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Asus ZenFone 3 Max ZC553KL Review!

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Asus launched their latest device, the Asus Zenfone 3 Max last month which is an upgrade to its previous device that is the Zenfone Max. The previous model featured a 5000mbattery while this one has a smaller battery of 4100mAh.

Asus Zenfone 3 Max ZC553KL Full Review

Design

Similar to the Zenfone 3 range devices, the Asus Zenfone 3 Max features a metal unibody and edged curves for good handling. The device comes with a 5.5inch FHD Display. There’s a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top, and a fingerprint scanner at the backside. There are three capacitive buttons on the front side of the device, but they’re not backlit, making them a little difficult to use in the dark. There are two LED sensors; one at the top and other below the surface of the front side of the device. The phone is just 8.3mm thick and weighs 175g. The ZenFone 3 Max also has a much better screen-to-body ratio of 73 percent.

Specifications

The ZenFone 3 Max has some other notable differences while comparing it to the Zenfone 3 and one of the main difference is that the Zenfone 3 Max features the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC. The Zenfone 3 Max comes with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage (expandable by up to 128GB using a microSD card) and 4G LTE with VoLTE.

The Asus ZenFone 3 Max runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, with the Zen UI OS. The device runs on a power packed 4100mAH battery which can easily last for a day or two on an average usage. Though the device is compatible of the Quick Charge, Asus made it come with a slow bundled charger which is one of the biggest drawbacks of the device.

Performance

TH Zenfone 3 max comes with a fairly moderate processor, the Snapdragon 430. This becomes a bottleneck for the whole phone as it is not a very capable processor. If you are buying this phone to play some high definition games or similar then please look elsewhere. In the time I used the phone, I didn’t face any lag or even lack of power as My daily use comprises of phone calls, surfing, watching youtube videos and a=some 2D games. If you aren’t a gamer and would be playing some small games on the way to commute then this can exceed your expectations on that. Snapdragon 430 is very power efficient processor and this is the main reason why Asus chose this over any high-end processor say Snapdragon 652.

There is no use of benchmarks as we already know the results but still.

Zenfone 3 max ZC553KL Benchmarks

Camera

The rear camera is a 16MP f/2.0 unit with PDAF and Laser-assist focussing. It also features EIS, a super-resolution mode, HDR, low-light mode, etc. Asus claimed that the device’s camera can focus within 0.03 seconds but in real life its nowhere near 0.03s. Maybe 1 or 2 seconds. The pictures shot in good lighting is sharp and clear. The dynamic range of the phone is also good and can easily transform from dark to a lighter background.

Asus Zenfone 3 Max- Battery

The Zenfone 3 Max has a really impressive battery and this is where the phone rocks. The 4100mAH battery can easily last up to 48hours on an average usage. The device can also be used as a portable power bank, the Zenfone Max 3 can charge other devices with the reverse OTG Method and an OTG cable is also given in the box to make things go easy.

Asus Zenfone 3 Max- Price and Verdict

The Asus Zenfone 3 Max costs Rs. 17,999 in India. This phone is not for everyone. If you often travel especially on long tours then this if for you. If you are fed up of carrying a power bank every time you go out as your phone battery dies then this phone is for you.

Zenfone 3 Max

17,999
8.1

Build

9.5/10

Design

8.0/10

Performance

7.0/10

Camera

8.7/10

Price

7.5/10

Pros

  • Great Camera
  • Large battery

Cons

  • Priced on a higher side
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How to – Root Moto G5s Plus without PC

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Moto G5S plus is an awesome device with some great features and awesome design. The software of the phone is also very fluid and smooth. The software is so simple that you might miss features you get on other phones say Redmi Note 4. So to get the best out of your Android phone here is a tutorial on how to root your Moto g5s Plus without PC or in other words Root Moto G5s Plus.

Attention – Before continuing with this tutorial, it is required to unlock your bootloader. To do so, you have to follow this tutorial here.
Note – The method without PC does not seem to work currently, We would be adding the rooting tutorial without PC soon

This tutorial only works for the phones with Nougat installed, once Oreo comes, we will make a tutorial on how to root with Orreo as well.

Downloads for Root Moto G5s Plus-

ADB folder- https://bit.ly/latestadb
Magisk Zip file- https://forum.xda-developers.com/apps…
Magisk Manager app- https://goo.gl/GkKcgb
TWRP recovery- https://forum.xda-developers.com/moto…

Root Moto G5s Plus without PC

Step 1 – Go to settings, about and tap the build number repeatdy for 6-7 times. After doing this, you will get a message saying you are a developer.

Step 2 – Now go back to settings and just above about us, you will see Developer options. Go to developer options and toggle on USB debugging.

Step 3 – Switch Off the device.

Also, Read – Logitech X50 Portable Bluetooth Speaker Review!

Step 4- Once switched off, Turn on the device by holding the power button and the volume down button at the same time. Now you will go into fast boot mode.  Connect your USB cable to the phone and the other end in the PC.

Step 5 – Now download all the files mentioned above except the App. Now extract the folder named platform-tools-latest-windows to any folder on your PC.

