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Now that we have the Xiaomi Redmi S2 in our pockets, it is time to face it against Asus’ toned-down version of Zenfone Max Plus M1 — the Asus Zenfone Max M1.

Just like the Xiaomi Redmi S2, the Zenfone Max M1 just arrived in the Philippine shores. The Xiaomi Redmi S2 strength clearly lies on the front camera while Asus claimed that the Zenfone Max Plus M1 is the “Battery King”. Both seem to have their own strength and weakness. Now, let’s see what are their differences and similarities.

Asus Zenfone Max M1 and Xiaomi Redmi S2 differences

Asus Zenfone Max M1 pros over Xiaomi Redmi S2

  • Dual 13MP + 8MP camera
  • 16:10 display
  • Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery

Xiaomi Redmi S2 pros over Asus Zenfone Max M1

  • Larger screen
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
  • Adreno 506
  • 16-megapixel front camera

Asus Zenfone Max M1 and Xiaomi Redmi S2 Similarities

  • 720 x 1440 screen resolution
  • IPS LCD display
  • Security features

We’ll start off with Asus Zenfone Max M1 that features a 5.5-inch screen display with an aspect ratio of 16:10 and 720 x 1440 screen resolution. As for the Xiaomi Redmi S2, it has a larger screen with 5.99-inch. It has an aspect ratio of 18:9 and same screen resolution with Zenfone Max M1.

Under the hood, Xiaomi Redmi S2 has a higher processor with Snapdragon 625 along with Adreno 506 GPU while the Asus Zenfone Max M1 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 along with Adreno 505 GPU. The Zenfone Max M1 offers 3GB of RAM along with 32GB of internal storage which can be expanded while the Xiaomi Redmi S2 has two RAM and storage variants of 3GB of RAM / 32GB of internal memory and 4GB of RAM / 64GB of internal memory.

For the camera department, both phones feature dual camera setup with Asus Zenfone Max M1 13 MP + 8MP main camera while the Xiaomi Redmi S2 comes with 12MP + 5MP main camera. On the front-camera, Xiaomi Redmi S2 is superior with 16MP with AI while Asus Zenfone Max M1 with 13MP f/2.2 aperture.

On this part, it’s clear that Zenfone won this side carrying higher battery juice of 4000mAh compared with Redmi S2 that packs with 3080 battery juice.

After reading each difference and similarities, which smartphone suits you best?

SPECSAsus Zenfone Max M1Xiaomi Redmi S2
Display5.5″ 16:10 display (720 x 1440) IPS LCD, 245 ppi5.99″ 18:9 display (720 x 1440) IPS LCD, 269 ppi
Dimensions147.3 x 70.9 x 8.7 mm, 150g160.7 x 77.3 x 8.1 mm, 170g
ColorDeepsea Black, Sunlight Gold, Ruby RedRose Gold, Champagne Gold, Platinum Silver
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 430Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
GPUAdreno 505Adreno 506
Memory3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage4GB of RAM / 64GB storage or 3GB of RAM / 32GB storage
Main Camera8-megapixel rear camera, f/2.0 aperture + 8-megapixel wide-angle camera with 120 degree FoV12 MP (f/2.2, 1.25μm, PDAF) + 5 MP, gyro-EIS, phase detection autofocus, LED flash
Front camera13-megapixel front camera, f/2.2 aperture16-megapixel front camera, HDR. LED flash, AI
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, USB 2.0Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Bluetooth 4.2, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, USB 2.0
SecurityFingerprint scanner, Face UnlockFingerprint scanner
OSAndroid 8.0 Oreo with ZenUI 5.0Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI 9
BatteryNon-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh batteryNon-removable Li-Po 3080 mAh battery
Official PricePhp 8,995Php 7,990
Availability date (Philippines)May 2018June 2018

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