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ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Lite Unboxing and First Impressions

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Recently, ASUS launched the ZenFone 4 Max Lite. As its name suggests, it is the lower-end variant of the regular ZenFone 4 Max.
ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Lite Unboxing and First Impressions
A budget phone with big battery capacity and dual cameras? Let's see!

But, even if it is more affordable at just PHP 7,995, this device comes with a big 4,100mAh battery and a capable 13MP f/2.0 + 5MP f/2.2 dual cameras with 120-degree wide angle lens.

Related: ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Lite: First Camera Samples


Sounds fun right? Here's our unboxing and first impressions for the new ZenFone 4 Max Lite!

ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Lite (ZC520KL) Specs

Display: 5.2-inch HD IPS 1280 x 720 resolution w/ 2.5D curved glass at 282 ppi
CPU: 1.4GHz 64-bit Snapdragon 425 quad-core processor
GPU: Adreno 308
RAM: 2GB
ROM: 16GB expandable via microSD card slot up to 256GB (dedicated)
Back Camera: 13MP f/2.0 + 5MP f/2.2 w/ 120-degree wide-angle lens, AF and LED flash
Selfie Camera: 8MP f/2.2 w/ 85-degree wide-angle lens and softlight LED flash
Battery: 4,100mAh w/ fast charging
OS: Android 7.1.1 Nougat w/ ZenUI 4.0
Connectivity: WiFi, 3G, LTE, Bluetooth 4.1, OTG, GPS, A-GPS, dual SIM
Sensors: Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, sound, magnetic
Others: Fingerprint scanner
Dimensions: 150.5 x 73.3 x 8.8 mm
Weight: 156 g
Price: PHP 7,995

Disclaimer: We borred the ZenFone 4 Max Lite for our honest review from ASUS Philippines.


Unboxing / Accessories

Everything inside the box
Everything inside the box

The packaging of the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Lite is basic yet complete. It goes with the usual 2A USB wall charger, USB to micro USB data / charging cable, ZenEar w/ mic and extra tips, and SIM ejector tool. 

According to ASUS, it will also come with a FREE USB OTG (worth PHP 799) and an exclusive ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Lite clear case (worth PHP 699).

Build Quality / Design

Solid build!

Build and design is identical with the regular ZenFone 4 Max except its smaller 5.2-inch screen.

The phone still feels solid in general due to its metal backplate and decent overall construction. It still has the textured finish that makes it more premium than you average entry-level smartphone. The bottom and top part of the backplate are made out of plastic.

In front, it has a 2.5D curved glass on top of the 5.2-inch HD screen. There's no mention of Gorilla Glass protection though.

Fortunately, ASUS included a very nice type of TPU flexible clear case that should protect your device from light accidental drops.
Headphone jack on top
Headphone jack on top
Mic, micro USB port, and single speaker below
Mic, micro USB port, and single speaker below
Triple slots at left
Triple slots at left
Textured power button and volume rocker at right
Textured power button and volume rocker at right

Design-wise, it looks premium for the price. Yes, it still has the traditional 16:9 ratio, but the phone doesn't have thick side bezels. The top bezel is a bit thicker than what we are used to though. The body is considered as slim at 8.8 mm for a phone with big battery capacity.

Aside from its big battery capacity and dual cameras, this phone looks premium for the price!

The camera is just a bit protruding behind. But, that won't be an issue at all if you'll put the case on.

The phone is also comfortable to hold. It could be slippery without the case though. One handed operation is even possible. All ports are on proper placements. The fingerprint scanner / home button / gesture button is quite responsive and well placed too. It still has a 3.5 mm headphone jack slot on top.

Initial findings

Beautiful design for the price!
Beautiful design for the price!

1. Build is okay and design looks premium for the price. The 5.2-inch screen is just right. We like that one handed operation is possible here. The screen has nice colors and good viewing angles too. It even has 10 points of touch.
2. Probably, the downside of this phone are its processor, RAM, and storage size. The CPU they used is good enough to run social media tasks, but it won't be as fast as the competition. Nowadays, it is also easy to find phones with at least 3GB RAM and 32GB storage at this price point. 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM is for sub PHP 6K phones, not PHP 8K phones. But, we'll see, the performance is decent so far.
3. The device is running with Android 7.0 Nougat OS w/ ZenUI 4.0. ZenUI still has the bloats, but it is lesser now. So far it is still rich in features.
4. At the back, the ZenFone 4 Max Lite is equipped with a 13MP f/2.0 primary shooter + 5MP f/2.2 120-degree wide lens.  In front, it goes with an 8MP f/2.2 w/ 85-degree wide-angle lens and softlight LED flash. So far, we are surprised with dual cameras of this one. Why? It is much better than the inconsistent cameras found on the regular ZenFone 4 Max.
5. It has an LED light indicator, light sensor is accurate, fingerprint scanner is fast, and OTG and reverse charging works. There's no gyroscope though.

Related: ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Lite: First Camera Samples


As of the moment

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Lite is a promising smartphone if battery life and camera quality is your priority. However, it has a not that fast processor and its RAM and ROM size is isn't that big compared with the competition. But, we'll see!

For our review: ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Lite Review - An Affordable Phone with LONG Battery Life!
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