Last month, ASUS announced the updated series of ZenFone 4 devices and released them, mostly in Asian markets. Now we are starting to see the first of these here in the United States. The new ZenFone 4 Max, sporting a huge 5000 mAh battery, is now available for $199 from Amazon. It is not a bad price for a well appointed mid-range Android phone that will be getting updated to Android Oreo in 2018.
The ZenFone 4 Max has a 5.5″ display that renders 1280 x 720 (that gives you ~401PPI) and is powered by the Snapdragon 430 processor. It has 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage (which can be expanded up to an additional 256GB thanks to the MicroSD slot) and, as mentioned, a 5000 mAh battery which can actually be used to charge other devices thanks the reverse charging feature.
The phone is sold unlocked and will work with GSM carriers here in the United States like T-Mobile and AT&T. Canadian readers, it will work the likes of Rogers and TELUS too. Here’s a run down of the supported frequencies.
- GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
- HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
- LTE: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 26, 28
Unfortunately for those of you who are CDMA carriers like Sprint & Verizon, this phone won’t work for you.