Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro or ASUS Zenfone 5 Lite (2018)?

Warly Evan Alojado asks, “Which is better: ASUS Zenfone 5 Lite or Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro?

Two new smartphones that were released earlier this year are put side-by-side to see which one has the upper-hand in each aspect. Will it be the Zenfone 5 Lite (2018) or the Redmi Note 5 Pro? Find out below!

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro is the latest addition to the Note series of the company. It has a 5.99″ 18:9 IPS display with 2160 x 1080 resolution, a Snapdragon 636 processor, a 64GB internal storage, a 4GB/6GB RAM, a 12MP + 5MP rear cameras w/ LED flash, a 20MP front camera with LED flash, and a 4,000mAh battery with fast charging.

The ASUS Zenfone 5 Lite (2018) is one of the smartphones that was announced by ASUS last MWC 2018 at Barcelona, Spain. It has a 6″ 18:9 IPS display with 2160 x 1080 resolution, a Snapdragon 630/430 processor, a 32GB/64GB internal storage, a 3GB/4GB RAM, a 16MP + 120-degree wide-angle rear cameras, a 20MP + 120-degree wide-angle front cameras w/ LED flash, and a 3,300mAh battery.

Here are their detailed specs:

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro ASUS Zenfone 5 Lite (2018)
Display 5.99-inch 18:9 Full HD+ IPS display @ 2160 x 1080px 6-inch18:9 Full HD+ IPS display @ 2160 x 1080px
CPU 1.8Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630/430
GPU Adreno 509 Adreno 508/ 505
Memory – 64GB Internal Storage
– 4/6GB LPDDR4X RAM
-32GB/64GB internal storage
-3GB/4GB RAM
Camera -12MP Sony IMX 486 + 5MP rear camera with LED flash
-20MP Sony IMX 376 front camera with LED flash
-16MP + 120-degree wide-angle rear cameras
-20MP + 120-degree wide-angle front cameras w/ LED flash
Battery 4,000mAh battery with fast charging 3,300mAh battery
OS Android 7.1.2 Nougat with MIUI 9.2 Android 8.0 Oreo (ASUS ZenUI 5.0)

Here are the advantages of each smartphone:

ASUS Zenfone 5 Lite (2018)

+ Higher main rear camera resolution

+ Android 8.0 Oreo Out-of-the-box

+ Face Unlock

+ Dedicated microSD card slot

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro

+ Better performing CPU

+ Better performing GPU

+ Larger maximum RAM (6GB)

+ Larger battery capacity

+ IR Blaster

+ VoLTE support

DISPLAY

Both of the devices carry the same display setup making them on par with each other in this aspect. The 0.01″ difference is not much noticeable in real-world usage so we’ll just leave it as it is. In terms of viewing experience, either of them is a good pick for users who are fond of watching videos.

CPU AND GPU

The Zenfone 5 Lite has a Snapdragon 630 processor with an Adreno 508 GPU while the Note 5 Pro has a Snapdragon 636 with Adreno 509 one. If we base on the numbering scheme of Qualcomm’s processors, we can see that the higher the number, the more powerful the performance of a processor. This simply means that the latter has a better performing CPU as compared with the former.

The numbering scheme also applies to the Adreno GPUs which means that the Redmi Note 5 Pro has a better gaming potential than the Zenfone 5 Lite. Overall, if users want to have a better CPU and GPU performance, the Redmi Note 5 Pro  is the right pick.

CAMERA

The Zenfone 5 Lite has a quad camera set up while the Redmi Note 5 Pro has dual rear cameras with a single front camera. The former has higher main rear camera resolution than the latter. We’ll be releasing sample shots from both smartphones soon so stay tuned.

BATTERY

The Redmi Note 5 Pro has a higher battery capacity than the Zenfone 5 Lite. On paper, the former should have a longer battery life based on its display and processor specs. Then again, the verdict is not yet final on this aspect until we get results from battery benchmarking applications.

PRICE

The ASUS Zenfone 5 Lite (2018) is not yet officially priced while the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro is priced in the Indian market at Rs. 13,999 (~Php11,365) for the 4GB + 64GB variant and Rs. 16,999 (~Php13,801) for the 6GB + 64GB one.

If users like a smartphone with a dedicated microSD card slot, face unlock, and an Android 8.0 Oreo operating system right out of the box, then the Zenfone 5 Lite is the right choice. If they are inclined to performance and battery capacity, then the Redmi Note 5 Pro should be the right pick.

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