Flipkart Big Billion Days Sale 2018: ZenFone Max Pro M1 and Other Budget Smartphone Offers Detailed


With just a few days left for Flipkart’s Big Billion Days sale to begin, the online marketplace continues to reveal some of its biggest upcoming offers on smartphones. Flipkart earlier revealed the upcoming offers on Honor smartphones and followed it up by showing off its ‘Crazy Deals’ and other upcoming offers on smartphones. Flipkart and Asus have teamed up to offer discounts and bundled offers on ZenFone Max Pro M1 and the ZenFone 5Z during the upcoming sale.

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Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 offer during Flipkart sale

During the Big Billion Days sale, Flipkart will be selling the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 (3GB, 32GB) at Rs. 9,999 (MRP Rs. 10,999). The company claims this will be the first time a smartphone with Snapdragon 636 SoC will be available under the Rs. 10,000 price point. Meanwhile, the 6GB RAM variant of the ZenFone Max Pro M1 will be sold at Rs. 12,999 (MRP Rs. 14,999) during the Flipkart Big Billion Days sale. Flipkart says this deal will make it the most affordable smartphone with 6GB RAM and a 16-megapixel front-facing camera. The 4GB RAM variant of the ZenFone Max Pro M1 will be available at Rs. 10,999 (MRP Rs. 12,999).

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Apart from this, the Asus ZenFone 5Z will also be available at a discounted price of Rs. 24,999 (MRP Rs. 29,999). Flipkart will offer an extra instant discount worth Rs. 3,000 over the normal exchange value when OnePlus users swap their old phone with the ZenFone 5Z. In addition, HDFC Bank cards will receive an additional discount of 10 percent. No-cost EMI options will be available up to six months on select cards. Flipkart will also sell its complete mobile protection plans which now include theft cases too at just Rs. 99 during the Big Billion Days sale.

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Flipkart Billion Days sale budget phone offers

Flipkart has also announced deals on a number of budget smartphones for its Big Billion Days sale next week. The company claims it will offer a large number of smartphones in the Rs. 2,999 to Rs. 6,999 price bracket. This will include smartphones from companies such as Xiaomi, Oppo, Honor, Realme, and others.

Some of the offers on budget smartphones that Flipkart has revealed so far include the Realme C1 which will be sold at Rs. 6,999 (MRP Rs. 8,990). The Infinix Smart2 will be available at Rs. 4,999 (MRP Rs. 6,999) and the Panasonic P91 will be available at a low price of Rs. 2,999 (MRP Rs. 7,990). The Oppo A71 New Edition will be sold at Rs. 6,990 (MRP Rs. 10,990) while the Honor 7S will retail at Rs. 6,499 (MRP Rs. 8,999). HDFC Bank card users will be able to grab another 10 percent instant discount. Flipkart will also offer no-cost EMI options, exchange offers, and other bundled offers during the sale, bringing the effective prices even lower.

We’ll be covering the best deals during next week’s Big Billion Days sale so make sure you visit Gadgets 360 to know about the lowest prices on your favourite gadgets.


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Is Nokia 5.1 Plus Better Than Zenfone Max Pro M1, Redmi 6 Pro, Realme 1?


The Nokia 5.1 Plus is the topic of discussion on this week’s episode of Orbital. This is Nokia’s first budget Android One smartphone and it’s priced under Rs. 11,000. Nokia 5.1 Plus price in India is the biggest reason for us to dedicate an episode to it. The smartphone has a lot of interesting features that competitors lack and that makes us want to discuss it at length. We’ve almost completed testing the smartphone and that put us in a good place to talk about it. Reviewers Aditya Shenoy and Roydon Cerejo join host Pranay Parab to discuss this phone. We begin this episode by mentioning what makes the Nokia 5.1 Plus worth checking out. It has a powerful processor at a really low price but is there more to it than just excellent marketing? Roydon talks about that, before moving on to mention the build quality and one major quirky aspect of the Nokia 5.1 Plus’ design.

Then we talk about the specifications and the battery life of the Nokia 5.1 Plus. This is where we mention that we were surprised by the performance of the smartphone and its battery life and we detail why this happened. Next, we mention the software on the Nokia 5.1 Plus, which is about as close to stock Android as one can get. Aditya mentions why this is important and why people should care. Roydon then talks about the camera performance of the Nokia 5.1 Plus. Then we mention the competition. This is where we bring up smartphones such as the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1, Redmi 6 Pro, Realme 1, and even the Redmi 6. There are several smartphones slugging it out in this price segment and we mention them all, along with our recommendations for those who want to buy the best phone under Rs. 15,000 in India.

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Motorola One Power vs Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Nokia 6.1 Plus vs Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1: Price in India, Specifications Compared


The Motorola One Power has been launched in India in a bid to take on the the popular Redmi Note 5 Pro smartphone. The big highlight of the new Motorola One Power is its 5,000mAh battery, and that it is a part of the Android One program. The Motorola One Power smartphone also sports a display notch, keeping up with the trend, and has a dual camera setup at the back stacked vertically. We pit the Motorola One Power against the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, as well as the new Nokia 6.1 Plus, and Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 to see if the new Motorola offering can fight the competition or not.

