Cheap and powerful—these are the two aspects epitomized by the latest smartphone releases of Xiaomi and Asus. That said, the former’s Mi Note and the latter’s ZenFone 2 are just begging to be compared. Check out their features side by side here.

DescriptionXiaomi Mi NoteAsus ZenFone 2 (ZE551ML)
Operating SystemAndroid 4.4.4 KitKat
Android 5.0 Lollipop
Asus ZenUI
Display5.7-inch Sharp/JDI LCD
1080p Full HD
Gorilla Glass 3
5.5-inch IPS LCD
1080p Full HD
Gorilla Glass 3
CPU2.5GHz quad-core
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
1.8/2.3GHz quad-core
Intel Atom Z3560/Z3580
GPUAdreno 330PowerVR G6430
Internal Storage16/64GB16/32/64GB
5GB lifetime cloud storage
microSD supportn/a64GB
Rear Camera13-megapixel
auto-focus, dual LED flash
auto-focus, dual LED flash
Front Camera4-megapixel5-megapixel
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
Dual 4G SIM
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.0
Dual SIM
Dimensions155.1 x 77.6 x 6.95 mm152.5 x 77.2 x 10.9-3.9mm
BatteryLi-Ion 3000mAhLi-Po 3000mAh
Starting Price$370$199

Xiaomi Mi Note

Of the two, the Xiaomi Mi Note is clearly the superior smartphone. It sports a faster processor and graphics chip. Users wanting a bigger screen real estate will find it in the Mi Note. That, and it still managed to be thinner and lighter too.

But as always, it boils down to availability – which Xiaomi is having a hard time with. It’s also important to note that the Note is more expensive. In fact, it’s almost 2X  the price of the Zenfone.

According to the company’s official Facebook page, it will be available in the Philippines Q2 of 2015.

Asus ZenFone 2

The ZenFone 2 doesn’t fall too far behind in terms of performance, thanks to its decent Atom CPU. It also has more RAM and microSD support and runs a more recent version of Android. With 5-megapixel resolution and the Selfie Panorama feature, the ZenFone 2 also boasts a better front-camera. For $199 starting price, the ZenFone 2 is a cheap entry to a great Android experience. Just like its first generation, the Zenfone line focuses on value for money and they’re continuing the trend this year.

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  1. MI note paren… Subok ko na xiaomi. GOODLUCK sa zenfone 2 sa compatibility sa mga apps. For me Lamang si MI note sa Ui,support,design,battery etc.

    1. Anong pinag sasabi mong “compatibility sa mga apps” nag rurunong runungan ka nanaman eh as if naman hindi supported ng android ang mga apps. goodluck sa MI phones mo at sa service centers.

    2. Baka naman po optimization sa apps ibig mo sabihin :P so far zenfone ok naman meron kunting crashes here and there pero not all nakaka experience naman ng crashes. batt life lang ang kulang sa zenfone eh….

  2. Yung 2GB variant ng Zenfone 2 yung $199. But still, tingin ko kahit yung 4GB variant mas mura pa rin kesa sa Mi Note. Hindi rin mabigat sa resources ang ZenUI, kaya ok lang mas mahina specs nya kesa sa Mi Note. Yung MiUi kasi is a heavily modified version of Android na pinipilit magmukhang iOS.

    Yung type of battery lang ang medyo alangan sa Zenfone. Mas maganda kasi ang Lithium-Ion kesa sa Lithium-Polymer.

  3. There are two variants of Zenfone. The more expensive one is somehow of the same price as to Xiaomi’s. They should have put the price of the more expensive Zenfone in order to have a better comparison.

  4. Interesting… Comparing two phones under different price ranges, with the other one worth almost double that of the other. Better find a more appropriate phone to compare with.

      1. Magkalapit sila nung 4GB variant ~$350-400 siguro.

        Please update the post to reflect the estimate on the pricing of the 4GB model para hindi na malito ang mga readers

        1. There’s no official price for the 4GB model yet, but it could be within the price range you specified.

    1. Well, magkaiba nga sila pero I’m sure na hinahanap din ng tao ang ganitong comparison.

      Pero yung 4GB variant ng Zenfone 2 siguro ka price ng Mi Note palagay ko $350-400 siya kaya same price range din.

      Ang difference lang may cheaper 2GB model ang ASUS.

  5. mas ok nman talaga xiaomi note kaso mas mahal at prublema s availability nationwide and claiming warranty. hndi mo basta2 nakikita at nabibili s mall kung gusto mo nang bumili, zenfone2 s still the easier option.. cheaper and readily available anytime

  6. I saw an FB post from someone in Mi that they will make the Mi Note available in the Philippines. Kaso I’d still go with Asus. I was impressed with their service nung pinawarranty ko phone ko.

  7. Yeah Zenfone 2 is my bet. Don’t think it falls behind in terms of performance.
    My Zenfone 5 performs impressively, so what more with this new and upgraded specs