Thursday, November 9, 2017

ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro Review : Smartphone with Long Lasting Battery and Dual Camera

Opening the path of ZenFone 4 line in the world, ASUS launched the first variant of ZenFone 4 namely ZenFone 4 Max Pro. Just like ZenFone 3 Max, ZenFone 4 Max Pro still keeps putting big battery capacity as its flagship feature. But, not only that ZenFone 4 Max Pro also more interesting with the presence of dual cameras that are becoming a trend. Is to put forward dual camera and battery this magnitude ZenFone 4 Max Pro can successfully win the hearts of fans of homeland smartphone? Read more refer to our reviews below.

Standard design

As the first variant of ASUS ZenFone 4, ZenFone 4 Max Pro comes with a different design style when compared to ASUS ZenFone 3 Max. The most prominent difference can be directly seen in the fingerprint sensor.

If the ZenFone 3 Max fingerprint sensor is at the rear of the body, the ZenFone 4 Max Pro fingerprint sensor is now below the screen. So, on the back of the body ZenFone 4 Max Pro can only be found a dual camera and LED flash only.

In addition to the safety, this fingerprint sensor also functions as the Home button. But unlike the typical Home smartphone button that should be pressed, you just have to touch the fingerprint sensor to get back to Home. This sensor is very responsive with the touch of a finger, proved we can unlock the screen quickly.

The ZenFone 4 Max Pro fingerprint sensor is flanked by two capacitive buttons, back and recent apps.

Slide a little up, can be found IPS HD 1280 x 720 pixel screen resolution 5.5 inches. Then, above the screen is available 16 megapixel front camera complete with LED flash to support the selfie in dim light conditions.

On the right side of the body can be found the power button and volume buttons. While the left side of the body there is a slot for SIM cards that support 4G and microSD up to 256GB capacity. This slot provides direct 2 card slot NanoSIM and microSD so you no longer need to sacrifice one of the SIM card slot to install microSD. Switch to the top of the body available 3.5mm audio jack port and microUSB port on the bottom of the body.

With this design display ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro does look very standard. There is hardly anything special about this safe design. The body was relatively thick with a thickness of about 8.9mm. But for us it is still understandable considering the battery that was brought also a very large capacity of 5000mAh.

However, overall in terms of ergonomics ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro design including quite comfortable when hand held. To minimize the sense of slick in the body, the purchase package also includes a protective cover made from silicone rubber.
The screen is pretty sharp, the audio is pretty decent

Although the screen resolution is not Full HD, the screen quality in HD resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels quite good with a view that looks quite sharp. Response with the touch of a finger is also very good. Disadvantages of the screen only in the level of darkness alone. Although it is set to the darkest setting of the brightest of the screen is still quite difficult to see in very bright lighting conditions.

In ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro we no longer see ASUS Splendid feature that is useful to set the display color output screen. ASUS only leaves the Blue Light Filter option to reduce the glow of blue light to keep the eye protected when staring at its screen for long periods of time.

For audio affairs, ASUS puts the speakers at the bottom of the body. When used to play games or enjoy multimedia content audio quality is quite good and feels powerful. Output sound can still be set via the Audio Wizard feature available. This feature provides a variety of audio preset options for a variety of needs from gaming, music, movie, outdoor, smart or vocal. In addition there is also an EQ option that allows users to adjust the sound output according to taste.
ZenUI 4.0 is more optimal and simple

Running the latest Android OS, Android Nougat 7.1.1, ZenFone 4 Max Pro also features the latest ZenUI interface that is ZenUI 4.0.

In our opinion, ASUS took a very precise step by updating its own ZenUI. ZenUI 4.0 overall interface still looks similar to previous generation ZenUI. Interface still feels light, and very easy to use.

However, in ZenUI 4.0 ASUS no longer crammed it with a variety of innate non-essential apps. In ZenUI 4.0 ASUS only equip it with 13 built-in apps from earlier in ZenUI 3.0 which comes with 35 built-in apps.

One of the applications that become its flagship is ASUS PowerMaster. This app is designed for power management so users can better optimize the battery. There are a variety of settings options here like options to save battery life, battery usage mode selection and more. Also available is the ASUS Mobile Manager application which provides a variety of useful options to monitor and maximize overall performance.

