Samsung has been at the top of Indian smartphone-makers' chart for quite some time now, but the advent of new Chinese brands like Xiaomi, Coolpad, Meizu, ZTE (sub-brand Nubia), Lenovo (sub-brand Motorola) and also the domestic player YU (a subsidiary of Micromax) are posing a big threat to the South Korean company's long-held crown.
To thwart the threats, Samsung on Monday (8 June) launched its cheapest 4G smartphone yet Galaxy Core Prime in India with a sub-₹10,000 price tag. But, it's cost is still steep compared to the competing brands like YU Yuphoria, Xiaomi Redmi 2 and the new Coolpad Dazen 1, which offer much superior hardware under ₹7,000.
Dazen 1, which just went for the first flash sale on Tuesday (9 June) received overwhelming response from public as 10,000 units got sold in just a few seconds. The reception to other two brands is also very good in India, which might spell trouble for Samsung in the long run.
One positive point of Samsung is that it has strong off-line retail network to sell its devices, which makes new Chinese brands limited in terms of availability.
To provide better perspective on the new Samsung Galaxy Core Prime 4G, Micromax YU Yuphoria, Coolpad Dazen 1 and Xiaomi Redmi 2, we have listed key features of devices that are certain to help you make an informed decision before buying any one of these smartphones.
YU Yuphoria and Coolpad Dazen 1 sport 5.0-inch HD (1280x720p) screen with pixel density of 294 ppi (pixels per inch).
Xiaomi Redmi 2 flaunts a 4.7-inch HD screen, but this smaller display foot-print gives way for richer resolution of 312 ppi.
Samsung's Core Prime 4G will certainly disappoint many as it features a sub-par 4.5-inch WVGA (480x800p) screen with dismal pixel density of 207 ppi.
Processor, RAM and Storage capacity:
Yuphoria, Redmi 2 and Dazen 1 come packed with the advanced 64-bit class Snapdragon 410 series quad-core CPU. But Samsung India has not mentioned the type of chipset it has incorporated in the new Galaxy Core Prime 4G (SM-G360FZWY).
Going by the G360F series model sold in UK, the Indian version is also expected to house the Snapdragon 410 chipset.
[Note: There is another Galaxy Core Prime model with Spreadtrum SC8830, which is a 32-bit class processor. We believe this variant to be the 3G variant, which is already being sold in India in for sub-₹8,000 price tag]
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 devices featuring this component future-proof.
Yuphoria and Dazen 1 is backed by 2GB RAM and expandable memory up to 32GB.
Whereas, Galaxy Core Prime 4G and Redmi ship with 1GB RAM and 8GB inbuilt memory with option for expansion up to 64GB and 32GB respectively.
Yuphoria and Dazen 1 ship with an 8.0-megapixel camera with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture and a 5mp snapper, which can capture a decent selfie.
Xiaomi Redmi 2 too houses same 8mp shooter on the back, but its front camera is just 2mp.
Samsung's Galaxy Core Prime 4G sports a 5mp camera with LED flash and a 2mp snapper on the front.
[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:
In this aspect, Micromax YU Yuphoria comes on top, thanks to 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.
On the other hand, Coolpad runs on the Android 4.4.4 KitKat with Cool UI v6.0 skin on top.
Samsung Galaxy Core Prime runs on the Android 4.4.4 KitKat with custom TouchWiz UI and is slated to get Android Lollipop soon.
Xiaomi's Redmi 2 too ships with Android 4.4.4 KitKat with MIUI v6.0.
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.
Price is one of the most important aspects of this comparison article as it plays a crucial role in the minds of the price-sensitive middle class working population, which form the biggest chunk of the India's demography.
Samsung Galaxy Core Prime 4G costs ₹9,999, whereas the other three rivals YU Yuphoria, Coolpad Dazen 1 and Xiaomi Redmi 2 cost ₹6,999.
Though Samsung's device looks expensive over the competitors, it has a well-placed chain of service centres dotting cities and major towns across India. On the other hand, Micromax and Xiaomi are still in the nascent stage in terms of setting up of exclusive centres of their own to improve after-sale service. Coolpad is very new to the market, so users of these to have to deal with private authorised service centres.
Special Mention: Lenovo A6000 Plus
Besides the four smartphones in the comparison story, Lenovo A6000 Plus is also a smart buy as it offers 2GB RAM, 4G-LTE and 64-bit class Snapdragon 410 chipset at an affordable price of ₹7,499.
Key Specifications of Samsung Galaxy Core Prime, YU Yuphoria, Coolpad Dazen 1 and Xiaomi Redmi 2:
|Models||Samsung Galaxy Core Prime 4G||YU Yuphoria||Coolpad Dazen 1||Xiaomi Redmi 2|
|OS||Android 4.4 KitKat||Cyanogen OS 12 (based on Android 5.0 Lollipop)||Android 4.4.4 KitKat with Cool UI 6.0||Android 4.4.4 KitKat with MIUI 6|
|Processor||1.2GHz Quad-core CPU (most probably Snapdragon 410 series chipset)||64-bit class either Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 Series quad-core CPU with Adreno 306 graphics engine||64-bit class Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 series quad-core CPU with Adreno 306 with Adreno 306 graphics engine||64-bit class Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 series quad-core CPU with Adreno 306 graphics engine(chipset type:MSM8916)|
|RAM||1GB||2GB DDR3||2GB||1GB LPDDR3|
|Storage capacity||8GB, expandable up to 64GB||16GB||8GB, expandable up to 32GB||8GB, expandable up to 32GB|
Video playback time: close to 3.5 hours
|Network||4G CAT-4 (150Mbps)
4G LTE-TDD 2300MHz
4G LTE-FDD 700/850/900/1800/2100/2600MHz
|3G/4G-LTE (Cat.4 with 150 mbps down-load speed and upload data with 50mbps speed)||4G-LTE||2G, 3G & 4G (TDD-LTE (B38 / B39 / B40 / B41: 2555-2655MHz), FDD-LTE (B3 / B7))|
|Add-ons||Anodized metal trim finish on the corner, matte finish on the rear-side, 7 advance camera modes, Dual-SIM slots, Bluetooth v4.0, GPS/GLONASS, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), USB v2.0,||Metal-frame, Saturn-ring camera ring, microSD card slot, Dual-SIM slots, Bluetooth v4.0, Wi-Fi||Dual-SIM slots, Bluetooth v4.0, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), GPS||Dual-SIM slots, Bluetooth v4.0, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), GPS+ GLONASS, A-GPS,|
|Dimensions||130.8 x 67.9 x 8.8 mm||142.38 x 76.96 x 8.25 mm||141.0 x 71.5 x 9.3 mm||134.0 x 67.2 x 9.4 mm|
|Weight||130 g||143 g (with battery inside)||155 g||N/A|