Motorola One Power vs Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Nokia 6.1 Plus vs Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 price in India

The Motorola One Power price in India has been set as Rs. 15,999, and the handset made available in Black colour exclusively on Flipkart. It is up for registration right now, and will go on sale starting October 5. The Nokia 6.1 Plus is also priced at Rs. 15,999, and it comes with Gloss Black, Gloss White, and Gloss Midnight Blue colour options. It is available for purchase on Flipkart and Nokia online Store.

Nokia 6.1 Plus Review

Meanwhile, the 4GB RAM, 64GB storage variant of Redmi Note 5 Pro was launched in the country at Rs. 13,999, but the price was later raised to Rs. 14,999. On the other hand, the smartphone’s 6GB RAM, 64GB storage variant remained steady at Rs. 16,999. Colour options for the smartphone are Black, Gold, Lake Blue, and Rose Gold. It is available for purchase on Flipkart and Mi.com.

Redmi Note 5 Pro Review

Finally, the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 costs Rs. 10,999 for 3GB RAM, 32GB inbuilt storage variant in India. The smartphone’s 4GB RAM, 64GB storage model is available at Rs. 12,999. Additionally, there is a 6GB RAM variant as well that was launched later, priced at Rs. 14,999. Launched in Midnight Black and Grey colour options, the smartphone is available exclusively via Flipkart.

Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 (6GB RAM) Review

Motorola One Power vs Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Nokia 6.1 Plus vs Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 specifications

Coming to specifications, the Motorola One Power sports a 6.2-inch display with full-HD+ resolution (1080×2246-pixel) resolution and 19:9 aspect ratio. It’s toughest competitor, the Redmi Note 5 Pro has a 5.99-inch display with 1080×2160-pixel resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio. On the other hand, Nokia 6.1 Plus and Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 have 5.8-inch (1080×2280-pixel) and 5.99-inch (1080×2160-pixel) displays, respectively. All four have the narrow-bezel design, though the Nokia and Asus models are the only ones with display notch. All four smartphones run software based on Android 8.1 Oreo, though Xiaomi phone has the custom MIUI skin while the other four have stock Android software and a promise of timely software updates.

All four smartphones are powered by the Snapdragon 636 SoC. Motorola One Power comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage and microSD card support up to 256GB. Nokia 6.1 Plus has the same configuration but offers microSD card support up to 400GB. Redmi Note 5 Pro has 4GB RAM and 6GB RAM variants, both with 64GB internal storage and support for expansion up to 128GB. Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 has the most variants on offer – 3GB RAM + 32GB storage, 4GB RAM + 64GB storage, and 6GB RAM + 128GB storage. All three variants support microSD cards with capacities up to 2TB.

Dual rear camera setup is common with all handsets. The Motorola phone offers a 16-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor, with support for 4K video recording. HMD Global’s new mid-range offering features a 16-megapixel primary sensor with f/2.0 aperture and 1-micron pixels, while the secondary 5-megapixel monochrome sensor sports a f/2.4 aperture and 1.12-micron pixels. Redmi Note 5 Pro has a 12-megapixel primary sensor along with an f/2.2 aperture and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor that has an f/2.0 aperture. Lastly, the Asus model offers a primary 13-megapixel Omnivision sensor, with f/2.2 aperture, and a secondary 5-megapixel depth sensing sensor, backed by LED flash for the 3GB and 4GB RAM variants. Its 6GB RAM option, on the other hand, has a 16-megapixel (f2/.0) + 5-megapixel rear camera combination. As for the selfie cameras, the Motorola, Xiaomi, and Nokia smartphones have 12-megapixel, 20-megapixel, 16-megapixel sensors. The Asus variants differs in terms of selfie camera too, with the 3GB RAM and 4GB RAM variants offer 8-megapixel selfie camera, while the 6GB RAM option packing a 16-megapixel sensor.

Motorola One Power packs a 5,000mAh battery that is rated to deliver six hours of usage in 15 minutes using the 15W TurboPower fast-charger. Redmi Note 5 Pro is fuelled by a 4000mAh battery, while Nokia 6.1 Plus has a 3060mAh battery coupled with fast charge tech. Then there’s the ZenFone Max Pro M1 with a 5,000mAh battery under the hood, with support for 10W charging. All four models have rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and Face Unlock capabilities.

The Motorola One Power has 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, USB Type-C, and a 3.5mm headphone jack for connectivity options. On the other hand, the Nokia 6.1 Plus includes 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth v5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, USB Type-C (v2.0), GPS/ A-GPS, and a 3.5mm headphone jack options. In the Redmi Note 5 Pro, options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The ZenFone Max Pro M1 features 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n with Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, GLONASS, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack options.

