Asus Zenfone Max M2 (3GB RAM, 32GB)  Infinix Hot 8 
Asus Zenfone Max M2 Infinix Hot 8
Buy Now N/A Buy
Excellence Score
N/A
19.4
Value for Money Score
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56.8
Price N/A ₹ 9,900 onwards
Launch Date (India) Dec, 2018 Sep, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Low likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 9.0 PieLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.3 inches 6.52 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1520 pixels (~ 267 pixels per inch) 720x1600 pixels (~ 269 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display 2.5D Curved Glass, Read Mode, Eye Care mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 632Ranked #67 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio P22Ranked #81 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 506 PowerVR GE8320
RAM 3 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port microUSB microUSB
Primary Camera 13MP + 2MP 13MP + 2MP + Low Light Camera
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 13MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1.12um Pixel Size, PDAF, Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS), Portrait Mode, Night Mode 13MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 5P Lens; PDAF, 2MP: Depth Sensor, Low Light Camera, Auto Scene detection, AR Stickers, Bokeh, AI HDR, AI Beauty, Panorama
Secondary Camera 8MP 8MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size, LED flash, Portrait Mode, Night Mode F/2.0 Aperture, Flash, AR Stickers, 4P Lens, 81° FOV, AI Portrait, AI Beauty, Wide Selfie
Internal Memory 32 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 2 TB Yes, 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 7.7 mmMedium 8.7 mmMedium
Weight 160 gmMedium 179 gmMedium
Width 76.3 mmOk for one-handed use 76.3 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 5000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A 609 hrs
Battery Standby (3G) 792 hrs N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) 35.00 hrs N/A
Fast Charging Support
Included Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters Internet Usage Time (WiFi): upto 22 hrs Talk-time (4G): 18.1 hrs, Audio Playback Time: 17.6 hrs, Video Playback Time: 14 hrs, Web Surfing: 18.6 hrs, Gaming: 11.4 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration; NXP Smart Amp; Google Drive: 100GB free space (1 year) Noise Filtration; Dirac Surround Sound
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Features a well-built, well-designed metal black+plastic frame aesthetic, paired with a massive display with a not-so-massive notch
  • At 6.26 inches diagonally with relatively narrow borders all around, the screen does have a strong visual impact
  • Unlike a lot of glossy phones in this segment now, the phone is also not a fingerprint magnet
  • Very light, especially given the large battery it packs
  • Decent, large, bright display
  • Asus remains committed to stock Android for its low-end phones, and that's a good thing - it's nice and simple to use, and there is little to no bloat
  • Performance is a key USP here, with Asus managing to offer a relatively powerful processor, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, at a new low price - the phone is consistently smooth throughout, and even games like PUBG Mobile runs smoothly
  • Decent dual rear cameras - daytime shots especially are well detailed
  • Decent front camera too, and users will generally be happy with the quality of selfies they can take for social media - Asus is also planning future updates to bring EIS and the Depth Effect mode to the front camera
  • Impressive speaker - it is not only loud but also produces quite rich, deep sound
  • Very good battery life with a generous 4000mAh battery - you can get up to 2 days of use with moderate use
  • There is no official fast charging support, but the included 10W charger has a decent charging speed
  • Overall, the Max M2 is another winner from the Asus camp this year - and will be a strong choice in this segment - it wins on 4 important counts - a large 'notch' display, stock Android experience, great processor for the price, and a good battery life - providing for a reliable all-round experience
  • Striking, sleek design, with rounded edges and a gradient color back - one of the better looking budget phones around
  • Offers a good grip, and is relatively light-weight for the size
  • Both fingerprint reader and face unlock work accurately and quickly
  • Nice display - packs a 6.52-inch HD+ (720x1600 pixels) screen with a 20:9 aspect ratio and 90.3 percent screen-to-body ratio - color output is decent, and sunlight legibility is good too - overall, this is one of the better displays you will see in this price segment
  • XOS UI is a decent Android skin, is smooth to use, and has a few useful features - like the dedicated smart panel (to the left of the home-screen for widgets and shortcuts), and Intelligence voice broadcast (can read out a lot of things for the user, like cricket scores, news and SMSes, as well as personal texts from various messaging apps)
  • Decent performance for day-to-day use with a Helio P22 SoC - similar to Snapdragon 625 (though gaming performance is pretty ordinary, as expected)
  • Decent triple camera setup for the price (13MP primary + 2MP depth + Low Light Camera)
  • The primary camera gives reasonably good shots in daylight - sharpness and details are decent - though consistency is an issue
  • Selfies come out nicely too (but the beauty mode can make the pics look unreal, so it's best turned off)
  • Excellent battery life with a 5000mAh battery - you should get a comfortable 2 days of use
  • Decent charging speed (it's not 'fast charge' though)
  • The Hot 8 is an another reliable budget choice from Infinix offering a good specs/price ratio, allowing it to stand up to tough competition from Xiaomi and Realme - as long as performance is not a major concern, and you are not into gaming, it's worth considering
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • If you aren't a fan of big phones in general, you probably won't warm up to the ZenFone Max M2 though - it's only just about usable with one hand, and it's also not the easiest phone to fit into a trouser pocket
  • One of the software issues currently though is the un-optimised notch - the network bars and call profile icons usually aren’t visible fully, and a portion of those are hidden under the notch itself - hopefully this is something an OTA update will fix soon
  • Shots taken from the rear cameras using the Depth Effect mode are average though
  • Average low-light camera performance for both front and rear cameras
  • The camera app is also sometimes slowish - that apart, the UI is also not the best - for example, it takes three taps to begin recording a video
  • Overall, the camera performance is decent but a notch below what the Redmi 6 Pro (the primary competitor here) manages to deliver
  • One of the biggest threats to the Max M2 might be its one generation old, but still excellent, bigger brother -- the Zenfone Max Pro M1 - at almost a similar price, the Max Pro M1 offers the more potent Snapdragon 636 chipset, a full HD+ display and a bigger 5000mAh battery - though it doesn't have a notch display - so which one you choose among these might be down to more individual preferences
  • And if you want a better camera in this price range, then you will probably want to look at the Redmi Note 6 Pro, or Nokia 5.1 Plus
  • With a large 6.5-inch screen, the phone is a little too big for one-hand usage
  • It does pack a lot of bloatware, though (and spammy notifications)
  • In terms of overall performance though, the likes of Redmi 7 and Realme 3i fare better (even the lesser RAM variants) because of their faster processors
Expert Reviews
  1. A winner for Asus
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A competent entry-level device
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Decent for the price
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The Zenfone Max M2 brings strong competition in the affordable segment...however, if you are looking for a smartphone with a dependable camera, you may be a bit disappointed
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. A compelling buy
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. A decent option, if you are ready to compromise on the camera front
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. A dependable option
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. If camera output is your primary concern and you can live with some performance limitations, the Infinix Hot 8 could be a decent choice
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Really low in budget and packing all the goods, the Hot 8 is perfect for the price it’s going for
    asianage.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Has almost everything to offer in its price segment
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
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