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ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 vs Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus: Specs Comparison


Not a lot of smartphone manufacturers realize that having great battery life is equally important as having great displays, fast performance, and excellent cameras. Thankfully, brands like ASUS and Xiaomi are here for power-hungry users who need more juice throughout the day.

Today we’re taking a look at ASUS and Xiaomi’s sub-Php10k offerings who have beyond-average battery capacities. We have the newly announced ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 and the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus.

For the price bracket they belong, coming up with a smartphone that ticks all the items in the checklist can be really tough. And now that we know that they have huge battery capacities, how does the two stack up in other departments?


Were there any major compromises done to achieve their specific price tags? That’s what we are here to answer in this ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 vs Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus specs and features comparison.

 ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 OreoAndroid 7.1.2 Nougat
Dual standby
Dual SIM, hybrid
Dual Standby
Nano SIM format
Display5.99-inch FHD+ IPS display
2160 x 1080 resolution
18:9 aspect ratio
5.99-inch FHD+ IPS
2160 x 1080 resolution
18:9 aspect raio
Processor1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 octa-core processor2.0GHz Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor
GPUAdreno 509Adreno 506
expamndable via microSD up to 400GB
expandable via microSD up to 128GB
Front camera8-megapixel (3GB/4GB RAM model)
16-megapixel (6GB RAM model)
f/2.0 aperture
LED flash
Rear Camera13-megapixel + 5-megapixel (3GB/4GB model)
16-megapixel + 5-megapixel (6GB model)
LED flash
f/2.2 aperture
LED flash
SecurityFingerprint scanner
Facial recognition
Fingerprint scanner
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.2
FM Radio
microUSB 2.0
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.2
FM Radio
microUSB 2.0
Dimensions159 x 76 x 8.5mm158.5 x 75.45 x 8.05mm
ColorDeepsea Black
Titanium Grey
Light Blue
Rose Gold
10w charger
Price3GB/32GB: INR10,999 (~Php8,700)
4GB/64GB: INR12,999 (~Php10,300)
6GB/64GB: INR14,999 (~Php11,900)

ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1

Xiaomi smartphones have always been a crowd-favorite. Unlike the competition, they offer better value for the money that the consumers are paying. However, this time, it looks like ASUS is attacking Xiaomi’s Redmi 5 Plus with their Zenfone Max Pro M1.

Sure, ASUS’ offering is a bit more expensive — but I think the extra cash you’d be paying is actually worth it. Its official price in the Philippines is yet to be announced, but we surely expect it to be in the neighborhood of Php11,000 to Php13,000.

So, why is the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 better? Well, the specs comparison table above clearly says it all. For starters, it runs on a newer and cleaner operating system. The Max Pro M1 uses an Android 8.1 Oreo OS sans the clunky ZenUI interface, which can definitely put a smile on the face of Android enthusiasts out there.



It also uses a more powerful, newer and efficient Snapdragon 636 processor. Don’t be fooled by the higher-clocked Snapdragon 625 chipset on the Redmi 5 Plus. The latter also comes in different RAM and storage configurations so you have more flexibility in choosing according to your needs.

ASUS continues its streak in the camera department. It has sharper selfie shooter and better rear cameras. It comes in two configurations, but both are still better than the Redmi 5 Plus.

Lastly, the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 has another advantage in the battery department. Sure, the 4,000mAh battery found on the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus is still large, but the 5,000mAh capacity found on the competition is noticeably better. In fact, it’s 25% larger, so it could absolutely make a difference in real-world usage.

ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 price specs features availability

In conclusion, the Zenfone Max Pro M1 is the clear winner here — at least in the specifications battle. Remember, we still don’t have the official pricing for this device. But if it will be priced the same, or higher by Php1,000 to Php2,000 than Xiaomi’s handset, I think it is still the better option.

In case the price will go as far as Php13,000 to Php14,000, I think going with the Redmi 5 Plus is still a sound decision. After all, it’s all about the consumers’ preference.

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