Our Opinion

The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 (6GB RAM, 64GB) is a significantly better phone than the Motorola Moto G6 Plus, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 (6GB RAM, 64GB)!

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 (6GB RAM, 64GB)  Motorola Moto G6 Plus 
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 Motorola Moto G6 Plus
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Excellence Score
51.3
45.5
Value for Money Score
86.3
65.6
Price ₹ 14,999 onwards ₹ 21,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jul, 2018 Sep, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie Android 8.0 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.99 inches 5.9 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2160 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch) 1080x2160 pixels (~ 409 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 #29 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 630Ranked #31 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 509 Adreno 508
RAM 6 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 16.0 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 (16MP + 5MP), Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Bokeh, HDR, Panorama, Time Lapse Dual Camera (12MP + 5MP), 12MP: F/1.7 Aperture, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus, Geo-tagging, Touch focus, Face detection, Panorama, Auto-HDR
Secondary Camera 16.0 MP 8.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features HDR, Panorama, Selfie Panorama, Time Lapse F/2.2 Aperture, LED flash, 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
Thickness 8.46 mm 8 mm
Weight 180 gm 167 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh 3200 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 Yes, TurboPower
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 Splash Resistant; NFC; WiFi Direct, WiFi Dual-band; USB Type-C; Noise Filtration; Dolby 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
  • The display also has slightly higher brightness levels than the lower variants of Zenfone Max Pro M1, so you should get even better sunlight legibility
  • 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 - and with 6GB RAM, performance in games is even better than the lower variants of the Max Pro M1
  • Good dual camera setup on the rear, with decent bokeh effects too - it is significantly improved over the lower variants of the M1 Pro - images are sharper, brighter and even the colors look a bit more vibrant - that said, however, it still isn’t quite as good as the Redmi Note 5 Pro
  • 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, sleek, glass-based design - this is easily the best looking Moto G to date
  • The rear edges of the G6 Plus are curved, and that allows it to sit much more comfortably in the palm of your hand than previous models – if you've seen the Samsung Galaxy S7, it’s a similar curvature on the back
  • Motorola has also kept the fingerprint sensor on the front of the phone, just below the display, but it doesn’t take up much space, so the bottom bezel is quite thin and looks good. The fingerprint sensor is easy to hit, and works efficiently
  • Very good quality, modern, bright, Full HD+ IPS LCD display with then new 18:9 display ratio - it has good colors, and viewing angles too
  • The phone also comes with image recognition software that enables you to take photos of objects you come across, or landmarks in a city you’re visiting, and get information about them, for example a Wikipedia page, or details of where you can buy an item
  • Good, solid performance, backed by the Snapdragon 630 - does well under all use cases, including games
  • Good set of dual rear cameras - pretty decent for this price bracket - the focus is really quick, and pictures come out crisp and natural, and the portrait mode is decently implemented too
  • On the front of the Moto G6 Plus is a 8MP selfie camera, which is pretty decent too - it also has a filters mode, which overlays Snapchat-like frippery such as cat features or bunny ears (though it takes a long time to process images)
  • The front camera also has an effective group selfie mode that works similar to a panoramic images mode
  • Video recording is decent too, and there is a pretty decent slow-mo mode too
  • Good, powerful loudspeaker
  • Good battery life - will comfortably last the day with moderate to heavy use
  • Fast charging support
  • Moto continues to excel in the software part, keeping the UI close to stock Android while adding just the right set of add-ons like Moto Actions (gesture control), night display, and fingerprint sensor based navigation
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The camera app UI is not the most elegant
  • A bit on the tall side - not as easy to grip as the smaller Moto G6
  • On the whole, the Moto G6 Plus is a pretty good phone when seen by itself - it looks good, has good software, performs good, and has a good set of cameras - and it's a solid step up from it's younger cousin the Moto G6 too, with better performance, camera and battery life - the only problem is there are even better and cheaper phones now in the mid-range segment, and Moto might be a bit too late for this party - it will find it difficult to compete against the likes of Nokia 6.1 Plus (cheaper, faster, more premium build, Android One promise, though it lacks dual rear cameras) and the Redmi Note 5 Pro (cheaper, faster, better battery, though it lacks stock Android), and of course the new reigning performance champion in the mid-range, the Poco F1
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. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
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  15. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  1. You can't go wrong with the Moto G6 Plus
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Motorola still masters the art of the mid-range phone
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  5. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  6. alphr.com hands-on Read Review »
  7. expertreviews.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  8. techadvisor.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
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