1Q2018 Mid-Range Comparo: ASUS ZenFone Max Plus Vs. Cloudfone Next Infinity Quattro

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Local brands have been stepping up their game in the past few months in order to stay competitive against foreign brands. A good example is Cloudfone with the Next Infinity Quattro. While their “flagship” phone offers decent specs, is it worth the 1K difference compared to its newest competitor in town—the ASUS ZenFone Max Plus? Let’s take a peek at their spec sheet:

ZenFone 4 Max Plus Specs
  • MediaTek 6750T Processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 5.7-inch 18:9 Full HD+ IPS Display, 2.5D curved glass, 2160 x 1080 resolution
  • 32GB of expandable storage (up to 256GB via MicroSD card)
  • 16-megapixel f/2.0 primary camera and 8-megapixel wide angle rear camera with PDAF
  • 8-megapixel f/2.0 front camera
  • 4G, LTE
  • Dual SIM
  • WiFi, Bluetooth
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Fingerprint Scanner
  • 4130mAh battery
  • Android Nougat (7.0) with ZenUI 4.0
  • Price: $238

Cloudfone Next Infinity Quattro Specs
  • 6GHz MediaTek Helio P25 octa-core processor
  • Mali-T880 GPU
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 6.0-inch HD+ Infinity Vision Display; 720 x 1440 pixels, 18:9 aspect ratio with Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • 64GB of expandable storage (up to 256GB)
  • 4G, LTE (700MHz Ready)
  • Dual SIM
  • 13-megapixel and 5-megapixel rear camera with PDAF, LED flash, 2x Optical zoom and Bokeh Effect
  • 20-megapixel and 8-megapixel front cameras with LED flash and portrait mode
  • WiFi, Bluetooth
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • 4010mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Price: $258

Internals: A modern SoC an easy win for the Next Infinity Quattro

While both use MediaTek processors, the Next Infinity Quattro’s P25 processor is no question way better and much modern than the ZenFone Max Plus M1’s MT6750T processor. Not to mention the Next Infinity Quattro offers a bigger internal storage at 64GB compared to the ZenFone Max Plus’ 32GB.

Display: Full HD over a bigger display

While the Next Infinity Quattro has a bigger display, do note that it is only HD+, making the ZenFone Max Plus M1’s smaller display better since it is a Full HD+ panel.

Camera: Are quad cams really that good?

The Next Infinity Quattro’s four-cam setup may look like be superior to the ZenFone Max Plus’ setup, but do note that the latter has more megapixels for its dual rear cameras compared to the one used in the Next Infinity Quattro. As for image quality, we will have to put the ZenFone Max Plus to the wringer to see if it does shoot better images than the Next Infinity Quattro.

Battery: The ZenFone Max Plus’ battery makes a difference

Even with a newer processor, the Next Infinity Quattro’s PCMark battery test result yielded a lower score compared to what we got on the ZenFone Max Plus M1. Aside from the bigger battery on the ZenFone Max Plus, ASUS’ ZenUI is more optimized compared to Cloudfone’s UI, which should explain the synthetic benchmark results we got. Another advantage with the ZenFone Max Plus is that it has fast charging, which means you can top up faster than usual.

Verdict: Local brands can hold their fort well

In all fairness, the Next Infinity Quattro offers better specs compared to the ZenFone Max Plus in some aspects. As for pricing, we still think that Cloudfone priced the Next Infinity Quattro competitively against the likes of the ZenFone Max Plus M1.

(unbox.ph, https://goo.gl/sdvNBr)

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