Asus should soon launch its newest flagship device in India in the form of Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe. The device packs serious hardware, a huge 1080p 5.7-inch display, and a high-resolution, and 23MP camera. It should release during October, with the expected price of around Rs. 45,000. Let’s compare it with Xiaomi’s flagship for 2016, the Mi 5.

ZenFone 3 Deluxe

Design, Dimensions

Both phones look striking; Xiaomi with its ceramic body, gentle curves, and extremely thin bezels; Asus with its metal body, thin profile, thin bezels and interesting main camera design. Both phones sport an attractive modern industrial design.

Xiaomi Mi 5 is, of course, smaller in size since it packs a 5.15-inches screen compared to Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe and its huge 5.7-inch display. The Mi 5 is thinner (7.3 mm vs. 7.5 mm), narrower (69.2 mm vs. 77.4 mm) and smaller (144.6 mm vs. 156.4 mm).

Display, Hardware

Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe comes with a big and bright 1080p 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display, guaranteeing rich, saturated colors, and high brightness.

Xiaomi Mi 5 has a smaller, 5.15-inches IPS LCD 1080p display; in comparison to Super AMOLED, IPS LCD displays offer better-viewing angles and more natural colors.

The Zenfone 3 Deluxe features Snapdragon 820 (2×2.15 GHz Kryo & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo along with Adreno 530 GPU), 6 GB of RAM, and 64 gigabytes of expandable internal storage.

Xiaomi Mi 5 also comes with Snapdragon 820, but with different clock speeds, depending on the edition. Standard Edition comes with 3 gigs of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage and a slower version of the chipset (2×1.8 GHz Kryo & 2×1.36 GHz Kryo along with Adreno 530 GPU); Prime Edition has 3 GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal storage and a standard CPU clock (2×2.15 GHz Kryo & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo); Pro edition has the same clock speed as the Prime edition, but it comes with 4 gigabytes of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. In all three cases, internal storage can’t be expanded.

xiaomi mi5
Xiaomi Mi5


Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe has a whopping 23MP (f/2.0) main camera, supporting OIS, laser autofocus and having dual-LED flash; the camera is capable of 4K (2160p) video recording. Selfie one counts 8 MP (f/2.0).

Xiaomi Mi 5 comes with a solid 16 MP (f/2.0) main snapper with OIS and dual-LED flash, but without laser autofocus. It is capable of recording 4K video @30fps. The front-facing camera has a 4 MP (f/2.0).


Asus put 3000 mAh battery inside the Zenfone 3 Deluxe; not very big, regarding the phone’s screen size, but it should be enough for one day of use.

Xiaomi Mi 5 comes with a 3000 mAh battery; it has the same capacity as the one found on the Zenfone 3 Deluxe, but since the Mi 5 packs a smaller screen, it should be more than enough.

Both phones pack a fingerprint sensor and come with Android Marshmallow. We still don’t know the exact price the Zenfone 3 Deluxe will come with, but rumors tell us that it should be around Rs. 45,000. The Mi 5 can be bought for Rs. 24,999 (32 GB version). All in all, Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe looks like a proper powerhouse, but for us to recommend it we would have to know its retail price. If the phone debuts with a price tag of around Rs. 45,000 the device will be just too expensive for what it offers.