ASUS VivoBook S14/S15


ASUS ZenFone 3 5.5-inch (ZC553KL)
  • 9/10
    Design & Materials - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Software - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Connectivity - 7/10
  • 9/10
    Screen - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Specifications - 9/10
  • 7/10
    Camera - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Battery - 7/10
  • 9/10
    Value - 9/10


It’s not easy to summarize the ZenFone 3 Max ZC553KL. It’s a big upgrade from its 5.2-inch sibling, and the large battery with reverse charging capability is a blessing. Best yet – it is priced at RM 999 only.

Not too long ago, we’ve reviewed the ZenFone 3 Max 5.2-inch version – a.k.a. the ZC520TL, and I find it quite a lackluster upgrade from the first ever ZenFone Max. So how does the brand new ZenFone 3 Max 5.5-inch version – a.k.a. the ZC553KL – fares in our brand new tests?

Since many of the things are identical in the ZenFone 3 Max family, this review will largely be based upon the 5.2-inch version. We’ll briefly skim through those aspects that are identical, and you can check out our in-depth coverage on each aspect in detail on our ZenFone 3 Max 5.2-inch review right here.


The design is the same – both internally and externally. With such a simple design, there’s really nothing much to talk about regarding its design.

ZenFone 3 Max ZC553KL

Externally, it’s still the sleeve packaging.

ZenFone 3 Max ZC553KL

Same flap that separates the phone from all the other included things too.

ZenFone 3 Max ZC553KL

Internally, it’s still having that horribly-placed SIM ejector tool that’s nearly impossible to remove from its seat.

ZenFone 3 Max ZC553KL

Underneath the phone itself are the charger, OTG cable, USB cable, and some documentations.

ZenFone 3 Max ZC553KL

In summary, these are all the things you’ll be getting.

ZenFone 3 Max ZC553KL
The ZenFone 3 Max, an OTG cable, a microUSB cable, a charger, some documentation, and the SIM ejector tool.

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