Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro: Comparison

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Excellent people Tecxllent welcome’s you so we are back with another Comparison so today’s comparison with latest launched zenfone max pro and redmi note 5 pro so without any further due let’s get started!!

Asus launched the Zenfone Max Pro M1 in India today. The latest Asus handset introduced at a starting price of Rs 10,999 has joined the mid-range segment promising great value for money. The smartphone will be available exclusively on Flipkart from May 3

 

When it comes to the sub-Rs 15,000 segment xiaomi has dominated the Indian smartphone market. But with the debut of the new Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 at such a competitive price, Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 Pro now seems to have a worthy rival in this segment. Let’s take a look at how Asus’ new mid-range handset’s specifications and features compare with that of Xiaomi’s midrange ace, the Redmi Note 5 Pro.

 

Design and build-

Talking about the design and build, the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 is built out of aluminium with plastic antenna lines running along the top and the bottom of the device. The phone has dual camera sensors vertically stacked at the back. It has a rear mounted fingerprint sensor placed at the centre. The base holds a 3.5mm headphone jack, micro USB port and speaker grill.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro is no different when it comes to build material. This phone is also crafted out of aluminium and it has fine antenna lines running at the top and the bottom part of the rear panel. Even the cameras are stacked vertically, but unlike on the Zenfone Max Pro M1, it sits below the top antenna line. The fingerprint sensor is aligned at the centre on the back side and the bottom edge houses the audio and micro USB ports.

 

Good part about the Zenfone Max Pro M1 is that it comes with dedicated microSD slot so you can insert two SIM cards and a microSD card as well. Redmi Note 5 Pro has a hybrid slot, so you can either have two SIM cards or one SIM and one microSD card. While both the devices share similar build material, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro seems to have a slightly compact form factor than the new Zenfone Max Pro M1.

Display-

Both, the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro feature a 5.99-inch full HD+ 18:9 IPS LCD display. Both the screens have 2160 x 1080 pixel resolution stretched across the tall front panel. The similarities don’t end there; both displays come with 450 nits maximum brightness level and pixel density of 403PPI. However, the Zenfone Max Pro M1 doesn’t bundle any glass protection on top of its display which means you will have to invest a few Rupees in a screen protector.

 

You get a 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass on the Redmi Note 5 Pro to protect the display against minor scratches. Further, the display on the Zenfone Max Pro M1 covers 85 per cent of the NTSC colour gamut meanwhile the Redmi Note 5 Pro full HD+ has 84 percent NTSC colour gamut.

Processing hardware and storage-

The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro share the exact Qualcomm’s mid-range mobile platform, Snapdragon 636. Both the smartphones have SoC clocked at 1.8GHz and paired with Adreno 509 for rendering graphics. The new Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 comes in three RAM and storage variants – 3GB RAM + 32GB storage, 4GB RAM + 64GB storage and 6GB RAM + 64GB storage. The Redmi Note 5 Pro meanwhile offers two models- 4GB RAM + 64GB storage and 6GB RAM + 64GB storage. The Zenfone Max Pro M1 offers expandable storage of up to 2TB using microSD card. The Redmi Note 5 Pro, on the other hand, has storage expansion capacity of up to 128GB.

Camera-

Both the mid-range smartphones carry dual rear camera setup. However, the Zenfone Max Pro M1 has a higher megapixel count on the primary sensor against the Redmi Note 5 Pro. The new Asus smartphone houses dual camera sensors sporting a 13MP unit (Omnivision 16880 sensor) with f/2.2 aperture and a 5MP secondary sensor with depth sensing functionality to offer better bokeh effect. Xiaomi’s Redmi phone meanwhile comes with a 12MP primary sensor (f/2.2 aperture) and a 5MP secondary sensor (f/2.0 aperture).

 

Up front, the Zenfone Max Pro M1 has an 8MP camera with f/2.0 aperture lens, 85.5-degree wide-angle lens and 5P lens. Both the front and the rear camera comes with soft LED flash support. The Redmi Note 5 Pro meanwhile features a 20MP SonyIMX376 sensor with LED-selfie light. While an 8MP front camera sensor may seem like a weak opponent against the Note 5 Pro’s front-facing sensor, the 6GB RAM model of the new Asus smartphone pegs a 16MP selfie camera to take on its Xiaomi counterpart.

Software-

The software is where the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 glitters with clean stock Android. Asus has swapped its cluttered ZenUI interface with stock Android skin making the Zenfone Max Pro M1 an interesting proposition. It runs Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box. The phone is expected to get Android P upgrade in the future. Users will also get 100GB of Google Drive storage for two years which seems a good treat for Asus fans. The lack of bloatware on the Zenfone Max Pro M1 will further add to the fluid experience.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro on the other hand still runs MIUI 9 based on Android 7.1.2 Nougat OS. The smartphone is said to receive global stable MIUI 9.5 custom ROM based Android Oreo soon. The UI on the Redmi Note 5 Pro looks clean with a little bloatware that can be uninstalled. However, the stock Android Oreo experience might likely provide a better UI experience with its core features for instance – PiP mode, autofill for Chrome etc.

 

Battery-

In terms of battery capacity, the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 takes the upper hand. The phone carries a behemoth capacity 5000mAh battery which is rated to deliver over 25 hours of 1080p video playback on a full charge. The phone bundles a 10W charger. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with a respectable battery capacity of 4000mAh which can easily deliver over a day’s worth of usage. The Zenfone Max Pro M1 clearly wins over the Redmi Note 5 Pro with larger battery package that is sure to offer a bit more juice even while throttling heavy games, streaming full HD videos etc.

Price-

The new Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 starts at a price of Rs 10,999 for the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage version, the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant meanwhile will be worth Rs 12,999 and the one with 6GB RAM + 64GB storage will come for a cost of Rs 14,999. Xiaomi’s mid-range Redmi Note 5 Pro on the other hand tags a price of Rs 14,999 for the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage version and the 6GB RAM + 64GB storage model is available for Rs 16,999.

Thus the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 seems to have an edge over the Redmi Note 5 Pro in several departments including price. Rarely does Xiaomi get challenged in this manner. To know if Asus truly has an Ace up their sleeve, stay tuned for our detailed review soon.

 

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