In India, the price of a smartphone is considered as the prime factor for choosing any smartphone, and most customers go for devices around the range of Rs 10,000.
Smartphone manufacturers like Micormax, Spice, Karbonn and others have already rolled out several smartphones in this price range. But when Xiaomi launched Redmi Note in the market, there was hardly any competitor for the budget-device. Later, Micromax brought a potential smartphone, Yu Yureka, with more powerful hardware combination in a little less price. And recently, Taiwanese smartphone-maker HTC also added a similarly-priced smartphone in their Desire smartphone portfolio. We compared all of them to find out which one deserves your hard-earned money:
Build & Design
HTC Desire 526G+ is a compact and stylish looking smartphone with trendy colour presets. The colour combination of the device suits young people best. Yu Yureka sports an all matte finish, which may cater to any people from any age-group; but the glossy finish of Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G looks a bit dull to the fashion conscious customers.
HTC Desire 526G+ features the same top and bottom front grille seen in many Desire series devices which results in better sound output. The Xiaomi Redmi Note and Yu Yureka have the speaker at the back of the device. All the 3 devices look nice with good built quality.
The HTC Desire 526G+ features a qHD 4.7-inch LCD capacitive touchscreen with pixel density of 234.4ppi. Both the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G and Yu Yureka have identical 720p 5.5-inch display at 267ppi.
HTC Desire 526G+ and Yu Yureka both run on octa-core processor, but Yu Yureka features a Qualcomm 1.5GHz Snapdragon 615 SoC. Desire 526G+ has a 1.7GHz MediaTek MT6592 SoC, the same SoC Xiaomi Redmi Note 3G has. On the other hand, Redmi Note 4G features a Quad-Core Qualcomm 1.6GHz Snapdragon 400 SoC. both Xiaomi Redmi 4G and Yu Yureka feature 2GB worth RAM, while the HTC Desire 526G+ features 1 GB only.
Yu Yureka and HTC Desire 526G+ have two SIM slots, while Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G houses just a single one. HTC Desire 526G+ is a 3G only phone, while the other two phones support 4G network. Buying 3G smartphone is not a bad choice considering the limited availability of 4G network around the country at this point. But, buying a 4G enabled phone would be considered as a future proof decision.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note features 8GB of on-board storage, while Yu Yureka features 16 GB. HTC Desire 526G+ offers both 8GB and 16GB variants.
HTC offers Android Kitkat 4.4.2 with a Sense UI layer over the top. The device also comes with the BlinkFeed home screen, one of the most popular home screens.
Yu Yureka runs on the custom version of Android Kitkat 4.4 by Cyanogen. The interface of this OS is quite similar to stock Android.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G comes with a heavily customised version of Android 4.4. Named as MIUI, the interface looks quite similar to iOS. Xiaomi has recently announced the MIUI 6 upgrade for Redmi Note 4G. Mentioned to be rolled out by the beginning of February, MIUI 6 is one of the best looking Android interfaces till date.
HTC Desire 526G+ sports a 8MP rear camera with LED flash and a 2MP front camera with Desire 526G+. However, while mentioning the camera we also should mention the great camera interface of HTC which offers a huge level of customisation with easy access.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G and Yu Yureka have 13MP rear camera and 5MP front camera. Both the cameras perform well in several lighting conditions and are capable to deliver decent quality images.
In this department, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G scores higher than the other two. Featuring a 3200 mAh battery, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G has 700 mAh more power than Yu Yureka and 1200 mAh more than the HTC Desire 526G+. HTC can still produce acceptable battery life for its less powerful screen, but Yu Yureka's battery is seriously weak. Perhaps this is the only category where Yu Yureka is slightly inferior to the others.
Pricing, Availability & Conclusion
The 8GB version of HTC Desire 526G+ is exclusively available at Snapdeal.com for Rs 10,400, while the 16GB edition is available across retail stores at Rs 11,400.
On the other hand, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G is priced at Rs 9,999 and is available exclusively at Flipkart's flash sale. Costing Rs 1,000 less than Redmi Note 4G, Yu Yureka retails at Amazon's flash sale for Rs 8,999.
However, buying a phone through flash sale is a matter of luck and several frustrated consumers have gone awry of this selling strategy. But, the features that Redmi Note 4G and Yu Yureka sport are well worthy of all the trouble.
On the other hand, HTC Desire 526G+ can be bought right of the shelf. Although it is inferior in a few departments, the 526G+ has an impressive style should be the preferred choice for brand conscious customers.