Asus Zenfone 4 Max ZC520KL Review: Combination of Dual Camera, Durable Battery, & Low Price

Two months ago, we covered the ASUS Zenfone 4 Max Pro as a smartphone with a monster battery. Because of its amazing durability. Apparently, the phone has a sister with an ability that resembles, the Asus Zenfone 4 Max ZC520KL. Well, what’s the difference?

ASUS Zenfone 4 Max ZC520KL can be said as Zenfone 4 Max Pro compact version. If the ASUS Zenfone 4 Max Pro is the 5.5-inch screen with 5,000 mAh battery, the Asus Zenfone 4 Max ZC520KL uses 5.2-inch screen and 4,100 mAh battery. In addition, the use of processors and cameras are also different. Well, whether a more compact version of this can follow the ability of his brother? Let’s check out the following review.

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ASUS Zenfone 4 Max ZC520KL Review

Coming as a compact version of the Zenfone 4 Max Pro, this phone is still able to look compelling. The allure of course on a battery that durable. Although not present with the highest specification on the market, aka carrying the mainstream SoC Snapdragon 425 from Qualcomm, this smartphone can still be relied upon for daily multitasking work.

  • Design
  • Camera
  • Display & User Interface
  • Performance
  • Battery

Design

Following the trend that is popular, Asus Zenfone 4 Max comes with a unibody design that makes it look solid. In order to look elegant, ASUS relies on metal finishing to make it look more elegant. But do not be fooled, because the casing is actually not made of metal, but plastic polycarbonate type of light on the back.

However, the use of plastic materials is sure to reduce production costs. And Asus has managed to make a phone with a nice design without looking cheap. The sides are rounded to fit comfortably.

Zenfone 4 Max ZC520KL is designed with this metallic finish comes with three color choices, Deepsea Black, Sunlight Gold, Rose Pink. The boys would certainly prefer the color of the Black Sea Depp is masculine, while the weather will be captivated by the color of rose pink that suits his character.

5,2″ HD Screen

Asus ZenFone 4 Max has a screen measuring 5.2 inches HD resolution (720×1280 pixels). On the screen is also equipped with 2.5D Curved glass that not only makes smartphone look more beautiful but also helps the perfect glass screen with diamond cut metallic chamfered edge and add comfort when holding the unit.

ASUS uses an In-Plane Switching (IPS) type screen capable of presenting images with the good color reproduction from various angles, up to 178 degrees. IPS screen is also equipped with LEDs that have a brightness above 400nits. So that we can read the content in various light conditions.

With the HD screen, the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max ZC520KL is fairly comfortable enough to be used to play movies or watch multimedia content from the Internet. Video files or video streaming from YouTube can be played with optimum display quality. Although of course cannot be compared with the Full HD screen is more detailed and sharp. Especially when compared with the 2k screen from some premium mobile phone.

 ASUS ZenUI  Interface

The interface design that adorns this phone is still carrying ZenUI 3.0. Somewhat surprising why use the old version. Though his colleagues in the Zenfone series 4 has been using ZenUI 4.0 including Zenfone 4 Max Pro though.

Nevertheless, Asus argues that ZenUI 3.0 on Asus Zenfone 4 Max ZC520KL smartphone gets an update and upgrade to Android Nougat. this UI comes with Motion Gesture and Quick Trigger for One Hand mode where users can instantly pick up calls by dragging the smartphone to the ear or pressing the home button twice to activate One Hand Mode.

Dual Camera

Dual camera is like a mantra for mainstream smartphone manufacturers. Not considered cool if you have not used dual cameras. And it seems, this mantra is also attached Asus in which the entire range of Zenfone 4 must use Dual Camera, although not necessarily need very, very.

Well, what’s the difference between Zenfone 4 Max and 4 Max Pro? Both are carrying dual camera configuration for the rear camera, but there is little difference in both these smartphones. If Zenfone 4 Max Pro ZC554KL comes with a 16-megapixel resolution camera on the back, the Zenfone 4 Max ZC520KL comes equipped with a 13-megapixel camera on the main camera and 5 megapixels for a second camera with 120-degree wide lens.

