ZenFone 4 Max Lite (ZC520KL) Review
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ZenFone 4 Max Lite (ZC520KL) Review

Intro

ASUS is fond of creating different variants of their Zenfone family. There’s “max” and “lite” aside from the standard versions. Stay tuned as we reveal the review of the last family member of the ZenFone 4. This is our ZenFone 4 Max Lite Review.

The ZenFone 4 Max Lite is called the lite version because it has 2GB RAM & 16GB ROM only. But the battery remains to be powerful having 4,100mAH.

Specs

Display 5.2-inch HD IPS LCD screen, 1280 x 720 pixels, 282 ppi
CPU 1.4Ghz 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset
RAM 2GB
GPU Adreno 308
SIM Dual-SIM, Dual stand-by
Storage 16GB
Storage expansion Dedicated microSD slot up to 256GB
Rear camera Dual 13-megapixel (primary) and 5-megapixel (wide-angle) with phase detection auto-focus and LED flash
Front camera 8-megapixel with LED flash
Video recording 1080p (30 fps)
Operating system Android 7.0 “Nougat”, ASUS ZenUI 4.0
Others Fingerprint scanner
USB-OTG support
Connectivity WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
GPS, with A-GPS, GLONASS
GSM, HSPA+, 4G LTE (Category 4)
FM Radio
micro USB 2.0
Dimensions 150.5 x 73.3 x 8.8 mm
Weight 156 grams
Battery 4,100 mAh non-removable capacity, fast battery charging
Color Deep Sea Black, Sunlight Gold, and Rose Pink

Unboxing video

Design & Build Quality

Our review unit is a white/gold combo. It is housed in a metal unibody and there’s an obvious metal band at the back.

The front has the kind of old layout: no backlight capacitive buttons and a rectangular shape fingerprint scanner that doubles as the home button.

On the left is the SIM tray with two (2) nano SIM slots and a dedicated microSD slot for additional external storage.

Also, this device uses micro USB port rather than USB Type-C.

There is a premium feel on this device and it is nice to hold in the hands as well.

Display & Media

The ZenFone 4 Max Lite has a 5.2-inch HD IPS LCD screen with 1280 x 720 pixels. The display is bright and crisp. No viewing angle issues observed so far.

There is a thin black border around the screen, but it does not bother us.

In terms of media playbacks, the Zenfone 4 Max Lite delivers clear audio. You can turn on the “outdoor” mode if you want to boost the audio by pressing the volume control upwards.

Software, UI & Apps

The heart of the device lies on Android 7.1.1. aka Nougat with ZenUI on top of it. There is the usual app drawer for easy navigation. But you can always swipe up to do a shortcut.

Aside from the on-screen notification, you’ll see figures called “count badges” on the top right of the icon in case you have an unread notification. This is a nice feature of the ZenUI.

Aside from the ZenUI themes, which allows you to customize your screen, there is also…. magazine.

Performance & Benchmarks

There is where the serious talks begin. Because this device has only 2GB RAM, you have to be patient in launching apps simultaneously. There is a noted lag and if you are used to devices with more RAM, you can be impatient with this device.

The 16GB storage also is one of the oldest configurations. This is used only by local brands such as Cherry Mobile and Cloudfone. However, the dedicated microSD slot justifies this issue.

Camera

There are three cameras mounted on this device. At the back, you get a dual setup — a 13MP(primary) and 5MP(wide-angle) with phase detection auto-focus and LED flash.

Here are the samples we took out of the rear cameras. Be the judge.

Connectivity, Audio quality & Battery life

See also: ASUS ZenFone 5 Lite Review

Other than the slow performance of the device, connectivity, and audio quality is outstanding. Battery life is at its best. There is no need for synthetic benchmark here. If you are not a social media addict, the Zenfone 4 Max Lite battery can last more than two days.

Verdict

I wish they made a 3GB variant rather than a 2GB. Cameras are mediocre. ASUS must improve the cameras on their Zenfone line up, or they will be left out in the competition.

Great battery. Hands-down. This is the device that you need when you go out of town.

You can score the Zenfone 4 Max Lite for the price of P7,995.

  • Design4.0
  • Software4.0
  • Performance3.0
  • Battery life5.0
  • Price4.0
4.0Overall Score

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