Step 6 – Now rename the twrp file to technokick.img

Step 7 – Now copy the other two files, that is the Maicisk file and the technokick file to the extracted folder.

Step 8 – Now in the folder, Press shift and press right click on your mouse. Now you will see an option called Open Powershell window here. Enter the following code in the window

fastboot devices 
fastboot flash recovery technokick.img

Step 9 – Now go to TWRP and backup your data. After that go into Wipe, Select format data. Now reboot your phone.

Step 10 – Now you should land on TWRP again. Connect your phone to the PC and copy the Magisk zip file into your internal storage.

Step 11– Now in your phone, Open TWRP, go to install and select Magisk zip file and select swipe to flash.

Step 12 – Now Reboot your system to the system. After you have set up your phone, Install the app, Magisk manager apk on your phone. You can find the link above. After that, your phone should be successfully rooted. Now you have successfully Rooted Moto G5s Plus.

If you are facing any issue in Root Moto G5s Plus, let us know in the comment section below. We would help you to resolve it ASAP.

Source – Dhananjay Bhosale

Zenfone 3 Max

17,999
8.1

Build

9.5/10

Design

8.0/10

Performance

7.0/10

Camera

8.7/10

Price

7.5/10

Pros

  • Great Camera
  • Large battery

Cons

  • Priced on a higher side
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InFocus Launches Snap 4 and Turbo 5 Plus Smartphones Featuring Dual Cameras

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New Delhi – InFocus launched two new phones for the budget Indian market, The InFocus Snap 4, and InFocus Turbo 5 Plus on Wednesday, 13th September. Today, we are going to take a closer look on both of phones and discuss the specifications of the smartphones.

InFocus Snap 4 Specifications, Design, and Price

The InFocus Snap 4 is a camera-centric smartphone with its main USP being the dual front camera as well as a dual rear camera. The rear features an 80-degree 13-megapixel and 120-degree wide-angle 8-megapixel camera. On the front side, we get similar sets of 8MP sensors. With the front dual camera, great selfies with blurred background, which none of the other competitors in this range do.

The Snap 4 features a unique 5.2” 2.5D curved display with a resolution of 720X1280. This makes the phone very practical as the low resolution will help to conserve the battery and will give the user a higher SOT. On the performance side, it comes with an MT6750 MediaTek processor, which is more than adequate for daily use. The Snap 4 comes only in a single variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory (expandable up to 128GB). Out of the box, it comes running on InFocus’s custom UI based on android 7.0. The Snap 4 also comes with a fingerprint scanner which company claims to be super-fast and can unlock the phone within half a second.

The phone would be sold exclusively on amazon.in for 11,999 from 21st Sept, 12:00 am onwards.

GENERAL
Operating SystemAndroid OS, v7.0 (Nougat)
Device typeSmart Phone
SimDual Sim (Nano + Nano)
ANNOUNCED
StatusAvailable from September 26
Global Release Date2017, September
Indian Release Date2017, September 13
BODY
Dimensions147.6 x 72.7 x 7.99 mm
Weight162 g
DISPLAY
Screen size5.2 inches
Form FactorTouch
Screen resolution720 x 1280 pixels
TouchscreenCapacitive Touchscreen
Technology (Display Type)IPS LCD
PROCESSOR
CPUOcta Core (Quad x 1.5GHz + Quad x 1.0GHz) Cortex A53
GPUMali T860
ChipsetMediaTek MT6750N
STORAGE
Internal Storage64 GB Storage
RAM4 GB RAM
External Storageup to 64 GB
Card SlotmicroSD Card
PhonebookUnlimited
MessagingYes
Call RecordsUnlimited
CAMERA
Primary camera13 MP + 8 MP Dual Camera
Front Camera8 MP + 8 MP Dual Selfie Camera
Video RecordingYes
Camera FeaturesGeo Tagging, HDR

InFocus Turbo 5 Plus Specifications, Design, and Price

The InFocus Turbo 5 Plus is the cheaper of the two but still, comes with loads of features. It comes with a dual rear camera set, with the main unit, a 13MP f2.0 sensor, while the secondary sensor being 5MP f2.2. The camera captures sharp and detailed images, far better than the competition. Talking about the Selfie camera, it comes with a not so impressive 5MP unit, but keeping the price in mind, it still feels great.

The Turbo 5 Plus features a 5.5” HD display with a PPI of ~268. The Turbo 5 Plus, comes with the same processor as the Snap 4, the MT6750 which is a great processor for this price category. It also comes with 3GB of RAM< 32 GB Internal memory which is again expandable but just up to 64GB. The Snap 4 and the Turbo 5 Plus, comes with an identical UI, the only difference being the camera App.

The main USP of the phone, however, is the humongous 4850mAh battery while still maintains a weight of just 174gms. When holding the phone, it no way feels as if it has such a large battery.

The InFocus Turbo 5 Plus is priced at just Rs 8,99 which is a steal for such a phone and will be available at Amazon starting 21st September 12.00 am onwards.

