ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 vs Huawei Y9 2019 specs comparison

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 vs Huawei Y9 2019 specs comparison

A lot of readers are curious, even us, on what to choose between the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 and Huawei Y9 2019, the newest mid-range phones on the block. Well, it’s time to put them head-to-head, so let’s begin!

Here are their detailed specs:

SpecificationASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2Huawei Y9 2019
Display6.3-inch FHD+ IPS display @ 2280 x 1080px6.5-inch FHD+ IPS display @2340 x 1080px
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 660 1.95GHz octa-coreHiSilicon Kirin 710
GPUAdreno 512Mali-G51 MP4
MicroSDexpandable up to dedicated microSD card slotexpandable up to dedicated microSD card slot
Rear Camera12MP f/1.8 + 5MP dual rear cameras16MP f/2.0 + 2MP f/2.4 AI dual rear cameras
Front Camera13MP f/2.0 front camera13MP f/1.8 + 2MP f/2.4 dual front
SIMDual-nano SIMDual-nano SIM
WiFiWiFi 802.11 b/g/nWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo (Upgradable to Android Pie)EMUI 8.2 (Android 8.1 Oreo)
Biometrics- Fingerprint Scanner
- Face Unlock
- Fingerprint Scanner
- Face Unlock
Battery5,000mAh battery with flash charge4,000mAh battery

Here are their benchmark scores:

BenchmarkASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2Huawei Y9 2019
Geekbench 4Single-Core: 1,639
Multi-Core: 5,792
Single-Core: 1,599
Multi-Core: 5,452
3D MarkOpenGL ES 3.1: 1,229
Vulkan: 964
OpenGL ES 3.1: 947
Vulkan: 1,130
PC Mark (Work 2)6,1497,047
PC Mark Battery Test12 Hours 23 Minutes11 Hours 42 Minutes

Here are the advantages of each smartphone:

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2

  • Corning Gorilla Glass 6
  • Larger maximum RAM capacity
  • Better performing GPU (SSE – OpenGL ES 3.1)
  • Wider main rear camera aperture
  • Higher secondary rear camera resolution
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Longer battery life
  • Flash charge
  • Stock Android

Huawei Y9 2019

  • 3D Glass
  • Larger screen size
  • Taller screen aspect ratio
  • Better performing CPU
  • Better performing GPU (SSE – Vulkan)
  • Higher main rear camera resolution
  • Wider front camera aperture
  • Secondary front camera existence

For the display, the Y9 2019 has the upper-hand over the Max Pro M2 due to its larger screen size and taller aspect ratio. This means that people will have a better time watching and streaming videos with the former.


Based on the benchmark scores, the Y9 2019 performs better than the Max Pro M2 in terms of CPU power and gaming capabilities for the Vulkan API. The latter, on the other hand, has better performance for the OpenGL ES 3.1 format.

In case you’re wondering what’s the difference with the OpenGL ES 3.1 and Vulkan, they’re basically APIs used for performance and graphics development of applications. The former came first and is being used by the majority of games while the latter was developed a few years after which delivers better performance but has not yet reached the number of implementations like with the other one.

The Max Pro M2 comes with a wider rear camera aperture and a higher secondary camera resolution while the Y9 2019 has a higher main rear camera resolution and a wider front camera aperture. We’ve yet to test out their performance directly but here are some sample photos that I took on both devices. (ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 and Huawei Y9 2019)

Both phones come with above-average battery capacities, but the Max Pro M2 has a bigger battery setup than the Y9 2019. Our PCMark battery tests resulted with the former yielding a longer battery life. With this, it is clear who won in this aspect.

For this specs comparison, the decision is very much mixed. You can go with the ZenFone Max Pro M2 if you want to have a tougher screen, larger RAM, longer battery life, and the Stock Android experience. On the other hand, the Y9 2019 is the right pick for a better viewing experience, better performance, and if you are fond of taking selfies.

Here are the prices of each smartphone:

  • ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2:
    4GB + 64GB – PHP 12,995
    6GB + 64GB – PHP 14,995
  • Huawei Y9 2019 – PHP 12,990

What do you guys think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Vaughn is your go-to person when it comes to comparing gadgets especially smartphones. He's also a gamer by heart and the "Hackerman" of the team.

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2 Responses

  1. MiKHaiL says:

    I tHiNk i LiKe THe M2 tHe BesT. . I liKe tHe DesiGN aNd baTtEry CaPacity wiTh Its FlaSh ChaRge. .

  2. Armando T. Panelo says:

    In one of the shops I visited, while checking on the Asus Zenfone Max Pro m2, I found written on the box the words: “MADE IN CHINA.” I thought this smartphone is made in Taiwan?

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