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I think I speak for everyone on this planet with a mobile device when I say that there is literally nothing more infuriating than a device that can’t last you through the day. 

I think I speak for everyone on this planet with a mobile device when I say that there is literally nothing more infuriating than a device that can’t last you through the day.

So most of us experience this anger every day. As our smartphones get bigger, with faster processor, better cameras, and as we consume more internet, our battery dwindles.

In some extreme cases, handsets might last you only an hour or two (looking at you, Apple). In fact, most of us carry around our chargers or an external battery pack to get us through the day, because despite carrying flagships that cost $600 in our pockets, somehow these major manufacturers have not understood that the battery is as just as big a priority.

Cue Asus entering the scene. Actually, Asus has been on the scene for a while, but this past year they’ve gotten some decent press coverage thanks to some of their new spiffy smartphones. And today is no different.

Asus has finally heard the call of the masses. Their newest 5.5-inch smartphone is carrying a whoppingly massive 5,000mAh battery. 

Asus has finally heard the call of the masses. Their newest 5.5-inch smartphone is carrying a whoppingly massive 5,000mAh battery. That’s right. The new ZenFone Max’s battery capacity is double the Samsung Galaxy S6, which a teeny 2,550mAh and nearly double the iPhone 6 Plus, which has a barely better 2,915mAh battery.

I am impressed. I do not impress easily.

It also helps that someone from Asus is sassy, with a good sense of humor: the handset was announced during an Asus event in India on Thursday as a spare battery to charge other devices. BURN.

Obviously, this phone is not a flagship, in fact, it’s pretty basic: it operates a Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage that is not expandable. It does have a nice 5.5-inch screen, but only a 720 pixel resolution, which really isn’t great.

It has a standard 13 megapixel primary sensor with dual-LED dual-tone flash and laser autofocus, and a 5 megapixel selfie snapper with 85-degree wide angle lens.

It runs Android Lollipop out of the box, and will support LTE networks and dual-SIM.

But this 5,000mAh battery is the real selling point. Readers should be informed however, that it is not the first of its kind: Innos D6000 (available in China) has a 6,000mAh battery with a more powerful Snapdragon, 615, is available for $290.

As for the ZenFone Max, it will go on sale in October, and sadly, apparently, only in India for now. The price was not announced.

 

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