All Hail the Asus Zenfone Max Plus – The Battery King (review)

We had a great time reviewing the predecessor, the Zenfone 4 Max late last year amid the release of the Zenfone 4 family of phones. Though only sporting mid-range specs, the price was well worth within a good range considering that you are getting one of the most long-lasting phones in the market.

Finding out about a niche market that focuses on longevity more than high-end specs, Asus went ahead and created a new line of smartphones solely for those socket-deprived or those that just refuse to lug a powerbank within their persons.

Enter the Zenfone Max Plus M1.

The successor to the Filipino favorite Zenfone 4 Max does not, by any means, wish to dethrone its older brother. Rather, the aim here is to supplement the beloved phone with options specifically for those that simply want their phones to last longer in the day much like how Nokia did in days of old.

Zenfone Max Plus M1 design

There is not a lot of difference between the Max Plus and the Zenfone 4 Max in the aesthetics department since there’s also not a lot to complain about in the way the phone was designed.

It’s a solid, weighty phone clan in metal with plastic caps for the bottom and top portions to make way for signal reception, Bluetooth, and other connectivity functions and features.

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Button placements as well as the location of the extra security feature in the form of a fingerprint scanner – which can be found at the back, are a standard affair on the right side with the volume rocker above the power button. Not much else is different from the camera placements both in the front and the back.

The addition of a face unlock feature works well only if your entire face is lit up properly with ample lighting. In case of low-lit scenarios the fingerprint scanner will kick in or that of the manual unlock features such as using your pin, password, or pattern.

Zenfone Max Plus M1 display

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The updated version of the Zenfone 4 Max has this specific upgrade to the experience with a 18:9 ration 1080p IPS LCD display. It’s great for consuming content with just the right colors and brightness.

There will be understandable struggles when viewing under direct sunlight bot not too bad an experience as to ruin it altogether.

Zenfone Max Plus M1 camera

There was not a lot changed in the camera department apart from some software-side tweaks to splat those pesky bugs.

Images are great in conditions that are sun-assisted or those with ample lighting shown here with outdoor shots containing all the details. There were focusing issues here and there as the processor had trouble targeting for what it was looking at. HDR mode will slow processing even more though the difference is not that much of a contrast to the original image.

The secondary wide-angle camera will help you get more of your shot in to the frame though that would mean sacrificing a bit on quality since the 8MP sensor will only be half that of the main shooter.

That’s the best of what the Max Plus can offer, however, since quality will begin to falter the more you start losing the help of mister sun or really really big and bright lamps and indoor lighting. Noise is specially apparent in night shooting. Manual mode is available for those that are looking to get creative and want stylized shots though processing will take longer the more time the shutter is opened to take in more of what you’re taking a shot of.

Videos will max out at 180p at 30fps with decent quality overall.

Considering the price tag, there’s not much to complain about in the multimedia department.

Zenfone Max Plus performance

Sporting a Mediatek MT6750T with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, performance is decent as a daily driver for all your casual apps and games including decent playback with Arena of Valor and Mobile Legends. The only thing you will be concerning yourself with is proper internet connection and you’re good to go.

Clocking in about 38,987 points in Antutu Benchmark as well as 1,589 units on Geekbench, the Max Plus works well under most conditions apart from heavy apps like video and photo editing which will cause the phone to slow down to compensate for computing capabilities.

Zenfone Max Plus battery

Considering a the difference of the 5,000mAh battery in the Zenfone 4 Max now down to 4,1430mAh for the Max Plus, you’d think that overall longevity will start faltering at all the wrong places. Though the almost 900mAh gap between the two models is significant, battery life at about 28 hours is still more than the high-end smartphone can muster on a regular basis.

Granted it will take more than two hours to fully top up the device, the Max Plus is still up there as a contender for the long-lasting category of smartphones. The dialing down of processor and RAM also helps in making efficient the capacity of the phone.

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Zenfone Max Plus verdict

Priced at 11,995 (available at Lazada), there’s not a lot to complain about with the Max Plus with overall decent specs and good display to boot. The Zenfone 4 Max is always an option, too, at 9,995 also available in Lazada.

What do you think of the Asus Zenfone Max Plus M1? Let us know at the comments section below or over at Twitter @MNLMash.

Mabuhay, Manila.

Official Specification:

Model ZenFone Max Plus (ZB5570TL)


Metal body design with front 2.5D Arc Glass
Full View Display with slim 2.47mm bezels
5.7-inch Full HD (2160 x 1080) display in a 5.2-inch body

Dimension: 73 x 152.6 x 8.8 mm

Weight: 160g

Display, Resolution

FHD: 5.65-inch 18:9 Aspect Ratio, FHD (2160 x 1080), IPS display
High 400nits brightness
79.8% screen to body ratio. (FHD)
Capacitive touch panel with 5 points multi-touch (Supports Glove Touch)


CPU MediaTek MT6750T Octa-core processor 1.5GHz (FHD)
GPU Mali T860

RAM / Storage Up to 4GB RAM / Up to 32GB Storage

Dual Camera System

Front Camera 16 Megapixels / F2.0 aperture
Main Camera 16 Megapixels / F2.0 aperture with 0.03 sec PDAF
Wide Camera 8 Megapixels, 120 wide angle, 6 element lens
Camera feature

PixelMaster 4.0 camera modes:
Auto mode with HDR / Pro mode / Beauty mode / Super Resolution / Panorama /
GIF animation / Time Lapse
Wireless Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
DC-HSPA+ (DL/UL): 42/5.76 Mbps; LTE-Cat 6 (2CA)

Bluetooth 4.0
Micro USB

Rear fingerprint security sensor, supports 5 fingers 360 degree recognition, 0.5

second unlock
0.3 second face unlock

SIM card and SD slot

Triple slots, dual SIM dual standby (4G+3G)
Slot1: nano SIM (2G / 3G / 4G)
Slot2: nano SIM (2G / 3G / 4G)
Slot3: micro SD card up to 256GB
OS Android 7.0 with Zen UI 4.0 with new features


4130mAh non removable large capacity battery
Up to 26 days standby
Up to 26 hrs 3G talk time
Up to 21 hrs Wi-Fi web browsing
Up to 13 hrs video playback
2X Lifespan option with PowerMaster

Audio/Microphone Asus AudioWizard
5-magnet speakers


Deepsea black
Sunlight gold
Azure Silver

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