Our Opinion

The Vivo V9 is a slightly better phone, but the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 (6GB RAM, 64GB) is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much your want to spend!

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 (6GB RAM, 64GB)  Vivo V9 
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 Vivo V9
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Excellence Score
48.4
50.5
Value for Money Score
84.7
79.3
Price ₹ 14,999 onwards ₹ 17,649 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jul, 2018 Apr, 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) 1080x2280 pixels (~ 400 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display IPS, 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 636Ranked #30 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 626Ranked #34 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 509 Adreno 506
RAM 6 GB 4 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 + 5MP
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 F/2.0 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Professional mode, Slow motion, Time-Lapse Photography, Camera Filter, AI Bokeh, AI HDR, AI Face Beauty, Panorama, Palm capture, Gender detection, AR Stickers
Secondary Camera 16.0MP 24.0MP
Secondary Camera Features HDR, Panorama, Selfie Panorama, Time Lapse F/2.0 Aperture, Full HD Recording, AI Bokeh, AI HDR, AI Face Beauty
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 7.89 mm
Weight 180 gm 150 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh 3260 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
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
  • Beautiful, elegant notch-based full screen design (that is clearly inspired from the iPhone X) - the device feels slick in the hand, with subtle curves on the back - and it looks great
  • In terms of the ease of using the one-handed, the Vivo V9 actually goes one up on the iPhone X - it packs a bigger screen (6.2 inches) - and is still feels incredibly easy to use one hand
  • Fast fingerprint sensor
  • Facial recognition to unlock works very well too
  • The tall 19:9 display is bright and vibrant, and ticks all the right boxes
  • Vivo's custom Android UI (Funtouch) is very inspired from iOS too - it works decently well, although a lot of Android users do tend to prefer close-to-stock Android UIs
  • The UI also brings in a new gesture based navigation system, that operates without buttons (a la iPhone X), and thus gives you even more screen real estate to play with - the system itself is not too difficult to get a hang of - so it works out pretty well - and makes navigation on the V9 feel more 2018 than getting around on, say, a Samsung Galaxy S9 with its standard touch buttons
  • Decent set of rear and front cameras, especially in daylight - colors are accurate, dynamic range is slightly above average, and the camera focuses relatively fast - of course, photo quality falls quite a bit short when compared to an iPhone X or Galaxy S9 - but for the price range, it's decent
  • Decent battery life - will last the day with moderate use
  • Dedicated Dual SIM and MicroSD card slots
  • On the whole, the Vivo V9 is an all-round good device in this price range - especially for people who are more interested in a great design, great screen, and decent cameras - at the cost of a little bit of raw performance power
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The camera app UI is not the most elegant
  • The Funtouch Android UI continues to come pre-installed with about six or seven bloatware apps - which could have been avoided
  • While the performance is good in regular use, the Snapdragon 626 chipset inside is not the best of the pack in this price bracket
  • Doesn't support the modern USB-C port
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. With the V9, Vivo has managed to ship the first Android phone with a notch in India - for whatever that's worth
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A surprisingly refined package... the device feels very slick in the hand, with subtle curves on the back, and little things like facial recognition to unlock works very well
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Vivo V9 offers quite a bit for its price tag.... it is a beautiful looking device worth showing off, and it comes with decent hardware, and plenty of software customizations
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. A great midrange smartphone
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. The Vivo V9 targets the masses....the handset should appeal to anyone who is looking for a well-rounded smartphone
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  14. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
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