Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 vs Asus Zenfone 3 Max

Asus is expected to launch the Zenfone 3 Max in India this month. The device was announced in August and was launched in Vietnam for 4,490,000 VND (Rs. 13,500). The device is expected to clash with other budget devices such as Xiaomi’s budget device, the Redmi Note 3. Let’s compare both the devices.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 vs Asus Zenfone 3 Max Specs

Key SpecsRedmi Note 3Asus Zenfone 3 Max
Display5.5 inches IPS LCD5.2 inch IPS LCD
Screen ResolutionFull HD, 1920 x 1080 pixelsHD, 1280 x 720
Operating SystemAndroid 5.1.1 LollipopAndroid 6.0.1 Marshmallow
Processor Hexa-core: 4x 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53; 2x 1.8 GHz Cortex-A72Quad-core 1.25 GHz
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 650Mediatek MT6737M
Memory2 GB or 3 GB2 GB or 3 GB
Inbuilt Storage 16 GB or 32 GB16 GB or 32 GB
microSD cardYes, upto 256 GBYes, upto 256 GB
Primary Camera16 Megapixel f/2.0, PDAF, dual-LED flash13 MP, f/2.2, autofocus, LED flash
Video recording1080p@30fps1080p@30fps
Secondary Camera5 MP with f/2.0 aperture5 MP with f/2.0 aperture
Battery 4050 mAh4100 mAh
Fingerprint SensorYesYes
4G readyYesYes
Weight 164 g148 g
SIM card typeDual SIMDual SIM
Price INR 9,999 - 2 GB
INR 11,999 - 3 GB
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Design & Build

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and the Asus Zenfone 3 Max both feature a full metal unibody. Both the devices are quite identical. Both of them have plastic bands on top for better network reception. The Redmi Note 3 looks more premium compared to the Zenfone 3 Max.

There is a fingerprint sensor below the primary camera on both, Redmi Note 3 and the Zenfone 3 Max. While Xiaomi has restricted the branding to the rear, Asus has decided to place its logo on the rear as well as the front.

Display

Redmi Note 3 (12)

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 features a 5.5 inch full HD IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The device comes with a pixel density of ~403 PPI. We have been using this phone for months now, and in our various tests so far, we found the display’s colour reproduction to be highly accurate.

Zenfone 3 Max

The Zenfone 3 Max features a 5.2 inch HD IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The device comes with a pixel density of ~282 PPI. Viewing angles are great on the device and the brightness is also good.

Hardware and Storage

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is powered by a Hexa core Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 clubbed with Adreno 510 GPU. It comes with 2 / 3 GB RAM and 16 / 32 GB of internal storage. The storage on the device can be further expanded using microSD card.

The Asus Zenfone 3 Max is powered by a Quad core Mediatek MT6737M processor clubbed with Mali-T720MP2 GPU. It comes with 2 / 3 GB RAM and 16 / 32 GB of internal storage. The storage on the device can be further expanded using microSD card.

Camera

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 features a 16 MP primary camera with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus and dual LED flash. The camera can record videos up to 1080p @ 30fps. The camera comes with features such as geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR and panorama. On the front, the device sports a 5 MP camera with f/2.0 aperture.

The Asus Zenfone 3 on the other hand features a 13 MP primary camera with f/2.2 aperture, autofocus and LED flash. The camera can record videos up to 1080p @ 30fps. The camera comes with features such as geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama and HDR. On the front, the device sports a 5 MP camera with f/2.0 aperture.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 comes with a better camera compared to the Asus Zenfone 3 Max.

Battery

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is powered by a 4,050 mAh battery with Quick Charge support. The Asus Zenfone 3 Max is powered by a 4,100 mAh battery. While the Zenfone 3 Max comes with a slightly bigger battery, it lacks Quick Charge support.

Pricing & Availability

The Redmi Note 3 is priced at Rs. 9,999 for the 2 GB RAM 16 GB storage version, while it costs Rs. 11,999 for the 3 GB RAM 32 GB storage version. At the moment, the phone is available for purchase from Mi.com, the company’s official store. It is also being sold by Amazon India and Flipkart.

The Asus Zenfone 3 Max has not been launched in India till now. It is expected to be launched in India this month. The 3 GB version is expected to be priced around Rs. 13,500.

Conclusion

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and the Asus Zenfone 3 Max are both good phones for their price range. When we consider the processor, camera and the price, the Redmi Note 3 with Snapdragon 650 and a better 16 MP primary camera at Rs. 11,999 seems to be the better choice. If Asus decides to price its device lower than the expected price of Rs. 13,500, it might give the Zenfone 3 Max a better chance against the Redmi Note 3.

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Rounak is techie by heart and journalist by profession. He is responsible to take care of editing job at Gadgets To Use. Driven by curiosity and a thirst to learn new things in life, he is always intrigued by the things we can do with a gadget in our hands. A stock Android and Nexus fan, he also enjoys cricket and reading in his free time.