Motorola One Power vs Nokia 6.1 Plus vs Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro comparison

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Design Rating
Display Rating
Software Rating
Performance Rating
Battery Life Rating
Camera Rating
Value for Money Rating
GENERAL
Release date August 2018 July 2018 April 2018 February 2018
Battery capacity (mAh) 5000 3060 5000 4000
Launched in India Yes Yes
Dimensions (mm) 147.20 x 70.98 x 8.59 159.00 x 76.00 x 8.64 158.60 x 75.40 x 8.05
Weight (g) 151.00 180.00 181.00
Colours Gloss White, Gloss Midnight Blue, Gloss Black Midnight Black, Grey Black, Gold, Lake Blue, Rose Gold
Body type Metal
Removable battery No
SAR value 1.19
DISPLAY
Screen size (inches) 6.20 5.80 5.99 5.99
Resolution 1080×2246 pixels 1080×2280 pixels 1080×2160 pixels 1080×2160 pixels
Aspect ratio 19:9 19:9 18:9
Protection type Gorilla Glass Gorilla Glass
HARDWARE
Processor make Snapdragon 636 Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Snapdragon 636 Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
RAM 4GB 4GB 3GB 4GB
Internal storage 64GB 64GB 32GB 64GB
Expandable storage Yes Yes Yes Yes
Expandable storage type microSD microSD microSD microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 256 400 2000 128
Processor octa-core octa-core 1.8GHz octa-core
CAMERA
Rear camera 16-megapixel + 5-megapixel 16-megapixel (f/2.0) + 5-megapixel 13-megapixel 12-megapixel (f/2.2, 1.25-micron) + 5-megapixel (f/2.0, 1.12-micron)
Front camera 12-megapixel 16-megapixel (f/2.0) 8-megapixel 20-megapixel (f/2.2, 1.0-micron)
Rear flash Dual LED Yes LED
Front flash Yes LED
Rear autofocus Phase detection autofocus
SOFTWARE
Operating system Android 8.0 Android 8.1 Android 8.1 Oreo Android 7.1.1
Skin MIUI 9
CONNECTIVITY
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth Yes Yes, v 5.00 Yes, v 4.20 Yes, v 5.00
USB Type-C Yes Yes
USB OTG Yes Yes
Number of SIMs 2 2 2
NFC No
Micro-USB Yes
SENSORS
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes Yes Yes
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes Yes Yes
Proximity sensor Yes Yes Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes Yes
Face unlock Yes Yes
3D face recognition No
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No
SIM 1
SIM Type Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
4G/ LTE Yes Yes Yes
SIM 2
SIM Type Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
4G/ LTE Yes Yes Yes



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Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 FOTA Update Brings Improvements to Selfie Camera, Fingerprint Sensor


Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1, the company’s popular mid-range smartphone, has received a new FOTA (Firmware Over The Air) update that brings improvements to the smartphone’s front camera and rear-mounted fingerprint sensor in terms of performance. The update will be rolled out on a batch-by-batch basis. The update is available for all ZenFone Max Pro M1 units, and can be checked by going into Settings > System> System update. Just last month, the smartphone had received a software update that brought the August Android security patch.

The changelog is not extensive and describes only improvements and optimisations for the selfie camera and fingerprint sensor. Build number and file size of the update have also not been mentioned in the release notes. To briefly recall, the smartphone recently got a 6GB RAM variant that also comes with a 16-megapixel selfie camera and a 16-megapixel + 5-megapixel rear camera combination.

Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 specifications

The dual-SIM (Nano) Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 runs a near-stock version of Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box, with Android P on its way, and sports a 5.99-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixels) IPS FullView display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, paired with an Adreno 509 GPU, 3GB/ 4GB/ 6GB of RAM and 32GB/ 64GB of onboard storage.

In the camera department, the ZenFone Max Pro M1 sports a dual rear camera setup including a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary depth sensor. On the front, the smartphone bears an 8-megapixel camera sensor with f/2.0 aperture and an 85.5-degree wide-angle lens. There is a 5,000mAh battery under the hood, with support for 10W charging.



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ZenFone Max Pro M1 Blue Colour Variant Launched in India: Price, Specifications


ZenFone Max Pro M1, Asus’ latest budget smartphone, has received a new Blue colour variant in India. This takes the total tally of colour options to three, including the previously available Black and Grey options. Launched in May this year, key highlights of the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 include a Snapdragon 636 SoC, a vertically aligned dual rear camera setup, and up to 6GB of RAM. Launch offers include 5 percent instant discount on purchases made using Axis Bank Buzz credit cards or on EMI transactions using ICICI bank credit cards. Both offers are valid till August 31, 2018.

“We are extremely happy to announce the arrival of the ‘True Blue Performer’; meet the ‘Blue’ variant of ZenFone Max Pro M1, our new fashion-forward and on-trend colour. We have received an overwhelming response to the ZenFone Max Pro M1 across the country and wanted to offer our consumers an all new exciting colour variant that best complements their style,” said Dinesh Sharma, Director Mobile Product, Asus India.

ZenFone Max Pro M1 Blue colour price in India, availability

As mentioned previously, ZenFone Max Pro M1 is now available in India in three colour options – Deepsea Black, Grey, and Blue. The Blue colour edition will go on sale starting Thursday, August 30. It will retail at Rs. 10,999 for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage model, Rs. 12,999 for the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant, and Rs. 14,999 for the one with 6GB RAM and 64GB onboard storage, exclusively via Flipkart.

ZenFone Max Pro M1 specifications
The dual-SIM (Nano) ZenFone Max Pro M1 runs a near-stock version of Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box, and sports a 5.99-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixels) IPS FullView LCD panel with an aspect ratio of 18:9. The handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, paired with 3GB/ 4GB/ 6GB of RAM, 32GB/ 64GB inbuilt storage, and an Adreno 509 GPU.

