Our Opinion

The Nokia 7 Plus (Android One) is a significantly better phone, but the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend!

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 (4GB RAM, 64GB)  Nokia 7 Plus (Android One) 
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 Nokia 7 Plus
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Excellence Score
45.0
62.5
Value for Money Score
87.2
74.3
Price ₹ 12,999 onwards ₹ 23,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) May, 2018 Apr, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to next Android version Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.99 inches 6 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2160 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch) 1080x2160 pixels (~ 402 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 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 636Ranked #25 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 660Ranked #12 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 509 Adreno 512
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 12.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features Dual Camera (13MP + 5MP), F/2.2 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Bokeh, HDR, Panorama, Time Lapse Dual Camera (12MP + 13MP), 12MP: F/1.75 Aperture; 1.4µm Pixel Size, 13MP: F/2.6 Aperture; 1.0µm Pixel Size, Electronic Image Stabilisations (EIS), Dual Pixel Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), 2x Optical Zoom, Carl Zeiss optics, 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, 1.0µm Pixel Size, Carl Zeiss optics, Full HD Video Rec.
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 2 TB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.46 mm 7.99 mm
Weight 180 gm N/A
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh 3800 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A 723 hrs
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A 19.00 hrs
Fast Charging Yes Yes
Other Battery Parameters Music Playback Time: 199 hrs, Gaming Time: upto 12 hrs, WiFi Web Browsing: 28 hrs Music Playback Time: Up to 126 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Face unlock; Noise Filtration; NXP Smart Amp NFC; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; USB Type-C; USB On-The-Go; Noise Filtration; Nokia OZO audio
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)
  • Dedicated microSD slot and dual SIM slots
  • 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
  • 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
  • Excellent build quality with a well-constructed metal (6000 series aluminium) unibody design - the phone definitely feels like it is built to last, and it looks great too
  • In order to make the Nokia 7 Plus look distinct, the company has also opted for some nice looking copper accents for the midframe, camera surround, fingerprint scanner, and its logo at the back
  • With an 18:9 display, the new 7 Plus is the first Nokia-branded smartphone to follow the 'minimal bezel' trend - the 6-inch IPS display is immersive, has good viewing angles and gets bright enough to be visible outdoors
  • The phone is also enrolled into Google’s Android One programme which means is that the phone comes with stock Android and no bloatware - with no significant customisations on the Nokia 7 Plus, the UI is snappy and easy to use - and it will also get guaranteed Android updates for a minimum of 2 years
  • It also comes with Project Treble supported, which should ensure faster updates
  • There are a few useful gesture shortcuts added, like the ability to double-click the power button to launch the camera, use the fingerprint scanner to pull down the notification shade, and lift to wake phone, among others - you also have the option to double-tap the display to wake the device up
  • The performance is great too with a a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor - it beats the likes of Moto X4, and Oppo F7 in benchmarks - the Nokia 7 Plus can handle your daily grind and deliver a smooth user experience without breaking into a sweat - heavy apps and games are handled well too, and there is no heating up
  • Good set of dual rear cameras - the phone is quick to focus and gets the exposure right most of the time - colour reproduction was quite good and most images appeared crisp - the telephoto lens offers a quick 2x optical zoom which comes in handy when you want to capture distant objects - and if you like taking portraits, you will enjoy the bokeh mode
  • The selfie camera is good too and captures detail quite well even when indoors
  • Video recording is decent too
  • There are also three microphones on board along with Nokia’s OZO Audio technology which lets you capture surround audio while recording video
  • Very good battery life - the phone will last you well over a day before needing to be plugged in, with moderate use - the phone manages to get the right balance of performance and efficiency - the processor is powerful, yet frugal enough
  • Fast charging support - the bundled charger is capable of filling it up to 100 percent in two hours
  • On the whole, Nokia seems to have a winner on its hands - the phone scores well all round, in design, performance and battery life - it’s beautiful, reliable and everything you’d expect from a Nokia phone - and it will give some tough competition to other phones in this price bracket
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The display lacks scratch protection, so you will need to use a screen guard
  • 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
  • A bit on the heavy side
  • No notification LED, The fingerprint scanner is positioned slightly too high on the back side
  • While the camera does pretty well with low light photos (better than the competition), you will have to have patience and a steady hand - the phone drops the shutter speed to capture more light which means a little movement leads to blurry shots
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
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  1. One of those quietly good all-rounders that don't get us all hyped-up and excited, but are the ones we recommend to a friend as the sensible option
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If you are looking for an unpretentious metal handset with good battery life, the Nokia 7 Plus is currently one of your best bets
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. HMD Global has managed to get quite a few things right with the 7 Plus. It is up-to-date with an 18:9 display and feels like it is built to last.
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The Nokia 7 Plus is the true comeback device for HMD Global. With a beautiful, but tough design, univisium display and pure stock Android, Nokia has a winner in its hands.
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. The perfect mid-range smartphone
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. In the Nokia 7 Plus, HMD Global has a really great smartphone at a price where there’s not a lot of competition, and the phone doesn’t fail to impress
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
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