Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 – Is this a Redmi Note 5 Pro Killer?

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 – The closest competitor to Redmi Note 5 Pro is here

The Indian mobile market might be filled with a range of affordable brilliant phones. But there can only be one best smartphone. That title belonged to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro until Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 came across to the market. Yesterday, Asus announced its long-term partnership with Flipkart with the launch of their latest smartphone, the Zenfone Max Pro in India.

There can only be one king? Ain’t that right!

So, the fight for the throne begins. And we are here to walk you through it.

What are the similarities between Zenfone Max Pro and Redmi Note 5 Pro?

Both of these handsets are from different smartphone brands, but there are striking similarities in terms of specifications. We are establishing similarities because it will help you understand which one is the better choice when we talk about the differences. This could be counted as a neutral ground where both the parties have similar weight-age.

– Display: Sporting the 5.99-inches, Xiaomi and Asus phones embraces the IPS LCD display with an almost equivalent screen to body ratio. Since both of them have implemented 18:9 aspect ratio and have same pixel density as well. They both are capable of offering immersive viewing experience.   

– Processor: Asus must admit that they are not the first to introduce Qualcomm’s most powerful mid-range chipset, Snapdragon 636 on their Zenfone. Rather Xiaomi was the first to introduce this chipset on their Redmi Note 5 Pro. But does that really matter here? Indeed it doesn’t.

What are the differences between Zenfone Max Pro and Redmi Note 5 Pro?

Asus Zenfone Max Pro Vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro


– Design: They essentially sport same design aesthetics even the dual-rear camera and fingerprint placement is similar in representation. But there is still a difference which could be measured as the major factor. These both handsets come with aluminium body and front glass, but Xiaomi handset offers better colour combination options. From full black to gold white, rose gold and lake blue, Xiaomi nows what pleases the eyes of its users. Sadly, despite style quotient being one of the major factors that Asus cares is not taken care well on the new Zenfone as it comes in bland looking grey and black colour options.       

– Camera: The Zenfone comes equipped with a 13MP (f/2.2) + 5MP (f/2.4) rear camera setup, whereas the Redmi comes with a 12MP (f/2.2) + 5MP (f/2.0) rear camera package. The small megapixel resolution difference doesn’t decide the final output, but aperture number does help in understanding the camera output. Theoretically, the Xiaomi smartphone would be able to handle low-light photography better. Further, talking about the selfie experience, Max Pro comes equipped 8MP (f/2.2) and Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with a 20MP (f/2.2) lens. The big megapixel resolution difference does decide which one is better.  

– RAM: Offering two variants starting, Zenfone Max Pro has 3GB RAM and 4G RAM variants, whereas the Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with 4GB RAM and 6GB RAM variants. The Xiaomi mobile has the advantage of extra 2GB RAM for that swift multitasking.   

Where does Zenfone Max Pro come out as the winner?

– Battery: This is something most of the users worry about on our phones. While Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro claims to offer best-in-class battery life of up to 2 days with its 4000 mAh capacity, we feel like Asus wins here with its 5000 mAh capacity battery and fast charging support.

– Price: You can have the 4GB RAM variant of Zenfone Max Pro for just Rs 12,999, whereas the 4GB RAM variant of Redmi Note 5 Pro retails for Rs 13,999. Interestingly, there is a 3GB RAM variant as well, which can be fetched for as low as Rs 10,999. Now that’s called a smart winner.  

What’s the big take away?

If you’re tight on a budget, like quite strict with your investments, then, a Zenfone Max Pro makes sense to you. Because it will save you as much as Rs 3000 and essentially still offer the same processor, display, and dual rear camera setup as you see on Xiaomi phone. Unless and until you’re worried about your selfie experience, we won’t suggest going with Redmi Note 5 Pro.  


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