ASUS’ high-end smartphones might have been overshadowed by some of its competing flagships around, but they do have a stronghold in the entry-level segment.
The ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 is, without a doubt, their current most successful smartphone in the low-end category. Its success is really not surprising considering the incredible value that it offers for the price.
Speaking of value-oriented smartphones, the Zenfone Max Pro M1 was faced with a tough competition when the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite was introduced. A new device that came from a brand known for its budget-friendly products.
Low-end smartphones are still the best-selling handsets in the Philippine market today. So in our Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite versus ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 specifications and features comparison, we’ll see which between these money-makers have what it takes to earn their brands some big bucks.
Will the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 continue to be the people’s choice? Or will the crowd’s attention shift towards the Mi A2 Lite and throw their money to Xiaomi instead? Let’s find out.
|ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1||Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite|
|Operating System||Android 8.1 Oreo||Android 8.1 Oreo
|Display||5.99-inch FHD+ IPS|
2160 x 1080 resolution
18:9 aspect ratio
|5.84-inch FHD+ IPS
2280 x 1080 resolution
19:9 aspect ratio
|Processor||1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 octa-core||2.0GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core|
|GPU||Adreno 509||Adreno 509|
expandable via microSD up to 400GB
expandable via microSD up to 256GB
|Rear Camera||13-megapixel +|
|Connectivity||HSPA+, 4G LTE|
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
|HSPA+, 4G LTE
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
|Dimensions||159 x 76 x 8.5mm||149.3 x 71.7 x 8.7mm|
I think the table above easily answers our questions. Clearly, the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 triumphs this specs battle over the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite, which easily stains Xiaomi’s reputation of offering the best smartphone hardware for the price.
The Zenfone Max Pro M1’s victory starts in the processor department. Despite the identical price, ASUS was able to equip it with a Snapdragon 636 processor, while the Mi A2 Lite only comes with a Snapdragon 625 chipset.
In addition, the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 has a significantly larger 5,000mAh battery compared to the already impressive 4,000mAh capacity found on the Mi A2 Lite.
Moreover, the Max Pro M1 has a better set of cameras over the Mi A2 Lite. There’s an 8-megapixel selfie camera on the front, which easily puts the 5-megapixel front camera of the Mi A2 Lite to shame.
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However, they do have an almost identical pair of rear cameras. The ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 has a 13-megapixel + 5-megapixel rear cameras configuration, which is just a notch better than the 12-megapixel + 5-megapixel sensors of the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite.
These two devices might have a lot of difference, but they also share a lot of similarities since they are almost in the same price bracket, after all.
Their most distinct and well-appreciated feature is the software. Both ASUS and Xiaomi ditched their own respective proprietary user-interfaces in favor of a cleaner and straightforward taste of Android.
This basically means that the interface will feel more responsive, apps will load faster, and everything would look like what the folks from Android wanted it to be.
Both phones share similar displays. Screens aren’t really that appreciated in the entry-level segment, but it’s actually more important than most people think as it serves as a canvass that showcases the device’s overall prowess. Both screens pans at around 6-inches with a sharp FHD+ resolution.
But at the end of the day, we still got to hand the win to the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1. Its faster processor, bigger battery, and better set of cameras easily allowed it to dominate the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite.
Well, not unless you opt for the higher-end model. As you can see, the device’s price easily spiked with the 4GB/64GB model, which is clearly not the case with the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite.
Most people would barely notice the difference of having a 3GB and 4GB of RAM. So I suggest that you get the base model, and pick up a microSD card instead to increase your smartphone’s storage capacity.