Our Opinion

The Oppo F9 Pro is a significantly better phone, but the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 (6GB RAM, 64GB) is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But from a pure value perspective, we recommend the Oppo F9 Pro.

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 (6GB RAM, 64GB)  Oppo F9 Pro 
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 Oppo F9
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Excellence Score
48.4
61.2
Value for Money Score
84.7
84.3
Price ₹ 14,999 onwards ₹ 20,917 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jul, 2018 Aug, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie Android 8.1 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.99 inches 6.3 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2160 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display IPS LCD, FullView Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 636Ranked #30 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio P60Ranked #19 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 509 Mali-G72 MP3
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
Primary Camera 16MP + 5MP 16MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Bokeh, HDR, Panorama, Time Lapse 16MP: F/1.8 Aperture, 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture, PDAF, HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 16.0MP 25.0MP
Secondary Camera Features HDR, Panorama, Selfie Panorama, Time Lapse F/2.0 Aperture, AI Camera, HDR, Bokeh Selfie, Sony IMX576 sensor
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 7.99 mm
Weight 180 gm 169 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh 3500 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, VOOC Flash Charge
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 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
  • 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
  • Absolutely stunning design - this one is sure to get you those 'oohs' and 'aaahs' when you whip it out in public - 2 unique innovations stand out - one is the unusual "water-drop notch" that reduces the notch to about as small as you could go without shifting to a 'pop-out camera' phone like the Find X - and second is the blue-black shimmering rear with its diamond pattern, that is just breathtaking to look at from any angle - it's not possible to stress this enough, the Oppo F9 Pro looks gorgeous
  • The water drop notch also ensures a commendable screen-to-body ratio of 90.8 percent (the iPhone X's ratio stands at a paltry 82 percent)
  • The phone’s face unlock and fingerprint mechanism are lightning fast, and at par with the OnePlus 6
  • The display by itself is great too - it's a bright screen with great, punchy colours - arguably the best display in this price bracket
  • Gorilla Glass 6 protection - one of the first phones in India to have it
  • Very good dual camera setup on the rear - takes colorful and bright photos, good portraits, and does reasonably well in low light too - overall, it's on par with the excellent Poco F1 and only a shade behind the OnePlus 6
  • Very good front camera too - takes good AI powered selfies - and is again comparable to the likes of Nokia 7 Plus, and Poco F1
  • Good call quality
  • Good battery life, with a 3500mAh battery - will comfortably last the day - and does not tend to heat up during processor-heavy tasks
  • Excellent SuperVOOC fast charging support, that's on par with the excellent Dash charging on the OnePlus 6
  • Overall, if you want a phone that's the ultimate looker, you won't go wrong with the Oppo F9 Pro, and you will get a pretty good camera to go along with it - having said that, if you prioritise performance over looks, there is no competing with the Poco F1 here, it's just in a different league - finally, if you want the most simple, clean software experience of all, with an equally good camera, then the Nokia 7 Plus is worth looking at
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The camera app UI is not the most elegant
  • ColorOS is decent as an Android UI, has a lot of features, and is quite 'colorful', but it will certainly come with it's share of bloat - such as duplicate Music, Gallery and Phone Manager apps, an unnecessary smart assistant, and an annoying 2-step process to dismiss notifications
  • While the performance is pretty good in almost all use cases with a solid mid-range Helio P60 at the core (similar to Snapdragon 652), the performance expectations in this price bracket are now completely shifted since the launch of the powerhouse Poco F1 - if you are not much into heavy gaming, the Oppo F9 Pro will more than suffice - but if you want truly breathtaking performance, there is no match for the Poco F1 in the mid-range
  • While the cameras are good with still photography, video recording capabilities on the phone are average at best - there is no OIS or EIS so the videos are quite shaky - also, 1080p and 720p are the only modes in which you can shoot videos
  • The single speaker on the phone’s bottom, though loud, sounds hollow and crackles
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 »
  14. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  1. Isn't the best you can get for your money....but if a bright red and purple phone makes you happy, then by all means, go for it
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If you’re looking for a stylish option with a big screen for media, and good cameras and eye catching looks....the Oppo F9 Pro is worth a look
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. It isn’t a game-changing smartphone, but it’s another smartphone showcasing Oppo’s continued efforts in design innovation
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. An impressive phone in this price segment... but you have to keep in mind that the competition is also really strong in this bracket
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Oppo F9 Pro would have easily earned recommendations if Xiaomi Poco F1 hadn't arrived at such a competitive price point...Even then, the phone's VOOC charging and classy design make it worth considering
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. This is the phone that will get you those 'oohs' and 'aaahs' when you whip it out in public.
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
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