In the camera department, the ZenFone Max Pro M1 bears dual cameras on the back with a 13-megapixel primary OmniVision sensor with f/2.2 aperture and a 5-megapixel secondary depth sensing sensor. On the front, the smartphone sports an 8-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture and a 5P lens. There is a 5,000mAh battery under the hood. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n with Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, GLONASS, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Sensors onboard the ZenFone Max Pro M1 include a Face Unlock sensor, fingerprint sensor, and more. Dimensions are 159x76x8.61mm and weight is 180 grams.

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Asus ZenFone 5Z Gets Lift to Face Unlock, EIS/OIS Auto Switch, Gesture Controls, Camera Improvements, and More via OTA Update


Asus has started rolling out a new software update to ZenFone 5Z to enable several new functionalities and enhance the overall experience of the smartphone. Asus has announced that it has started rolling out the update as a firmware over-the-air (FOTA) package with a list of camera enhancements and system-level performance improvements. Notably, this is not the first new software version for the ZenFone 5Z. The smartphone received a major update earlier this month, following an update in June as well.

According to the official changelog provided by Asus to the press, the latest software update to the ZenFone 5Z brings 12 new functionalities including 10 for the camera, alongside four camera improvements. One of the new features included in the list is ‘Lift to Face Unlock’, a feature that will make it easier for users to unlock the handset. It removes the need to press the Power button to enable the face unlock feature every time.

Meanwhile, Asus has also incorporated gesture navigation on the ZenFone 5Z. To recall, with Android 9 Pie, Google had taken the first step towards gesture-based navigation similar to the one in Apple iPhone X. While the traditional three buttons are available for navigation, you can switch to having a single bar visible and use gestures for navigation. Swipe up on the bar once and it opens up recent apps, swipe up again to open up the app drawer.

In terms of camera, the latest OTA update in ZenFone 5Z includes some cool new features. It will now support an Auto anti-flicker feature that will let the phone to automatically detect electricity frequency based on lighting condition and switch the frequency setting between 50Hz and 60Hz to prevent flickering. Also, users will be able to turn on EIS for 1080p at 60fps or 18:9 at 30fps video capture or they can let the camera switch to either OIS or EIS depending upon the conditions. The camera also supports 3D Noise Reduction feature in PRO mode. Additionally, the camera now supports overheat detection in video recording mode.

The latest ZenFone 5Z update brings several camera improvements as well. They include HDR functionality, Manual White Balance function in PRO mode, selfie camera. Asus has also boost audio quality in videos to 192kbps bitrate.

Since the update is available in the form of a FOTA package, it should be seeded to your ZenFone 5Z automatically. However, you can manually check its presence by visiting Settings > System > System updates.



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Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1, ZenFone 5Z to Be Available With Discounts, Cashbacks in Flipkart Superr Sale


Flipkart is holding a one-day sale on its platform on August 25. While the Flipkart Superr Sale will be held for a day, early access will be given to Flipkart Plus members on August 24. A day ahead of the sale, Taiwanese manufacturer Asus has confirmed that it will provide offers on two of its smartphones – ZenFone Max Pro M1 and ZenFone 5Z. The e-commerce site has already announced a partnership with HDFC Bank to offer 10 percent instant discount even on EMI transactions, but on selected products only. This offer will be applicable on the ZenFone Max Pro M1.

A Rs. 500 discount will be applicable on purchase of the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage and 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage models of the ZenFone Max Pro M1. Notably, the discount will not be applicable on the newly launched 6GB RAM model. Also, buyers will be able to avail a 10 percent instant cashback on the purchase of ZenFone Max Pro M1 via HDFC Bank debit and credit cards, as well as, EMI transactions.

Additionally, buyers interested in the company’s flagship ZenFone 5Z, will be eligible for an extra Rs. 3,000 discount on exchanging their old smartphones, and an additional Rs. 2,000 discount on a select bank card, which has not yet been specified yet.

To recall, the base 3GB RAM variant of the ZenFone Max Pro M1 is priced at Rs. 10,999, while the one with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage bears a retail price tag of Rs. 12,999. On the other hand, the ZenFone 5Z retails at Rs. 29,999 for the base variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB inbuilt storage, Rs. 32,999 for the 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage model, and Rs. 36,999 for the one with 8GB of RAM and 256GB onboard storage.

As a part of the Flipkart Superr Sale, the e-commerce platform will offer deals and discounts on smartphones, laptops, audio devices, cameras, and more. All the deals have not been announced yet, but Flipkart has said that top smartphone brands will be up for sale with great deals. Flipkart has also announced that there will be rush hour deals from midnight to 2am IST, ‘superr’ deals on smartphones and gadgets every eight hours, epic 24 deals which will bring new deals on varied category products every hour, and price crashes on products from home décor, beauty, clothing, and accessories categories every eight hours.

As always, customers are recommended that they must pre-register on the Flipkart website and add their address and payment information beforehand.



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Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 Gets August Android Security Patch via Software Update


Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 has received a new software update that brings the August 2018 Android security patch. The update is rolling out in batches as a firmware-over-the-air (FOTA) package. Notably, the latest update comes weeks after Asus started selling the ZenFone Max Pro M1 6GB RAM variant in India. While the 3GB RAM version of the ZenFone Max Pro M1 comes with a price tag of Rs. 10,999, its top-end 6GB RAM model is priced at Rs. 14,999. The smartphone competes against the likes of the Redmi Note 5 Pro.

