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Indigenous smartphone maker YU Televentures Ltd (a subsidiary of Micromax) recently launched its feature-rich budget handset, dubbed as Yuphoria in India.

The new Micromax YU Yuphoria comes packed with premium metallic frame, 64-bit class chipset, 2GB RAM, 16GB memory, an 8mp camera and costs less than ₹7,000.

On the other hand, MNC brands like Samsung and HTC offer their equivalent handsets - Galaxy A5 and Desire 620G respectively - at heftier prices even though they boast pretty much same hardware.

To provide some perspective on Micromax YU Yuphoria, Samsung Galaxy A5 and HTC Desire 620G, we have listed key features of devices which are certain to help making an informed decision before buying any of these smartphones.


In this aspect, there is no clear winner as all the competitors - Yuphoria, Galaxy A5 and HTC Desire 620G - sport same 5.0-inch HD (1280x720p) IPS screens with pixel density of 294 ppi (pixels per inch).

Honorable mention:

Both Galaxy A5 and Yuphoria come protected with Gorilla Glass 3 scratch-resistant shield and also are endowed with metal-frame around the corners to give a sense of premium feel, a better grip and also sturdy support structure to the phone so as to withstand an accidental drop.

Galaxy A5 also boasts energy efficient AMOLED screen with Adaptive Display technology. 

Adaptive Display enables smartphone to independently change screen settings based on the content being viewed and the ambient lighting conditions. It can also adjust gamma, contrast and saturation. Using sensors that detect ambient lighting, Adaptive Display can also adjust brightness and colour based on the user's surroundings. Samsung claims the screens let people read e-books comfortably even in outdoor light. (courtesy, InfoWorld)

Processor, RAM and storage:

In this aspect, Yuphoria and Galaxy A5 stand even as they come packed with the advanced 64-bit class Snapdragon 410 series quad-core CPU, aptly backed by sumptuous 2GB RAM and 16GB inbuilt memory.

Advantage of having 64-bit processor is that the phone performance and RAM management will be more optimised and efficiently used among the apps. Users are less likely to face lag during multi-tasking.

Furthermore, the new Android applications starting this year will roll-out with 64-bit architecture compliant codes, making YU Yuphoria, Lumia 640 and A6000 Plus future-proof.

On the other HTC Desire 620G ships with energy efficient Mediatek Octa-core (MTK MT6592) CPU backed by just 1GB RAM and 8GB inbuilt memory. The only solace is that the storage can be expanded up to 32GB.


Yuphoria ships with an 8.0-megapixel camera with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture, 1.4um pixel size, HDR, full HD video recording ability. On the front too, it boasts a superior 5mp snapper with f/2.0 aperture 4 physical element lens, 86 degree wide-angle photo capture ability.

Being the most expensive among the rivals, Samsung does some justice by incorporating very good camera hardware in Galaxy A5. It features a 13.0-megapixel camera with auto-focus, CMOS sensor, LED flash, full HD video recording ability and also pretty decent 5mp snapper on the front with CMOS sensor.

On the other hand, HTC Desire 620G sports 8mp camera with LED flash and a 5mp front-snapper with full HD (1080p) recording ability full HD video. To further enhance the photography experience, the phone is pre-loaded with company's proprietary HTC Eye Experience applications.

[Read more: Salient Features of HTC Eye Experience app]

[Note: More mega-pixel count in the camera does not guarantee a good quality photograph. It all depends on the type of the lens, size and aperture.]

Mobile Operating System:

Though all three smartphones run on the ubiquitous Android OS Platform, YU Yuphoria still trumps the rivals as it comes with feature-rich Cyanogen custom Android OS.

YU Yuphoria ships with Cyanogen OS 12 (Android 5.0 Lollipop) out-of-the-box.

For the uninitiated, Cyanogen takes Android experience to next level like no other Custom ROM developer does. They provide almost unlimited custom features.

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, 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 customisation options.

Galaxy A5 and Desire 620G run on the older Android 4.4 KitKat OS with TouchWiz UI and Sense custom interface respectively.

