Prospective buyers who are looking to upgrade from a budget phone to a mid-range smartphone have some great options to choose from. Micromax YU Yureka, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G, Motorola Moto G (Gen 2) and Lenovo A6000 are a few brands that have gained immense popularity in India in just a few months.
All the four brands made their debut in India via flash sales on online stores. Among them only two brands Moto G (Gen 2.) and Redmi Note 4G are being made available through open sales thanks to Motorola and Xiaomi's pro-consumer initiatives to streamlining their assembling plants to meet the demand in the subcontinent.
To get a better perspective on these phones, we have briefly described the key specifications of Micromax YU Yureka, Redmi Note 4G, Moto G (Gen 2.) and Lenovo A6000.
The new Micromax YU Yureka sports a 5.5-inch HD (720x1280p) screen with 80-degree viewing angle. Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G, too flaunts a similar 5.5-inch HD screen.
On the other hand, the new 2014 edition Moto G sports a 5.0-inch HD (1280x720p) display with a pixel density of 294 ppi (pixels per inch) and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 shield.
Lenovo A6000 too boasts same HD 1280x720p resolution display, with pixel density of 294 ppi.
Processor, RAM and storage capacity:
In this aspect, Micromax YU Yureka closely edges past all its rivals thanks to advanced 64-bit class CPU.
Micromax houses the new generation64-bit class based Snapdragon 615 Octa-core SoC (System on Chip), manufactured by the industry leader, Qualcomm.
One advantage of having 64-bit processor is that the phone performance and RAM management will more optimised and efficiently used for the apps. Users are less likely to face a lag during multi-tasking.
Secondly, new Android applications starting this year will roll-out with 64-bit architecture compliant codes, making YU Yureka future-proof. Snapdragon 615 chipset comes with H.265/High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) which enables in faster computational operations.
It is aptly backed by Adreno 405 graphics engine, 2GB DDR3 RAM and 16GB inbuilt memory with an option of expansion up to 32GB via microSD card.
Though Lenovo features 64-bit class chipset, the Snapdragon 410 series is a quad-core based processor and is backed by 1GB RAM.
[Note: More the cores in the CPU, more efficiently the device works and less the lag while performing multiple tasks or playing power intensive games.]
Whereas Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G and Motorola Moto G (Gen 2) houses older generation Snapdragon 400 series processor but vary in clock rates. The former ships with 2GB RAM , whereas the latter houses 1GB RAM.
All the devices come with expandable storage up to 32GB.
Camera specifications details:
Micromax YU Yureka packs a 13.0-megapixel camera with Sony Exmor RS sensor, Blue-lens architecture, 5-physical element lens, f/2.2 aperture, 75.4 degree wide-angle, full HD (1080p) resolution recording, LED flash and a pretty decent 5.0-megapixel camera with 71-degree angle lens, which is certain to cheer selfie enthusiasts.
On the other hand, Redmi Note 4G houses a 13.0-megapixel main camera with LED flash, HDR, , auto-focus, 4x digital zoom, full HD video recording and on the front, they come packed with 5.0-megapixel camera.
Lenovo A6000 houses an 8.0-megapixel main camera and a front-facing 2.0-megapixel camera.
Motorola Moto G (Gen 2.) too houses an 8.0-megapixel camera on the rear side with LED flash, Auto Focus, Slow Motion Video, Burst Mode, Auto HDR, Panorama, Tap to Focus, HD (720p) video recording ability and a 2.0-megapixel snapper on the front side with HD video recording ability.
Mobile operating system:
In this aspect, Micromax smartphone comes on top thanks to feature-rich Cyanogen custom Android OS.
CyanogenMod takes Android experience to next level like no other Custom ROM developer does. They provide almost unlimited custom features and making it most popular aftermarket firmware in the world and reportedly have 12 million plus subscribers across the globe.
Advantages of using Cyanogen OS include option to remove any app (even the pre-loaded ones which come with the phone), enhanced performance, better RAM management, regular security updates [case in point POODLE vulnerability fix released last month], quick settings configuration option, regular monthly update, privacy guard (gives users the control to what the applications can learn about you and your contacts),Global Blacklist (gives users the ability to flag telemarketers, robo-callers, annoying people and blacklist them) and many other customization options.
[Note: It is learnt that Micromax YU Yureka will be the first device among all Android phones in the world to get custom CyanogenMod series Android 5.0 Lollipop OS. That's not all. Yureka will get monthly OTA (Over-The-Air) updates there-after and the company warranty will not get void, even if user roots (unlock) the phone.]
