Asus Zenfone Max Plus announced with huge battery and Face Unlock

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Hot on the heels of Sony’s CES 2018 smartphone announcements, Asus has just unveiled the Zenfone Max Plus, a phone with a 4,130mAh battery.

That’s apparently big enough for it to last through 21 hours of web browsing or 13 hours of video playback, and it can even be used as a power bank to charge other devices.

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Big batteries will apparently be the hallmark of the new Zenfone Max range, but the Zenfone Max Plus has the potential to stand out in a number of other ways too.

The Asus Zenfone Max Plus is a big phone in a compact body

The Asus Zenfone Max Plus is a big phone in a compact body

More than just a big battery

For one thing it has a Face Unlock feature, letting you unlock the phone just by looking at it, but it also has a 5.7-inch 1080 x 2160 18:9 display with a 79.8% screen-to-body-ratio, which Asus reckons means the phone - at 73 x 152.6 x 8.8mm - is only the size of a standard 5.2-inch handset.

The Zenfone Max Plus has a metal body and a dual-lens rear camera, with one 16MP f/2.0 lens and another 8MP wide-angle lens. There’s also a 16MP snapper on the front.

Rounding out the specs there’s a 1.5GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6750T chipset, 3GB or 4GB of RAM, up to 64GB of storage, a microSD card slot and a fingerprint scanner, and the phone runs Android Nougat.

A 3GB version of the Zenfone Max Plus with 32GB of storage will arrive in February in the US for $229 (around £170/AU$290). There’s no word yet on if or when the UK and Australia will get the phone though, or on where the 4GB of RAM version will be available.

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