Our Opinion

The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 (3GB RAM, 32GB) is a significantly better phone than the Lenovo K8 Note (3GB RAM, 32GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 (3GB RAM, 32GB)!

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 (3GB RAM, 32GB)  Lenovo K8 Note (3GB RAM, 32GB) 
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Excellence Score
36.1
24.3
Value for Money Score
86.0
78.5
Price ₹ 10,999 onwards ₹ 6,968 onwards
Launch Date (India) May, 2018 Aug, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.99 inches 5.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2160 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display 2.5D Curved Glass, Oleophobic Coating
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Deca Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 636Ranked #31 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio X23Ranked #32 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 509 Mali-T880 MP4
RAM 3 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB
Primary Camera 13MP + 5MP 13MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Bokeh, HDR, Panorama, Time Lapse N/A
Secondary Camera 8.0MP 13.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, HDR, Panorama, Selfie Panorama, Time Lapse F/2.0 Aperture, LED Flash
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 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
Thickness 8.46 mm 8.5 mm
Weight 180 gm 180 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes
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 Yes, Turbo Charging
Other Battery Parameters Music Playback Time: 199 hrs, Gaming Time: upto 12 hrs, WiFi Web Browsing: 28 hrs Talktime (4G): 24.7 hrs, Standby Time (4G): 378 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration; NXP Smart Amp Dolby Atmos; Splash Resistant; Fast Battery Charging (Turbo Charging); Noise Filtration; TheatreMax
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)
  • 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
  • Very good build quality, water repellent design
  • The metal body feels sturdy to hold and offers a premium feel and a soft touch
  • 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass spread across the front edges looks neat
  • The K8 Note is also fairly easy to use with just one hand - its rounded edges make it fit well in a palm
  • Lenovo has also used an anti-fingerprint coating on the screen which means you shouldn't have to bother cleaning it very often
  • The left panel has a dedicated "Music key" which is customisable for any purpose - playing/ pausing audio or video, toggling the flashlight, launching the camera, taking a screenshot, or opening a specific app
  • Nice, crisp, bright display - viewing angles are good and sunlight legibility is not an issue - good for watching videos and playing games
  • The phone also has TheaterMax VR support which was initially introduced with the Lenovo Vibe K4 Note - it works well and lets you enjoy media on a virtual large screen, with a 100-degree field of view and a cinema-like feel
  • With the Lenovo K8 Note, the company is also switching to a stock Android experience, ditching Lenevo's Vibe Pure UI entirely - it's a welcome move - both in terms of making the UI simple, and making the future software update cycle faster
  • The interface is also slick, and fluid, and you won't feel the device stuttering even when many apps are running - gaming too is smooth, and even heavy games are handled well - benchmark scores are right at the top too for this price bracket
  • The dual camera setup at the rear works fairly well - there's a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel depth sensor for creating a bokeh effect
  • Images have good details and natural colours with low noise - the camera is quick to lock focus on a subject, and landscapes and macros are decent too
  • The front 13-megapixel camera too is pretty decent, is able to capture colour tones and details well enough, and has its own LED flash
  • Decent speaker along with the Dolby Atmos app that can be used to tweak audio options
  • Decent call quality
  • Good battery life with a 4000mAh battery - lasts a whole day even with heavy use
  • Also supports fast charging (about 20 minutes to go from 0 to 40%)
  • On the whole, the K8 Note is one of the better looking phones in its category, and pretty similar to the well-designed Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
  • Has dedicated dual SIM slots (instead of the hybrid setup in lot of the recent phones) which is always a good thing
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • 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 not the most elegant
  • A little bit on the heavy side at 180g (versus 165g for the Redmi Note 4, which is its top competitor)
  • Tends to get a little warm - when you are continuously using the camera app, or GPS, or when gaming
  • While the camera is good in daylight, low-light shots tended to have a lot of noise, and the low-light camera results leave a lot to be desired
  • Battery life is good but not the best in the segment - falling short of what the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 delivers in terms of battery performance
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
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  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
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