Page 7 : Gaming & Overall Performance, Our Verdict & Award
Gaming Performance – 3DMark
We tested the ZenFone 4 Max Pro’s gaming performance using 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Unlimited test.
|Ice Storm Unlimited||ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro||ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro||Samsung Galaxy S8||Huawei Mate 9|
|Graphics Test 1||55.1 fps||80.7 fps||173.1 fps||202.5 fps|
|Graphics Test 2||33.6 fps||46.0 fps||124.3 fps||131.1 fps|
|Physics Test||32.7 fps||51.8 fps||67.1 fps||48.1 fps|
The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check) uses the Qualcomm Adreno 505 GPU, which offers decent performance but is no match for the much faster GPUs in flagship smartphones. It is about 30% slower than the Adreno 506 GPU used by the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check).
AnTuTu is a nice benchmark for testing various performance aspects of Android devices.
|AnTuTu||ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro||ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro||Samsung Galaxy S8||Huawei Mate 9|
|– 3D (Marooned)||5915||8230||43953||23313|
|– 3D (Garden)||2367||5201||30383||16801|
|– UX Data Secure||4655||6226||7996||7943|
|– UX Data Process||2328||3404||5866||6985|
|– UX Strategy Games||1143||4611||11165||11860|
|– UX Image Process||3585||7291||22716||5580|
|– UX I/O Performance||2388||3316||4416||7607|
|– CPU Mathematics||2964||4304||10996||9680|
|– CPU Common Use||5180||7150||10939||11139|
|– CPU Multi-Core||6796||9903||16578||11173|
Even with an octa-core processor, the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check) is no race horse. It is definitely much slower than the top-of-the-line processors used in flagship smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S8 (Price Check). But make no mistake – this is very decent performance at its price point..
Our Verdict & Award
The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (ZC554KL) smartphone offers extremely-long battery life to users who are always on-the-go, and may not have ready access to a power source. With its large 5,000 mAh battery and the ASUS PowerMaster system, you can run the most strenuous apps on it for hours, and it will still have hours more of battery life to spare.
ASUS knows this, so they added a fast reverse charging feature. This allows the ZenFone 4 Max Pro to function like a power bank, recharging your other devices. If battery life is critical for you, there can be no doubt that the ZenFone 4 Max Pro is about as good as it gets!
But the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check) is not just a smartphone with large battery. It actually boasts some serious photography chops. It has a 16 MP front camera for really high-resolution selfies, with a soft LED flash for low-light conditions.
It even has a dual-lens camera system, albeit not as advanced as those in flagship smartphones. Still, this is a nice surprise for a smartphone at this price point. The main camera has a 16 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens – no complaints here. The wide-angle camera only has a 5 MP sensor, which reduces its utility.
What this means is you will most likely use the 16 MP main camera for a vast majority of your photos, switching to the wide-angle camera only when you really need the wider angle. Still, it is better than not having the option at all.
What we did not like was its video and audio recording performance. It has focusing issues when there are multiple subjects at different distances, which detracts from its otherwise decent video recording performance. The recorded audio though was reedy and lacks punch. It appears to be tuned for voice recording, at the expense of other frequencies.
The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check) looks very similar to the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check). It has the same basic design with a premium anodised metal chassis. Other than the difference in the cameras, it looks like a thicker brother of the Selfie Pro.
All in all, we really like its awesome battery capabilities, premium build quality, and 16 MP front camera. Its dual-lens camera is also a nice bonus at this price point. With all that in mind, we think the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro deserves no less than our Reviewer’s Choice Award!
Other ASUS ZenFone 4 Articles
Here are the links to our other ASUS ZenFone 4 previews and articles :
- The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (ZD552KL) Review
- Gong Yoo Madness @ ASUS “We Love Photo”!
- The ASUS ZenFone 4 Price List & Pre-Order Offers!
- The ASUS ZenFone 4 Pro (ZS551KL) Preview
- The ASUS ZenFone 4 (ZE554KL) Preview
- The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie (ZD553KL) Preview
- The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (ZC554KL) Preview
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