Xiaomi’s smartphone line-up in the Philippines is getting stronger every time. Just recently, the company announced the pricing and availability of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro here in the country — a device that will try to lure people in again with its incredible specs for the price.
The Redmi Note 6 Pro is Xiaomi’s first attempt to bring a quad-camera phone in the midrange segment. A trend that has been proven as a hit by the Huawei Nova 3i.
Being a Xiaomi smartphone, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro also has a capable processor, large display, and an enormous battery capacity. All of which constitutes an appealing option in this category.
But as we all know, the sub-Php12k price segment in the Philippines is already saturated with tons of devices from different brands. One of the handsets leading the pack is the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1.
Much like Xiaomi’s offering, the Zenfone Max Pro M1 also has a large screen, powerful processor, and huge battery capacity that is known to ASUS’ Zenfone Max line-up.
So the question is, which between these two devices should you get? Well, let our Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro versus ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 specifications and features comparison help you decide.
|Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro||ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1|
|Operating System||Android 8.1 Oreo|
|Android 8.1 Oreo|
|Display||6.26-inch FHD+ IPS|
2280 x 1080 pixel resolution
19:9 aspect ratio
Corning Gorilla Glass (unnamed version)
|5.99-inch FHD+ IPS
2160 x 1080 pixel resolution
18:9 aspect ratio
2.5D Curved Glass
|Processor||1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 octa-core||1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 octa-core|
|GPU||Adreno 509||Adreno 509|
expandable via microSD up to 256GB
expandable via microSD up to 400GB
|Front camera||20-megapixel +|
|Rear Camera||12-megapixel +|
AI scene detection
|Connectivity||HSPA+, 4G LTE|
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
GPS, A-GPS, Beidou
|HSPA+, 4G LTE
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
|Dimensions||157.9 x 76.4 x 8.2mm||159 x 76 x 8.5mm|
As you can see, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro and the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 have identical set of specs and features, resulting in a really close fight. So, for us to tell which one is right for you, let’s list down some of the things that the one got right over the other.
If you’re into mobile photography, the Redmi Note 6 Pro is the obvious route here. Its quad-camera setup starts with the 20-megapixel + 2-megapixel combo on the front, which is obviously better than the single 8-megapixel selfie camera of the Zenfone Max Pro M1.
The 13-megapixel + 5-megapixel primary shooters of the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 might look better on paper than the 12-megapixel + 5-megapixel rear cameras that the competitor has. However, the Redmi Note 6 Pro’s dual-Pixel PDAF and AI scene detection capabilities mean that it can take better pictures faster.
Xiaomi’s offering also has a more dated set of wireless antennas and it even has an IR blaster in case you want to control your compatible appliances with it.
But if you just want a device that can cope up with your busy day, then going with the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 and its 5,000mAh battery might be the better option for you. Other than being larger than the 4,000mAh battery of the latter, it also has a 10W charger so you can top it up fast.
At Php9,995, the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 base model is almost Php1,000 cheaper than the Redmi Note 6 Pro. However, its 4GB/64GB variant is more expensive than Xiaomi’s offering. But at a mere price difference of Php5, it don’t really matter much.
As for the rest of the specs, these two are really similar with each other. They are both powered by a reliable Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor and an Adreno 509 GPU for graphics related tasks.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro’s screen is marginally bigger at 6.26-inches, but that’s primarily due to its screen notch on top. However, they are still both an IPS panel and Full HD+ resolution.
Both devices also run on Android 8.1 Oreo with their own respective interfaces and the two have fingerprint scanner and face unlock for security.
Well, that’s basically it. There’s no clear winner here, so it all boils down to the consumer’s preference. We highly suggest that you take a look at them personally and see which smartphone you like better.