GENERAL
Operating SystemAndroid OS, v7.0 (Nougat)
Device typeSmart Phone
SimDual Sim
ANNOUNCED
StatusAvailable From September 21
Global Release Date2017, September
Indian Release Date2017, September 13
BODY
Dimensions154.5 x 76.6 x 8.95 mm
Weight176 g
DISPLAY
Screen size5.5 inches
Form FactorTouch
Screen resolution720 x 1280 pixels
TouchscreenCapacitive Touchscreen
Technology (Display Type)IPS LCD
PROCESSOR
CPUOcta Core (Quad x 1.5GHz + Quad x 1.0GHz) Cortex A53
GPUMali T860
ChipsetMediaTek MT6750
STORAGE
Internal Storage32 GB Storage
RAM3 GB RAM
External Storageup to 64 GB
Card SlotmicroSD Card
PhonebookUnlimited
MessagingYes
Call RecordsUnlimited
CAMERA
Primary camera13 MP+ 5 MP Dual Camera
Front Camera5 MP Camera
Video RecordingYes
Camera FeaturesGeo Tagging, HDR

 

InFocus is known for releasing phones at a low price with great features, but this time I feel they have gone one step ahead providing absolute value to money phones for the Indian market.

So what are your views on the Snap 4 and Turbo 5 Plus? Let us know in the comment section below!

Zenfone 3 Max

17,999
8.1

Build

9.5/10

Design

8.0/10

Performance

7.0/10

Camera

8.7/10

Price

7.5/10

Pros

  • Great Camera
  • Large battery

Cons

  • Priced on a higher side
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How to ROOT the OnePlus 5 using a Mac

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OnePlus 5 is a great device when it comes to the hardware and performance but it lacks many great features and the device optimization is pretty average too. The OnePlus 5 does not have any special water protection and it does not support wireless charging. Talking about the design, the OnePlus 5 looks like a twin brother to the iPhone 7 Plus. The device has a metallic body and is 7.5 mm thin. OnePlus 5 looks and feels great because of its round edges. Most of the phones now feature QHD display and some have 4k too, but unfortunately the OnePlus is still behind with FHD 1080p 5.5-inch AMOLED panel display. Though the device is inspired by the iPhone 7 Plus, and luckily it still has an Earphone Jack.

Why root the OnePlus 5? – Root OnePlus 5 on a Mac

It’s pretty common to get bored with the same UI and same software features. Rooting the OnePlus 5 allows you to replace the OxygenOS with some other Custom ROM. You can even unlock many modifications which are not possible with a non-rooted device.  So, lets get started! The whole procedure contains three steps;

1. Unlocking the Bootloader
2. Installing TWRP Recovery
3. Rooting the OnePlus 5

*** Please read each step carefully and follow them precisely. Making a mistake can end you up with a dead OnePlus 5 *** 

Rooting a device using a Mac is almost similar to that of rooting using a Windows PC

Also Read- OnePlus 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 edge – Which one to buy

Unlocking the bootloader of OnePlus 5- Root OnePlus 5 on a Mac

This will wipe all data on your device, make sure you take a backup before proceeding
  1. You need to first install device drivers and ADB on your computer.
  2. Enabling USB Debugging and OEM Unlock
    Go to Settings >> About Device >> Tap Build Number 7 times to get Developer Options and now in Developer Options Select USB Debugging and OEM Unlock.
  3. Boot your OnePlus 5 into Bootloader/Fastboot mode by pressing Power and Volume UP buttons.
  4. Connect your device to your computer and allow all driver installations
  5. Open Terminal
  6. Type ./fastboot devices and press enter to ensure your device is ready
  7. Now to unlock the bootloader use ./fastboot oem unlock  and press enter.
  8. Type ./fastboot oem device-info, to make sure that the bootloader is unlocked it should say ‘Device unlocked: true’

Installing TWRP Custom Recovery on the OnePlus 5

  1. Enabling USB Debugging and OEM Unlock
    Go to Settings >> About Device >> Tap Build Number 7 times to get Developer Options and now in Developer Options Select USB Debugging
  2. Download latest TWRP from here
  3. Boot your OnePlus 5 into Bootloader/Fastboot mode by pressing Power and Volume UP buttons.
  4.  To flash TWRP, use the command ./fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
  5. To boot into the new recovery, unplug the device and press Power and Volume Down buttons.

Root the OnePlus 5

  1. Download SuperSU or Magisk on your device ( SuperSU Preferred )
  2. Boot into the recovery by pressing Power and Volume Down buttons.
  3. Click Install
  4. Select SuperSU or Magisk and swipe to confirm flash.
  5. Once flash is complete restart your device. This time it may take time to boot, don’t worry.
  6. Now you have a ROOTED OnePlus 5!

So by now you should have succesfully rooted your OnePlus 5. If not then comment below and we will help you further in Rooting OnePlus 5 without PC.

Zenfone 3 Max

17,999
8.1

Build

9.5/10

Design

8.0/10

Performance

7.0/10

Camera

8.7/10

Price

7.5/10

Pros

  • Great Camera
  • Large battery

Cons

  • Priced on a higher side
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