With the arrival of the August Android security patch, the update majorly addresses a list of security issues and flaws that Google fixed earlier this month. A post on Asus ZenTalk forums states that alongside the August Android security patch, the update improves the NFC function for Google Pay and other compatible apps. It is worth noting here that the Indian version of the ZenFone Max Pro M1 doesn’t have NFC support. The forum post also highlights that the update fixes Myanmar Zawgyi language issues.

As we mentioned, the FOTA update is rolling out in batches and is designed for all the ZenFone Max Pro M1 variants, including the top-end 6GB RAM model as well as the affordable 3GB RAM version. You can check its availability by going to Settings > System > System update.

Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 specifications

The dual-SIM (Nano) Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 runs Android 8.1 Oreo and features a 5.99-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixels) IPS FullView display along with an 18:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, coupled with Adreno 509 GPU and 3GB, 4GB, and 6GB RAM options. The smartphone has a dual rear camera setup that includes a 13-megapixel Omnivision primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary depth sensor. For selfies, there is an 8-megapixel camera sensor at the front along with an f/2.0 aperture, and an 85.5-degree wide-angle, 5P lens.

Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 Review

The ZenFone Max Pro M1 has 32GB and 64GB of onboard storage options that both are expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB). The smartphone has 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n with Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, GLONASS, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It also includes a fingerprint sensor at the back. Besides, there is a 5,000mAh battery that supports 10W charging.

 



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Nokia 6.1 Plus vs Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1: Price in India, Specifications Compared


Nokia 6.1 Plus was launched in India this week alongside the Nokia 5.1 Plus. The smartphones are a part of the company’s new generation of handsets that feature a new all-screen design philosophy and incorporate a display notch. The Nokia 6.1 Plus is the global variant of the Nokia X6 that was launched by Nokia licensee HMD Global earlier this year. The key features of the handset include Android One, Snapdragon 636 SoC, vertical dual rear camera setup, Nokia branding in the front, and a fingerprint sensor. Notably, the Nokia 6.1 Plus price in India starts at Rs. 15,999 and HMD Global has launched only one RAM/ storage variant of the handset in the country.

At its price range, the Nokia 6.1 Plus – quite obviously – will compete with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro in the Indian market because of its pricing. The smartphone will also compete with Xiaomi’s latest Android One smartphone – Mi A2. Additionally, Asus also has a popular affordable smartphone called ZenFone Max Pro M1 in India. While the Redmi Note 5 Pro is arguably dominating the market with its compelling hardware and MIUI features, the new ZenFone Max Pro M1 had arrived with a list of attractive features to take on the competition, including a dual rear camera setup, thin bezel display, metal body, a large battery, and a stock Android experience. Meanwhile, the Mi A2 like its predecessor Mi A1 is an Android One powered handset with stock Android 8.1 Oreo, and no MIUI.

Therefore, we take a look at the Nokia 6.1 Plus price in India and specifications and compare them with those of the Redmi Note 5 Pro, Mi A2, and Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1.

Nokia 6.1 Plus vs Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Mi A2 vs Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 price in India

The price in India of Nokia 6.1 Plus is Rs. 15,999. It comes with Gloss Black, Gloss White, and Gloss Midnight Blue colour options. Notably, the pre-orders for the smartphone will end on August 30 and shipping will start on August 31. The company is providing some launch offers, including no-cost EMIs and 240GB additional data (20GB data per month for 12 months on recharges of Rs. 199, Rs. 249, and Rs. 448) and Rs. 1,800 as cashback (in the form of 36 vouchers of Rs. 50).

Meanwhile, the Redmi Note 5 Pro was launched in the country priced at Rs. 13,999, but it was later raised to Rs. 14,999 for the 4GB RAM, 64GB storage variant, and went up to Rs. 16,999 for the 6GB RAM, 64GB storage variant. Colour options for the smartphone are Black, Gold, Lake Blue, and Rose Gold.

Redmi Note 5 Pro Review

The Xiaomi Mi A2, on the other hand, is priced at Rs. 16,999 for the 4GB RAM/ 64GB inbuilt storage variant. During the launch, Xiaomi had also announced a 6GB RAM/ 128GB inbuilt storage variant, but its availablity and India price have not been revealed yet. The smartphone comes in Black, Gold, Lake Blue, and Rose Gold colour models.

Xiaomi Mi A2 Review

Finally, the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 costs Rs. 10,999 for 3GB RAM, 32GB inbuilt storage variant in India. The smartphone’s 4GB RAM, 64GB storage model is available at Rs. 12,999. Additionally, there is a 6GB RAM variant as well that was launched later, priced at Rs. 14,999.

Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 (6GB) Review

Nokia 6.1 Plus vs Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Mi A2 vs Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 specifications

The Nokia 6.1 Plus is a dual-SIM (Nano) smartphone that runs stock Android 8.1 Oreo. It sports a 5.8-inch full-HD+ (1080×2280 pixels) display that comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, paired with 4GB RAM. In terms of optics, the smartphone features a dual rear camera setup, with a 16-megapixel primary sensor with f/2.0 aperture and 1-micron pixels, while the secondary 5-megapixel monochrome sensor sports a f/2.4 aperture and 1.12-micron pixels. There is a dual-tone flash module at the back as well. The phone comes with a 16-megapixel sensor at the front, coupled with an f/2.0 aperture and 1-micron pixels.

The Nokia 6.1 Plus is equipped with 64GB of inbuilt storage, expandable via microSD card (up to 400GB). The connectivity options in the phone include 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth v5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, USB Type-C (v2.0), GPS/ A-GPS, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The sensors on board the Nokia 6.1 Plus are an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, digital compass, and a proximity sensor. It is powered by a 3060mAh battery coupled with fast charge tech. In terms of dimensions, the smartphone measures 147.2×70.98×7.99mm, and weighs 151 grams

The Redmi Note 5 Pro is also a dual-SIM (Nano) smartphone. It runs Android Nougat-based MIUI 9 and sports a 5.99-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixels) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and a 2.5D curved glass. It is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 636 processor, coupled with Adreno 509 GPU and up to 6GB of RAM. It bears a dual rear camera setup with a 12-megapixel primary sensor along with an f/2.2 aperture and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor that has an f/2.0 aperture. At the front, the Redmi Note 5 Pro features a 20-megapixel camera sensor with a selfie LED flash.

The Redmi Note 5 Pro is equipped with 64GB of inbuilt storage, expandable via microSD card in a hybrid dual-SIM format. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It is fueled by a 4000mAh battery and measures 158.6×75.4×8.05mm.

Meanwhile, the dual-SIM (Nano) Xiaomi Mi A2 runs stock Android 8.1 Oreo. It sports a 5.99-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixels) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, a pixel density of 403ppi, and 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 5. The smartphone comes with an octa-core Snapdragon 660 SoC (four cores clocked at 2.2GHz and four cores clocked at 1.8GHz) paired with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM. It sports a dual rear camera setup, with a 12-megapixel Sony IMX486 sensor in the primary camera, featuring 1.25-micron pixels with an f/1.75 aperture. It comes with a 20-megapixel IMX376 sensor as the secondary rear camera, with 2-micron pixels, 4-in-1 Super Pixel tech, and an f/1.75 aperture. The rear camera setup also has a flash module. At the front, the smartphone bears the same 20-megapixel sensor, complete with a soft-light flash module. It bears a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel.

The Mi A2 comes with 64GB and 128GB inbuilt storage options. Connectivity options in the phone include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (dual-band, 2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, and a USB Type-C (v2.0) port. Sensors on board that handset are accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, gyroscope, and proximity sensor. The handset packs a 3,000mAh battery with Quick Charge 4+ support and measures 158.7×75.4×7.3mm while weighing 168 grams.

The dual-SIM Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 runs a near-stock version of Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box, and sports a 5.99-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixels) IPS Full View display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, paired with an Adreno 509 GPU, 3GB/ 4GB/ 6GB of RAM, and 32GB/ 64GB of internal storage. Storage is expandable on the phone via microSD card (up to 2TB).

In the camera department, the 3GB RAM/ 4GB RAM variant of the ZenFone Max Pro M1 bears a dual rear camera setup with a primary 13-megapixel Omnivision sensor, with f/2.2 aperture, and a secondary 5-megapixel depth sensing sensor, both with LED flash. On the front, the variant comes with an 8-megapixel selfie camera that offers a 5P lens, an 85.5-degree lens, and an aperture of f/2.0. The 6GB RAM variant however has a 16-megapixel (f2/.0) + 5-megapixel rear camera combination and a 16-megapixel selfie camera (f/2.0). There is a 5,000mAh battery under the hood, with support for 10W charging.

Connectivity on the ZenFone Max Pro M1 includes 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n with Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, GLONASS, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. There is also a fingerprint sensor and a Face Unlock sensor on the smartphone.

Nokia 6.1 Plus vs Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro comparison

