Our Opinion

The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 (6GB RAM, 64GB) is a significantly better phone than the Motorola Moto X4 (6GB RAM, 64GB), 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 X4 (6GB RAM, 64GB) 
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Excellence Score
44.8
33.0
Value for Money Score
82.5
67.9
Price ₹ 14,999 onwards ₹ 15,449 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jul, 2018 Feb, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie Android 8.0 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.99 inches 5.2 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2160 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 424 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 IPS
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 636Ranked #33 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 630Ranked #37 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
Connecting Port USB USB-C
Primary Camera 16MP + 5MP 12MP + 8MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Bokeh, HDR, Panorama, Time Lapse 12MP: F/2.0 Aperture; 1.4um Pixel Size, 8MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 1.12um Pixel Size; 120-degree Wide-angle Lens, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Ultra-wide Angle Shot, Professional mode, Depth Detection and Depth Effects, Selective Focus, Selective Black & White, Background Replacement, Spot Color, Landmark/Object Recognition, Scan barcodes/QR codes/Business cards, Panorama, Slo-motion Video, Best Shot
Secondary Camera 16.0MP 16.0MP
Secondary Camera Features HDR, Panorama, Selfie Panorama, Time Lapse F/2.0 Aperture, 1.0um Pixel Size, LED Flash, 4 MP Adaptive Low Light Mode, Selfie Panorama, Face Filters, Beautification mode, Professional mode
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 2 TB up to 2 TB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.46 mm 7.99 mm
Weight 180 gm 163 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP67 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh 3000 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, TurboCharge
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 Noise Filtration; NXP Smart Amp Fast Battery Charging (TurboCharge): 6 hrs of power in 15 mins; NFC; 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)
  • 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
  • Gorgeous looking metal and glass build - it's high-end style at a reasonable price
  • Comfortable design for one-handed use - with a 5.2-inch scale the Moto X hits the sweet spot for scale - it's easy to hold in one hand - comfortably, too, thanks to those rounded-off edges - without feeling like it's a chore to extend fingers across the screen
  • Waterproofing, with IP68 weather-resistant construction
  • Some of Motorola's add-ons include Moto Key to unlock additional devices via fingerprint (like your PC), Moto Actions to perform features by physical actions (including new stuff like ‘Attentive Display’ which keeps the screen on as long as you are looking at it and dims it and eventually turns it off if you are looking away, to save more battery), Moto Display for always-on display, Moto Voice for an always-on voice assistant, Wireless Sound System (to connect up to five Bluetooth devices - if you fancy having a bit of a party with a stack of speakers)
  • Good, punchy display with nice contrast and colours
  • Effective front-facing fingerprint scanner with gesture control
  • The software continues to be stock Android supplemented with some intelligent Moto applications - an approach that has worked very well for Motorola and earned it a lot of fans
  • Good/smooth performance in regular use
  • Decent dual camera setup on the rear - does reasonably well with both normal shots and bokeh shots, especially in good light
  • Decent front camera too
  • Other Camera features include a barcode, QR code and business card reader, which is auto-entered into the device, plus object and landmark object recognition to gain additional insights into famous places
  • Good battery life, assisted by an efficient processor, and a relatively smaller screen - should comfortably last the day even with heavy use
  • Fast charging (TurboCharge) support
  • Things like Moto Actions and the other set of accessibility features have set the company apart from the competition and actually made good use of the sensors, making operating the phone much easier - they also help the power user to increase their productivity
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
  • There is no edge-to-edge display here that is becoming more common now among both mid-range and flagship devices
  • While the performance is good in daily use, when pushed with the heavy apps/games, the performance is not quite to the level of the phone's top competitors - in fact the performance is only a little bit better compared to its budget cousin - the Moto G5S Plus
  • The cameras placed on the back, in a large protruding circular section, makes for a unique look - something that may or may not be to your taste
  • The camera app is somewhat slow to launch and a little slow to focus
  • On the whole too, the camera is decent, but there are certainly better camera phones in this price bracket - the sluggish HDR, slow focus speeds in video and the not-always-effective bokeh mode will leave you wanting more
  • On the whole, the Moto X4 might be a good option only if you are really keen to get a compact phone, but generally in terms of both performance and camera, there are better phones in this price bracket
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
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  3. You can't deny the sheer value on offer here
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  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
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  8. There just is no beating the Max Pro M1 in terms of overall value
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