers a rear camera with a 16 megapixels sensor and an aperture of f/2.0. The camera benefits from a fast laser autofocus sensor, it can shoot pictures with HDR, và it can take advantage of the built-in Dual-LED flash in low light environments. On the front side of the điện thoại thông minh, you also get a selfie camera with a resolution of 8 megapixels & a f/2.2 aperture.

If you are curious about the connectivity options that you get, ASUS ZenFone 3 Max 5.5 offers a công nghệ Bluetooth không dây 4.1 chip và a wireless network thẻ that can connect only to lớn 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi networks using the 802.11 b/g/n wireless standards. What that means is that you will not be able khổng lồ connect khổng lồ wireless networks that are broadcast over the 5GHz radio frequency.

This điện thoại thông minh is a Dual SIM device, & it supports 4G LTE connections. However, if you use it in Dual SIM mode, only one SIM thẻ can connect and use 3G and 4G LTE networks. The secondary SIM card can use the only 2G. Furthermore, the smartphone uses a Dual SIM Dual Standby implementation, which means that both SIM cards are active in standby, but when you take a điện thoại tư vấn on one of them, the other becomes inactive sầu.

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Max 5.5 also includes a variety of sensors: proximity, ambient light sensor, gyro sensor, e-compass, fingerprint scanner, accelerator, and a laser sensor.

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The battery is an essential part of any điện thoại thông minh, và it is even more so in the case of the ASUS ZenFone 3 Max 5.5. This mã sản phẩm brags about having a large capacity of 4100 mAh (non-removable). It is the same battery that is found on the previous ASUS ZenFone 3 Max.

Having a 5.5 inch screen, the smartphone is also a bit larger than its predecessor. This one is 5.96 inches (151.4 mm) in length, 3 inches (76.24 mm) wide và 0.33 inches (8.3 mm) thiông chồng. It weighs 6.17 ounces, which is 175 grams in the metric system.

If you want to see more details about the official specifications of this smartphone, visit this page: ASUS ZenFone 3 Max 5.5 - Tech Specs.

Unpacking the ASUS ZenFone 3 Max 5.5 was a pleasant experience, và our first impressions were positive sầu. Unlike its smaller brother, the ASUS ZenFone 3 Max, the 5.5 mã sản phẩm has a larger display, và its hardware specifications are better, which is a welcome change, desired by many users.

Design & build quality

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Max 5.5 is designed both for ease of use và good looks. Although it has many similarities with the previous Model, ASUS ZenFone 3 Max 5.5 also has some design characteristics of its own. For example, the body is built from metal, & you vày not often see this on budget smartphones. With the sole exception of the screen, which is covered in 2.5D contoured glass, all else is covered by the metallic frame of the điện thoại thông minh.


On the front side of the điện thoại thông minh, besides the large screen, you can find the ear speaker & the front camera at the top, & the default Android buttons at the bottom. Unlượt thích on the ASUS ZenFone 3 Max, the 5.5 mã sản phẩm uses capacitive sầu buttons for Baông xã, trang chủ và Recent apps. As a side note, we always prefer having these buttons separate from the screen.

The baông chồng of the điện thoại thông minh is all-metal. On the lower area there is a dark gray ASUS logo sản phẩm, và towards the top, there are the fingerprint sensor, the camera, & its aids: the Dual LED flash và the autofocus laser sensor. The fingerprint sensor has a rectangular shape and is slightly sunken inside the body of the phone, making it easy to find.

The edges of the ASUS ZenFone 3 Max 5.5 are rounded, & they are home khổng lồ all the usual parts that are found on Android smartphones. On the bottom edge, there is the micro USB port, the loudspeaker grille và a small pin hole where the microphone is found.

On the top edge, there"s an audio jachồng & a small pin hole for the secondary microphone. On the right edge, towards the top, there are the power button & the volume rocker. On the left edge, you have the SIM tray. A nice detail is the fact that the side buttons have a different texture from the rest of the body, and that makes it easy khổng lồ identify them.

Although the ASUS ZenFone 3 Max 5.5 is a budget smartphone, it looks good, and it has a solid build unique. We lượt thích its thiết kế, and the fact that it feels sturdy & reliable.

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If you would like to read more about the điện thoại thông minh experience offered by ASUS ZenFone 3 Max 5.5, its camera, bundled apps, and performance in benchmarks, read the second page of this review.

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