After a long time, Xiaomi has a real competitor in the 10,000-12,000 bracket. The Redmi Note series, which propelled Xiaomi to the position of the top handset maker in the country, will have a serious competition not only in terms of price, but sheer specs too.
The Note 4 and the Note 5 have virtually dominated the sub-15,000 category for over an year now due to the lack of a strong competitor. The likes of Lenovo and Motorola have tried but have often been beaten either on price, or on specs, or both. However, Asus, which has showcased some powerful handsets in the past made a grand re entry in the market with the launch of the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 today. What makes this phone so special? Let’s find out below.
Launched exclusively on Flipkart, the Zenfone Max Pro M1 comes with features that are second to none in this segment. The phone has been packet with a 6 inch 18:9 display packing 2160×1080 pixels and is powered by the mighty Snapdragon 636 processor. On top of it, it comes with up to 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, 13+5MP dual rear camera, 8MP front camera, and a massive 5,000mAh battery.
Clearly the phone has been designed with the Note 5 Pro in mind. Here’s how the two phones stack up against each other.
Both the Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Zenfone Max Pro M1 come equipped with 4GB RAM/64GB memory options, similar display with the same resolution, an identical processor. Surprisingly, they both weight the same as well (180g).
These were the similarities of course. Here are the three reasons that make the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 a better choice than the Note 5 Pro.
Four reasons why the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 is a better phone than the Xioami Redmi Note 5:
The Zenfone Max Pro M1 is priced at Rs 10,999 for the 32GB/3GB variant and Rs 12,999 for the 64GB/4GB RAM variant. While the Note 5 doesn’t offer 32GB version, the 64GB variant of Xiaomi’s champion phone is priced at Rs 13,999. This makes the similar version from Asus a full thousand Rupees cheaper. We think it’s a huge difference in this budget and certainly enough to attract buyers.
2. Bigger battery
The Zenfone Max Pro M1 has been equipped with a massive 5,000mAh battery while the Xiaomi Note 5 Pro comes with a 4,000mAh powerhouse instead. This gives the Asus phone a 25% advantage in terms of battery life. This is more comparable, since the other specs of the two phones are also comparable so the battery consumption should be similar.
3. Android 8.1 out of the box
Which is the latest version of Android available in the market? Android 8.1 of course and Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 seems to be adorning it. On the other hand, the Note 5 Pro is still stuck on Android 7.1.
While we do expect Xioami to offer an update, it won’t be anytime soon for sure.
4. Dedicated memory card slot
When you absolutely need a memory card in your phone along with a secodn SIM, a hybrid SIM slot plays party pooper. No awards for guessing that the Asus phone is better because it comes with a dedicated memory card slot unlike the Redmi Note 5 Pro.
That doesn’t mean that the Redmi Note 5 Pro is a slacker and you should forget it completely. Stay tuned as we cover the areas where the Xiaomi phone trumps the Zenfone Max Pro M1 in the next post.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1
3GB RAM/ 32GB storage
4GB RAM/ 64GB storage
- OS Android 8.1 Oreo
- Weight 180g
- Display resolution 1080 x 2160
- Display 5.99 inch, IPS
- Storage space 32GB/64GB
- Expansion slot Yes, dedicated
- Processor Snapdragon 636 octa-core 1.8GHz (Kyro 260)
- GPU Adreno 506
- RAM 3GB/4GB
- Camera 13MP, f/2.2 + 5MP
- Secondary camera 8MP, f/2.2
- Battery 5,000mAh, non removable
- Connectivity Dual SIM, (4G)
- + Battery
- + RAM
- + Processor
- + Android 8.1
Here is a competitor to the Note 5 Pro which beats it in most of the departments. Besides the great processor, RAM, and internal storage that it shares with the Note 5 Pro, the Max Pro beats the Note 5 on things like a bigger battery, dedicated microSD slot, and Android 8.1 out of the box with the same weight and dimensions. Isn’t that great?
Nothing at all. Seems like a great phone spec-wise.