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The Asus ZenFone Max has a seriously huge battery


Asus ZenFone Max
The Asus ZenFone Max

Battery life is a sticking point for many smartphones, but it's unlikely to be a problem for Asus’ new handset.

The company has just announced the ZenFone Max, a new mobile device with a ludicrously sized 5,000mAh lithium-ion battery stuffed into the 5.5in handset.

For comparison, here’s a list of some top bill smartphones and their respective battery capacities:

As you can see, the ZenFone Max has clearly snubbed the status quo when it comes to battery capacity.

What’s more, the handset can also be used to charge other devices, making the Asus ZenFone Max a portable power bank as much as a smartphone.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen smartphone manufacturers turn out smartphones with absurdly large lithium-ion cells.

Earlier this year, Acer showed off its 5.5in Liquid X2, which promises more than two days of charge thanks to a 4,000mAh battery.

So aside from a battery that has nearly twice the capacity of the one in the Galaxy S6, what else does the ZenFone Max have to offer?

Features include a 5.5in display, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, a Snapdragon 410 chip and 2GB of RAM.

The combination of a low-power chip and a sub-6in display should result in exceptional battery life.

The ZenFone Max won’t be available to buy until October, and pricing and availability is yet to be announced.

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Dead Words

August 6, 2015, 12:42 pm

Is the screen resolution known?

Trevor Totten

August 6, 2015, 1:02 pm

Finally, a manufacturer who realises not everyone cares about faster CPUs and more RAM! Although it would be nice to have all of that. I'd happily have a phone that's a couple of millimetres thicker so it could have a larger battery.


August 6, 2015, 2:13 pm

I manage to squeeze just over 2 days on the 3220mAh Galaxy Note 4. Well done to Asus for stuffing in a larger capacity battery


August 6, 2015, 11:34 pm

I believe I read somewhere that there is, or will be a dual sim version of this.
Hope so!

I agree with Trevor on all counts but it seems most reviewers, across the net, constantly find fault with devices that are not sleek or iPhone ish.
Look at the love the S6 got, whereas many comments on here bemoaned "backward thinking" and Samsungs' betrayed of its USP.

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