When Xiaomi announced Redmi Note 4G variant in India back in November, it was the cheapest 4G LTE phone in India and was priced Rs 9999. But things changed when Micromax announced their first Yu series smartphone, the YUREKA powered by Cyanogen and also came with support for 4G LTE in India. And the most important aspect of YUREKA is that it has slightly better specs than Redmi Note 4G and is priced Rs 1000 less.
Although 4G LTE penetration in India is extremely low, things are going to change in 2015 and taking this in consideration, Lenovo announced their new budget 4G phone, the A6000 at the CES 2015. Spec wise, the A6000 might not match up with YUREKA or the Redmi Note, but according to sources, the phone is likely to be priced lower than both the devices.
In this post, we take a look at the specs of these three budget 4G phones and see how they stack up.
Here is a quick specs comparison of the three smartphones.
While all the three devices sports HD IPS display, the Lenovo A6000 has smaller display at 5 inches and hence it has the highest ppi. So its a personal choice on whether you want a bigger display or a smaller 5 inch on A6000. Unless we test all the three devices, we cannot really comment on the display performance including the touch experience.
YUREKA has the best processor in the form of Snapdragon 615, the Octa Core processor with 2GB RAM, while the Redmi Note has the popular Snapdragon 400 with 2GB RAM and A6000 has Snapdragon 410 with 1GB RAM. Since there is 2GB RAM on Redmi Note and YUREKA performance is pretty good, we need to see how Vibe UI 2.0 performs on A6000 with 1GB RAM.
Lenovo A6000 and YUREKA comes with dual SIM cards. In a market like India where there is huge demand for dual SIM phones, the Redmi Note comes with only one SIM card slot. The YUREKA also wins in the internal storage offered at 16GB, while the other two comes with 8GB. All the three devices have micro SD card expansion slot with Redmi Note supporting upto 64GB.
All the three devices have Android 4.4 KitKat and run custom UI. While Lenovo A6000 has Vibe UI 2.0 and Redmi Note has MIUI 5.0, YUREKA runs on Cyanogen OS based on KitKat. While YUREKA will receive Android Lollipop, there is no such confirmation from the other two companies. All the three custom UI offer variety of customization option which are not found on core Android and also comes with themes support. Look wise, we would say that MIUI looks a bit more polished, but again it is a personal choice on UI.
On the imaging aspect, the YUREKA wins with 13MP rear camera and 8MP front camera. Redmi Note is close behind with 13MP rear camera and 5MP camera for selfies. The Redmi Note has a really good camera and as per the first impressions, the YUREKA too has a good camera for its pricing. Now will the 8MP camera on A6000 match up with the other two is something we will have to wait and see once the phone releases in India.
this is one area where the Redmi Note has an edge as it ships with a massive 3100mAh battery and it does good performance. YUREKA and A6000 have 2500 and 2300mAh capacity. While the 2500 on YUREKA has to power a 5.5 inch display, A6000 has only 5 inch display. But having said that the Vibe X2 with Vibe 2.0 didn’t have a great battery life.
Now we have to wait for the pricing of Lenovo A6000 to see how it competes with the two and see if it really is a value for money 4G phone. We will have more on these devices coming soon including unboxing and reviews.