Our Opinion

The realme 1 (6GB RAM, 128GB) is a slightly better phone, but the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? It’s a close call, but if your budget allows for it, then realme 1 (6GB RAM, 128GB) might be a slightly better choice.

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 (4GB RAM, 64GB)  realme 1 (6GB RAM, 128GB) 
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 realme 1
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Excellence Score
48.3
50.4
Value for Money Score
89.4
88.2
Price ₹ 12,999 onwards ₹ 13,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) May, 2018 May, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 Oreo Android 8.1 Oreo, Expected upgrade to P
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
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display IPS LCD
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Mediatek Helio P60
GPU Adreno 509 Mali-G72 MP3
RAM 4 GB 6 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 13.0 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 F/2.2 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 8.0 MP 8.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, HDR, Panorama, Selfie Panorama, Time Lapse F/2.2 Aperture
Internal Memory 64 GB 128 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
Thickness 8.46 mm 7.8 mm
Weight 180 gm 155 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh 3410 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
Other Features Face unlock; Noise Filtration; NXP Smart Amp Face Unlock; WiFi Direct; USB On-The-Go; 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
  • Bold, stunning design thanks to the diamond-like reflective body - this is a device that certainly stands out - it is housed inside a fibre-glass casing that has been cut at different angles such that each section of the glass back turns to a different shade of black when light is reflecting off it!
  • Lightweight and well built
  • Decent, modern 18:9 display with minimal bezels - which means that despite the large screen size, the phone will fit nicely into your hand
  • Good all-round performance, similar to Snapdragon 636 phones, like the Redmi Note 5 Pro
  • Decent rear and front cameras - both the cameras support depth of field or Portrait effect, and Augmented Reality (AR) stickers
  • The rear camera pictures are reasonably crisp, and have decent color reproduction
  • The front camera relies heavily on Oppo’s AI algorithms to fine-tune the photos which results in good (if slightly artificial looking) photos
  • Overall, cameras are decent, but not quite up to the high benchmark of the Redmi Note 5 Pro
  • Dedicated dual SIM card slots and microSD slot
  • Supports VoLTE on both the dual sim slots
  • Good battery life - easily gives over a day’s usage for an average user
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
  • No fingerprint sensor, so you have to rely on the face unlock for quick unlocking (which does work quite well)
  • The display is decent on the whole, but outdoor visibility is pretty ordinary
  • Oppo's Color OS UI is not the most refined Android UI, and looks cluttered at places
  • No support for fast charging - the phones take a little over two hours to charge from zero to full
  • On the whole, the Realme 1 offers an interesting design, fast performance and good battery life - and if these are the most important things, it may make for a good choice - but most people will find the likes of the Redmi Note 5 Pro and Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 to be much more complete and well-rounded phones
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 »
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  1. Offer stunning value for money
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Bang for the buck
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  3. gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. digit.in in-depth Read Review »
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  11. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  14. beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. news18.com hands-on Read Review »
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