Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro: Can ASUS Dethrone Xiaomi’s RN5Pro?

by Michele Ingelido 0

With the Redmi Note 5 Pro, Xiaomi has launched a mid-ranger which is the perfect balance between performance and price. With this handset, the Chinese company has stopped equipping its mid-rangers with the Snapdragon 625 SoC providing something more powerful in the same affordable price range. But if you thought this is the only value for money mid-ranger this year, you were wrong: another newly-announced device is going to affect its popularity, and its name is the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1. This device has all the potentialities to become the best-seller of 2018, and in this Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro specs comparison, we will show you how.

asus zenfone max pro m1 vs xiaomi redmi note 5 pro

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT 159 x 76 x 8.5 mm, 180 grams 158.6 x 75.4 x 8.1 mm, 181 grams
DISPLAY 5,99 inches, 1080 x 2160p (Full HD+), 402 ppi, 18:9 ratio, IPS LCD 5.99 inches, 1080 x 2160p (Full HD), 403 ppi, 18:9 ratio, IPS LCD
PROCESSOR Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, octa-core 1.8 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, octa-core 1.8 GHz
MEMORY 3 GB RAM, 32 GB – 4 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 64 GB, micro SD slot 3 GB RAM, 32 GB – 4 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 64 GB – micro SD slot
SOFTWARE Android 8.1 Oreo Android 7.1.2 Nougat, MIUI 9
CONNECTIVITY Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5, GPS Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS
CAMERA Dual 13 + 5 MP f/2.2
Dual 16 + 5 MP f/2.2 (6 GB RAM version)
8 MP f/2.2 front camera
16 MP f/2.2 front camera (6 GB RAM version)
Dual 12 + 5 MP f/2.2 + f/2.0
20 MP f/2.0 front camera
BATTERY 5000 mAh
Fast charging 5V / 2A
4000 mAh
ADDITIONAL FEATURES Dual SIM dedicated slot, front-facing LED flash Hybrid Dual SIM slot, front-facing LED flash

Both Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 and Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro have exactly the same display size and resolution, but at least on paper, the M1 has a slightly better display due to its 85% NTSC color gamut and 1500:1 contrast. When it comes to the hardware side, it is the same in both models, but Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 also features a micro SD dedicated slot which is not present on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro: so you can use the dual SIM slot and the micro SD at the same time. While Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with a customized UI (MIUI 9), Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 offers a stock Android experience (based on 8.1 Oreo), unlike all other Zenfones. Cameras have similar specs, but even though we did not test Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1, we believe Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro should shoot slightly better photos.

On the opposite side, Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 has a bigger battery with a huge capacity of 5000 mAh. Not only will Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 last longer than its opponent on a single charge, but it may also be the phone with the longest battery life among devices from mainstream brands.

The launch price of Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 in China is about $165/€134 for the 3/32 GB version, $195/€159 for the 4/64 GB configuration and $225/€183 for the 6/64 GB variant. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro has been introduced in the Chinese market with a price tag of about $218/€177 for the 4/64 GB version and $265/€216 for the 6/64 GB configuration. On paper, Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 wins this comparison with its monster battery making the big difference along with a pure Android experience.

So, which one would you pick?

 

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro: PROS and CONS

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1

PROS

  • Dedicated micro SD slot
  • Affordable price
  • Great hardware for the price
  • Huge battery
  • Pure Android experience

CONS

  • Unimpressive camera in the base variant

 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro

PROS

  • Good hardware
  • Good price
  • Potentially better cameras
  • Big battery

CONS

  • Nothing special to mention