ASUS probably made the biggest tech announcement in India this week when it launched its new Zenfone Max Pro M1 as a rival to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 twins. A part of the Zenfone Max series that are typically known for their high capacity battery, the new Zenfone Max Pro M1 not only integrates a large 5,000 mAh battery, it also comes with an incredible price tag. Most people have already deemed it to be the Redmi Note 5 Killer. While it would be sometime before we find out if the Zenfone Max Pro lives up to its reputation, today’s article is about something different. The Rs.8,000 to Rs.15,000 segment includes a lot of handsets that are not the Redmi Note series and offer decent value for money. Today, we will compare the specifications of the Zenfone Max Pro M1 against two such handsets that were recently announced. These two handsets are both made by Lenovo-owned Motorola and are called the Moto G6 and the Moto E5 Plus.
The Moto G6 as you might be already aware is the successor to last year’s Moto G5 series while the Moto E5 Plus succeeds the Moto E4 from last year. Let us now start comparing these three handsets to find out which handset offers the most bang for your bucks. Note that both the Moto G6 and the Moto E5 Plus are yet to be officially announced in India.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 vs Moto E5 Plus vs Moto G6: Design, Display
The ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 uses an aluminium body and features a large 5.99-inch IPS LCD display. The panel is in the 18:9 aspect ratio and boasts of a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. It is not clear if the panel has any sort of scratch protection.
The Moto G6 features an aluminium frame and comes with a large 5.7-inch display which happens to be an IPS LCD panel. This panel is also in the tall 18:9 aspect ratio and has a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. The display ends up with a PPI density score of 424.
As for the Moto E5 Plus, this handset also gates a large 6-inch display which happens to be an IPS LCD panel. The resolution of the display, however, is lower at just 720 x 1440 pixels. This is acceptable because the Moto E5 is targeted at a lower price segment. The display ends up with a PPi density score of 268.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 vs Moto E5 Plus vs Moto G6: Specifications, Hardware
The ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC – one of the most powerful mid-range SoC’s currently available for Android devices. The handset will be offered in three versions; a base 3GB RAM + 32GB version, a 4GB RAM + 64GB version and a 6GB RAM + 64GB version. The phone features a dual camera setup at the rear consisting of a 13-megapixel primary camera and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. The 6GB RAM version will get a 16-megapixel camera. The Zenfone Max Pro M1 can record 4K DCI and 4K videos at 30fps using the primary camera in the max settings. The front camera is an 8-megapixel unit and can record full HD videos in the maximum settings.
The Moto G6 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC which is positioned a rung below the SD636 that the Zenfone Max Pro uses. The Moto G6 comes in two versions, a 3GB RAM + 32GB version and a 4GB RAM + 64GB version. The Moto G6 gets a dual camera setup at the rear consisting of a 12-megapixel primary and a 5-megapixel secondary camera. At the front, the Moro G6 gets an 8-megapixel shooter.
The Moto E5 Plus uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC and at launch will be offered in a 2GB RAM + 16GB, and a 3GB RAM + 32GB version. The phone will get a 5-megapixel camera at the rear and an 8-megapixel front facing camera for selfies and video calls.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 vs Moto E5 Plus vs Moto G6: OS Updates, Software
All the three smartphones in this comparison being new devices come with Android 8 Oreo installed. In fact, all three handsets use a stock version of Android with minimal customizations. ASUS has confirmed that the Zenfone Max Pro M1 would be updated to the next two versions of Android as well.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 vs Moto E5 Plus vs Moto G6: Price in India, Conclusion
The ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 will go on sale as a Flipkart exclusive starting May 3, 2018, and the prices of the three different versions of the handset are as follows;
- ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 3GB + 32GB: Rs.10,999
- ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 4GB + 64GB: Rs.12,999
- ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 6GB + 64GB: Rs.14,999
As for the Moto G6 and the Moto E5 Plus, the prices of both these handsets are yet to be announced for India. However, it is evident that the Moto G6 will need to be priced under the Rs.10,000 price range for it to make an impact on the Zenfone Max Pro M1. As for the Moto E5 Plus, this phone will need to be on par with the pricing of the Redmi 5 for it to be competitive.