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Asus Zenfone 3s Max vs Lenovo P2: Clash for the big battery smartphones

Both of them comes with some interesting internals, but which one is better?

In the past when we used to talk about big battery smartphones, one thing that stuck everyone’s mind was the bulky size of the smartphones coupled with some heavy weight, which could be a pain carrying around. But fast forward it today and one will find smartphones that look beautiful but still sports some amazing battery backup. And some good examples of it are the recently-launched Asus Zenfone 3s Max and Lenovo P2. Both the smartphones sports some sturdier design coupled with a massive 5,000mAh battery. The Lenovo P2 comes with a price tag of Rs 16,999, while the Zenfone 3s Max is priced is yet to be revealed, but it is certain that it will fall in the same price range. Both comes with some interesting internals, but which one is better? Let’s take a closer look.


In terms of design, both the smartphones come with some interesting design language. The Asus Zenfone 3s Max sports an aluminium alloy body with sandblasted matte finish, giving a premium look to the device. On the other side, the Lenovo P2 comes with a metal unibody which gives a decent look. The Zenfone 3s Max is a bit thicker with 8.85mm thickness as opposed to the 8.3mm thickness of the P2. But the P2 is slightly heavier with 177 grams as compared to 175 grams of 3s Max. If you ask us then we will go with the Asus Zenfone 3s Max as it comes with a more compact design and sturdier look, while the P2 falls behind with its flat design.


Starting the Lenovo P2, the device sports 5.5-inch Full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels) display, while the Asus Zenfone 3s Max comes with a 5.2-inch HD display with a screen resolution of 1280×720 pixels and 2.5D curved glass. Lenovo P2 clearly wins this round as it comes with a much superior display and the Super AMOLED is just a cherry on top.


The USP of both the smartphones is the massive battery they are equipped with. On one hand, the Lenovo P2 is juiced by a 5100mAh battery. The device comes with a fast charging technology which the company claims to be almost 30 percent faster than Quick Charge 3.0. In simple words, you get 10 hours of battery life in just 15 minutes of charging. On the other hand, Asus Zenfone 3s Max sports a 5000mAh battery. Both the devices support reverse charging as well, which calls for a neck and neck competition. Though Lenovo has a slightly larger battery, but Asus’ lower display resolution will surely consume less power. However, if you ask us to choose one, then we will go for Lenovo P2 as it slightly larger battery and comes with fast charging feature which will eventually charge it faster.


On the hardware front, the Asus Zenfone 3s Max is powered by a 1.5 GHz 64-bit Octa-Core MediaTek MT6750 processor coupled with Mali T860 GPU. The phone is backed by a 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 2TB via microSD card. On the connectivity front, the phone supports Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v4.0, GPS with A-GPS, 4G with VoLTE.

Coming to the Lenovo P2, the device is powered by a 2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 625 chipset coupled with Adreno 506 GPU for graphics. It comes with a 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which can be expanded up to 128GB via microSD card. There is also another variant which comes with 4GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v4.1, and FM radio. Looking at the sheer specs sheet, Lenovo P2 is clearly leading the way with some advance processor, better connectivity options. In simple terms, the P2 does a handy job of justifying its price point.


The Asus Zenfone 3s Ultra sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and Dual LED flash whereas there is an 8-megapixel front camera with 85 degrees Field of View. On the other hand, the Lenovo P2 comes with 13-megapixel phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash. For the front, there is a 5-megapixel shooter for selfies and video calling.

Asus has an edge as it comes with some interesting camera modes including Asus’s trademark 52-megapixel super resolution feature, HDR, Night Mode, Low-Light Mode, Time Lapse effect etc. Though both of them sports almost similar megapixels, but Asus Zenfone 3s Max wins this round with interesting features coupled with awider front-facing camera.


In terms of user interface, the Asus Zenfone 3s Max runs on the latest Android 7.0 Nougat with latest ZenUI on top of it. The Lenovo P2 is powered by a slightly older Android 6.0 Marshmallow.With the two smartphones having different Android versions, we will let this one pass, as it will boil down to consumer preferences. But still, if you want the latest software then Asus Zenfone 3s Max is the one for you, while those looking for a stock Android feel, might settle with Lenovo P2.

Wrapping up

To conclude, both the smartphones, without any doubt, do come with a premium design language, but if you look at the sheer specs sheet, then Lenovo P2 emerges as a winner with some superior display, specs and more battery backup as compared to the Asus Zenfone 3s Max. But if you are looking for a compact form factor with good battery life than Asus Zenfone 3s Max can be seen as a good option.

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