Our Opinion

The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 (3GB RAM, 32GB) is a significantly better phone, but the realme 3 (3GB RAM, 64GB) is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But if budget is not a constraint, we recommend the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 (3GB RAM, 32GB).

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 (3GB RAM, 32GB)  realme 3 (3GB RAM, 64GB) 
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 realme 3
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Excellence Score
41.8
35.3
Value for Money Score
85.1
88.3
Price ₹ 12,999 onwards ₹ 9,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Dec, 2018 May, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.3 inches 6.2 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2280 pixels (~ 400 pixels per inch) 720x1520 pixels (~ 271 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 6 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display IPS LCD, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.95 GHz 2.1 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 660Ranked #20 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio P70Ranked #22 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 512 Mali-G72 MP3
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 12MP + 5MP 13MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 12MP: Sony IMX486 sensor; F/1.8 Aperture; 1.25um Pixel Size; PDAF, Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS), Portrait Mode, HDR, Night Mode 13MP: F/1.8 Aperture; PDAF, 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture, PDAF, Nightscape mode, Hybrid HDR, Chroma Boost, Portrait Mode
Secondary Camera 13MP 13MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, LED flash, Portrait Mode F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size, AI Beautification, HDR
Internal Memory 32 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 8.5 mm 8.3 mm
Weight 175 gm 175 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh 4230 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) 45.00 hrs N/A
Fast Charging
Other Battery Parameters Standby Time (4G): 1104, Wi-Fi Web Browsing: 26 hrs, Video Playback Time: 22 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features NFC; Noise Filtration; NXP Smart Amp; Google Drive: 100GB free space (1 year) Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Gorgeous, premium design - courtesy a highly polished polycarbonate body that's designed to reflect light in several striking angles - it looks quite classy - unarguably, this is a phone that will draw attention
  • Decent build quality
  • Asus has curved the sides of the ZenFone Max Pro M2, which makes it comfortable to hold - what is surprising is that the phone does not feel heavy or bulky in spite of its big battery
  • The fingerprint scanner positioned at the back centre, is easy to reach.
  • Face recognition is also supported, and works well
  • Bright and crisp, full-HD display, with good viewing angles, good color reproduction, and with options to adjust the colour temperature of the display to your liking
  • There's Corning Gorilla Glass 6 on the front, which is a first for this price segment
  • Asus continues to stick to a stock Android UI on it's budget phones (instead of ZenUI) and that of course helps keep things nice and simple - along with that there's Asus's promise to keep pushing out updates for this device quickly
  • There are a few useful customizations like ZenMotion gestures that let you double-tap the screen to wake the device or to put it to sleep, and a Smart Screen On feature that prevents the phone from going into standby while you are looking at it
  • Best-in-class performance with the snappy Snapdragon 660 - giving it one of the best performance to price ratios - it will steamroll through both daily tasks and games without breaking a sweat
  • Decent set of feature-rich dual cameras on the rear - they do especially well with color reproduction and macros - bokeh pictures are decent too
  • Low light performance is reasonable too
  • Decent video recording quality - video stabilisation is available at 1080p, and the phone does a good job of reducing shakes
  • Decent selfie camera too - and the face detection helps the ZenFone Max Pro M2 lock focus accurately when taking a group selfie (there is no portrait mode on the front camera yet, but it will arrive via a software update)
  • Overall, the cameras are pretty decent for this price segment - though not the absolute best
  • The bottom-firing speaker is quite loud
  • One of the key USPs of the ZenFone Max Pro M2 is of course the gigantic 5000mAH battery - this is the absolute best-in-class and no other rival brand can match it right now - you will be able to manage 2 days of battery life fairly easily
  • Decent charging speed (though fast charging is not officially supported) - with the supplied charger, you will be able to charge it from zero to 50 percent in an hour
  • Asus has come out with an absolute winner here - there are no 2 ways about it - and the Max Pro M2 will almost definitely be among the most popular phones in this price segment
