Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 versus ASUS ZenFone 5

Ciara Alarcon
Almost a month ago, ASUS Philippines launched its company’s latest smartphone series. And as the Taiwanese mobile manufacturer officially went back to five (5), the brand released a mid-range camera-centric device, the ZenFone 5. Packed with trendy and powerful features, many consumers thought it was a good deal as it only costs Php19,995.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 versus ASUS ZenFone 5
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 versus ASUS ZenFone 5

However, offering almost the same key specs, a more affordable handset became available in the country through the launch of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5. Flashing a price tag of just Php11,990, the brand made sure that it won’t compensate any of its offerings.

Let’s put them inside our own battle arena, and see who has the upper hand! Which side are you on?

Device Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 ASUS ZenFone 5
Dual SIM Yes, Nano-SIM, dual stand-by Yes, Nano-SIM, dual stand-by
Display 5.99-inch IPS FHD+ (2160x1080), 18:9 aspect ratio 6.2-inch IPS FHD+ (2246 x 1080), 19:9 aspect ratio
Dimensions 158.6mm x 75.4mm x 8.05mm 153mm x 75.7mm x 7.9mm
Weight 180 grams 155 grams
O/S Android 8.0 Oreo w/ MIUI 9 Android 8.0 Oreo w/ ZenUI 5.0
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
CPU 64-bit 1.8GHz octa core Kyro 260 64-bit 1.8GHz octa core Kyro 260
GPU Adreno 509 Adreno 509
Memory 64GB 64GB
Storage Expansion up to 2TB, uses SIM 2 slot up to 2TB, uses SIM 2 slot
Main Camera 12MP f/1.9 + 5MP f/2.0 with dual tone LED flash 12MP f/1.8 + 8MP f/2.0 with Tri-tech AF, Dual Pixel, 120-degree wide-angle, OIS, EIS, and dual tone LED flash
Front Camera13MP with LED flash 8MP f/2.0 
Radio Yes Yes
HiFi Audio No Yes
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth v5.0, A2DP, LE v5.0, A2DP, LE
NFC No Yes
Infrared Yes No
USB Micro, 2.0 Type-C, 2.0
OTG Yes Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes Yes
Face Recognition No Yes
Battery 4000mAh Li-Ion, non-removable 3300mAh Li-Ion, non-removable
Fast Charging Yes Yes
Wireless Charging No No
Price Php11,990 Php19,995

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We all know that Xiaomi is loved by fans because of its – never ending – brave attempt of beating more expensive smartphone brands. On the other hand, ASUS eyes to go back on track with the launch of its newest ZenFone 5 series.

Having the Redmi Note 5 and ZenFone 5 face to face, we could easily notice one of its main differences. The ZenFone 5 has a bigger 6.2-inch IPS FHD+ screen, while the Redmi Note 5 comes with a slightly smaller 5.99-inch IPS FHD+ display. While we can just give the score to ASUS, it is important to note that its handset flaunts a screen notch that many users have no plans to deal with. On the other hand, its rival sticks to the 18:9 screen aspect ratio.

It’s the same thing that happened to the camera department. Although both smartphones sport dual rear cameras, the ZenFone 5 boasts a more competitive setup composed of 12-megapixel f/1.8 + 8-megapixel f/2.0 sensors. It also has Tri-tech AF, dual pixel, 120-degree wide-angle, OIS, EIS, and dual tone LED flash. However, the Redmi Note 5 could snatch the prize through its 13-megapixel front camera, as its contender is only equipped with 8-megapixel selfie snapper.

In addition, the Redmi Note 5 would successfully claim the spotlight if we’re just going to look at its big 4000mAh battery compared to ZenFone 5’s 3300mAh juice.

We’re not done yet, guys. Inside, both smartphones pack Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 chip, 64-bit 1.8GHz octa-core Kyro 260 CPU, and Adreno 509 GPU. Moreover, if you’re really after performance, then, the two handsets offer a 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage that is expandable up to 2TB via MicroSD card.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is coming this May 15 through Lazada for only Php11,990. The ASUS ZenFone 5 is now available for Php19,995, though. And, that is the biggest gap between them, the price, a commanding 8005 pesos difference!

Who deserves the crown as the mid-range king? Share your thoughts with us!

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