Running the Android OS Nougat 7.1.1 You can be spoiled with one of the superior features of Android Nougat Split Screen. By holding down the Recent Apps button for a while, you can run 2 apps at once on the screen.
Performance is adequate for daily needs

Like the ASUS ZenFone 3 Max, the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro is also captured by the Octa-Core SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset. The SoC is paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory that can be expanded via microSD slot.

For everyday needs, this specification is more than enough. Its performance feels smooth and fast when opening or closing applications. The affairs of gaming are also still adequate. Need For Speed ​​class game No Limits can still run smoothly and the visual quality presented is also quite good. However, if running games that require high graphics performance, ZenFone 4 Max Pro seems to be still not maximal because you will find a lag that is quite disturbing.

The camera is less than satisfactory

It is said ASUS, all ASUS ZenFone 4 line will be equipped with dual cameras. So, in the world ZenFone 4 Max Pro is a second ZenFone variant equipped with dual camera after ASUS ZenFone Zoom S.

Even so, the dual camera on the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro is different from the dual camera on the ASUS ZenFone Zoom S. If two ZenFone Zoom S Cameras one of them is a camera with optical zoom function, the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro camera is both a camera with a lens the angle is wider.

ZenFone 4 Max Pro dual camera comes with 2 sensors that include a 16 megapixel sensor for the main camera and 5 megapixel sensor for both cameras. For this second camera ASUS has equipped it with wide-angle lens up to 120 °.

The camera department of ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro also only supported some shooting modes like beauty, Pro for manual shooting, HDR, Super resolution, GIF, panorama and timelapse.

When shooting with the main camera ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro we feel the autofocus performance is quite slow in dim light conditions, in contrast to the performance of autofokusnya in fairly fast lighting conditions. The quality of the photos with the main camera also looks less sharp. Color reproduction and exposure control are inconsistent. In various scenarios shooting tonal color photographs are sometimes less accurate and overexpose in the highlight area. Noise is also quite disturbing when shooting in conditions that are less light.

Both cameras failed to satisfy us. Although the camera with a wide-angle lens can allow us to shoot with a wider coverage, but the shots do not look sharp and tonal colors produced are also relatively inaccurate. While the front camera with 16 megapixel resolution is enough qualified for selfie photos.

For other ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro photos without editing process can be seen in the following official FLICKR account.

Long battery life

Quite disappointed with the camera department, fortunately ZenFone 4 Max Pro still managed to lure us with battery endurance. Compared to the ASUS ZenFone 3 Max which is only 4100 mAh, the ZenFone 4 Max Pro battery has a larger capacity of 5000 mAh.

For our frequent outdoor activities, normal usage such as browsing, chatting, social media, occasional phone calls and watching videos, ZenFone 4 Max Pro can last more than a day. While testing using PCMark Battery Test shows the number that we think is very satisfying ie 17 hours 25 minutes. With its long battery life, the ZenFone 4 Max Pro is indeed ideal for users who are often outdoors.

In the purchase package, ASUS also equip it with USB On-the-Go (OTG) which is useful to support Reverse Charging feature. Through this feature you can change the function of ZenFone 4 Max Pro as an emergency backup power donor in times of emergency for other gadget devices.

Which is quite unfortunate, with the battery capacity of this bongsor impact you have to wait a long time to recharge the battery. Although ASUS said the battery has supported fast charging with 4 hours to refill the battery to full, but in practice when recharge the battery we have to wait until almost 5 hours. This long enough time makes it more suitable to recharge the night when no longer active. Moreover, ASUS has also accompanied it with a protection feature that will protect this battery so as not to over-charge.


If offset by a dual camera that is more qualified according to our ZenFone 4 Max Pro can be a sweet start the emergence of ASUS ZenFone 4 family in the world. Nevertheless, apart from double cameras that are less satisfactory ZenFone 4 Max Pro is expensive dibanderol this is a smartphone that must be ogled for users who have a myriad of outdoor activities. Its durable battery life is proven to be reliable, and its performance is sufficient for daily needs.


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