  • When it comes to the competition, there’s the Redmi Note 6 Pro with slightly better cameras, but it has a slower processor, an inferior design, and a smaller battery - there’s also the Realme 2 Pro and Realme U1, and they both have the trendy teardrop notch designs and similarly great performance, but ColorOS is not the best experience - finally, there are some other good options like the Nokia 6.1 plus, the Motorola One Power, and the Honor 8X - but they all fail to match the ZenFone Max Pro M2’s all around capabilities - all in all, the Max Pro M2 is a fantastic option, no matter what way you look at it
  • Dazzling design, with a beautiful gradient color finish - the sort of design that you can really brag about
  • Fast, effective fingerprint sensor
  • Fast, effective face unlock
  • Large, modern, bright, 6.22 inch, dewdrop notch screen, with good viewing angles
  • The new and improved ColorOS 6.0 is now lighter and more refined
  • Isn't strewn with ads like Redmi phones (which are going to be the main competition here) now tend to be
  • Excellent, unmatched performance for this price bracket with a powerful Helio P70 chipset at the core (similar to the Snapdragon 660) - it will steamroll through anything you throw at it, including high-end games like PUBG (which easily runs at 30fps)
  • Decent dual camera setup on the rear, with AI features (can recognize 16 independent scenes and 100 scene combinations)
  • Does reasonably well in good lighting conditions with decent resolved detail, decent contrast, and accurate colors
  • New modes like Chroma Boost and Night mode, can be handy at times
  • Decent portrait mode too - subject separation works well, there aren't many abrupt transitions from sharp to blurred, and the bokeh is nice
  • Decent selfie camera too - with good detail, nice colors and sharp enough images
  • The selfie cam also offers simulated bokeh, and it does a ok job
  • Impressive battery backup with a large 4230mAh battery - you will end a full use day with a comfortable 35-40% left in the tank
  • Realme 3 is very likely another big hit from the Realme brand, especially for the exceptional (and unmatched) performance it brings to this price bracket
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • One of the issues that's there will all glossy phones is that the phone is prone to show scratches and smudges - chances are you will be keeping the Max Pro M2 in a case - and one case comes included in the retail package as well
  • The Realme 3's glossy back, of course, attracts plenty of smudges very easily
  • Screen resolution is on the low side
  • Sunlight legibility also could have been better
  • Average video recording performance - there's no stabilisation, so footage is shaky if you move about too much
  • Low-light photography is nothing to write home about
  • There are some very good competitors in a slightly higher bracket though - like the Redmi Note 7, and Realme U1 - which have similar hardware but higher resolution displays - so you might want to look at these especially if display quality is key for you
Expert Reviews
  1. The best all around budget phone out there
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. You can't really go wrong with it
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A good upgrade to the Max Pro M1
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Has all the right ingredients
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. If you are in the market looking for an all-round smartphone under Rs 15,000 range, I’d recommend the Zenfone Max Pro M2
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. Asus has done a master masterstroke with the new Zenfone Max Pro M2, and it is the undeniably the best value-for-money phone in the market right now
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. Where the Zenfone Max Pro M2 takes the advantage is with the long stamina battery
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. You can't really go wrong with the Zenfone Max Pro M2, even though you have other good choices as well around this price point
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  11. firstpost.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. Has a lot to offer, way beyond what its budget price tag suggests
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Its competitive pricing makes it a better alternative to the other phones in this segment
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Fairly good all-round upgrade to the Realme 2
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The new budget king
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. One for the budget fans
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. The Realme 3 still offers good value for money, but it's not as impressive as some of the company's previous offerings
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. If you are looking for a pocket-friendly phone, you can bet on the Realme and it will serve you well for long
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. The Realme 3 might not feel as premium as the Redmi Note 7, but it definitely has the punch to compete against Xiaomi’s newest budget beast
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Realme 3 is a fine device and works well..but it doesn't offer that wow factor that we got from past Realme phones
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. beebom.com hands-on Read Review »
  11. fonearena.com hands-on Read Review »
  12. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
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