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Asus Zenfone 3 Max ZC553KL vs Sharp Z2: two great choices for under $280

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Asus Zenfone 3 Max ZC553KL and Sharp Z2 are two great smartphones for a price of $280. Don’t believe us? Let’s have a look below.


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The Zenfone lineup has been around for quite some time and is one of Asus most popular series. We already have Ultra, Deluxe as well as the original Zenfone that ensures there’s something for everyone.

Why don’t we get started then with the Zenfone 3 Max which is positioned in the mid-range market with the below specs:

  • 5.5-inch Full HD IPS capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels or ~401 ppi pixel density
  • Metal body
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Oleophobic coating
  • Qualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430 chipset, Octa-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 graphics, Adreno 505 chipset and 3GB RAM
  • 16MP primary camera with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection & laser autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 8MP secondary camera with f/2.2 aperture
  • 32GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 256GB maximum
  • Android Marshmallow 6.0.1
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 4100 mAh battery with Fast battery charging
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • November 2016 release date
  • $269 USD price tag

Zenfone 3 Max has the usual size for it to be equipped with a Full HD resolution and IPS technology which enables you to watch movies and browsing the internet with pleasure.

It comes with a metal body that makes for a great look and feel, plus oleophobic coating which prevents it from having your fingerprints all over the smartphone. This way, you can easily keep it looking clean.

Under the hood of the Zenfone 3 Max is somewhat disappointing for its price range. There’s the Snapdragon 430 chipset paired with a slow octa-core processor which might be a performance hog.

But it more than makes things up with the 16MP-8MP camera combination which ensures that you will have a good time snapping away at your surroundings and uploading to your favourite social media.

Last but not least, Zenfone 3 Max has a rather large 4100 mAh battery which can easily power up the smartphone for at least a day or two in between charging. When the time comes to plug it in, the Fast battery charging feature sure comes in handy. You won’t be tied down for long and will be out and about in just a bit.

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Now let’s turn our spotlight to the Z2. But first, let’s congratulate Taiwanese giant Foxconn, for making the bold move of acquiring Sharp. I bet you have heard of the name Sharp, but if you don’t – it has a whole line of consumer products like television, air-conditioner, washing machine, vacuum cleaner. To see them making a move into the smartphone industry is very bold to begin with.

And here’s to the Z2 with the below details:

  • 5.5-inch Full HD LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels or ~401 ppi pixel density
  • Gorilla Glass protection
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Mediatek MT6797 Helio X20 chipset, Deca-core (2x2.3GHz Cortex-A72, 4x2.0GHz Cortex-A53, 4x1.4GHz Cortex-A53) processor, Mali-T880 MP4 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • 16MP primary camera with phase detection autofocus, electronic image stabilization and LED flash
  • 8MP secondary camera with f/1.8 aperture and 82-degrees wide angle
  • 32GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to maximum 128GB
  • Android Marshmallow 6.0.1
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery with Fast battery charging up to 50% in just 30 minutes
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • November 2016 release date
  • $279 USD price tag

Z2 have similar screen size, but is fitted with the LTPS technology which makes for a greater viewing pleasure than your standard IPS tech. Then there’s also Gorilla Glass protection which you can call upon in your time of need. It is like having insurance against any mishaps such as a bad fall.

Under the hood of the Z2 is something special and a whole lot better. It is sporting the Helio X20 chipset that is paired with a deca-core processor and 4GB RAM. There’s nothing that this smartphone can’t run fast enough and still have something left in the tank. Not only that, the innovative Tri-Cluster CPU structure allocates processing power based on the application requirements. This not only maximises the processing power, but also reduces battery consumption effectively.

One of its strengths is the primary camera. Blessed with a 16MP camera that comes with PDAF and EIS, it lets you easily capture the best moment and shoot smooth videos as well. As for its 8MP selfie camera, it has a wide 82-degrees angle which lets you capture more stuff in the background.

Battery-wise, it might not have the biggest capacity with only 3000 mAh, but a quick 30 minutes’ charge can bring the power up to 50%. This should minimise downtime which is great.

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Asus Zenfone 3 Max ZC553KL is your typical mid-range smartphone with a nice metal body, good screen, great camera and great battery. The only issue is on the performance side of things which might put a lot of people off. It does cost $10 USD less though.

Asus Zenfone 3 Max ZC553KL is currently available for $17,999 Indian Rupee or ~$USD 269. You can choose either Titanium Gray, Glacier Silver, Rose Pink or Sand Gold.

As for the Sharp Z2, it has a deca-core processor, so you know that it has all the performance that it needs. But that’s not all, as it also comes with great LTPS screen and great camera among other things. It is also one of the most affordable 10-core smartphones around, so you won’t go wrong with it.

Sharp Z2 is currently available for $399 Singapore Dollar or ~$279 USD. It is available in Silver and Gold.

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