13 MP camera provides better detail, while the wide angle is suitable for photographing objects with wide viewing angle. Such as panoramic or interior room. We can easily shift the use of the standard lens or wide-angle lens with menus contained in the camera interface.

The latest smartphone from ASUS is also equipped with PixelMaster 4.0 Camera which makes the rear camera has a fast autofocus accuracy up to 0.03 seconds autofocus detected phase detection.

In addition to Phase Detection, PixelMaster 4.0 Camera also features EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization) feature that enables users to take less-than-vibration video. In the main camera, a smartphone is equipped with EIS 3-Axis system that is claimed will help minimize shocks on the results of recorded video captured. There’s also a Super Resolution feature that lets users get better detail thanks to higher resolutions of up to 64 megapixels.

In terms of shooting mode, Asus ZenFone 4 Max ZC520KL provides a variety of shooting mode options that can be exploited by users for various needs. Starting from Auto, Pro, Beauty, Super Resolution, Gif Animation, Panorama and Time Lapse. Various photo filters and HDR features, Wide Angle and Portrait can also be activated to get the photos you want.

As for the front camera, available shooting modes are Beauty, Auto, GIF Animation, Selfie Panorama. Interestingly front camera has been equipped with Softlight LED flash that can make users do selfie photos in low light conditions.

In addition, thanks to the presence of Beauty features will improve the results of facial photos directly with a variety of make-up effects including softener and skin lightening, blush and color correction, modify the shape of the eye, until the cheek shape.

In Zen UI 3.0 update version, you can enjoy Selfie Master application. In it, you can take advantage of the smartphone’s 8-megapixel front camera to selfie in the form of photos and video.

In fact, we can take advantage of BeautyLive feature that allows you to do live broadcasting with beautification feature so that the face will feel more interesting when chatting with the fans directly in cyberspace.

BeautyLive feature also provides a direct shortcut button to perform live broadcasting through several applications such as Facebook or Youtube. The amount can be increased depending on what live broadcast application you install on this smartphone.

Well, what about the photographs? Approximately equal to Asus Zenfone 4 Max Pro.

Features

Although included in the second-class mobile phone millions are affordable, but the affairs of connectivity, this phone is quite capable. Because it has supported 4G LTE Cat 4 with Dual SIM Card. Ease, SIM Card slot is not a hybrid so that both slots can to put the SIM card. If you want to add micro SD, provided its own tray.

To open the SIM card tray, the user simply pierced the available hole in the side of the SIM tray with the SIM card ejector that has been provided in the package packaging. The storage expansion slot itself can accommodate Micro SD cards up to 256GB capacity.

With complete connectivity, users can be more comfortable surfing or be socializing in social media. If you feel the performance starts a bit slow, we can restore smartphone performance with Mobile Manager feature. In these features we can do many things to improve smartphone performance, ranging from emptying RAM, cleaning up data that is less important to expand the storage media to set the equity and permissions of every application you install on a smartphone.

There is also a Genie Game which is a floating app that allows users more comfortable while playing games with the smartphone. In fact, we can do Boost on a smartphone to get a better experience while playing the game.

With this feature also, we can record a gaming session or even do live to broadcast easily via Youtube or Twitch. So users can easily share their best gaming sessions with others.

As for security matters, Zenfone 4 Max ZC520KL is equipped with a fingerprint sensor that is located on the front of the body of the smartphone, together with the Home button.

To beautify the look, this sensor has a chrome accent color adjusted color smartphone around it. The fingerprint sensor enables registering up to five fingers at a time, and this sensor can still read the fingerprint even if putting the finger in any position.

Battery

From internal testing, Lithium Polymer type battery that is embedded in ZenFone 4 Max ZC520KL can last up to 37 days when in the standby condition in the 4G network. If used to communicate voice over a 3G-based network, the battery can last up to 31 hours. As for music lovers, batteries can supply music playback needs for 101 hours non-stop. As for web browsing with Wi-Fi network, this smartphone can last for 21 hours.

