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The Four Maximum Things I Love About The Zenfone 4 Max

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[Photo credit: CJ Estrada;]

Believe it or not, smartphones are an essential tool for people who are on-the-go. Bloggers, like me, always make sure that everywhere we go (as long as we’re allowed), we are able to capture amazing moments through taking photos. In my case, I have a mirrorless camera, however, having a device that has a capability to take clear images, and at the same time, can connect me to social easily and comfortably, I would prefer getting a smartphone that can give me maximum usage.

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[Photo credit: CJ Estrada;]

The Four Maximum Things I Love About The Zenfone 4 Max

ASUS recently launched their new line of Zenfone 4 smartphones in the market. One of the five (so far) models they have introduced is the Zenfone 4 Max. Multiple steps of an upgrade from the Zenfone 3 Max, here are some bits of four things I love about this new device:

High Capacity Juice

Since we all know that even though hand-held and high-end SLR cameras can take much better images, we tend to end up getting a smartphone for photography as long as it can compete well with the former. Like me, I always get away from having too much bulk in my backpack. As I’ve said, my mirrorless camera stays at home (but comes with me if necessary), and instead, I bring my smartphone.

With the Zenfone 4 Max high capacity battery, you can really say that this can be as reliable as it can be to take a lot of photos (and videos) without worrying about battery discharges in the middle of photo shoots and filming. The Zenfone 3 Max only has 4100mAh battery, however, it can already serve longer use. (Watch video: The #MAXYOURLIFE Zenfone 3 Max #SINULOG2017 Challenge). Imagine a 5000mAh battery on a smartphone. Obviously, it can stay on longer and can definitely let you take more photos or use to connect online without recharging.

At Last! Deepsea Black

I love you, ASUS, for Deepsea Black! But before that, I am neither against nor have something bad to say about the “Navy Black” color scheme. The Blue-Black tone is nice. But no. Deepsea Black is nicer. Period.

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In trio color palette: Deepsea Black, Sunlight Gold, Rose Pink

But what’s the color all about? I mean, the Zenfone 4 Max is also available in Sunlight Gold and Rose Pink color variant. But Deepsea Black is more elegant and more versatile for my personal preference. By the way, I am not being sexist about color choices on smartphones. Long before, I own a pink smartphone because it was the most trendy color of that brand and model. I just wanted to make it clear, however, that I like darker colors on smartphones better. Like the Deepsea Black color.

What can I say? Well, actually, I have nothing more to say now about this. Deepsea Black it is. (Did you see how many times I mentioned “Deepsea Black” here? Come on!)

Wefie: The “We” In “Selfie”

Am I allowed to say this? I am not into taking selfies. There. I am the kind of person who 1) will take the photo, and 2) will have a photo taken with other people. And thanks to ASUS, again, they have the campaign on “Wefie”. It’s simply putting the “we” on “selfie”. With the 120-degree wide-angle capture of the Zenfone 4 Max, from the rear dual-lens camera (13 megapixels), it’s better to take pictures with family members and friends.

The worry of missing someone from the final shot is long way gone with this new innovation. I am sure that everyone in the group will fit perfectly.

ALSO READ: How To Make Everyone Smile With Your Selfie Using A Zenfone 4 Smartphone

The 8-megapixel front-facing camera is also capable of taking amazing photos. It also has Beauty Mode that lets you apply a variety of enhancement effects to your selfies to make them glam shot worthy. Whether you are taking photos, filming a video, or live streaming on social, ZenFone 4 Max lets you create your perfect look for the camera.

Not only with taking “Selfie” and “Wefie” on Zenfone 4 Max that these specifications contribute very well, it can also take a wider perspective on landscape photos. You don’t need to farther from the scene of your photo to capture everything. The wide-angle lens can grab 200% view of the scene as wide as possible you want.

Here’s a sample photo. It was taken by my friend, CJ Estrada who, by the way, is the model on the first photo above. (Model.) He used the Zenfone 4 Max smartphone to take the shot.

