- Analysis by KJ David
Although it ends up as a middle-class smartphone in terms of overall pros and cons, the Asus Zenfone Max Shot is home to a few high-tier specs, although you might want to take note of its drawbacks first. For starters, it does not go all out on performance, running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon SiP 1 eight-core 64-bit engine that peaks at only 1.8GHz , whereas a lot of its eight-core contemporaries use engines that clock in at 2.2GHz or higher. Its SiP 1 chip, by the way, is a collaboration between Asus, Qualcomm, and Chinese brand USI that integrates main processing components like RAM, audio codec, modem, and app processor into a single package.
Accompanying its CPU is a 4GB/3GB RAM that is somewhat sober, at least compared to the 6GB RAMs offered by a few tantamount phones listed here on Phonerated. Its 64GB maximum internal memory sounds like a con as well, although it's easily brushed aside by the Max Shot's support for up to 2TB's worth of external memory .
This 2019 Asus release owes its name to the triple-lens camera setup perched on its rear side, bringing to mind some of the best photography-focused smartphones around. It consists of a 12-megapixel Sony-IMX486-sensor main cam, an 8-megapixel 120-degree wide-angle cam, and a 5-megapixel depth-detection cam. Together, the forenamed lenses offer hardware-level bokeh photography, AI scene detection, and 3-axis electronic video stabilization. Sitting up front is an 8-megapixel LED-flash-equipped selfie camera that's neither impressive nor disappointing, at least by the mid-end standards around the time of this on-paper review.
Also among its pros is a 4000mAh battery boasting some above-average self-attributed scores, including a 44-hour 3G talk time (2640 minutes) and a 35-day 4G standby time , the former being over 160 percent higher than the average mark when we were checking it out. Explore our list of the best high-stamina phones here.
Joining its pros and cons is a respectable 6.26-inch Full HD+ (2280 x 1080) IPS display with a 500-nit peak brightness level and a 2.5D curved glass finish, while the Android 8.0 Oreo ties everything together.
Wrapping up, the Zenfone Max Shot seems like a solid middle-class purchase for those who want a high-endurance, photography-driven smartphone.
** This phone is also known as: Asus Max Shot, Asus ZB634KL
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