Xiaomi sub-brand Redmi launched its new flagship smartphone in China last week. The new Redmi Note 7 is now available in the hometown market at a starting price of approx. Rs 11,000. Notably, it is also the cheapest one among the three devices out with 48MP cameras.
Xiaomi is yet to reveal the smartphone price and availability in India but based on the current market race and trends, Redmi Note 7 is the upcoming guest to stay in the Indian smartphone market. And as it will make its way into the budget segment, it will compete with a number of devices including Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2, Moto One Power, and its own predecessor Redmi Note 6 Pro.
The toughest battle for the smartphone will be the 5000mAh big-battery Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 since this device is getting all the attention from the smartphone buyers. So here we have a quick comparison to determine which is the better smartphone at the prices offered.
Design & Display
So Xiaomi is finally over its all-time favorite metal unibody design. The Redmi Note 7 sports a 2.5D curved glass design on the rear with a colorful gradient touch. We have seen similar designs in the recent Honor smartphones. Featuring a big 6.3-inch FHD+ display panel with 19.5:9 aspect ratio, the device also has a small waterdrop notch which is considerably smaller than old iPhone X’s notch.
On the other hand, we have Max Pro M2 from Asus that has a 3D glass-like finishing at the back making it an almost similar design but with a better feel and look. The slightly smaller 6.26-inch Full HD+ panel comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 shield. Though this display also has a notch in front, it is not as small as Redmi Note 7’s waterdrop notch.
Winner: Asus Zenfone Max Pro 2
Xiaomi is betting on this department to sell its device. The 48-megapixel camera is coupled with a 5MP sensor to complete the dual-camera setup of the rear end. This is probably the biggest feature of the new budget flagship device. Smartphone gurus are expecting Redmi Note 7’s camera to perform better than any other smartphone in this price segment. With the bumped up resolution, a 6P lens, and 1.6um, we can expect something extra from the device.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 camera resolution clearly lacks in front of the Redmi Note 7’s camera resolution and we are yet to see a live comparison of clicked photographs.
However, the dual-camera setup of Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 is no less since it includes 12MP Sony IMX486 lens alongside a 5MP depth sensor. Asus has managed to gather enough applauds from every smartphone reviewer for its decent results at the offered price point. The camera specifically impresses by its lowlight performance.
Winner: Redmi Note 7
When we compare the device theoretically, both are almost similar. We will still say Asus has an upper hand over Xiaomi running on Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor alongside 6GB of RAM and Adreno 512GPU. Moreover, the device is fueled by a 5000mAh battery.
It is not like Redmi Note 7 has anything lower than Asus’ device but the overall performance will be judged on how well Xiaomi optimizes the hardware and software to boost the performance. With 6GB RAM and similar Snapdragon 660 SoC, the smartphone has enough room to work on the performance. The battery size, however, stays inferior as compared to Asus at 4000mAh.
Winner: Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2
Redmi Note 7 is by far the most economical device to feature a 48MP lens. Over that, Redmi Redmi Note 7 definitely looks like an attractive proposition with its 48-megapixel camera and a revamped design. But it’s not available in India right now. If you’re looking for a budget phone to buy right now, Zenfone Max Pro M2 seems a safe bet.