Mar 14, 2018

ASUS ZenFone 5 Max spotted on Geekbench, sports a fast Snapdragon 660

The new ASUS ZenFone 5 Max may turn out to be an upper mid-range device, unlike previous iterations that were entry-level.

ASUS has always been conscious about offering great value to consumers with their ZenFone range and the recent unveiling of the ZenFone 5 series shows ASUS introducing a line of phones similar to the iPhone X, minus the Apple premium on price. Included in the line introduced at the Mobile World Congress last month are the ZenFone 5, the ZenFone 5Z and the ZenFone 5 Lite. Now, the ZenFone 5 Max has shown up on Geekbench, and while it hasn't been officially announced we now have a peek at its numbers and some of its specs.

ASUS ZenFone 5

The listing shows up for a phone with model ASUS_X00QD, sporting the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset and 4GB of RAM. It's running Android 8.0.0 Oreo and managed to score 1,518 points for single core and 5,386 points for multi core. The benchmark listing doesn't have much else to tell us other than these basic parameters but rumors about the 5 Max have suggested that it will have a 5.7-inch full HD+ display (2160 x 1080 resolution) and 64GB of internal storage.

The ZenFone 5 Max, traditionally the best-selling unit in ASUS lineup, didn't make an appearance at the MWC in Barcelona but it could be that ASUS was reserving it for its own launch event a little later. But as we've seen from the MWC, the ZenFone 5 series will be sporting the iPhone X design of having a notch on the screen. We're almost certain to see the ZenFone 5 Max bearing the same notch, for better or for worse. While it's disconcerting to see the majority of smartphone manufacturers adopting the notch design, imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery, not to mention a survival instinct to associate one's self with the most coveted brand in the industry.

It's currently unknown when the ZenFone 5 Max will be announced, but the phone is real and it's coming pretty soon. The ZenFone 5 Max model is usually a solid entry level device with great battery life, but the choice of using a Snapdragon 660 for this year's model hints that the device will be more of an upper mid-range device. We'll find out how ASUS is positioning the device once it's officially launched.