“Here’s how the Redmi 6 Pro fares against the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1”

Xiaomi has established itself as the leader in affordable smartphones and is considered the first option when you are buying a phone on a budget. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t other companies which are aiming to give offerings from the Apple of China a run for their money. Case in point: the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (review) has quickly become one of the best smartphones in the sub-Rs 15k segment. But how does it stack up against Xiaomi’s new Redmi 6 Pro (review)? Let’s find out in this detailed comparison. 

Design and display

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The ZenFone Max Pro M1 comes with a 5.99-inch IPS display, which features a resolution of 2,160 x 1,080 pixels and an aspect ratio of 18:9. The panel offers a maximum brightness of 450 nits, which is quite impressive. Coming to the Redmi 6 Pro, the smartphone boasts a slightly smaller 5.84-inch full HD+ IPS screen with an aspect ratio of 19:9. 

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Talking about the design, the ZenFone Max Pro M1 comes with a matte black finish. The bezels have been reduced on the left and right sides of the display, though there’s a considerable amount of bezels on the top and bottom. Xiaomi’s Redmi 6 Pro on the other hand, follow the trend of phones with notch displays as it comes with a cut-out at the top of the screen. The notch houses the front camera and the earpiece. While there are minimal bezels on three sides, the bezel at the bottom of the display is quite thick.

Hardware and software

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The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 SoC. The handset is available in three RAM and storage configurations, i.e. 3GB + 32GB, 4GB RAM + 64GB and 6GB + 64GB. The storage is further expandable up to 2TB via a microSD card. Interestingly, it’s the first smartphone from the Taiwanese phonemaker’s stables that runs a stock version of Android. Furthermore, the brand has promised timely updates for the latest iteration of Google’s OS. Combined with powerful hardware and refined software, the handset offers smooth performance and lag-free gaming. 

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The Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro is powered by the Snapdragon 625 SoC coupled with Adreno 506 GPU and either 3GB or 4GB of RAM. Depending upon the variant, the phone offers 32GB or 64GB of expandable storage. While the smartphone handles tasks well, it’s worth noting that the SD625 chip is quite old. The device boots Android Oreo-based MIUI 9 out of the box and comes with all the features that you might expect out of a Xiaomi phone. 

Cameras and battery 

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The ZenFone Max Pro M1 boasts rear-facing dual cameras, comprising 13MP + 5MP sensors accompanied by an LED flash. In the front, there’s an 8MP shooter to click selfies. The camera app also allows users to take pictures with depth effect for the rear snappers as well as selfies. Coming to the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro, the phone has a 12MP primary sensor with a f/2.2 aperture and a secondary 5MP f/2.2 depth sensor, accompanied by an LED flash. The front has a 5MP selfie shooter. 

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The one feature that stands out in the case of the ZenFone Max Pro M1 is its 5,000mAh battery. The capacity ensures that the phone can last one and a half day and even more, depending upon one’s usage. The phone comes with a 2W adapter to charge quickly. On the other hand, the Redmi 6 Pro comes with a smaller 4,000mAh battery that lasts a day, but can’t match up to the endurance of the ASUS handset. 

Closing thoughts

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It’s quite evident that the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 comes across as a better buy in most aspects. It offers a powerful processor, a beefier battery and better selfies. The notch-bearing display of the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro surely makes it attractive, but considering the fact that the pricing of both the smartphones starts at Rs 10,999, choosing a better option between the two is a no-brainer.