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ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 vs Xiaomi Mi A2 specs comparison

The power of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 is now more accessible thanks to the likes of the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 and Xiaomi Mi A2. These two devices offer premium mid-range performance without breaking the bank, so we’re comparing the specs of these two devices to see which one is the better pick. Let’s begin!

Here are their detailed specs:

SpecificationASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2Xiaomi Mi A2
Display6.3-inch FHD+ IPS display @ 2280 x 1080px5.99-inch FHD+ LTPS display @ 2160 x 1080px
Glass ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 6Corning Gorilla Glass 5
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 660 1.95GHz octa-coreQualcomm Snapdragon 660 2.2GHz octa-core
GPUAdreno 512Adreno 512
MicroSDexpandable up to dedicated microSD card slotn/a
Rear Camera12MP f/1.8 + 5MP dual rear cameras12 MP f/1.75 + 20 MP f/1.75 dual rear cameras
Front Camera13MP f/2.0 front camera20MP f/1.8 front camera
SIMDual-nano SIMDual-nano SIM
WiFiWiFi 802.11 b/g/nWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
PortmicroUSBUSB Type-C
3.5mm audio portYesNo
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo (Upgradable to Android Pie)Android One (Android 8.1 Oreo) (Upgradable to Android Pie)
Biometrics- Fingerprint Scanner
- Face Unlock
- Fingerprint Scanner
- Face Unlock
Battery5,000mAh battery with flash charge3,010mAh battery
175 g168 g

Here are their benchmark scores:

BenchmarkASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2Xiaomi Mi A2
Geekbench 4Single-Core: 1,639
Multi-Core: 5,792
Single-Core: 1,653
Multi-Core: 4,836
3D MarkOpenGL ES 3.1: 1,229
Vulkan: 964
OpenGL ES 3.1: 1,269
Vulkan: 1,035
PC Mark (Work 2)6,1496,756
PC Mark Battery Test12 Hours 23 Minutes7 Hours and 44 Minutes

Here are the advantages of each smartphone:

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2

  • Corning Gorilla Glass 6
  • Larger screen size
  • Taller screen aspect ratio
  • Better performance (multi-core)
  • Dedicated microSD card slot
  • 3.5mm audio port
  • Longer battery life

Xiaomi Mi A2

  • Better performance (overall)
  • Higher maximum storage capacity
  • Wider rear camera aperture
  • Higher secondary rear camera resolution
  • Higher front camera resolution
  • Wider front camera aperture
  • USB Type-C
  • Included in the Android One program

The ZenFone Max Pro M2 carries a larger screen size with a taller aspect ratio which is more ideal for people who are fond of watching videos. When it comes to glass protection, both the M2 and the Mi A2 are equipped with Gorilla Glass but the former has the latest model as compared to the latter. 

Although both powered by Snapdragon 660 chipsets, they’re not identical as the Mi A2 has a higher clock speed. The benchmark scores also showed that the Mi A2 is better overall (AnTuTu, PC Mark, Geekbench) but what’s weird is that the Max Pro M2 has a better multi-core performance. Don’t worry though as these differences are not noticeable in real life especially if you’re a casual user.

For gaming, both devices have the same GPU that can run moderate-to-heavy graphic games. People can choose any of these smartphones and still win in this aspect.

Mi A2 dominates the Max Pro M2 in terms of camera resolutions and apertures. When shooting in low-light conditions, the former is the more viable pick since it has a wider aperture. We can’t determine yet which one is better in terms of overall quality but if you want us to do a camera comparison, let us know in the comments below.

In the meantime, take a look at the sample shots we took on both devices here. (ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 and Xiaomi Mi A2)

Battery performance is already decided given the Max Pro M2’s larger battery capacity and battery benchmark score. So if you want something that can last you a whole day of heavy usage, you know what to pick.

Both devices are using stock Android but the Mi A2’s advantage is its inclusion in the Android One program which means that it will receive security updates directly from Google.

Here are the prices of each smartphone:

  • ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 4GB + 64GB – PHP 12,995
  • ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 6GB + 64GB – PHP 14,995
  • Xiaomi Mi A2 4GB + 64GB – PHP 13,990
  • Xiaomi Mi A2 6GB + 128GB – PHP 17,990

If you are fond of taking photos, updating your device’s software, USB Type-C, and better overall smartphone performance, then the Mi A2 is the right pick for you. However, if you are into watching videos, playing games, and in need of a long battery life, then the Max Pro M2 is the right choice.

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

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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.

2 Responses

  1. Avatar for Jayson Jayson says:

    Maaan, maybe after my max pro reaches a year, I’ll switch to xiaomi. I see Asus getting sloppier with their phones lately.

  2. Avatar for James Nick James Nick says:

    I think Asus wins this one.

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