As for rechargeable batteries, this smartphone has support features Rapid Charge which allows the battery of this smartphone can be refilled to provide talk time for 2 hours in 15 minutes when the re-charge.

Maximum battery life of this smartphone is obtained thanks to two factors. First, the use of a large battery capacity of 4.100mAh, and battery optimization options that allow users to choose the most appropriate settings for various activities they do.

With a 4.100mAh battery, the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max ZC520KL is one of the largest compact smartphones available in the market today. It is made of high-density lithium-ion cells that are formed and packed to fit in the body of ZenFone 4 Max ZC520KL that sailed 5.2 inches.

As for further enhanced battery life, the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max ZC520KL also provides five color-selection modes that allow users to manage energy consumption according to their current needs. Available options Performance, Normal, Power Saving, Super Saving and Customized.

Interestingly, the ZenFone 4 Max ZC520KL is also available Smart Switch feature. Pointedly, users can rely on smartphones to switch automatically to further energy saving modes, without the need to manually select the desired mode. The Smart switch option itself consists of two parts. Switch by battery level or Switch by schedule.

In Switch by battery level mode, the smartphone will automatically shift to Power Saving, Super saving, or Customized options to enter the settings as set by the user. Battery level set can also be selected. Users can choose the option 10% to 30% before the smartphone into the savings mode that we choose.

The second option is Switch by schedule. This option is also very interesting. Users can set when the smartphone is in Performance mode when it goes into Power saving mode, Super saving or another mode to save energy.

In addition to a large battery capacity and energy-saving features, the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max ZC520KL can also share the energy capacity that it stores in its battery to other devices. With reverse charging capability feature, this smartphone can change function also become a power bank.

How easy to use. Users simply connect the smartphone or other gadgets that will be recharged using the USB cable on the go (OTG) provided on the sales package and data cable that is also provided. Plug the other end of the data cable (micro USB) into the loaded smartphone, and plug the other end of the OTG USB cable into the ASUS 4 Max ZC520KL. Thus, the power that is still owned by the battery owned by ZenFone 4 Max will be transferred to the smartphone that we will fill.

Users also do not have to worry about ZenFone 4 Max ZC520KL it runs out of battery. ASUS has a feature that will automatically disconnect power transfer to other devices if the battery power that he has only 30 percent left to live.

With smartphones connected to Wi-Fi networks and used for everyday use such as web browsing and of course monitoring social media, this smartphone can survive 1 day 12 hours with 32% battery remaining with predictable lifespan for 18 hours.

Performance

Currently, the smartphone is required to have the efficient performance to run various applications, to the condition of multitasking. Inevitably, components of power providers ranging from processors, graphics chips, RAM, storage, screen capabilities and others into consideration are very influential for the user before dropping the option.

To control all activities, ASUS ZenFone 4 Max ZC520KL is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 425 SoC which has quad-core CPU based on ARM Cortex A53 speed of 1.4GHz. It is accompanied by Qualcomm Adreno 308 graphics that run at speeds up to 598MHz. Interestingly, although using the mainstream SoC class, this smartphone is able to offer sufficient performance can be counted on.

The SoC is equipped with Hexagon DSP (Digital Signal Microprocessor) which is designed to operate with energy more efficiently, especially in applications that deal with signals such as audio, video, and mobile broadband. Each analog signal is converted to a digital signal and then processed by the DSP at a lower latency, and ultimately improves performance.

For connectivity, Snapdragon 425 uses the X6 LTE mode that supports Cat. 4, 150Mbps download and 75Mbps upload, still with Wi-Fi ac support. and Quick Charge 2.0.

From the graphics side, Qualcomm Adreno 308 GPU in SoC is able to display HD 720p resolution up to 60 frames per second to produce smooth and smooth quality video display. The SoC is also capable of recording 1080p quality video, as well as a limited camera up to 16 megapixels. So, what is the performance of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor? As an illustration, the SoC was created by Qualcomm to continue the SoC Snapdragon 410 which is claimed to provide higher performance thanks to higher CPU clock and the new Adreno 308 GPU.

Asus Zenfone 4 Max ZC520KL Tech Specs

Asus ZenFone 4 Max ZC520KL
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