If you are in search of a mid-range segment smartphone, there are plenty of smartphones available in the market. These smartphones offer advanced hardware, dual rear cameras, high-resolution cum bezel-less display, latest operating system and more. Here is a list of recently launched smartphones that are available for purchase in India under Rs 20,000.

Smartphones Comparison

Honor 9N, Redmi Note 5 Pro, and Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 are the best options to choose from mid-range segment category. Here we are providing the comparison between all three smartphones in terms of specification, design, display, and price. You can choose one among them which suits your budget.

Honor 9N Vs Redmi Note 5 Pro Vs Zenfone Max Pro M1: Quick Specification

Honor 9N

Redmi Note 5 Pro

ZenFone Max Pro M1

Release Date

June 2018

February 2018

April 2018

Battery capacity (mAh)




Weight (g)




Dimensions (mm)

149.20 x 71.80 x 7.70

158.60 x 75.40 x 8.05

159.00 x 76.00 x 8.46

Screen size (inches) 5.84 5.99 5.99
Resolution 1080×2280 pixels 1080×2160 pixels 1080×2160 pixels
Processor 2.36GHz octa-core 1.8GHz octa-core 1.8GHz octa-core
Internal Storage 64GB 64GB 32GB
Expandable storage 256GB 128GB 2000GB
Rear Camera 13+2megapixel 12+5megapixel 13+5megapixel
Rear Flash LED LED Yes
Front camera 16-megapixel 20-megapixel 8-megapixel
Front Flash LED Yes
Operating System Android 8.0 Android 8.1 Oreo Android 7.1.1
Skin EMUI 8.0 MIUI 9
Starting Price Rs. 11,999 Rs. 14,999 Rs. 10,999

Difference Between Price, RAM, Storage Capacity and Availability

It is worth noting that the price of the smartphones varies from RAM and storage options. The Honor 9N comes with a price tag of Rs 11,999 for base variant while the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 is retailing at a price tag of 10,999 which is cheaper than the Honor 9N. Lastly, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro has been priced at Rs 14,999 for the base variant and 16,999 for the top spec variant.

Price of smartphones

Redmi Note 5 Pro is available in two storage options: 4GB RAM+64GB internal storage and 6GB RAM+64GB internal storage, while the Honor 9N is made available in 3GB/4GB RAM and 32GB/ 64GB/128GB internal storage. Amongst all three smartphones, Honor 9N is the only smartphone which comes with more internal storage i.e., 128GB which is also considered as the most expensive variant retailing at a price tag of Rs 17,999.

Lastly, Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 is available in three storage variants including 3 GB RAM + 32 GB Internal Storage, 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage and 6GB RAM +64GB Internal Storage.

Honor 9N, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 are made available at Flipkart and company official website via the flash sale. One must note that Flash sale is conducted by Flipkart at regular interval to sell the high in demand mid-range segment smartphones to the customers.

Difference Between Design and Display

The Huawei Honor 9N looks stunning in the shiny glass back panel and featuring a 5.84 Full HD+ IPS LCD display upfront along with 19:9 aspect ratio and with the screen resolution of 1,080×2,160 pixels. The Honor 9N has a notch on the top of the display which houses front-facing camera, speakers.

Display Comparison

Further, both Redmi Note 5 Pro and Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 feature a 5.99 inch Full HD+ IPS LCD Display, 18:9 aspect ratio and a screen resolution of 2,160×1,080 pixels. These smartphones have a bezel-less display while there is no notch available in the Asus and Redmi smartphone.

The most common feature in all three smartphones that all of them having a full-HD + IPS LCD display. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 have a metallic unibody design while the Honor 9N comes with a glass back panel.

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Difference Between Hardware, Battery and Software

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 and Redmi Note 5 Pro are powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC and Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC respectively. On another hand, Huawei Honor 9N is powered by an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 659 SoC.

Smartphones Battery

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1, Redmi Note 5 Pro and Honor 9N have a battery backup of 5000 mAh, 4000 mAh and 3000 mAh respectively. Amongst them, Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 is bundled with a massive 5000 mAh battery as compared to other smartphones.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro was launched with Android Nougat-out of the box but it has received an Android Oreo Software Update after the launch of the smartphone. Both, Zenfone Max Pro M1 and Honor 9N comes with advanced Android Oreo Operating System but the latter is based on EMUI 8.0.

Difference Between Cameras

All three smartphones have dual cameras on the rear panel that is been trending these days in the smartphone industry. Starting with Honor 9N which packs 13MP + 2MP sensors on the rear panel featuring Auto Phase detection, while, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with 12MP+5MP sensors.

Lastly, the Zenfone Max Pro M1 features a 13MP primary sensor + 5MP secondary sensor. It must be noted that the Zenfone’s high-end 6GB RAM storage variant comes with a 16MP primary sensor.

smartphones camera comparison

Up front, the Honor 9N, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 have a 16MP, 20MP, 8MP camera sensors respectively. It must be noted that High- end 6GB RAM variant of Zenfone Max Pro features a 16MP front-facing camera instead of 8MP. Asus and Xiaomi smartphones have an LED flash in the front camera while it is not available in the Honor 9N.

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So, apparently, we have cleared out all the common differences in all the 3 smartphones and have shown the specs side by side to compare them with each other. One can cross check all the details and decide his choice and the company he prefers.

Although all the mobiles have locked their horns with each other, we still believe that the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 leads all the three mobiles. In the comparison, the Asus offers specs better or comparatively equal to the other three smartphones but comes with a cheaper price tag at INR 14,999 for a 6GB version which really impresses the customer fraternity.

Also one must note down that the Asus comes with a stock Android version of OS, which is a better option among the three smartphones due to its clutter-free user interface. Overall Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 wins the race for the best budget mid-range smartphone of the 2018 award but its all the priority of the person buying the smartphone.

Even Though all the 3 companies i.e. Xiaomi, Asus and Huawei are top rated smartphone companies but still, it is the specs and hardware that matters the most. These days there are a lot of models coming out and to choose between them requires a wise decision as the smartphone becomes a companion for at least a year if not more than this time period.