It seems smartphone manufacturers have finally understood the value of the budget segment in India, as the Redmi Note 4 was the highest selling smartphone for the last quarter and Xiaomi has been on a roll catering to this pricing bracket. And as a follow up to the Redmi Note 4, the company recently launched the Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro in February. And the latest phone to be launched by the company is the Redmi S2, which went live in China yesterday. While we don’t have an official launch date for the phone in India, we are fairly certain the S2 will make its debut in India soon. So we’re going to compare the S2 against one of its own — the Redmi Note 5 — and the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1, another excellent phone that directly competes with the Note 5. Let’s see which the best phone among the three is.
ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 vs Xiaomi Redmi S2 vs Redmi Note 5: Price in India
As mentioned earlier, we don’t have an official price in India for the Redmi S2, but its price in China is currently CNY 999 or Rs. 10,575. We don’t expect the price to change significantly when it is launched in India. Next up, we have the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 which was launched last month and is priced at Rs. 10,999 currently. Finally, we have the Redmi Note 5 which was unveiled on February 14th this year and carries a price tag of Rs. 9,999.
ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 vs Xiaomi Redmi S2 vs Redmi Note 5: Display
The Redmi S2 comes with a 5.99-inch IPS LCD display and offers a resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels on its 18:9 screen. The S2’s display has a pixel density of 269ppi. The ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 also has a 5.99-inch IPS LCD display but offers a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels and a pixel density of 402ppi. The Redmi Note 5’s display specs are exactly the same as the M1’s, from its screen size to the resolution to the pixel density. The only difference is that the Redmi Note 5 offers Gorilla Glass protection which the other two devices don’t.
ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 vs Xiaomi Redmi S2 vs Redmi Note 5: Performance, Battery Life
The Redmi S2 is equipped with an octa-core Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 chipset clocking 2.0GHz. The ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1, on the other hand, features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 octa-core (Kryo 260) and clocks 1.8GHz. The Redmi Note 5 is powered by the same processor as its predecessor, the Redmi Note 4: a 2.0GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core chip. Between the three processors, the ASUS phone has a much better processor. What’s interesting to note here is that the Redmi Note 5 Pro has the same chipset.
While the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 runs on stock Android 8.1, the Xiaomi devices run on MIUI 9.5. While the Redmi S2 offers Android 8.1, the Redmi Note 5 is currently at Android 7.1.2 (Nougat).
The Redmi S2 is available in 3GB 32GB and 4GB 64GB configurations, which are the same as what the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 and the Redmi Note 5 offer. Note that for this comparison, we picked only the base models.
As for battery capacity, the Redmi S2 has a 3080mAh cell whereas the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 has a monstrous 5000mAh battery. The Redmi Note 5, in comparison, has a 4000mAh battery.
ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 vs Xiaomi Redmi S2 vs Redmi Note 5: Camera
The Redmi S2 comes with a 12MP+5MP dual camera setup on the rear, whereas the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 offers a 13MP+5MP back camera. The Redmi Note 5 doesn’t quite keep up in the camera race with its single 12MP primary snapper. As for the front camera, the Redmi S2 is equipped with a 16MP selfie snapper whereas the M1 features an 8MP secondary cam. Here again, the Redmi Note 5 slips up, offering a 5MP front shooter. What’s interesting here is that the Redmi Note 5 and ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 can shoot 4K video at 30 frames per second, which the S2 cannot. It does, however, manage to record 1080p at the same frame rate.
ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 vs Xiaomi Redmi S2 vs Redmi Note 5: Verdict
Between the Redmi S2, the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1, and the Redmi Note 5, the M1 is easily the best of the lot. It has an excellent processor, impressive battery specs and excellent camera offerings besides a stock Android experience. So if you have to choose between these three phones, we recommend that you go for the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1!