In a surprise move, Lenovo has listed a new budget smartphone on its online store in India. Named A5000, the latest smartphone also lies in the under ₹10,000 category and features decent specifications with a marathon battery of 4,000 mAh.
However, in its price it will obviously have to compete with existing budget smartphones like Yu Yureka, Honor 4X and the latest entrant Xiaomi Mi 4i.
Interestingly, all the four devices have their pros and cons. Some feature great battery life but average camera or limited memory and some offer great performance but are weaker in some other section. Let us compare the four handsets and see which one is perfect for you.
All the four smartphones featured here sport decent built quality with polycarbonate back and glass front. Apart from Yu Yureka, the rest of the three feature a non-removable battery, which has its own advantages as well as disadvantages.
The Yu Yureka features a sandstone finished matte polycarbonate back, while the Honor 4X features a textured back. The Xiaomi Mi 4i sports a translucent finished rugged back cover while the Lenovo A5000 sports a matte finished cover like A6000.
Apart from Lenovo A5000, we have tested rest of the three devices and found them pretty ergonomic and easy to hold. All the smartphones feature rounded edges so that the phone becomes handy for carrying around in pockets or hand bags.
[Read More: Huawei Honor 4X review]
The Xiaomi Mi 4i is the only smartphone in the competition that offers a 5-inch 1080P display with a stunning Pixel per inch count of 441. However, Mi 4i is also the costliest device among the four. The Yu Yureka and Huawei Honor 4X both feature an identical 5.5-inch display with 1280x720 pixels resolution at 267ppi. The Lenovo A5000 boasts a 5-inch 720p display at a pixel count rate of 294ppi.
[Read More: Yu Yureka Review]
Processor and RAM
Though Xiaomi Mi 4i and Yu Yureka both are powered by a Snapdragon 615 SoC, the Mi 4i features the 2nd generation SoC, while the Yu Yureka features the first generation one. We will discuss the advancements and improvisations introduced in the latest generation in our Xiaomi Mi 4i review. Both the smartphones feature 2GB RAM memory.
On the other hand, the Lenovo A5000 features a MediaTek MT6582 SoC backed with 1GB RAM and the Huawei Honor 4X boasts a Snapdragon 410 SoC with 2GB RAM.
While all the 4 devices feature decent processors, only Lenovo stands inferior by combining 1GB RAM memory into it. We feel the amount of RAM memory is a little dated compared to the current standard.
[Read More: Xiaomi Mi 4i First Impression]
The Xiaomi Mi 4i runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop, while Micromax has already rolled out the Lollipop based CM12 update for Yu Yureka. The other two smartphones still run on Android 4.4 Kitkat OS. Every phone features its own skin over the OS to give a distinct feel. While Mi 4i features the MIUI 6, Honor 4X runs on Emoticon 3.0 and Lenovo A5000 has Vibe UI 3.0.
The Yu Yureka and Xiaomi Mi 4i both offer 16GB onboard memory, but Yureka offers the essential Micro SD card also, which Mi 4i lacks. Honor 4X and Lenovo A5000 both offer 8GB inbuilt memory with memory expandability up to 32GB using Micro SD card.
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In this segment, Huawei Honor 4X, Yu Yureka and Xiaomi Mi 4i all feature a 13MP rear and 5MP front camera on paper. However, in our test we found the Honor 4X is the fastest among the rest with accurate and closest focusing capability. The Xiaomi Mi 4i and Yu Yureka cameras also offer decent quality images with good details and colour presence.
The Lenovo A5000 features an 8MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera on paper but we are yet to review the device.
In this segment, Lenovo A5000 stands tall from the rest by offering a 4,000 mAh battery. Xiaomi packs a 3120 mAh battery in Mi 4i, while the Huawei Honor 4x features a 3,000 mAh battery. The Yu Yureka is powered by a 2,500 mAh battery, and hence stands a tad weak in comparison.
The Honor 4X offers a great battery life and we believe Xiaomi Mi 4i will also provide similar amount of life in real life usage. Reading the configuration of Lenovo A5000, we can vouch the smartphone will offer best battery life than the rest.
We would suggest Yu Yureka for those looking for a budget smartphone with decent specification. However, the display and battery of the device is pretty average.
Honor 4X is for those consumers who require a good looking device offering great camera and battery life with decent usability.
Lenovo A5000 is recommended for them who need a goliath battery life with average usability.
Xiaomi Mi 4i is the costliest in comparison, but offers the best in class performance in its price.