While Chinese handset makers have found a liking toward the native market, none has made that big an impact as that of Xiaomi. Indeed, the company has been playing on the front foot with handsets such as the Mi 3 and the Redmi 1S.
Straight out of the popularity garnered by its Redmi 1S handset, Xiaomi has now released the brand new Redmi Note in India with specs that were previously unreal for a handset in its price tag. Another smartphone maker, Asus, is also in the mix, however, with the Zenfone 5.
So if we were to take both these handsets and pit them against each other, who do you think will come as the final winner? Here's a purely specs-wise comparison of both the handsets.
Xiaomi Redmi Note Vs Asus Zenfone 5: Operating System
As you might expect, both the handsets come running the Android operating system. However, there's a difference. While the Redmi Note comes with a dated Android Jelly Bean running inside, the new Zenfone 5 comes with the latest Android KitKat OS.
Xiaomi Redmi Note Vs Asus Zenfone 5: Display and Dimensions
The Xiaomi Redmi Note sports a 5.5-inch IPS LCD capacitive touch screen, while rendering 1280 x 720 pixels resolution. The device's overall dimensions measure up to 154 x 78.7 x 9.5, while it weighs in at 199g.
The Zenfone 5, on the other hand, sports a 5-inch IPS capacitive touch screen, while rendering 720 x 1280 pixels resolution. The device's overall dimensions measure up to 148.2 x 72.8 x 5.5 mm, while it weighs in at 145g.
Xiaomi Redmi Note Vs Asus Zenfone 5: Camera
The Xiaomi Redmi Note, in terms of camera, offers a 13-megapixel primary camera, sporting a pixel resolution of 4128 x 3096 pixels, with autofocus and LED flash. There's also a secondary 5-megapixel camera at the front.
The Asus Zenfone 5, on the other hand, sports an 8-megapixel primary camera, again sporting a pixel resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels, with autofocus and LED flash. The device also has a secondary 2-megapixel snapper up front that's more than enough for conducting video chats and snapping quality selfies.
Xiaomi Redmi Note Vs Asus Zenfone 5: Processor
While the Redmi Note is equipped with a 1.7 GHz octa core Cortex A-7 processor, its Asus counterpart powers up the Zenfone 5 via a slightly lesser 1.2 GHz Dual core Intel Atom Z2520 Processor with Intel Hyper Threading Technology.
Xiaomi Redmi Note Vs Asus Zenfone 5: Storage and RAM
The Xiaomi Redmi Note, in this respect, offers 2GB of RAM, with the device arriving in 8GB memory variant. However, there's the option to expand the device's memory further up to another 32GB.
The Asus Zenfone 5, on the other hand, offers a lesser 1GB RAM while offering the device in 8GB internal memory variant. There's also the option to expand the device's memory further up to 64GB.
Xiaomi Redmi Note Vs Asus Zenfone 5: Battery
While the Xiaomi Redmi Note juices up the device via a massive 3200 mAh battery, the Asus Zenfone 5 is powered by a lesser yet equally powerful 2500 mAh battery.
Xiaomi Redmi Note Vs Asus Zenfone 5: Price
While the Xiaomi Redmi Note has been made available at a price tag of Rs. 8,999, the Asus Zenfone 5 has been priced similarly at Rs. 8,999.
Xiaomi Redmi Note Vs Asus Zenfone 5: Verdict
With both the handsets falling exactly under the same price quotient, it can be seen how much focus has been placed on the budget segment of the market. However, if we were to find a winner out of the two, it has to be said that the Xiaomi-made Redmi Note has better goods on offer. And with its 2GB of RAM, big battery and even a better camera, the Redmi Note easily takes the cake.