Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi 8 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a slightly better phone than the Asus Zenfone Max M2 (4GB RAM, 64GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi 8 (4GB RAM, 64GB)!

Asus Zenfone Max M2 (4GB RAM, 64GB)  Xiaomi Redmi 8 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Asus Zenfone Max M2 Xiaomi Redmi 8
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Excellence Score
22.7
26.2
Value for Money Score
59.3
71.7
Price ₹ 11,999 onwards ₹ 9,499 onwards
Launch Date (India) Dec, 2018 Oct, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.3 inches 6.22 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1520 pixels (~ 267 pixels per inch) 720x1520 pixels (~ 270 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
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, Sunlight Mode, Reading mode, Color temperature adjustment, Standard mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 1.95 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 632Ranked #58 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 439Ranked #76 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 506 Adreno 505
RAM 4 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 USB-C
Primary Camera 13MP + 2MP 12MP + 2MP
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 12MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1.4um Pixel Size, 2MP: Depth Sensor, Dual-PDAF, AI Portrait mode, AI Scene detection
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, 1.12um Pixel Size, AI Beautify 4.0, Portrait mode, HDR, Screen Flash, Selfie timer, Face recognition, Palm shutter
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 2 TB Yes, up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes (Wireless)
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.7 mmMedium 9.4 mmThick
Weight 160 gmMedium 188 gmMedium
Width 76.3 mmOk for one-handed use 75.4 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash resistant
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 5000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) 792 hrs N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) 35.00 hrs N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 18W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters Internet Usage Time (WiFi): upto 22 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration; NXP Smart Amp; Google Drive: 100GB free space (1 year) Noise Filtration
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
  • In recent times, Redmi has adopted some very premium and stylish design aesthetics, and the Redmi 8 continues that trend, with great design and build quality
  • The ruby-red color variant especially looks stunning, and it is astonishing to see how far budget hardware has come
  • The phone also feels premium to the touch
  • The front is sharp and modern, with a dewdrop notch, and very similar to the Redmi 8A
  • The location of the fingerprint scanner at the back is near perfect - and the scanner is very quick as well
  • Decent 6.2-inch IPS display, the same as the one on the Redmi 8A - gets bright enough for outdoor use
  • Packs Gorilla glass 5 protection, which is a big bonus in this price segment
  • MIUI is one of the more refined and smooth Android skins around, and has a lot of customization/theming options - there’s ample features for power users - from gestures to the ability to switch around button layouts as well as a robust home screen customisation experience, you can really make the phone your own
  • Decent day-to-day performance, with the same Snapdragon 439 as the Redmi 8A (it's not really meant for gaming though)
  • Ok camera setup, at this price point
  • Outdoor shots look good enough with Xiaomi’s AI enhancements kicking in to deliver punchy images
  • The dedicated secondary camera enables portrait mode, and edge detection is decent
  • USB-C at an entry-level price deserves kudos
  • Phenomenal battery life with a 5000mAh cell paired with entry-level hardware - you will comfortably get 2 days of use
  • 18W fast-charging support (though a standard 10W brick is included in the box)
  • Overall, the Redmi 8 is another very good budget option from Xiaomi's camp, and along with the Realme C2/3i, will likely dominate the entry-level smartphone segment in India
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 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
  • Of course the glossy hardware catches on fingerprints (Xiaomi has thankfully tossed in a TPU case in the box, though)
  • Xiaomi has added a Redmi logo on the lower bezel and that feels like a bit of an overkill given there is Redmi already engraved on the back
  • It still continues to pack a lot of bloat though - you get 20-something pre-installed applications with wide-ranging requirements for user permissions
  • Limited dynamic range - the camera has a tendency to blow out highlights
  • Despite support for dual-pixel autofocus, the camera often hunts to get a focus lock
  • Images have some softness to them in anything less than perfect light - indoor images tend to be short on details
  • Videos are again fine in daylight, but not so much in anything less than that
  • Overall, the camera is not a particularly strong area for the Redmi 8
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. Decent...but buyers considering this phone should take a close look at the Redmi 8A to see if there's anything they don't mind losing, since that could save them some money....And people who value performance might want to look at Redmi Note 8, which coul
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Budget all rounder
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. Has plenty to offer if you are looking for a new phone in the segment
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The Redmi 8 is a good offering for its price....the only problem is that given similar specifications, many users might prefer the Redmi 8A which is cheaper, runs the same processor and offers something very similar
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A good phone, and a good daily driver, but one that's held back by its ad-supported UI
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A performer for its price, if you don't mind the processor
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Good phone, but the Redmi 8A (at a slightly lower price), or the Redmi Note 8 (at a slightly higher price) might make more sense, from a value for money perspective
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
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