The war between mid-range smartphones is only getting hotter in India. With Xiaomi, Asus, Huawei, and other manufacturers not leaving any stone unturned to launch affordable and feature-packed smartphones in the market, it is becoming tougher for buyers to choose the best phone in the lot. To help our readers in making the right choice, we are comparing three mid-rangers – Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M1), Redmi Note 5, and the Honor 9 Lite. Keep reading to know which phone comes up as the winner in this comparison.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M1) vs Redmi Note 5 vs Honor 9 Lite: Price in India
As for the prices, the Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M1) will be up for grabs from May 3, exclusively via Flipkart. Its base variant with 3GB RAM/32GB storage is priced at Rs. 10,999, the second variant with 4GB RAM/64GB storage will be available at Rs. 12,999, and 6GB RAM/64GB storage is priced at Rs. 14,999.
Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 is priced at Rs. 9,999 for the 3GB RAM/32GB storage version and Rs. 11,999 for the 4GB RAM/64GB storage variant. The Honor 9 Lite’s price in India starts at Rs. 10,999 for the 3GB RAM/32GB storage variant while the 4GB RAM/64GB storage variant retails at Rs. 14,999.
It must be quite noticeable how closely these phones have been priced. This proximity in terms of pricing makes it even more confusing to choose the best among three.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M1) vs Redmi Note 5 vs Honor 9 Lite: Display
The Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M1) bears a 5.99-inch IPS LCD screen with a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels and 18:9 aspect ratio. The Redmi Note comes with a 5.99-inch IPS LCD screen with 18:9 aspect ratio, minimal bezels, and Full HD+ 1080×2160 pixels resolution. While the Honor 9 Lite, on the other hand, features a 5.65-inch IPS display bearing Full HD+ 1080×2160 pixels resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio.
All the three phones have the same resolution and aspect ratios, but if you do not like a smaller display then the Honor 9 Lite loses by a few decimal of inches here.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M1) vs Redmi Note 5 vs Honor 9 Lite: Performance
A Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC powers the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro (M1) with Adreno 509 GPU. The phone comes in three versions – 3GB RAM/32GB storage, 4GB RAM/64GB storage, 6GB RAM/64GB storage. It runs stock Android 8.0 Oreo without any custom UI on top. The Redmi Note 5 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, 3GB/4GB RAM and 32GB/64GB internal storage. It runs Android 7.1 Nougat-based MIUI 9. An octa-core Huawei HiSilicon Kirin powers the Honor 9 Lite 659 SoC paired with 3GB/4GB RAM and 32GB/64GB storage options. The phone runs Android Oreo-based EMUI 8.1 OS.
In this segment, the Zenfone Max Pro takes the cake with its powerful SoC. The Redmi Note 5 takes the second spot.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M1) vs Redmi Note 5 vs Honor 9 Lite: Camera
The Zenfone Max Pro (M1) sports a 13MP+5MP dual camera setup at the rear. Its 6GB RAM variant of the phone gets an upgraded 16MP+8MP dual camera setup. There is an 8MP camera for selfies. The Redmi Note 5 features a 12MP camera at the rear with dual-tone LED flash and a 5MP front-facing camera at the front. Lastly, the Honor 9 Lite comes with a 13MP+2MP dual-camera setup at its front and rear both. It is the only phone in this comparison that offers a dual camera setup for both the cameras.
Well, the Honor 9 Lite comes up as a winner in this segment, thanks to its powerful camera setup on both front and rear. The Zenfone Max Pro (M1) takes the second spot.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M1) vs Redmi Note 5 vs Honor 9 Lite: Verdict
As a verdict, we would say that the Asus Zenfone Max Pro offers better SoC and camera specs than the Redmi Note 5. It comes up as a better choice among the three smartphones in this comparison. Another advantage of the Zenfone Max Pro M1 is its pure Android UI that does not have any customised UI layered on top.