Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 was recently launched by the Taiwanese giant earlier this week. The new model comes as a successor to the ZenFone Max Pro M1 that made the competition tougher for some of the leading budget models, including the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro. Similar to its predecessor, the ZenFone Max Pro M2 has a dual rear camera setup and a rear-facing fingerprint sensor. However, the new offering has a display notch. The smartphone also has a Snapdragon 660 SoC and runs stock Android 8.1 Oreo with a promised update to Android 9.0 Pie due in January.
With all these attractions, the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 competes against the likes of the Redmi Note 6 Pro and Realme 2 Pro. So here's how the three models are different from each other in terms of their price in India and specifications.
Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 price in India is set at Rs. 12,999 for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage model, while its 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 14,999 and the 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant is at Rs. 16,999. The smartphone will go on sale in Blue and Titanium colour options starting December 18. It will be available for purchase exclusively via Flipkart.
On the part of launch offers, the ZenFone Max Pro M2 comes with no-cost EMIs and discounted price for Flipkart's Complete Mobile Protection programme that is available at Rs. 99.
In contrast, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro price in India is set at Rs. 13,999 for the base 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant, while its model with 6GB RAM is available at Rs. 15,999. The smartphone comes in Black, Blue, Red, and Rose Gold colour options.
The Realme 2 Pro, on the other hand, has been priced at Rs. 13,990 for the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage configuration. The handset also comes in an 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant is available for Rs. 15,990, while its top-of-the-line, 8GB RAM/ 128GB storage model is priced at Rs. 17,990. The smartphone comes in Black Sea, Blue Ocean, and Ice Lake colour options.
The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 runs stock Android 8.1 Oreo, while the Redmi Note 6 Pro has MIUI 10 and the Realme 2 Pro runs ColorOS 5.2 on top of Android 8.1. All three devices have dual-SIM (Nano) support. On the display part, the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 has a 6.26-inch full-HD+ (1080x2280 pixels) display along with a 19:9 aspect ratio. The Redmi Note 6 Pro, on the other hand, has a 6.26-inch full-HD+ display with the same aspect ratio as of the ZenFone Max Pro M2. The Realme 2 Pro sports a 6.3-inch full-HD+ (1080x2340 pixels) display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio.
Asus has provided an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC on the ZenFone Max Pro M2, coupled with 3GB, 4GB, and 6GB LPDDR4x RAM options. This is similar to the Realme 2 Pro that also includes the Snapdragon 660 SoC but comes in 4GB, 6GB, and 8GB RAM options. The Redmi Note 6 Pro, on the other front, has an octa-core Snapdragon 636 SoC, paired with 4GB and 6GB LPDDR4x RAM options.
The ZenFone Max Pro M2 has 32GB and 64GB of onboard storage options that both are expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB). Distinctly, the Redmi Note 6 Pro has a lone 64GB storage option that does support expansion via microSD card (up to 256GB). The Realme 2 Pro, on the other side, has 64GB and 128GB internal storage options that both are also expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB).
For capturing images and recording videos, the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 has a dual rear camera setup comprising a 12-megapixel primary sensor along with a 1.25-micron pixel size and an f/1.8 aperture as well as a 5-megapixel secondary depth sensor. The Redmi Note 6 Pro also has a dual rear camera setup that includes a 12-megapixel primary sensor, coupled with a 1.4-micron pixel size and an f/1.9 aperture, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. There is also a Dual Pixel Autofocus technology that comes along with EIS, AI scene detection, and AI Portrait 2.0. When it comes to the Realme 2 Pro, the handset has a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor.
The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 has a single, 13-megapixel sensor at the front with a 1.12-micron pixel size and an f/2.0 aperture. The camera sensor is paired with an LED flash module. In contrast, the Redmi Note 6 Pro has a dual selfie camera setup that includes a 20-megapixel primary sensor with a 1.8-micron pixel size and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor with support for 4-in-1 Super Pixel, AI Face Unlock, and AI Portrait Selfie. The Realme 2 Pro, however, also has a single selfie camera setup that has a 16-megapixel sensor with an f/2.0 aperture and AI Beauty 2.0.
Connectivity options on the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, FM radio, 3.5mm headphone jack, and a Micro-USB port. The Redmi Note 6 Pro also has a similar list with connectivity options including 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS, a Micro-USB port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Lastly, the Realme 2 Pro has 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, and a Micro-USB port.
Onboard sensors on the ZenFone Max Pro M2 include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, gyroscope, and a proximity sensor, with a fingerprint sensor placed on the rear panel. The Redmi Note 6 Pro has an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, electronic compass, gyroscope, IR blaster, proximity sensor, and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. The Realme 2 Pro, on the other side, has an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, compass, gravity sensor, and a proximity sensor.
The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 packs a 5,000mAh battery with support for 10W charging. The Redmi Note 6 Pro, on the other hand, has a 4,000mAh battery that supports 10W. Besides, the Realme 2 Pro has a 4,230mAh battery.
On the dimensions front, the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 measures 157.9x75.5x8.5mm and weighs 175 grams, whereas the Redmi Note 6 Pro measures 157.91x76.38x8.26mm and weighs 182 grams. The Realme 2 Pro, on the other hand, measures 156.2x75.6x8.2mm and weighs 168 grams.
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|Model||ZenFone Max Pro M2||2 Pro||Redmi Note 6 Pro|
|Release date||December 2018||September 2018||-|
|Dimensions (mm)||157.90 x 75.50 x 8.50||156.70 x 74.00 x 8.50||157.91 x 76.38 x 8.26|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||5000||3500||4000|
|Colours||Blue, Titanium||Ice Lake, Blue Ocean, Black Sea||Black, Blue, Rose Gold|
|Launched in India||-||Yes||-|
|Fast charging||-||-||Quick Charge 3.0|
|Screen size (inches)||6.26||6.30||6.26|
|Resolution||1080x2280 pixels||1080x2340 pixels||1080x2280 pixels|
|Protection type||Gorilla Glass||Gorilla Glass||-|
|Pixels per inch (PPI)||-||409||-|
|Processor||1.95GHz octa-core||1.8GHz octa-core||octa-core|
|Processor make||Qualcomm Snapdragon 660||Qualcomm Snapdragon 660||Qualcomm Snapdragon 636|
|Expandable storage type||microSD||microSD||microSD|
|Expandable storage up to (GB)||2000||256||-|
|Dedicated microSD slot||Yes||Yes||No|
|Rear camera||12-megapixel (f/1.8, 1.25-micron) + 5-megapixel||16-megapixel (f/1.7) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4)||12-megapixel (f/1.9, 1.4-micron) + 5-megapixel|
|Front camera||13-megapixel (f/2.0, 1.12-micron)||16-megapixel (f/2.0)||20-megapixel (f/2.0, 1.8-micron) + 2-megapixel|
|Operating system||Android 8.1 Oreo||Android 8.1||Android|
|Wi-Fi standards supported||802.11 b/g/n||802.11 b/g/n/ac||-|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v 5.00||Yes, v 5.00||Yes, v 5.00|
|Number of SIMs||2||2||2|
|Active 4G on both SIM cards||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Ambient light sensor||Yes||Yes||-|