Asus Zenfone 3 Max 5.2 ZC520TL

Asus Zenfone 3 Max 5.2 or ZC520TL is a 5.2″ display, smartphone in the ZenFone 3 series.  Current discounted price is ₱ 7,253.07 that can be checked here. Previous introductory price is ₱ 8990.00 on its initial release.

The phone was released in August 2016 and up to the present writing, we anticipate for a newer Zenfone 4 series to be announced. However, its features can meet your expectation in terms of battery performance and good benchmark scores. The price is also the great advantage of the phone since it retails now for ₱ 7,995.00 which is 11.11% discounted compared to the initial pricing.

OS: Android Marshmallow

The phone runs out of the box in Android 6.0.1 or Marshmallow which is quite outdated. Asus release updates to Nougat by FOTA and would require 1.5Gb free space on internal storage.
A notification will automatically appear on the status bar when updates are available. Users can also check for manual update by going to setting> about> system update.

Processing Power

In terms of hardware, the phone runs on the following components: Quad-core 1.25 GHz Cortex-A53 chipset, Mediatek MT6737M chipset, and Mali-T720MP2 GPU. The Antutu score is 30,000 to 35,000. For common apps and games, the device should handle it nicely in medium settings. For high end games and demanding applications with multitasking, some hiccups can be experienced since this is not the top of the tier chip in the market. Its a mid-range phone and having  the features like 3Gb RAM, 4G LTE, fingerprint sensor, and good battery outweigh the cons.

Support and Help Forums

Asus also provides a support forum for their phone users which can be found at After-sales support has to be made available to phone buyers, since not all users are techie. Support sites and managed help forums are a consideration now for buyers. Warranty depends per country. In the Philippines, it is 1 year warranty.

4130mAh Battery Capacity

The ZenFone 3 Max 5.2 excels in its battery life. The high capacity battery with 4130mAh rating gives owners flexibility for extended hours of use. Talk time use can reach up to 20 hours of over 3G network use, and up to 87 hours of music playing as claimed by Asus.

Built Specification

The elegant full-metal, aluminum alloy body with 5.2in HD IPS display presents a high 75% screen to body ratio. With the maximized display to body ratio, the user will have better grip of the device while keeping display big enough for using the phone. It weighs 148g. With a 8.6 mm thickness it still manage to fit in a high capacity non-removable battery.

Final Notes

Overall, the phone is perfect for mid-range smart phone users and the benefits of the features attest for its popularity and market penetration. For higher end processors and requirements for faster phones, you can check out other upcoming reviews from this site. Payment can be cash or installment of up to 24 months, as low as ₱ 458.18 per month in the dealer’s site.

The package or box do not contain micro SD card. You can buy the best microSD cards in the market. You can also select the card found at Lazada which is a Class 10 SDHC 16Gb memory card at only ₱ 427.70.

By Kyle

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