The entry-level smartphone segment has seen ever-increasing competition for a few years now. Xiaomi has ended up as the undisputed market leader in the entry-level and the budget/mid-range segments. However, the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 launched a few months ago has also been a successful device. This has pushed Asus to focus more on the entry-level segment to compete better with Xiaomi.
To this end, Asus recently launched the Zenfone Max M1 with slightly less powerful specs and a significantly lower price tag. The phone, powered by an octa-core processor, was launched at ₹7,499, which should help it compete with Xiaomi’s offerings.
In this comparison today, we pit the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro against the Asus Zenfone Max M1 to see which device offers more value for money.
The Redmi 6 Pro continues with Xiaomi’s recent design language of a vertical dual camera setup. It has an aluminum back with plastic caps on the top and the bottom. The front of the phone is minimal too, but the notch steals the show.
On the other hand, the Zenfone Max M1 features a single rear camera albeit with a similar vertical camera module. It has a plastic body and a no-notch design, which might appeal to people who prefer regular displays.
Coming to the display, the Redmi 6 Pro comes with a 5.84-inch Full HD+ resolution display with a notch up top. This is Xiaomi’s attempt at bringing notched phones to the entry and budget level. While many users may appreciate the change, it affects how notification icons are displayed in the status bar, which may be a downside for some people.
The Zenfone Max M1 comes with a 5.45-inch HD+ display with a standard form factor and an 18:9 aspect ratio. This means that the phone has thicker bezels when compared to the Redmi 6 Pro. However, at these price points, the size of the bezels might not be as important as the overall feature set being offered.
The Redmi 6 Pro is powered by the octa-core Snapdragon 625 chipset, which is known for its efficiency. It is paired with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. However, Snapdragon 625 at this price point might be a compromise given that phones like the Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Zenfone Max Pro M1 offer a more powerful Snapdragon 636 chipset.
The Zenfone Max M1 is powered by the octa-core Snapdragon 430 chipset, paired with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage.
The Redmi 6 Pro comes with a dual camera setup on the back with a 12MP primary camera with PDAF and a 5MP secondary camera, for providing depth details. On the front, it has a 5MP camera for selfies and video calling.
On the other hand, the Zenfone Max M1 comes with a 13MP rear camera with PDAF and an 8MP front camera, with an LED flash on both the front as well as the back. While the Redmi 6 Pro wins in terms of rear cameras, the Zenfone Max M1 wins with a higher resolution front camera and a front facing LED flash.
Both the Redmi 6 Pro and the Zenfone Max M1 are powered by 4,000mAh battery. However, given the less powerful specs of the Zenfone Max M1, it should last a little longer than the Redmi 6 Pro. Either way, both the phones should easily last a full day’s worth of usage in most cases.
Price and Availability
The Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro starts at a price of ₹10,999, and you can get a discount of up to ₹750 on using SBI debit and credit cards. The Asus Zenfone Max M1, on the other hand, is priced at ₹7,499 and you can get a 10% discount up to ₹4,000 on Axis debit and credit cards.