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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 versus Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

Xiaomi was able to buzz up the Philippine market as it came back in the country to unleash its offerings. And to strengthen its presence in the local shores, the Chinese brand has launched its affordable yet capable smartphones in the Philippines.

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 versus Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 versus Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

Last month, Xiaomi launched its first budget-friendly dual-rear camera device – the Redmi Note 5. It combines trendy features and powerful specs to give consumers an uncompromising smartphone experience.

On the other hand, ASUS is still finding its way to reclaim its popularity among mobile consumers and tech enthusiasts alike. Recently, the brand unveiled its latest battery king smartphone aimed towards gamers – the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1.

Targeting almost the same market, let’s put them inside our specs box to see who will get the upper hand.

Device ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
Dual SIM Yes, Nano-SIM, dual stand-by Yes, Nano-SIM, dual stand-by
Display 5.99-inch IPS FHD+ (2160x1080) capacitive touchscreen, 18:9 aspect ratio 5.99-inch IPS FHD+ (2160x1080) capacitive touchscreen, 18:9 aspect ratio
Dimensions 159mm x 76mm x 8.5mm 158.6mm x 75.4mm x 8.05mm
Weight 180 grams 180 grams
O/S Android 8.1 Oreo Android 8.0 Oreo w/ MIUI 9
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
RAM 3GB LPDDR4 4GB
Memory 32GB EMCP 64GB
Storage Expansion up to 256GB, dedicated up to 2TB, uses SIM 2 slot
Main Camera 13MP f/2.2 OV16880 sensor + 5MP depth sensor with PDAF and LED flash 12MP f/1.9 + 5MP f/2.0 with dual tone LED flash
Front Camera 8MP f/2.0 w/ 85.5-degree wide-angle lens and softlight LED flash 13MP with LED flash
Radio Yes Yes
GPS Yes with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS Yes with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
Data GSM, HSPA, LTE GSM, CDMA, HSPA, LTE
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, LE v5.0, A2DP, LE
NFC No No
Infrared No Yes
USB Micro, 2.0 Micro, 2.0
OTGYes Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes Yes
Face Recognition Yes No
Battery 5000mAh Li-Po, non-removable 4000mAh Li-Ion, non-removable
Fast Charging Yes Yes
Wireless Charging No No
Price Php9,995

Php11,990

See Also: Xiaomi Mi 6 versus OnePlus 5T

VERDICT:

It’s a tricky match between the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 and Xiaomi Redmi Note 5. Having different price tags, both smartphones offer different advantages to win this battle.

Placing them face to face, you’d notice that the ZenFone Max Pro M1 is larger at 159mm x 76mm x 8.5mm, however, the Redmi Note 5 shares the same 5.99-inch IPS FHD+ capacitive touchscreen with 2160 x 1080 pixels. Also, both handsets deliver an 18:9 screen aspect ratio.

Inside, ASUS’ device runs on pure Android 8.1 Oreo operating system, while its rival operates MIUI 9 based on Android 8.0 Oreo. The twist? The two phones are powered by 64-bit Snapdragon 636 octa-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz, paired with Adreno 509 graphics. Nevertheless, the Redmi Note 5 is coupled with a bigger 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage that is expandable up to 2TB via microSD card.

Moving on to its photography department, the handsets gave us a close fight, as well. The ZenFone Max Pro M1 comes with a better dual-rear camera design, composed of 13-megapixel f/2.0 OV16880 sensor + 5-megapixel depth sensor with PDAF and LED flash. On the other hand, the Redmi Note 5 bounced back with its 13-megapixel selfie snapper with LED flash. We just have to note that although the Max Pro M1 sports a smaller 8-megapixel front camera, it still manages to offer an 8.5-degree wide-angle lens and softlight LED flash to deliver a good selfie experience.

Related: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 versus ASUS ZenFone 5

To give users more security options, both smartphones are equipped with fingerprint sensor, but the Max Pro M1 also flashes a Face Recognition technology.

Moreover, ASUS’ latest battery king battled out the Redmi Note 5’s 4000mAh juice with its larger 5000mAh stamina.

To make this battle more exciting, the ZenFone Max Pro M1 is tagged with a more affordable price of only Php9,995, as it features powerful specs that can match up the Redmi Note 5 offerings. The latter is tagged at Php11,990.

Having these things in mind, which side are you on?

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