If you are looking for a budget smartphone priced under Rs. 10,000 in India, there are plenty smartphones that offer great value. While the premium flagship smartphone market is dominated by the likes of Apple, Samsung and others, the budget-smartphone category is flooded with options from companies like Lenovo, Coolpad, Xiaomi, Motorola, Micromax, YU and others.
To pick out the suitable handset depending on your usage, here is a comparison of Coolpad Note 3, Lenovo Vibe P1m and YU Yureka Plus that come with great price-to-performance ratio. We will look at individual specifications of each smartphone to see which handset offers the most value for your money.
Coolpad Note 3 and Lenovo P1m both pack HD screens with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution but with different screen sizes. The Lenovo Vibe P1m display, which measures 5 inches, is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 and the Coolpad Note 3 offers a 5.5-inch screen with 178-degree viewing angle. YU Yureka Plus also packs a 5.5-inch screen with higher screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and 401ppi. The YU smartphone has Gorilla Glass 3 protected with a layer of oleophobic coating to avoid smudges.
In this category, YU's Yureka Plus clearly comes out as a winner but if resolution does not concern you, both Lenovo and Coolpad smartphones offer a decent display quality.
Lenovo P1m features an 8MP primary camera with LED flash, while Coolpad Note 3 and Yureka Plus come with 13-megapixel primary shooters. The Coolpad Note 3 camera has an f/2.0 aperture and LED while Yureka Plus offers f/2.2 aperture, which is essential in deciding how much light the lenses allow inside the camera.
Yureka Plus' primary camera has a Sony IMX214 sensor, 5-element lens and LED flash and the Coolpad Note 3 has a 5-element HD lens with LED flash.
All three phones have the same 5-megapixel front facing cameras for your selfies.
Pixels do not translate to great images but a lot of factors such as aperture and angles of the lens play a vital role. Real world comparison of these handsets' cameras will give a better conclusion but Coolpad Note 3 seems to offer a reasonably better camera than other two rivals.
Under the hood
Lenovo P1m is powered by a MediaTek MT6735P quad-core processor, which is backed by 2GB RAM and 16GB expandable memory. Yureka Plus, on the other hand, is powered by a 1.7GHz octa-core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB expandable storage. Finally, Coolpad Note 3 comes with a 1.3GHz 64-bit Mediatek MT6753 octa-core processor, 3GB RAM and 16GB expandable memory.
Comparatively, YU Yureka Plus and Coolpad Note 3 have better on-paper specs than Lenovo P1m. The 3GB RAM in Coolpad Note 3 contributes greatly and the faster processor in the Yureka Plus ensures lag-free performance. Once again, it is hard to draw conclusions without actually testing the products in real time.
Lenovo P1m finally triumphs over its rivals as the handset packs a powerful 4,000mAh battery with fast charge technology. Coolpad Note 3 takes the second spot with its reasonably big 3,000mAh battery while Yureka Plus comes last with its 2,500mAh unit.
Lenovo P1m will clearly outbid Coolpad Note 3 and Yureka Plus in terms of battery life but Coolpad is not too far away from delivering a decent life to its handset.
Coolpad Note 3 wins this category with its one-touch fingerprint scanner on the rear side of the device. The handset also features dual SIM, 4G LTE support, latest Android software just like Lenovo P1m and Yureka Plus.
Fingerprint scanner is usually found on high-end smartphones and Coolpad's offering in the Note 3 is irresistible.
Price and availability
Lenovo Vibe P1m is available exclusively on Flipkart at a low price of Rs. 7,999. It is the cheapest handset in the lot, so any shortcomings can be explained with its price.
However, YU Yureka Plus and Coolpad Note 3 cost Rs. 8,999 and available exclusively on Amazon India. The next sale for Coolpad Note 3 is set for 3 November and registrations are open now. But if patience is not one of your strongest suits, Yureka Plus is openly available with any flash sales on Amazon India.