The budget segment in the Indian smartphones space has seen a lot of action in the past year. There was a time when we all thought Xiaomi had started to dominate this segment. However, brands like ASUS, Realme, Motorola and of late Samsung have managed to pull things back a bit thanks to some excellent launches of late. Handsets like the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 and M2, the Motorola One Power and new devices from Realme and Samsung has started to give Xiaomi’s budget Redmi series a serious run for their money. In today’s comparison, we will take a closer look at three budget handsets that you might want to consider if you are looking for a new device. Of these three, one device is yet to be officially launched in the country. But we expect that to happen pretty soon and thought now would be a good time to take a comparative look at these three phones. As evident from the title of this article, the handsets we will compare today are the Moto G7 Play, the Realme 2 Pro and the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M2
Moto G7 Play vs. Realme 2 Pro vs. ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M2: Price in India
The Moto G7 Play being an unreleased handset (in India), we still do not know its official price. However, in Brazil where the phone is set to first go on sale, the device has been priced at $199 which translates to around INR 14,000. As for the Realme 2 Pro, this is offered in two versions in India; a base 4GB +64GB variant that goes for INR 12,990 and a pricier 6GB +64GB version for INR 14,990. As for the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M2, this handset is offered in three versions; an entry-level 3GB +32GB version for INR 12,999, a 4GB + 64GB version for INR 14,999 and a 6GB + 64GB version for INR 16,999.
Moto G7 Play vs. Realme 2 Pro vs. ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M2: Specifications compared
The Moto G7 Play is the most affordable of the three Moto G7 series devices that were unveiled recently. It is basically a trimmed down Moto G7 with a lower price tag. The Moto G7 Play gets a decently-sized 5.7-inch IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 1512×720 pixels and a PPI density of 294 PPI. The device uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 SoC and comes with 2GB RAM and 32GB storage on the base version. The phone gets a single 13-megapixel sensor at the rear with f/2.0 aperture with support for full HD video recording. At the front, there is an 8-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.2 aperture. The device is powered by a 3000mAh battery. Connectivity-wise, the Moto G7 Play supports dual SIM cards with 4G VoLTE, Wifi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 and a USB Type-C support.
The Realme 2 Pro, on the other hand, gets a large 6.3-inch IPS LCD panel with Full HD+ resolution. The phone uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC that houses an octa-core processor and the Adreno 512 GPU for graphics. The phone comes in two versions; a base 4GB + 64GB version and a pricier 6GB +64GB version. The camera setup on the phone includes a 16-megapixel + 2-megapixel unit at the rear and a 16-megapixel front-facing camera.
Moving on to the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M2, this phone gets a 6.26-inch IPS LCD display with a traditional notch at the top. The phone also uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC with the Adreno 512 GPU. The phone is sold in three versions in the country, a 3GB+32GB base version, a 4GB+64GB mid-ranger, and a 6GB+64GB top of the line version. The camera setup on the Zenfone Max Pro M2 includes 12-megapixel + 5-megapixel rear cameras and a 13-megapixel front-facing camera. The phone also packs a 5,000 mAh battery.
Moto G7 Play vs. Realme 2 Pro vs. ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M2: Conclusion
Of these three devices, the Moto G7 clearly falls short of the Realme 2 Pro and the Zenfone Max Pro M2 as far as the specs go. However, we still do not know the price at which the Moto G7 Play would go on sale in India, and for the same reason, we will still give the Moto the benefit of the doubt. Both the Realme 2 Pro and the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M2 are almost on par as far as the specs go and in our opinion, you will not go wrong with either of them. Personally, though, I will go with the Zenfone since I am not really a big fan of Realme’s ColorOS.