The Honor 9 Lite Has a New Competitor in the Form of Asus Zenfone Max Pro

With the ever-increasing competition in the budget and flagship segment of smartphones, companies are now looking for more and more opportunities to showcase their portfolio. With these new developments, the mid-range of the smartphone market seems to be growing more and more populated with new entrants almost every week. Today we are going to take a look at two mid-rangers which are recently commanding a lot of attention from quite a lot of people. The phones are Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M1) and the Honor 9 Lite.


The Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M1) sports a 5.99-inch IPS LCD screen with a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels and an 18:9 aspect ratio. On the other hand, the Honor 9 Lite, sports a 5.65-inch IPS display along with Full HD+ 1080 × 2160 pixels resolution and a similar aspect ratio of 18:9. Although both the phones come with exact similar resolution and aspect ratio, the Honor 9 Lite lags a bit in screen size.

The Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M1) is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC under the hood which comes coupled with Adreno 509 GPU for graphics. The phone will sell with three variants in the market which will be – 3GB RAM/32GB storage, 4GB RAM/64GB storage, 6GB RAM/64GB storage. On the OS front, the phone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo which comes without any bloatware or customisation and provides a stock Android experience. The Honor 9 Lite comes powered with the octa-core Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 659 SoC which comes in 3GB/4GB RAM and 32GB/64GB storage options. For the OS, the phone runs on EMUI 8.0 which is based on top of Android Oreo.


The Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M1) comes with a dual camera setup on the rear which consists of a 13MP primary shooter and a 5MP secondary shooter. The phone’s 6GB RAM variant gets an upgrade on the camera front too with the dual camera setup sporting 16MP+8MP sensors. On the front, the phone comes with an 8MP sensor for selfies. Secondly, the Honor 9 Lite ships with a dual camera setup on both the front and rear, the specifications of both the dual camera setup is 13MP+2MP. The dual camera setup on both sides of the phone makes it a unique one in the market, with the Honor 9 Lite being the first phone to do so in this price range.

The Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M1) goes for sale starting May 3 and will be available exclusively via Flipkart. Its 3GB RAM/32GB storage variant will come at a price tag of Rs 10,999, the second variant with 4GB RAM/64GB storage will be priced at Rs 12,999, and lastly, the 6GB RAM/64GB storage will ship for Rs 14,999.


The Honor 9 Lite’s 3GB RAM/32GB storage variant will start selling for Rs 10,999 while the 4GB RAM/64GB storage variant will come with a price tag of Rs 14,999.

On paper, the Zenfone Max Pro (M1) boasts better specs than the Honor 9 Lite. The beefy 5000mAh battery and stock Android presence make the device a de-facto option for many. But the Honor 9 Lite is possibly the best-looking device in its price range.

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AU(Airtel User)

I dont consider honor zte xiaomi oppo vivo etc the cheap chinese mobiles to even counter anything as asus motorola and pixel mid segment device is going to rule this segment from this year as pure android experience is what people want and from this month this trend is going to take a form of standard that pure android experience and decent brand is the future.

Kaushik IMA

Isn’t that why BBK (Oppo and Vivo) became the third largest phone manufacturer in the world? 🙂 Because they are cheap Chinese brands, right? Oppo is re-entering Europe this year. You shouldn’t bang brands just because they are Chinese. Now Comio, Itel, Tenor? These are opportunist brands. Oppo and Vivo launched stores in villages, gave jobs to thousands of youngsters. As much as I’d like to say ban the Chinese they did what the Indian companies didn’t. So it’s not correct to say “cheap Chinese”. They are doing well and giving good value for the money. Of course they are… Read more »

Sandeep Bansal, Manipal

& to add to these things, Huawei is having 316% sales as compared to last year’s P10 in Europe; they are soon going to overtake Samsung and become 2nd largest mobile vendor…

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune

Sony XA2 plus VS OPPO F7?

Also will Airtel buy Idea-voda merged entity as Chetan said on another post by 2025?

