The year 2015 is really proving to be a thrilling year for the Indian budget smartphone enthusiasts. Every month, the smartphone market witnesses some new smartphones, leaving the enthusiasts more confused about which one they should go for.
In the beginning of the year, Lenovo brought its budget 4G smartphone A6000 to India; and within a month's time, Xiaomi unveiled its budget smartphone Redmi 2. Following this, Motorola launched its budget smartphone series Moto E's successor in 3G and 4G variant and on 12 May Indian smartphone maker Micromax launched Yu Yuphoria. Surprisingly, all the four smartphones come up in the same price bracket. If you're willing to buy any of them, here is the comparison of specifications for you:
Design and Build
Unlike the three other models, YU Yuphoria features a metal frame around the body that makes the phone look much better for its price. The Moto E2, Redmi 2, and A6000, all have used plastic for exterior casing, but have distinct looks. The Moto E2 features a non-removable rubberised casing chassis with rounded side and corners.
The Redmi 2 and A6000 both use matte plastic, which doesn't look as solid as Moto E2's back panel but for added superior finish and ruggedness, we are bound to appreciate the Yu Yuphoria's design language.
[Read More: Xioami Redmi 2 Review]
Display is considered as the most important part of a smartphone and all the models score well in that category.
Except Moto E2, the other three smartphones feature an HD display across different display sizes. The Moto E2 features a 540x960 pixels resolution, 244.8 PPI, which works well in real life consumption, but considering the latest trend, the 540P (called as qHD or Quarter HD), it feels a bit dated.
Redmi 2 and A6000 both feature a 720P display, but differ in size and PPI count. While Redmi 2 houses a 4.7-inch display, A6000 boasts a slightly bigger 5 inch display. In PPI count, Redmi 2 scores slightly higher with its 312.5PPI in contrast to A6000's 293.7PPI.
On the other hand, Yu Yuphoria boasts a similar 5 inch 720p display overlaid with a Corning Gorilla glass 3 protection.
[Read More: Lenovo A6000 Review]
Processor and RAM
Coming to the most interesting part of the comparison, except Moto E2 3G edition, all the three smartphones feature identical 1.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 410 SoC inside; but in RAM segment, Yu Yuphoria beats the other two by packing a 2GB RAM in comparison with their 1GB RAM memory. On the other hand, the Moto E2 3G edition offers a Snapdragon 200 SoC with 1GB of RAM memory.
In AnTuTU Benchmarking score, Lenovo A6000, Xiaomi Redmi 2 and Moto E 2nd Generation scored 20807, 20376, and 17748. Though we haven't benchmarked Yu Yuphoria as yet, we speculate it should be somewhere around 21,000-22,000.
In this segment, Yu Yuphoria and Moto E 2 excels above the other two by featuring the latest Android operating system. While Yu Yuphoria runs on Android 5.0 L based Cyanogen OS 12, the Moto E2 runs on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop out of the box.
Lenovo A6000 and Xiaomi Redmi 2 runs on Android 4.4 Kitkat overlaid with their respective homemade UI skins. Lenovo has already declared to roll out the Lollipop OTA soon, but Xiaomi is yet to speak up on that.
In this department, the Moto E2 stands inferior for the on paper specification. In comparison to Xiaomi, Lenovo and YU's 8MP rear camera, Moto E2 packs a 5MP camera. On the front, the Redmi 2 and A6000 packs an 2MP camera in comparison with Yuphoria's 5MP front camera. The Moto E2's front VGA camera again stands below the competition.
Battery and Storage
Yuphoria, Redmi 2, A6000 and Moto E2 is powered by 2,230, 2,200, 2,300 and a 2,390 mAh battery respectively. Considering the low resolution smaller low resolution display, latest operating system and low specification helps Moto E2 to offer great battery life more than the rest.
In our real life test, Redmi 2 lasted around a day from a fully-charged state. While putting the brightness level to highest and connected through 3G and Wi-Fi, Redmi 2 lasted around little more than 16 hours. But the pattern might reduce if you install 4G SIM into the device.
While Lenovo A6000 lasted around 18 hours in mixed usage of watching a 2-hour movie, 3 hours music, 3 hours in Wi-Fi and rest in 3G, calling and texting is not bad, but not great as well.
In storage, Yuphoria is the only smartphone to offer 16GB in-built memory for the price, but it lacks the essential Micro SD card slot. The rest of the three smartphones packs 8GB in-built memory with expandability support.
If you care for a better display and performance, we would recommend buy anyone among Yuphoria, Redmi 2, and A6000. We would particularly appreciate Yuphoria for offering double the memory and RAM in a great looking body.