Our Opinion

The Nokia 6.1 Plus is a significantly better phone, but the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But from a pure value perspective, we recommend the Nokia 6.1 Plus.

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 (4GB RAM, 64GB)  Nokia 6.1 Plus 
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 Nokia X6
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Excellence Score
43.3
51.4
Value for Money Score
86.1
84.4
Price ₹ 12,999 onwards ₹ 15,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) May, 2018 Aug, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.99 inches 5.8 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2160 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch) 1080x2280 pixels (~ 435 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display IPS LCD, FullView Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 636Ranked #29 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 636Ranked #29 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 509 Adreno 509
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 13.0 MP 16.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features Dual Camera (13MP + 5MP), F/2.2 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Bokeh, HDR, Panorama, Time Lapse Dual Camera (16MP + 5MP), 16MP: F/2.0 Aperture; 1.0um Pixel Size, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 1.2um Pixel Size, Phase Detection Autofocus, Gyro-EIS, Geo-tagging, Touch focus, Face detection, Panorama, HDR
Secondary Camera 8.0 MP 16.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, HDR, Panorama, Selfie Panorama, Time Lapse F/2.0 Aperture, 1.0um Pixel Size
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 2 TB up to 400 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.46 mm 8.59 mm
Weight 180 gm 151 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh 3060 mAh
Battery Standby N/A 348 hrs
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes Yes, Quick Charge 3.0
Other Battery Parameters Music Playback Time: 199 hrs, Gaming Time: upto 12 hrs, WiFi Web Browsing: 28 hrs Talk time: Upto 20.5 hrs, Music Playback time: Upto: 9.5 hrs, Video Playback time: Upto 9 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Face unlock; Noise Filtration; NXP Smart Amp Face Unlock; USB Type-C; USB On-The-Go; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Well built, with a good looking, ergonomic design - the minimalist body makes the display the center of attraction
  • Modern, tall 18:9 display, with a great contrast ratio - comes across as more vibrant than the display on its top competitor, the Redmi Note 5 Pro
  • Runs clean and simple stock Android UI - there’s hardly any bloatware save for a third-party payment app and Asus promises version updates less than two months after Google pushes it out (till Android Q)
  • The performance is top bracket for this price range with the modern Snapdragon 636 chipset - the one that was introduced by Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 Pro in the mid-range segment and effectively blew the competition away
  • Decent dual camera setup on the rear, with decent bokeh effects too
  • Good front camera - the selfies actually come out well-detailed with the right amount exposure and minimal beauty effects - it can also take portrait selfies and unlike other selfie-centric phones like the Oppo F7, the background isn’t overexposed to make the portrait stand out
  • The mono speaker on the phone is quite loud as well, thanks to a built-in NXP amplifier and a 5-magnet speaker (though its positioning could have been better)
  • Very good 5000mAh battery, which can give you up to 2 days with moderate use
  • Asus also bundles a fast charger with the device that can charge the phone to its full capacity in around 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Dedicated microSD slot and dual SIM slots
  • Comes (for a limited time) with Flipkart's Complete Mobile Protection offer for just Rs. 49, that add the cherry on the cake
  • On the whole, the Max Pro M1 is a brilliant comeback from Asus, and matches the best in the market, the Redmi Note 5 Pro, feature for feature - in fact, it actually beats the Note 5 Pro in terms of having a hassle-free stock UI, dedicated SD card slot, and longer battery life - although it falls behind it in terms of camera - so, what you finally chose will depend on what you value more, but this is nevertheless a competition between 2 top notch phones
  • Premium glass sandwich design housed within a sturdy aluminum frame - the stainless steel accents around the camera and the buttons, further add to the the aesthetics
  • Compact form-factor - one of the rare mid-range devices today that's built for one-handed use
  • Fast fingerprint scanner
  • Nice, tall, 'notch' based display - bright and vibrant - with useful add-ons like 'night light' and 'ambient display'
  • Stock Android UI keeps things nice and simple and being part of the Android One series, you are ensured regular Android updates for a good 2 years
  • A very capable mid-range chipset, the Snapdragon 636, ensures performance that is on par with the other top phone in this price bracket, the Redmi Note 5 Pro - almost anything you throw at the phone is handled well
  • Decent set of dual cameras on the rear, that can produce reasonably good pictures in good light, and also take decent bokeh shots
  • Decent front camera too - it takes decently well-detailed selfies that are sharp and saturated
  • Quick charging support
  • On the whole, the Nokia 6.1 is a good alternative to the Redmi Note 5 Pro in the mid range (the Redmi Note 5 Pro has the better camera, and better battery life, but Nokia 6.1 wins with stock Android, and is more compact) and gives you both some serious style and substance on a budget
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The dual rear cameras are decent overall for this price bracket, but not quite up to the high standard now set for the mid range with the Redmi Note 5 Pro - there is no wow factor in the images - the highlights get clipped often and details in the textures aren't as prominent
  • The camera app UI is not the most elegant
  • Although glass designs always tend to be more premium, they also tend to be slippery, fingerprint magnets, and less durable (so you might want to use a case)
  • Both the rear and front cameras are not very good in sub-optimal lighting conditions - and even overall, not up to the high standards of the Redmi Note 5 Pro, or the Mi A2
  • The camera app on the Nokia 6.1 Plus is somewhat cluttered too
  • Battery life is ok, but definitely could have been better given the competition - it will last you the day with moderate use, but with heavy use you will need to recharge it by late evening
Expert Reviews
  1. If a smartphone's battery is your top priority, then you're going to be hard pressed to find a cheaper phone with better battery life
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Asus has managed to pull off a massive achievement...It is sending a clear message that it intends to do whatever it takes to be successful in India, and once again, buyers win
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. You can't deny the sheer value on offer here
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Asus has a winner in its hands...It performs neck-to-neck with the Redmi Note 5 Pro
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. The Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M1) is definitely worth your attention if you’re looking for a new smartphone at under Rs 15,000 right now
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. A well-rounded smartphone where the sum of parts is greater than the whole
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Ticks all the boxes for an ideal mid-range phone
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. There just is no beating the Max Pro M1 in terms of overall value
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  15. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
  17. indianexpress.com hands-on Read Review »
  18. news18.com hands-on Read Review »
  19. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. A very compelling device and one that deserves consideration
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Addresses most of the shortcomings of the Nokia 6.1, which was launched earlier on in the year
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A damn fine smartphone
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Offers mid-range specs in a premium design...a good alternative to the Redmi Note 5 Pro
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. Is not only well-priced but also competitive against its key competition
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. For those discerning individuals who want an unfussy smartphone experience in an attractive chassis
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Mid-Range Phone That’s Good Value for Money
    thequint.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. It's got almost everything you could ask for in an affordable mid-range smartphone
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. If it's style and substance on a budget that you seek, it's the the Nokia 6.1 Plus that you want
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. A complete budget device, with a premium design and top-notch performance
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. news18.com hands-on Read Review »
  18. livemint.com hands-on Read Review »
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