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A sample photo using a Zenfone 4 Max [Photo credit: CJ Estrada]

Really, It’s A Power Bank

Considering the 5000mAh battery, when it’s time for you to recharge the Zenfone 4 Max, you would assume that it will take a while to fully charge the battery. The smartphone has fast charging capability. It can last up to 46 days standby time, 40 hours talk time, 22 hours video playback time, and 26 hours Wi-Fi web browsing.

What’s interesting about this smartphone and its battery is that it can be able to last 3 hours talk time on a 15-minute charge, and 91 hours standby time on 10% battery. Hands down… amazing!

We can even go further with the Zenfone 4 Max. It can be used as a power bank! It truly is a smartphone with a super long battery life. Charge other mobile devices just by connecting them to ZenFone 4 Max with the USB On-The-Go (OTG) cable (in the box).

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Zenfone 4 Max Technical Specifications

Finish / Color Deepsea Black, Sunlight Gold, Rose Pink
Capacity Internal storage: eMCP 32GB
MicroSD card: Supports up to 256GB
Weight and Dimensions 76.9mm x 8.9mm x 154mm
Weight: 181 grams
Display 5.5-inch IPS display
Bluelight filter for eye care
10-finger capacitive touch
Processor CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Octa-core processor
GPU: Adreno™ 505 (S430)
Memory 3GB
Main Camera 13 megapixels
F2.0 aperture
Focal length 25mm
80° field of view
Electronic Image Stabilization for shake-free videos
LED flash
Up to 0.03 seconds phase detection auto-focus

PixelMaster 4.0 camera modes:
Auto mode with low light and HDR Pro features (default)
Super Resolution (64 megapixels)
GIF Animation
Time Lapse with power saving mode

Wide Angle Camera 120˚ wide angle fits more scenery and people in the frame
Focal length 12mm
Video Recording Full HD at 30 fps video recording
Electronic Image Stabilization for shake-free videos
Take still photo while recording video
120˚ wide angle video
Front Camera 8 megapixels
F2.2 aperture
Focal length 24mm
85° field of view
Softlight LED flash

PixelMaster 4.0 camera modes:
Beauty (default)
140° Selfie Panorama
Auto mode with low light and HDR Pro features
GIF Animation

Audio Speaker: Loud speaker, PMIC integrated Audio CODEC, PMIC internal amplifier
Mic: Dual internal mic with ASUS Noise Reduction Technology, VoLTE supported (varies by region)
FM Receiver: FM radio
Wireless Technology WLAN 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.1
Wi-Fi direct
SIM Cards Slot 1: 2G/3G/4G Nano SIM Card
Slot 2: 2G/3G/4G Nano SIM Card
Slot 3: Supports up to 256GB MicroSD card

Dual SIM dual standby
Both SIM card slots support 3G WCDMA / 4G LTE network band. But only one SIM card can connect to 3G WCDMA / 4G LTE service at a time.

Sensor Fingerprint, Accelerator, E-Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor
Battery 5000mAh (non-removable)
2x faster reverse charging (1A)
Operating System Android™ 7 with new ASUS ZenUI 4.0

The new ASUS Zenfone 4 Max is currently available for only ₱9,995.00 which you can buy from the Official ASUS Philippine store. It is also available at ASUS Official Store in Lazada Philippines with the rest of the Zenfone 4 smartphone models.

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ALSO READ: Catch Every Moment With The Zenfone 3 Zoom

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I'm a freelance digital content creator. I write online for blogs full-time, and sometimes press materials for companies. I also conduct workshops and seminars for content creation and smartphone photography. I'm a Computer Engineer and have worked professionally as a Leadership and Management Trainer and Coach for a BPO company in Cebu City for 5 years.

I'm a blogger, a crazy kid, and a happy piece of a blob. My star sign is on the cusp of the Crab and the Lion. I am Julian.