Kaushik IMA

Airtel is a possibility but its too far into the future to comment like this.

I already told chetan that the immediate challenge for airtel is to kick start 5G trials and deployment….after that if income stabilised they may consider buying VOID.

There’s a reason they didn’t buy out aircel; their appetite for acquisition is also limited.

Kaushik IMA

OPPO f7 is better than any XA1 phone. Not tried any XA2 yet.

Airtel User

LoL emotional card of job n all from a xiaomi apologist this is xiaomi good at making there mi fans wag tails about xiaomi.

You never earned that much that you can even buy flagships that’s why Grapes are sour for you pidi. Oh ! I forgot your flagship is that gareebo ka iPhone LoL reshmi note 5 pro which once get broke which it will you won’t get service center only and if you get service center forget your device for 3-4 months, that’s why xiaomi is a cheap chinese brand.

Kaushik IMA

Oh simpleton.

I was using so called flagship before u knew what a phone is.

Flagship are a waste of money. And you too know it deep down.

Won’t waste time detailing what models I have used but I am your grand daddy when it comes to this
Kind request- see a doctor immediately.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune

Hahahahahahahahhahahahahahahaha hahaha….. First get yourself decent device!!!!!!!

Kaushik IMA

The man will fight to death to protect his little waste investment (iPhone X).

The man (AU) has no data or facts, just his rear end and a hot winded mouth.

Don’t worry about him. He will be spanked and kicked whenever necessary.

But he doesn’t need spanking, he needs a doctor. TT community should help.

Flash, Kolkata

Honor, cheap Chinese mobile!!!! get your facts right. Yes Honor is Chinese but not cheap at all dear. Do some research before commenting anything, specially regarding Huawei Honor, who is the world leader in 5G technology and also going to launch the world’s first 5G mobile. just Google “world’s top ten smartphone brands” and you will come know about the best smartphone brands.

Airtel User

Flash, my facts are clear may be you need to see clear, that’s your opinion not a fact huawei is a leader as that huawei is already banned in USA, that itself speaks alot about so called cheap chinese brand.

Kaushik IMA

Actually Huawei is not banned in USA, ZTE is. Get your facts straight you simpleton.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune

Xiaomi becomes fourth largest smartphone vendor!!!!!!


Honor 9 lite not in the race.
The real competition between RN5pro and Zenpro max only
Mi now losing their ground slowly.
Lat wait and see Asus device’s performance.
Once asus will better reputation then mi face big trouble

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune

Asus has priced 11000 and 13000!!!!!So it’s competition is with Honor 9 Lite/Redmi Note 4/Redmi Note 5/Redmi 5/Honor 7X!!!!! Asus was never meant to fight with Redmi Note 5 Pro!!!!! Redmi Note 5 Pro has better camera compared to all of these!!!!!! Most of these will get price cut soon!!!!!


For camera you should wait for 6GB variant. And two big upgrades(P and Q), can’t say this about note 5 pro as it is going to get Oreo update soon and since Redmi line get only one Android upgrade (Which is oreo for n5PRO) so forget about P in note 5 pro.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune

I am waiting for same!!!!!

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune

But still even at 15000,Redmi Note 5 Pro is unbeatable in my opinion considering Camera performance!!!!!

Airtel User

redmi note 5 pro is a waste device, people should avoid it. It’s 17000, no dual volte, no pure android experience also it comes with android 7 that means it will get only Oreo update whereas Asus will dual volte and pure android experience will come Oreo out of the box and android p and q confirmed for Asus max pro overall Asus is a decent device though there are better handsets but it’s always good to go for a decent brand then a cheap chinese brand like xiaomi.

Airtel User

Reshmi note 5 pro is getting direct competition from Asus max pro because both have snapdragon 636 and Asus is cheaper is xiaomi is busy milking mi fans via black marketing there devices on hoax sales over flipkart. This is the reason. You are and always be a cheap chinese brand ambassador and a xiaomi apologist nikhil, you know that yourself.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune

Let’s wait till year end!!!!!

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