Asus has just launched the Zenfone 3s Max with a mammoth 5000mAh battery. Released as the Zenfone Pegasus 3s in China, the handset packs a MediaTek MT6750 processor combined with 3 GB RAM and up to 64 GB of internal memory. Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is arguably one of the best devices in the Indian mid-range smartphone market. Here, we will compare the Zenfone 3s Max with the Note 4 and see which is the better one.
Let’s begin the comparison by tallying the specifications of the two smartphones. After that, we will categorically analyse the different aspects to find out the pros and cons.
Asus Zenfone 3s Max Coverage
Asus Zenfone 3s Max Vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Specifications
|Key Specs||Asus Zenfone 3s Max||Xiaomi Redmi Note 4|
|Display||5.2 inches IPS LCD||5.5 inches IPS LCD|
|Screen Resolution||HD, 1280 x 720 pixels||FHD, 1080 x 1920 pixels|
|Operating System||Android 7.0 Nougat||Android 6.0 Marshmallow|
|Chipset||Mediatek MT6750||Qualcomm Snapdragon 625|
|Processor||Octa-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53||Octa-core 2 GHz
|Memory||3 GB||2 GB / 3 GB / 4 GB|
|Inbuilt Storage||32 GB / 64 GB||32 GB / 64 GB|
|microSD card||Yes, upto 128 GB, hybrid slot||Yes. up to 256 GB, hybrid slot|
|Primary Camera||13 MP, Phase Detection Autofocus, dual LED flash||13 MP, Phase Detection Autofocus, dual LED flash|
|Video recording||1080p@30fps||1080p@30fps, 720p@120fps|
|Secondary Camera||8 MP, f/2.0||5 MP|
|Battery||5000 mAh||4100 mAh|
|2GB/32GB - Rs. 9,999
3GB/32GB - Rs. 10,999
4GB/64GB - Rs. 12,999
Design and Build
Both Asus and Xiaomi have used metal to make the exterior of their respective handsets. This has made them appear much more premium than suggested by their price tags. Dimension-wise, the Redmi Note 4 is a bit taller and wider but slimmer than the Zenfone 3s Max. The duo has decent single handed usage compatibility. Asus deserves a handy applause for keeping maintaining a maximum thickness of 8.6 mm even with the huge 5000mAh battery.
The Zenfone 3s Max sports a 5.2-inch HD (1280 x 720) display. On the other hand, Xiaomi has opted for 5.5-inch Full HD (1080 x 1920) screen. Both are IPS LCD panels with 2.5D curvature. With a resultant pixel density of 401 ppi, the Redmi Note 4 has a much sharper display than the 282 ppi totting Zenfone 3s Max. The former also has a larger screen to body ratio than its competitor.
The 5.5-inch display of the Redmi Note 4 is a more usable size than the 5.2-inch panel of Zenfone. The larger bezels of the latter further cancel out its one handed usage advantage. Nevertheless, both the displays offer excellent viewing angles and colour reproduction.
Hardware, Memory and Software
Coming to hardware, the two smartphones are a bit different. The Redmi Note 4 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset. On the other hand, Asus has used the MediaTek MT6750 SoC. Both are octa-core processors with eight Cortex A53 cores. The Snapdragon 625 rocks a peak clock speed of 2.0 GHz while MediaTek has settled for a lower 1.5 GHz.
The main advantage of Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 is its 14nm construction. This offers much better power efficiency while keeping a stringent check on the thermals than the 28nm Mediatek MT6750 chip. Thus, on the basis of processing power, the Redmi Note 4 wins hands down.
Both the smartphones offer at least 3 GB of RAM and up to 64 GB of on-board storage. The Note 4 even has a 4 GB RAM variant. The handsets also support microSD cards via the hybrid SIM trays.
Speaking of software, the Zenfone 3s Max has a distinct advantage. It runs the latest Android 7.0 Nougat, while Xiaomi still offers Android 6.0 Marshmallow. However, the MIUI 8 of Redmi Note 4 builds in some additional features on top of vanilla Android.
Both the Zenfone 3s Max and Redmi Note 4 sport 13 MP primary shooters. While these may not be flagship grade, they can shoot decent pictures in the day and satisfactory images during night. Dual tone LED flash is present in both the phones. None of the smartphones can record 4K videos and are restricted to Full HD 1080p. The Redmi Note 4 can additionally take slow motion 720p footages at 120 fps.
Talking about selfie snapper, the Zenfone rocks a 8MP unit, while the Redmi Note 4 has a standard 5 MP front camera.
This is the area of speciality for both the handsets. The Zenfone 3s Max boasts a large 5000mAh battery which is sufficient for more than a couple of day usage. The Redmi Note 4 has a smaller 4100mAh battery is offers almost equally good power backup, thanks to its highly efficient CPU.
Pricing and Availability
Pricing details of the Asus Zenfone 3s Max are not yet known.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 starts from just Rs. 9999 for the 2 GB / 32 GB model. The 3 GB/ 32 GB and 4 GB / 64 GB versions costs Rs. 10,999 and 12,999 respectively. It is available from Flipkart and Mi.com via weekly flash sales.
Coming to conclusion, it is needless to say that the Redmi Note 4 is a better device than the Zenfone 3s Max. The latter only excels in battery capacity, while the Redmi Note 4 has a better processor and display.