Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (4GB RAM) 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 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (4GB RAM).

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 (4GB RAM, 64GB)  Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (4GB RAM) 
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro
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Excellence Score
48.3
55.1
Value for Money Score
89.4
88.7
Price ₹ 12,999 onwards ₹ 14,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) May, 2018 Feb, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 Oreo Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 Oreo
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.99 inches 5.99 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2160 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch) 1080x2160 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display, Sunlight mode, Night mode, Reading mode, Color temperature adjustment, Standard mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
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 12.0 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 (12MP + 5MP), 1.12um Pixel Size, F/2.0 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Enhanced low-light Photography, HDR, Panorama, Burst mode, Face recognition
Secondary Camera 8.0 MP 20.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, HDR, Panorama, Selfie Panorama, Time Lapse Soft Selfie-light, 1.0um Pixel Size, F/2.2 Aperture, Beautify 4.0, Selfie timer, Face recognition, Full HD Video Recording
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 2 TB up to 128 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 8.05 mm
Weight 180 gm 181 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes
Other Battery Parameters Music Playback Time: 199 hrs, Gaming Time: upto 12 hrs, WiFi Web Browsing: 28 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Face unlock; Noise Filtration; NXP Smart Amp Face Unlock; USB On-The-Go; Wi-Fi 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)
  • Dedicated microSD slot and dual SIM slots
  • Brilliant 5, 000mAh 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
  • Nice, utilitarian (though not exceptional) design and good build quality, as has been the case with the entire Redmi Note series
  • Nice looking, modern 5.99 inch 18:9 display, with minimal bezels - has good viewing angles, brightness levels, and colour reproduction - looks pleasing in day-to-day use
  • In spite of the large screen, the phone remains quite ergonomic because of the tall, minimal-bezel form factor
  • MIUI interface over Android is snappy, and offers some added features such as dual apps and second space - with dual apps, one can run separate accounts of the same service/app and the second space functionality provides separate user experiences for example for work and home
  • Stellar performance - the single most defining aspect for the Note 5 Pro may be the excellent new chip that powers it - the Snapdragon 636 - in short, in terms of both benchmarks, and real life use, it blows every other phone in the price bracket out of the water - be it the loading times for heavy games, opening multiple apps or just switching between multiple heavy apps and games - the phone simply sails through everything
  • The heat management is excellent too - the phone hardly gets warm even after playing games on the phone for an hour straight
  • Very good set of dual cameras at the rear - you have a 12MP primary camera (Sony IMX486) with a sensor size of 1.25um and an aperture of f/2.2 - the secondary 5MP camera is used for depth sensing only and has a sensor size of 1.12um with f/2.0 aperture - in ample lighting conditions, the camera captures a good amount of details and has a punchy colour reproduction - low light image capabilities are equally good and the camera has good dynamic range - even the portrait (bokeh) images look better than most of its competitors - they carry plenty of details and the background blur is also quite good
  • Overall, this is the arguably the best camera phone in this price bracket now, having a slight edge over the existing top camera phones in the bracket, like the Xiaomi Mi A1
  • Very good front camera too - takes good images in all kinds of lighting conditions - you also get software based portrait image, which lets you take that ‘Bokeh’ image with background blur and is decent
  • Good audio quality through both headphones, and the speaker
  • Good call quality
  • Stellar battery life - still runs for two days straight, continuing the tradition of the Redmi Note series
  • Decent (though not great) charging speed - takes a little over two hours to fully charge the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro’s 4, 000mAh battery
  • On the whole, Redmi Note 5 Pro offers everything you need from this price bracket - superior performance, excellent battery life and a good camera - simply put, this is almost a complete package when it comes to mid-range smartphone
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 also not the most elegant
  • The design is simple and works, but is largely a continuation of the old Redmi Note design - it's not a gorgeous, stand out device by by any means
  • Still continues with the old micro USB standard, there is no modern USB Type-C support
  • While MIUI is one of the nicer Android UIs, it does have some bloat in terms of unneeded apps - and a lot of people still prefer a more stock Android approach
  • While the cameras are excellent in still photography, they are only average as far as video recording goes
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. Asus has a winner in its hands...It performs neck-to-neck with the Redmi Note 5 Pro
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. 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 »
  5. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  13. beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. firstpost.com 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. Without a doubt the top budget performer right now
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. There’s really no matching the Redmi Note 5 Pro in terms of performance and features at this price
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Redmi Note 5 offers everything you need from a sub-15K phone today - superior performance, excellent battery life and a good camera.
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. It takes the title of our favorite mid-range smartphone of 2018
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  16. beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. news18.com hands-on Read Review »
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