Xiaomi is a leader in smartphone manufacturing in India and there's no doubt about it. The company has even started establishing manufacturing facilities in the country to decrease the dependence on foreign-made mobile components. Xiaomi has given India many superb budget devices like the Redmi Note 4, Mi A1 etc. The latest offering by the company in India is the
Redmi Note 5 Pro which is priced comfortably at Rs 17,999. Asus, on the other hand, made an image by selling the Zenfone 2 massively. But after that, the company somewhat disappeared. Yesterday, in association with Flipkart, Asus has launched the Zenfone Max Pro (M1).
The phone has been promised to be an ultra performer and a Redmi killer. Can these two devices perform neck to neck? Can Asus take on Xiaomi in this aspect? Consumers in India love Xiaomi but what they don't like are its problematic Flash sales. Asus has promised to make the device available with adequate stocks and if this goes true, the company can stand a chance against Xiaomi. Let's compare the latest offerings by the two companies and see which one wins:
Zenfone Max Pro (M1) vs Redmi Note 5 Pro: design and display
Zenfone Max Pro (M1)
The Zenfone Max Pro (M1) comes with a metallic rear panel which is sturdy and tough. The edges of the phone are curvy and the thicker body of the phone makes it prone to slippage. The phone has a fingerprint sensor placed comfortably below the dual camera setup on the back. The volume and power buttons are on the right side of the frame and while the design may look just ordinary, the phone's toughness keeps it covered. Coming to the front, the bezels on the phone are as pronounced as the other allegedly bezel-less devices out there. Prepare to be greeted with some thick top and bottom bezels on this one.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M1) first impressions: the Redmi killer?
The 5.99-inch FHD+ display on this one speaks for itself. The resolution of the panel is 1080 x 2160p with a pixel density of 403ppi. The screen-to-body ratio of the phone is slightly higher at 76.87 percent despite the absence of a notch. The display is eerily accurate with colours and while some people would love it, others won't.
Redmi Note 5 Pro
The Redmi Note 5 Pro is metallic all the way as well. However, the phone is not as thick as the Zenfone Max Pro and you can rest assured. It has curved edges and is ergonomically a treat for the buyers as it is comfortable to hold. The camera setup on the back is arranged vertically and while we're at it, it would be good to mention that the device looks strikingly similar to the iPhone X from behind. Well, the fingerprint sensor on the back will help you distinguish between the two. Thank goodness for that.
The display on the device is a 5.99-inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 1080 x 2160p. The phone is quite a charmer with thinner bezels, modern looks and a display to vouch for. The panel has a pixel density of 403 ppi and the screen-to-body ratio on the phone is 77.68 percent. Oh, and the phone lacks the notch, which can be the reason behind broad top bezels and a low screen-to-body ratio.
Zenfone Max Pro (M1) vs Redmi Note 5 Pro: specs and hardware
Zenfone Max Pro (M1)
The Zenfone Max Pro (M1) runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor. It has an extensive array of variants with multiple RAM and ROM combinations. The lowest variant of the phone has 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM, the second variant carries 4GB RAM+ 64GB ROM and at such a price, the third variant comes with a massive 6GB of RAM and 64GB of ROM. The phone runs clean Android 8.1 Oreo. Asus has dropped its custom skin to give people an uninterrupted Android experience and we can't really thank it enough for that.
The battery of the phone is one of its most amazing features. The phone has 5000mAh worth of juice which can easily run more than 24 hours on a single charge. The phone supports Fast Charging so it's even better. It comes in two colour variants - Deep Sea Black and Meteor Silver.
Redmi Note 5 Pro
The Redmi Note 5 Pro is the latest budget offering by Xiaomi and in many ways, it is a treat for the Indian audience. The phone runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor with 4GB/6GB of RAM and 64GB of ROM. The device still runs Android 7.1 Nougat with Xiaomi's MiUI 9 on top. While this may be a deal breaker for some people, others would actually prefer it. Custom skins are a matter of choice and hey, we cannot generalise here.
The device has a much smaller battery than the Zenfone Max Pro (M1). The capacity is 4000mAh and it is supported by the Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0. The phone is more or less similar to the Znefone Max Pro and comes in four colour variants - Blue, Black, Rose Gold and Gold.
Zenfone Max Pro (M1) vs Redmi Note 5 Pro: camera
Zenfone Max Pro (M1)
The Zenfone Max Pro (M1) carries a dual rear camera setup with a single selfie shooter. The rear camera for the 3GB/4GB RAM variants includes 13MP + 5MP sensors with a selfie snapper of 8MP. The aperture of both the camera setups if f/2.2 and they come with a Softlight LED Flash as well.
However, the 6GB RAM variant of the phone carries a different configuration altogether. It carries a 16MP + 5MP rear combination with a 16MP selfie snapper. Asus wants to leave no stone unturned and hence, such powerful configurations have been embedded on the device. The phone's camera comes with features like CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor), Autofocus, Continuous shooting, Digital zoom, Digital image stabilization, Optical image stabilization, Geotagging, Panorama, HDR, Touch focus, Face detection, White balance settings, ISO settings, Exposure compensation, Self-timer and Scene mode.
Redmi Note 5 Pro
The Redmi Note 5 Pro carries a dual rear and a single front camera setup as well. The configurations don't depend on the RAM and ROM combinations though. The phone carries a 12MP + 5MP rear setup with an aperture of f/2.2 and Dual LED Flash. The rear camera is capable of recording videos at 1920 x 1080 pixels @ 30 fps. The selfie snapper on the phone carries a superior Sony IMX486 Exmor 20MP sensor with an aperture of f/2.2. It can capture videos with dimensions of 1920 x 1080 pixels @ 30 fps.
The additional features of the camera include CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor), Autofocus, Continuous shooting, Digital zoom, Geotagging, Panorama, HDR, Touch focus, Face detection, White balance settings, ISO settings, Exposure compensation, Self-timer, Scene mode and Phase detection.
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If you're an Android lover who always goes for sturdy builds, good battery backups and strong processors, the Zenfone Max Pro is a match made in heaven for you. The phone looks regular from the back but as we said, it speaks durability. Asus is looking forward to making a comeback in the Indian market and with such a powerful device, we're certain that it will make some changes. The 3GB RAM version of the phone sells for Rs 10,999, the 4GB RAM one will cost you Rs 12,999 and the 6GB version will clear your pockets by Rs 14,999.
If looks and unbeatable camera performance is your thing, then you can never go wrong with the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Additionally, if you're a fan of custom made skins, this phone must be your ideal choice. It is stylish, trendy and has a plethora of colour options for you. The phone will not go wrong with its performance since it has the Snapdragon 636 processor. The base variant of the device will cost you Rs 13,999 and the 6GB RAM version will cost Rs 17,999.
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Watch our first impressions of the Zenfone Max Pro (M1) here: