ASUS Zenfone 3 Max 5.2 or Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime?

Leo Reyes Balingit asks, “Which is better: Zenfone 3 Max 5.2 or J5 Prime?

The ASUS Zenfone 3 Max 5.2 has been around since last year. It has a 5.2″ IPS LCD display with a 1280 x 720 resolution, a MediaTek MT6737T processor, 32GB internal storage, 3GB RAM, 13MP rear camera with LED flash, 5MP front camera, and 4,100mAh battery.

The Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime is one of Samsung’s budget smartphones. It has a 5″ TFT display with a 1280 x 720 resolution, an Exynos 7570 processor, a 16GB internal storage, 2GB RAM, a 13MP rear camera with LED flash, 5MP front camera, and 2,400mAh battery.

Here are their detailed specs:

ASUS Zenfone 3 Max 5.2 Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime
Display 5.2-inch IPS LCD @ 1280 x 720 pixels 5-inch TFT display @ 1280 x 720 pixels
CPU 1.5GHz MediaTek MT6737T quad-core 1.4GHz Exynos 7570 Quad-Core
GPU Mali-T720 MP2 Mali-T720
Memory – 32GB internal storage
– 3GB RAM
– 16GB internal storage
– 2GB RAM
Camera -13MP autofocus rear camera w/ LED flash
-5MP front-facing camera
-13MP f/1.9 autofocus rear camera w/ LED flash
-5MP front-facing camera
Battery 4,100mAh battery 2400mAh non-removable battery
OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow

Here are their benchmark scores:

ASUS Zenfone 3 Max 5.2 Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime
Antutu 40,063 35,844
Geekbench 1.5GHz MediaTek MT6737T quad-core 1.4GHz Exynos 7570 Quad-Core
Battery 12 hours and 30 minutes 13 hours

Here are the advantages of each smartphone from each other.

ASUS Zenfone 3 Max 5.2

+ Slightly larger screen size

+ Slightly better performing CPU

+ Larger internal storage

+ Larger RAM

+ Larger battery capacity

Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime

+ Bluetooth 4.2

+ Slightly longer battery life

DISPLAY

The Zenfone 3 Max carries a 5.2-inch screen size with an IPS display while the J5 Prime has a 5-inch with a TFT one. In terms of viewing experience, the former has the upper hand with its larger screen size and better display type. IPS LCD displays are basically the upgrade of TFT displays which provide better color accuracy and viewing angles.

CPU AND GPU

The Zenfone 3 Max is equipped with a MediaTek MT6737T processor paired with a Mali-T720 GPU while the J5 Prime has an Exynos 7570 processor with the same GPU. Looking at the benchmarks, the former shows faster and better CPU performance. In terms of gaming capabilities, do not expect much since their GPU is only for entry-level smartphones, though it can run light-to-moderate graphics games with no problems. As for heavy graphics games, expect that it will only have low fps even if graphical settings are adjusted.

CAMERA

Both smartphones have the same rear and front camera resolutions. We may not have put the devices side-by-side for a comparison, but we have taken sample shots from each which you can view here. (ASUS Zenfone 3 Max 5.2 and Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime)

BATTERY

The Zenfone Max series has been known for its large battery capacities and for that, we are impressed with the Zenfone 3 Max’s 4,100mAh battery. However, we were surprised that upon testing its battery life, it only yielded 12 hours and 30 minutes while the J5 Prime with only 2,400mAh battery lasted for 13 hours in our video loop test.

PRICE

The ASUS Zenfone 3 Max 5.2 is priced at Php7,995 (see price listing here) while the Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime is priced at Php8,490 (see price listing here).

We would go with the Zenfone 3 Max 5.2 in this match due to its better viewing experience, large internal storage and RAM, and a faster performance speed.

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