  Nokia 6.1 Plus Xiaomi Mi A2 Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 Redmi Note 5 Pro
Ratings
Overall NDTV Rating
Design Rating
Display Rating
Software Rating
Performance Rating
Battery Life Rating
Camera Rating
Value for Money Rating
GENERAL
Release date July 2018 July 2018 April 2018 February 2018
Dimensions (mm) 147.20 x 70.98 x 8.59 158.70 x 75.40 x 7.30 159.00 x 76.00 x 8.46 158.60 x 75.40 x 8.05
Weight (g) 151.00 168.00 180.00 181.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 3060 3000 5000 4000
Colours Black, White Black, Gold, Lake Blue, Rose Gold Midnight Black, Grey Black, Gold, Lake Blue, Rose Gold
Removable battery No No
Launched in India Yes
Body type Metal
SAR value 1.19
DISPLAY
Screen size (inches) 5.80 5.99 5.99 5.99
Resolution 1080×2280 pixels 1080×2160 pixels 1080×2160 pixels 1080×2160 pixels
Protection type Gorilla Glass
Aspect ratio 18:9
HARDWARE
Processor octa-core 1.8GHz octa-core octa-core 1.8GHz octa-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Snapdragon 636 Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
RAM 4GB 4GB 3GB 4GB
Internal storage 64GB 64GB 32GB 64GB
Expandable storage Yes Yes Yes Yes
Expandable storage type microSD microSD microSD microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 400 2000 128
CAMERA
Rear camera 16-megapixel 20-megapixel 13-megapixel 12-megapixel (f/2.2, 1.25-micron) + 5-megapixel (f/2.0, 1.12-micron)
Rear Flash Dual LED LED
Front camera 16-megapixel 20-megapixel 8-megapixel 20-megapixel (f/2.2, 1.0-micron)
Front Flash Yes
Rear flash Yes LED
Front flash Yes LED
Rear autofocus Phase detection autofocus
SOFTWARE
Operating System Android 8.1 Android 8.1 Oreo
Operating system Android 8.1 Oreo Android 7.1.1
Skin MIUI 9
CONNECTIVITY
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth Yes, v 5.00 Yes, v 5.00 Yes, v 4.20 Yes, v 5.00
USB OTG Yes Yes Yes
Number of SIMs 2 2 2 2
NFC Yes No
Micro-USB Yes
SIM 1
SIM Type Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
4G/ LTE Yes Yes Yes Yes
SIM 2
SIM Type Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
4G/ LTE Yes Yes Yes Yes
SENSORS
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes Yes Yes Yes
Proximity sensor Yes Yes Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes Yes Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes Yes Yes
Face unlock Yes
3D face recognition No
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No



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Xiaomi Poco F1 vs OnePlus 6 vs Asus ZenFone 5Z: Price, Specifications Compared


Xiaomi on Wednesday launched Poco F1, a part of its new sub-brand Poco, in India. Led by Xiaomi’s Lead Product Manager Jai Mani, the Poco brand has unveiled its first smartphone in the country and is set to take on handsets in the mid-range segment. The Poco F1 is designed to compete against the likes of premium-looking, affordable flagships from OnePlus and Asus, among others. Similar to its competitors, the new smartphone comes with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC and up to 8GB of RAM. However, the interesting part of the launch is that the price in India of all the Poco F1 models has been set in the sub-Rs. 30,000 segment. But the OnePlus 6 – its primary competitor in India – offers a nearly stock Android experience and multiple colour options to choose from. Similarly, the Asus ZenFone 5Z also offers a premium design with top-of-the-line specifications.

Thus, we’re taking a look at the Poco F1 price in India and specifications and comparing them with those of the OnePlus 6 and Asus ZenFone 5Z to help you make your buying decision.

Xiaomi Poco F1 vs OnePlus 6 vs Asus ZenFone 5Z price in India

The price in India of Xiaomi Poco F1 has been set at Rs. 20,999 for the 6GB RAM/ 64GB inbuilt storage variant, Rs. 23,999 for the 6GB RAM/ 128GB inbuilt storage model, and Rs. 28,999 for the 8GB RAM/ 256GB inbuilt storage variant. Xiaomi has also launched an Armoured Edition of the Poco F1 priced at Rs. 29,999. Notably, the smartphone will be available via Flipkart and Mi.com starting from 12pm IST on August 29. The smartphone comes in Rosso Red, Steel Blue and Graphite Black colour variants.

Xiaomi Poco F1 buyers can avail a Rs. 1,000 instant discount on HDFC Bank credit and debit cards in the first sale. Meanwhile, Reliance Jio users can avail up to 6TB of data, with additional benefits up to Rs. 8,000. Xiaomi will provide a soft-case bundled in the box. Also, a and an ultra-slim hard case has been made available at Rs. 399, apart from a Kevlar finished Armoured Case at Rs 799. Xiaomi has also unveiled its first ‘official skins’, priced at Rs. 299.

Meanwhile, OnePlus 6 price in India begins from Rs. 34,999 for the 6GB RAM and 64GB storage variant, and its 8GB RAM and 128GB model is priced at Rs. 39,999. Also, an 8GB RAM and 256GB storage variant was recently launched at Rs. 43,999. The smartphone comes in Mirror Black, Midnight Black, Red Edition, and Silk White.

OnePlus 6 Review

On the other hand, Asus ZenFone 5Z price in India is Rs. 29,999 for the 6GB RAM and 64GB storage variant, and its 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 32,999. The premium 8GB RAM and 256GB storage model is priced at Rs. 36,999. The handset is available with Midnight Blue and Meteor Silver colour options.

Asus ZenFone 5Z Review

Xiaomi Poco F1 vs OnePlus 6 vs Asus ZenFone 5Z specifications

The Xiaomi Poco F1 is a dual-SIM smartphone. It runs MIUI 9.6 out-of-the-box based on Android 8.1 Oreo. However, an MIUI 10 update is said to be coming soon. Xiaomi has also promised an Android P update. The Poco F1 uses MIUI for Poco, a customised version of MIUI that is said to be optimised for speed. The Poco launcher is said to appear closer to stock Android’s UI and it also includes features like third-party app icon support. Xiaomi will also provide support for custom ROMs and will release the kernel in the next few weeks.

