Micromax Yu Yureka definitely has a very striking set of specs, and while there are really good Yureka alternatives available, we can’t resist peeking into low and mid-range lineup of our popular OEMs such as Samsung and HTC to find out what devices they got at what price, whose specs are comparable to Yureka. Whether or not you find this idea interesting, you’d certainly find it embarrassing enough once you know the devices and their price. As you will see below, most of the device cost more than 2 times of Yureka.
Yup, read on to find out more on this.
And btw, do check out our coverage on the best of budget phones, where we have compared Yureka with devices similar in specs and price (link right below). A must read.
HTC Desire 820 is the device which offers comparable specs, actually tad more, to Yureka. There are many HTC desire devices in the mid to high-range mobile segment but only Desire 820 offers 2GB RAM, with latest Snapdragon 615 CPU. It’s the cheapest 2GB RAM device from HTC, btw, and above it is the top-end segment dominated by One lineup of HTC, in addition to just launched Desire Eye.
Desire 820 Specs include Snapdragon 615 processor, 2GB RAM, 13MP and 8MP camera, 2600 mAh battery, Android 4.4.2 and a 5.5″ HD display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It’s 7.7mm thin and weighs 155 grams.
Desire 820 scores over Yureka in some specs a bit. It’s battery is 100 mAh more, while secondary camera in Yureka is 5MP compared to 820’s 8MP shooter. Lastly, it supports upto 128GB micro SDcard (64GB in Yureka). Minor differences, right? Now look at the gap in price.
HTC Desire 820 costs INR 22,900 in India, roughly $360, compared to Yureka which would sell shortly for INR 8,999 ($140). That’s 2.57 times of Yureka’s price, a difference of $220: you can grab two Yurekas and many other goodies for both sets in place of one HTC Desire 820.
On the other hand, Desire 820 looks better than the Yureka, but even if we are to combine that with subtle improvements in secondary camera and battery life, price of 2.57 times of Yureka is blatantly unjust. What do you say?
Samsung needs to sell you its last year’s flagship, the Galaxy S4, if you come asking for a 2GB device. That’s pathetic, and funny. None in the long list of Samsung devices below the S4 get you 2GB RAM. Series like Grand, Neo, S3, Mini, etc. all come with 1.5GB RAM, which even though not bad, isn’t 2GB — and that’s why we are talking about them too a little bit right below, although neither of them is not worth it.
Galaxy S4 Specs include 2GB RAM, Snapdragon 600/Exynos 5 Octa 5410 processor, 13MP and 2MP camera in rear and front, 2600 mAh battery, Android 4.4.2 and 5.0″ FHD display (441 PPI). S4 is tad slimmer at 7.9mm, as Yureka is 8mm thin. It should get Lollipop update, like Yureka.
While camera and display of S4 are easily better than Yureka by good measure, the processor of Yureka is better — because it’s 64-bit one, and upgrade on the very chip used in S6, the 600. Performance of S4 with Octa-core Exynos processor should be at same level of Yureka, if not little less. Anyways, the difference would be minor, not even much noticeable.
Price: S4 is currently selling for INR 20,999 ($330) in India, which is 2.33 times of Yureka. Now that’s surely not worth the plus points S4 scores with display and camera, right?
Samsung devices with 1.5GB RAM that come close to Yureka are Galaxy S3 Neo and Galaxy Grand 2, while both Galaxy Mega and the recently launched Grand Prime are even worse than these two, with later getting you just 1GB RAM, and a 5.0″ qHD display. S3 Neo is good, it’s got 4.8″ HD AMOLED display, dual-SIM and other similar stuff compared to Yureka. But it’s not going to get Lollipop update which Yureka will, and that’s a deal-breaker. Moreover, S4 mini and other devices are just not comparable to Yureka because of their godawful display or RAM or both. Really, it’s such a scenario.
Like the Samsung, LG too would call its last year’s flagship, the LG G2, if someone asks for its cheapest 2GB RAM device. But unlike Samsung, LG delivers a lot more with G2 compared to S4, while on down side, it takes all goodness with its price, around $110 (33%) more than the S4, and 3 times that of Yureka. Whoa!
LG G2 Specs include 2GB RAM, powerful and still-young Snapdragon 800 processor, Adreno 330 GPU (Yureka scores here), cool 3000 mAh battery, 32GB storage (4 times of 8GB in Yureka), 5.2″ IPS FHD display (424 PPI vs 267 in 5.5″ incher Yureka) and Android 4.4. This too will get Lollipop update in future that’s not very near.
For all considerable improvement that G2 offers, it commands a price of INR 27,990 ($440), which is around 3.11 times of Yureka’s humble price of INR 8,999 ($140). Definitely not worth it, no?
(Btw, LG G Pro is a good device, and very much comparable to Yureka, but that’s priced even more than G2 in India, whatever be the reason. Just thought you should know this.)
Original Moto X has to be the device here. Both Moto Gs come with 1 GB only, and Moto X2 is simply far from Yureka’s comparison, which is the only delightful thing in this article.
Moto X specs include dual-core CPU and quad-core Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB RAM, 4.7″ HD AMOLED display, 2200 mAh batter, 10MP and 2MP camera in rear and front and 16GB internal storage.
Compared to Yureka, the display size differs substantially, while processor of Moto X, too, is inferior by good margin. But Motorola completely makes up for that, in fact more than that. Moto X will get Lollipop update way earlier than Yureka or any other phone we talk about here, and features in Moto X like Active Display, Moto Voice, etc. are just amazing and found nowhere else.
Moto X sells for INR 17,600 ($277), around 1.95 times of Yureka. Not totally worth it, but not a bad deal given the faster updates and unique features of Motorola. Absence of any customization by Motorola on Moto X is a big plus, too, as you get original Android OS as imagined by Google.
Sony isn’t any good in this range, either, and would ask you to buy its Xperia ZR (a subordinate to Sony’s flagship of 2013 first half, Xperia Z), if you want a low-cost 2GB RAM device from Sony.
Xperia ZR specs include 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, 2300 mAh battery, 4.6″ HD TFT display, 13MP and 0.3MP cameras with nifty features but supports only one SIM.
With internal storage and RAM are equal to Yureka’s rest of the specs are better in Yureka, all by some margin.
Xperia ZR, though, is even costlier than Moto X but cheaper than S4 at the least, at INR 18,999 ($299). That’s 2.11 times of Yureka (INR 8,999/$140) while being inferior to the Yureka in every aspect, except for the looks (just a bit) and some camera features. Very poor!
So, that was it. It’s amply clear that these so-called popular OEMs in the mobile phone space need to gear up their product line absolutely quickly, as we really don’t have a decent enough device in this segment. Most of the devices that are comparable to Yureka are last year or two’s flagships, at the end of their shelf life, counting remaining days.
For what it’s worth, there are few good companies (Asus, chiefly) with impressive budget-range Android handsets, which while making up for the competition for Yureka are also making it harder for the top OEMs to enter this arena.
Now, your thoughts please.