“Both the ZenFone Max Pro M2 and Redmi Note 6 Pro are two of the strongest contenders in the sub-Rs 15k segment”
Both the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 (first impressions) and Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro (review) exist in the same segment of the Indian smartphone market that’s so obsessed with such value-for-money offerings. While the starting price of the ASUS device is Rs 1,000 lower than that of Xiaomi’s handset, the phones have different selling points. The ZenFone Max Pro M2 prides itself on its incredible battery life, whilst the Redmi Note 6 Pro aims to impress you with its quad cameras. So which one should you go for? Let us find that out in this in-depth comparison.
Design and display
The main difference in their overall design is that the ASUS phone has a glass rear surface, while the Note 6 Pro sports a metal back with a smooth matte finish. The occupants of their rear surfaces however are the same — a dual-camera system accompanied by a fingerprint reader. On the front, things are different. Despite the phones grabbing similar notch-infused displays, the cut-out on the Xiaomi phone is much larger than the one on ASUS’ offering. That’s because it’s home to two selfie cameras rather than just one. 3.5mm headphone sockets are available on both these devices, but while the Max Pro M2 grabs a dedicated microSD card slot, the Note 6 Pro comes with a hybrid slot.
Both these phones have been blessed with 6.26-inch IPS LCD panels that showcase their visuals in a 1,080 x 2,280-pixel resolution. These panels are covered with Gorilla Glass, and are quite immersive in nature owing to their negligible bezels.
Hardware and software
The ASUS device definitely has the better chipset among the two, in the form of the Snapdragon 660. This SoC features a 2.2GHz octa-core processor and an Adreno 512 GPU. As for the Redmi handset, it gets the tried-and-tested Snapdragon 636 chip, which comes with a 1.8GHz octa-core CPU and an Adreno 509 GPU. Surprisingly, the memory options of both these phones match. You get 32GB of space with their 3GB RAM versions, and 64GB of memory onboard with their 4GB and 6GB RAM variants. As we said above, microSD card slots are present on both of them, but only the ZenFone Max Pro M2 has a dedicated tray.
On the software side of things, the Max Pro M2 runs Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box. Its interface is very much similar to stock Android, and there are very few bloatware apps to deal with. Software-based face unlock and a number of camera enhancements have made their way into the device as well. The Redmi Note 6 Pro on the other hand, runs the Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI 10 software. Some of its highlights include the availability of a dedicated homescreen towards the left dubbed App Vault, a number of MIUI-exclusive apps, nature ringtones, gesture navigation and more.
Camera and battery
The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 carries on its back 12MP + 5MP dual cameras aimed at offering portrait shots. The main sensor even grabs an f/1.8 lens meant to aid low-light photography. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro also holds a 12MP + 5MP camera combo, with its main sensor featuring an f/1.9 lens. HDR modes, scene recognition and other such goodies are of course on offer on both these phones. Coming to the front cameras, the ASUS phone sports a single 13MP selfie shooter, which comes with a soft light flash. The Note 6 Pro goes a step further by holding a 20MP + 2MP combo that will help you achieve great portrait selfies.
The ASUS phone definitely wins in the battery department, but the Xiaomi handset isn’t very far behind. A 5,000mAh cell can be found inside the latest ZenFone, while the Redmi Note 6 Pro has gone for a 4,000mAh power pack. Sadly, both these devices continue with older-gen micro-USB ports.
The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 is clearly the more premium-looking phone among the two, and it even has a larger battery. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro is running pretty neck-to-neck with it, and it does have a dual front camera setup that selfie enthusiasts will love. The choice between the two is hence going to be really hard to make, though the fact that ASUS handset is priced lesser does give it an edge.