Redmi Note 4G's too boasts feature-rich tweaked Android OS with MIUI. This refreshing interface can be referred as a hybrid between Android and iOS which is not at all complex, it is simple and yet visually appealing.
Xiaomi is one of the very few OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers) partners of Google, who are quick with releasing software updates, that's not all, they also listen to fans on official forums and release regular software patches soon after a bug is reported.
USP of Motorola Moto G (Gen 2) is that it runs on the pure Android stock OS and recently got update to the latest Android 5.0.2 Lollipop in India.
On the other hand, Lenovo A6000 runs on Android 4.4 KitKat OS with Custom Vibe 2.0 UI. Good news is that it is guaranteed to get the Android 5.0 Lollipop update in coming weeks.
Price is one of the most important aspects of this comparison article as it drives the decisions of the price-sensitive middle class and the working youth population, which form the biggest chunk of the India's demography.
Micromax YU Yureka and Lenovo A6000 come with a price-tag of just ₹8,999 and ₹6,999. They are sold exclusively on Amazon India and Flipkart. Only complaint among prospective buyers is that the companies still haven't able to bridge the gap between demand and supply. Both the devices get sold out within seconds and to rub salt on the wounds, some miscreants sell these devices on free online classified sites like OLX, Quikr and others for exorbitant prices.
However, Moto G (Gen 2) and Redmi Note 4G are easily available on Flipkart via open sale. Prospective buyers need not go through the cumbersome registration process. They can get their hands on these smartphones anytime for ₹12,999 (HERE) and ₹9,999 (HERE) respectively.
Xiaomi in collaboration with Airtel also sells Redmi Note 4G every Friday at select network carrier shops across India.
[Read more: Get Your Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G at Airtel Stores]
Battery-life issue apart, Asus Zenfone 5 series (more information, HERE) is also popular among mid-range smartphone buyers.
Key specifications of Micromax YU Yureka, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G, Motorola Moto G (Gen 2) and Lenovo A6000:
|Models||Micromax YU Yureka||Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G||Motorola Moto G (Gen 2)||Lenovo A6000|
||5.0-inch HD (720x1280p) Screen with Gorilla Glass 3 shield||5.0-inch HD (1280x720p) IPS screen|
|OS||CyanogenMod Android 4.4.4 KitKat based CM11 series[It is guaranteed to be the first smartphone to get custom Lollipop 5.0 OS among all Android phones]||Android v4.4 KitKat with custom MIUI
|Android v4.4.4 KitKat [Android 5.0 Lollipop update released in India]||Android 4.4.2 KitKat with custom Lenovo Vibe UI v2.0 [Android 5.0 Lollipop update confirmed]|
|Processor||64-bit class Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 [MSM 8939]series Octa-core [Quad-core 1.7GHz ARM Cortex A53 + quad-core 1.0GHz A53] CPU||
||1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 series quad-core processor||64-bit class 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 CPU [Chipset: MSM8916]|
||450 MHz Adreno 305||Adreno 306|
|Storage Capacity||16GB, expandable up to 32GB||8GB, expandable up to 32GB||16GB, expandable up to 32GB||8GB, expandable up to 32GB|
|Battery||2500 mAh (Lithium-Polymer)
[Average phone usage details]
|3100 mAh (Li-Ion Polymer);
||2070 mAh||2300 mAh|
|Network||3G & 4G-LTE (Cat. 4): 150mbps/50mbps (Download/Upload speed)||2G (GSM), 3G (WCDMA) & 4G [optional model with TDD-LTE 2300MHz (Band 40) and FDD-LTE 1800MHz (Band 3)]||3G||4G|
|Add-ons||Dual-SIM (4G+3G micro slots) slots, Curved body design, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth v4.0, A-GPS, Micro-USB, FM Radio;Special mention: Warranty not void on Rooting, OTA (Over-The-Air) updates every month||Dual-SIM slots (WCDMA:3G & GSM: 2G), 4G Model (Single-SIM), Bluetooth v4.0 (with LE, A2DP), micro-USB v2.0 (OTG), GPRS/EDGE, microSD card slot,||Dual-SIM (optional) slots, Bluetooth v4.0 (LE), Wi-Fi (802.11 ac), front-facing speakers||Dual-SIM (type: Micro) slots, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, A-GPS, USB port|
|Dimensions||154.8 x 78.0 x 6.0-8.8 (width) mm||154.0 x 78.7 x 9.5 mm||141.5 x 10.99 x 70.7 mm||141.0 x 70.0 x 8.2 mm|
|Weight||N/A||199 g||149||128 g|