[Read more: Samsung Begins Android 5.0 Lollipop Testing on Galaxy A7, A5, A3 Series Smartphones]


Price is the most important aspect of this comparison story as it plays a crucial role in the minds of the price-sensitive middle class population, which form the biggest chunk of India's demography.

The main USP of YU Yuphoria is its ultra-affordable price tag of ₹6,999. Considering its hardware, it's a smart buy for tech-savvy college kids and to those planning to migrate from keypad based feature-phone to touch-screen phone. 

The new YU Yuphoria will go on sale in India on 28 May via online store Amazon [HERE].

Desire 620G costs around ₹16,000 and Galaxy A5 will set you back by a whopping ₹25,500.

Key specifications of Micromax YU Yuphoria, Samsung Galaxy A5 and HTC Desire 620G DS:

Models Micromax YU Yuphoria Samsung Galaxy A5 HTC Desire 620G DS (Dual-SIM)
  • 5.0-inch HD (1280x720p) TFT IPS display with full-lamination technology, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 shield and finger-print proof
  • Pixel density: 294 ppi (pixels per inch)
  • 5.0-inch HD (1280x720p) super AMOLED screen with Adaptive Display technology
  • Pixel density: 294 ppi
  • 5.0-inch HD (720x1280p) LCD screen
  • Pixel density: 294 ppi
OS Cyanogen OS 12 (based on Android 5.0 Lollipop) Android 4.4 KitKat Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS with custom UI Sense 6.0
Processor 64-bit class Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 Series quad-core CPU 1.2GHz Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor 1.7GHz MediaTek Octa-core processor (chipset: MTK MT6592)
GPU Adreno 306 graphics engine Adreno 306 GPU Mali-450MP4
Storage capacity 16GB, expandable up to 32GB 16GB, expandable up to 64GB 8GB (expandable up to 32GB)
  • Main: 8.0-megapixel camera with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture,1.4um pixel size, HDR, full HD video recording
  • Front: 5.0-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture 4-physical element lens, 86-degree wide-angle photo capture ability
  • Main: 13.0-megapixel camera with auto-focus, LED flash
  • Front: 5.0-megapixel camera
  • Main: 8.0-megapixel camera with LED flash, full HD video recording and HTC Eye Experience features
  • Front: 5.0-megapixel camera with full HD (1080p) recording ability
Battery 2230 mAh with Quick-charge v1.0 technology (users can charge the phone from 0 to 65% within 45 minutes)
  • Talk time: up to 7 hours
  • Standby time: close to 160 hours
  • Music playback time: up to 7 hours
  • Video playback time: close to 3.5 hours
  • 2,300 mAh with Ultra Power Saving Mode (un-removable)
  • Internet Usage Time(3G) (Hours): Up to 8
  • Internet Usage Time(LTE) (Hours): Up to 8
  • Internet Usage Time(Wi-Fi) (Hours): Up to 11
  • Video Playback Time (Hours): Up to 12
  • Audio Playback Time (Hours): Up to 68
  • Talk Time (3G WCDMA) (Hours): Up to 15
2100 mAh;
  • Talk time: up to 19 hours (3G)
  • Standby time: close to 525 hours
Network 3G/4G-LTE (Cat.4 with 150 mbps download speed and upload data with 50mbps speed) 3G & 4G-LTE Cat.4 (in select markets) 3G
Add-ons Metal-frame, Saturn-ring camera ring, microSD card slot, Dual-SIM slots, Bluetooth v4.0, Wi-Fi Bluetooth 4.0 (BLE, ANT+), NFC (in LTE models only), Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n), A-GPS/GLONASS, Dual-SIM slots (micro), Bluetooth v4.0 (with A2DP & apt-X), dual-front-facing stereo speakers, A-GPS/GLONASS, micro-USB v2.0,
Dimensions 142.38 x 76.96 x 8.25 mm 139.3 x 69.7 x 6.7 mm 150.1 x 72.7 x 9.6 mm
Weight 143 g (with battery inside) 123 g 160 g
Price ₹6,999/- ₹25,500 ₹16,390