Oppo’s online sub-brand Realme debuts in India with the launch of Realme 1 handset. It is an affordable mid-range phone that boasts of impressive specs sheet that can give other handset makers, including Xiaomi and Asus, a run for their money.
One phone that will remain in the firing line of Realme 1 is Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1. It has been a go-to phone for all those looking for a stock-Android experience or a fallback from Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro. So, how does the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 fair against the Realme 1? Let’s compare them and find out:
Realme 1 vs Zenfone Max Pro M1
|Model||Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1||Realme 1|
|Display||5.99-inch (2160×1080 pixels) Full HD+ 18:9 IPS display||6-inch (2160×1080 pixels) Full HD+ 18:9 IPS display|
|Processor||1.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 636 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 509 GPU||2.0GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6711 Helio P60 SoC with 800MHz ARM Mali-G72 MP3 GPU|
|Internal Storage||32GB/64GB, expandable to 256GB (Dedicated card slot)||32GB/64GB/128GB, expandable to 256GB (Dedicated card slot)|
|Software||Android 8.1 Oreo||Android 8.1 Oreo-based Color OS|
|Primary Camera||13MP+5MP with f/2.2 aperture lens, phase detection AF, bokeh mode||13MP with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture|
|Secondary Camera||8MP with f/2.0 aperture lens||8MP with f/2.2 aperture|
|Dimensions and Weight||152.6 x 73 x 8.8 mm; 180g||156×75.3×7.8mm; 158g|
|Others||Dual-SIM, 4G Volte, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 5, Face Unlock, Fingerprint sensor, 5-magnet speaker, NXP Smart Amp||Dual-SIM, 4G Volte, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, 3.5mm headphone jack, Face Unlock|
|Price||Rs. 10,999/Rs. 12,999||Rs. 8,990/Rs. 10,990/Rs. 13,990|
Design and Build
At the design front, the Realme 1 has the looks to beat the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 hands down. The phone’s Black Diamond variant, in particular, has a more appealing design that comes with fibre-glass back and triangular patterns – just like the Oppo F7. The pattern shimmers bright and dark every time you see the device from different angles.
Apart from the Black Diamond version, you also have the option to choose Realme 1 between Solar Red and Midnight Silver hues.
The Zenfone Max Pro M1 comparatively lackluster. It looks similar to the Redmi Note 5 Pro but there isn’t anything that particularly stands out. The 5000mAh battery takes its toll too, making the phone heavier and clunkier – perhaps a trade off many wouldn’t mind.
From the front, both the phones have 18:9 aspect ratio displays surrounded by visibly thin bezels. The Zenfone Max Pro M1 has a fingerprint sensor on the rear, which you won’t find anywhere on Realme 1.
The Realme 1 and Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 both sports a notch-free and bezel-less 18:9 aspect ratio panel. They both sport IPS LCD displays, which are almost the same in terms of size – 6-inch, and resolution – FHD+ (2160×1080 pixels).
Performance and Software
Moving on to the innards of the two devices, the Realme 1 features an octa-core MediaTek Helio P60 chipset with a dedicated NPU to handle AI tasks. The AI is to make sure that the handset recognizes you for Face Unlock and other such activities. Although the handset comes with multiple RAM and storage options, the 6GB RAM and 128GB inbuilt storage variant is the one that you should gun for.
In the similar context, the Zenfone Max Pro M1 is powered by Snapdragon 636 octa-core processor. It is the latest mid-range chipset from Qualcomm that is powerful enough to handle almost everything you throw at it. Unfortunately, there is no 6GB variant of the phone just yet but it will be arriving soon. The most you can get on the Max Pro M1 is 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, which is not bad.
Both handsets have a dedicated microSD card slot to further boost the storage to up to 256GB.
The Zenfone Max Pro M1 and Realme 1 both runs on latest Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box. If you favor stock-Android, you will have to side with Asus device. We aren’t exactly a fan of Oppo’s custom interface and in our opinion, stock Android will prove to be a huge advantage for the Zenfone Max Pro.
Camera and Battery
Realme 1 comes with a single 13-megapixel sensor on the rear and an 8-megapixel sensor up front. The device is still capable of shooting images with blurred background or bokeh shots with the help of AI.
The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1, on the other hand, has dual 13MP+5MP sensors on the rear and an 8-megapixel sensor on the front. The phone also has the portrait mode and can shoot images with blur background.
Which one has the best camera performance? Well, we can’t tell you that right now as we are yet to test the Realme 1 in our own personal space.
As for the battery, the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 houses a 5000mAh battery which is way more than 3410mAh battery the Realme 1 houses. However, to help the cause Realme says that the battery is backed by AI management to make it last longer.
All in all, the Realme 1 and Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 both offer the same performance day in and day out without burning a hole in your pocket. But the bottom line is, there are different from one another. Here are things you need to be looked upon before making the purchase.
Reasons to buy Realme 1:
- Looks better
- AI-backed Cameras
- Comparatively cheaper
Reasons to buy Zenfone Max Pro M1:
- Stock-Android Oreo
- Dual-rear camera
- Mammoth battery
- Fingerprint sensor