Specs Comparison: ASUS ZenFone Max Plus vs ASUS ZenFone 4 Max

ASUS has launched a new smartphone in the Philippines yesterday touted as “The Battery King”, the ZenFone Max Plus. It boasts a 5.7-inch Full View display, dual-rear cameras, Face Unlock technology, and a large 4,130mAh battery. But what advantages does it have over the other battery champion, the ZenFone 4 Max? Find out in our specs comparison below.

ASUS ZenFone Max Plus (M1)ASUS Zenfone 4 Max (ZC554KL)
5.7-inch FHD+ IPS 18:9 display @ 2160 x 1080px, 424 ppi5.5-inch HD IPS display @ 1280 x 720, 267ppi
2.5D curved glass2.5D curved glass
MediaTek MT6750T 1.5GHz octa-core CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 430 1.4GHz octa-core CPU
Mali-T860MP2 GPUAdreno 505 GPU
32GB internal storage32GB internal storage
microSD up to 256GB (dedicated slot)microSD up to 256GB (dedicated slot)
Dual 16MP f/2.0 + 8MP f/2.4 wide-angle AF rear cameras, LED flash13MP Omnivision 13855 rear main, 1.1 um pixel size, f/2.0, EIS, PDAF + 5MP Omnivision 5675 rear wide-angle, 1.12um pixel size, f/2.0, LED flash
8MP front camera w/ screen flash8MP Omnivision 8856 front, 1.12um pixel f/2.2, w/ LED flash
4G LTE Cat.44G LTE Cat.4
WiFi 802.11 b/g/nWiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0Bluetooth 4.1
Fingerprint scanner, Face UnlockFingerprint scanner
ASUS ZenUI 4.0 (Android 7.0 Nougat)ASUS ZenUI 4.0 (Android 7.0 Nougat)
4,130mAh battery w/ reverse charging5,000mAh battery w/ reverse charging
152.6 x 72.7 x 8.8 mm154 x 76.9 x 8.9 mm
160 g181 g

Summary of advantages

ASUS ZenFone Max Plus (M1):
* Larger display size
* Higher display resolution
* 18:9 aspect ratio with slim top and bottom bezels
* Higher rear camera resolution
* Larger RAM
* Face Unlock feature
* Smaller footprint
* Lighter

ASUS Zenfone 4 Max (ZC554KL):
* Front camera LED flash
* Updated Bluetooth
* Larger battery
* Lower price

Based on the summary above, the Max Plus clearly has more advantages over the ZenFone 4 Max. One of them is the larger display with higher screen resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio. The slim top and bottom bezels are attractive features, not to mention the smaller footprint despite the bigger screen size.

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Camera-wise, the Max Plus also has higher rear camera resolution over the ZenFone 4 Max, which theoretically, should produce better images. Both devices pack 8MP front shooters, however, the Max Plus settled with screen flash compared to the LED flash found on the ZenFone 4 max.

When it comes to performance, the Max Plus packs a MediaTek MT6750T chipset while the ZenFone 4 Max has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430. Both phones scored closely in AnTuTu, however, the former has the advantage when it comes to RAM as it has 4GB compared to the latter’s 3GB. ASUS also placed some extra features on the Max Plus with its Face Unlock which is a biometric feature that we’re starting to see more in smartphones.

While the Max Plus look better on paper, the ZenFone 4 Max is not to be scoffed at. It may not have the “Battery King” title, but it does have a larger 5,000mAh battery. Considering the modest specs, we expect the ZenFone 4 Max to last longer.

Lastly, the price, with all its bells and whistles the Max Plus is priced at Php11,995 which is Php2K more expensive than the Php9,995 ZenFone 4 Max. It’s a reasonable price jump, but if you’re short on the budget, the latter is a more attractive option.

You can read our review of the ZenFone Max Plus and the ZenFone 4 Max via the links provided.

What do you guys think? Which Max do you think has better value? Let us know in the comments below.

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This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

6 Responses

  1. Avatar for Fei Fei says:

    Madaling uminit at masira. Waste of money ang Asus. Better mag samsung or huawei.

  2. Avatar for Asus addict Asus addict says:

    I regret buying this phone the buttons feel flimsy and cheap

  3. Avatar for maria Ranario maria Ranario says:

    Still much better the ZenFone max 4, rather than the max plus. As it is what I used right now. I will give the battery king named for the max 4.

  4. Avatar for Jude Jude says:

    Ovetqall, i say ZF4 Max is better. Snapdragon SoC is better than mediatek. Kahit sabihin pang pareho lang score sa mga benchmarks, SD chipsets are way better than MTK when it comes to performance. Dont have to elaborate on that.

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