The Poco F1 comes with a 6.18-inch display and is protected by a 2.D curved Gorilla Glass 3 glass. The smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor that comes with LiquidCool Technology. The smartphone comes in 6GB and 8GB RAM variants. The Xiaomi Poco F1 bears a dual camera setup with a 12-megapixel Sony IMX363 primary sensor with 1.4-micron pixel, dual-pixel autofocus, and a 5-megapixel secondary depth sensor from Samsung. Additionally, there is a 20-megapixel camera that comes with HDR and AI Beautify features, with an IR light that powers the Face Unlock feature. The company claims that the AI camera is tuned especially for India, and has scene recognition features. The phone also comes with Dirac HD Sound support, with a Dual Smart PA.

The smartphone is equipped with 64GB/ 128GB/ 256GB inbuilt storage options, expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB) in a hybrid SIM slot configuration. The connectivity options in Poco F1 include 4G+, VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack. It includes sensors such as an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, gyroscope, and proximity sensor. The handset packs a 4,000mAh battery with 18W charging support and Quick Charge 3 (charger bundled in box).

The OnePlus 6 is also a dual-SIM (Nano) smartphone. It runs OxygenOS 5.1 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo and is upgradable to Android P. It sports a 6.28-inch full-HD+ (1080×2280 pixels) Full Optic AMOLED display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, paired with Adreno 630 GPU and up to 8GB of RAM.

In terms of optics, the OnePlus 6 bears a dual rear camera setup that comes with a 16-megapixel primary Sony IMX519 sensor and an f/1.7 aperture and a 20-megapixel secondary Sony IM376K sensor. At the front, there is a 16-megapixel Sony IMX371 sensor with an f/2.0 aperture.

OnePlus 6 is equipped with up to 256GB of inbuilt storage options. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, USB Type-C, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Additionally, there is a rear-facing fingerprint sensor and a Face Unlock feature that works with the front camera sensor. It is fuelled by a 3300mAh battery and measures 155.7×75.4.7.75mm.

The dual-SIM (Nano) ZenFone 5Z, on the other hand, runs ZenUI 5.0 based on Android 8.0 Oreo. It sports a 6.2-inch full-HD+ (1080×2246 pixels) Super IPS+ display with an 18.7:9 aspect ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass protection. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, paired with an Adreno 630 GPU and up to 8GB of RAM. It bears a dual rear camera setup that houses a 12-megapixel Sony IMX363 sensor with an f/1.8 aperture lens and OIS support and an 8-megapixel OmniVision 8856 sensor along with a fixed focus, f/2.2 aperture lens that has a 120-degree field of view, paired with a single LED flash. At the front, the phone has an 8-megapixel OmniVision 8856 sensor at the front. The smartphone also comes with Face Unlock support.

The ZenFone 5Z comes with 256GB of UFS 2.1 storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB). Connectivity options in the ZenFone 5Z include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, NFC, GPS/ A-GPS, USB Type-C, FM radio, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Sensors on board are an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, e-compass, gyroscope, fingerprint sensor, proximity sensor, and RGB sensor. The smartphone is fueled by a 3,300mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 3.0 and works with a proprietary AI charging tech. In terms of dimensions, it measures 153×75.6×7.7mm and weighs 165 grams.

Poco F1 vs OnePlus 6 vs Asus ZenFone 5Z (ZS620KL) comparison

  Poco F1 OnePlus 6 Asus ZenFone 5Z (ZS620KL)

Ratings
Overall NDTV Rating
Design Rating
Display Rating
Software Rating
Performance Rating
Battery Life Rating
Camera Rating
Value for Money Rating
GENERAL
Release date August 2018 May 2018 February 2018
Launched in India Yes
Battery capacity (mAh) 4000 3300 3300
Fast charging Quick Charge 3.0
Colours Blue, Grey Mirror Black, Midnight Black, Silk White Midnight Blue, Meteor Silver
Dimensions (mm) 155.70 x 75.40 x 7.75 153.00 x 75.65 x 7.70
Weight (g) 177.00 165.00
Removable battery No
DISPLAY
Screen size (inches) 6.18 6.28 6.20
Resolution 1080×2160 pixels 1080×2280 pixels 1080×2246 pixels
Protection type Gorilla Glass
HARDWARE
Processor octa-core 2.8GHz octa-core octa-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
RAM 6GB 8GB 6GB
Internal storage 64GB 128GB 64GB
Expandable storage Yes No Yes
Expandable storage type microSD microSD
Dedicated microSD slot No
Expandable storage up to (GB) 2000
CAMERA
Rear camera 12-megapixel (1.4-micron) + 5-megapixel 16-megapixel 12-megapixel
Rear flash Yes
Front camera 20-megapixel 16-megapixel 8-megapixel
Rear Flash Dual LED LED
SOFTWARE
Operating system Android 8.1
Skin MIUI for Poco OxygenOS 5.1 ZenUI 5.0
Operating System Android 8.1 Oreo Android 8.0
CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth Yes Yes, v 5.00 Yes, v 5.00
USB Type-C Yes
Number of SIMs 2 2 2
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
NFC Yes Yes
USB OTG Yes Yes
SIM 1
SIM Type Micro-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
4G/ LTE Yes Yes Yes
SIM 2
SIM Type Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
4G/ LTE Yes Yes Yes
SENSORS
Face unlock Yes
Proximity sensor Yes Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes Yes Yes
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes
Barometer Yes



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