In order to regain the reign of the budget smartphone segment it once itself created, Micromax has jumped into this ever-so competitive yet luctrative smartphone market with an incremental update to its Yu Yureka handset, launching Yu Yureka Plus at an additional ₹ 1000 bucks for some improved hardware and tweaked performance claims. What once did set apart Yu Yureka from the competition was the set of hardware it in-cooperated at the price at which it was offered ending up wooing various customers. A few months down the line, with all of the major smartphone manufacturers jumping into this budget smartphone segment, the competition has turned even more stiffer with Micromax now looking to battle it out with current segment leader- the Lenovo K3 Note to regain its reign.
What further doesn’t help the cause for Micromax is the fact that Lenovo’s K3 Note, an incremental update to its A7000 smartphone is already a hit among the users with almost identical specs on offer bundled with the same set of claims made by Lenovo for its K3 Note as by the Micromax for its Yureka Plus. Also, with both of these smartphones are placed in the same price bracket, the competition couldn’t have been stiffer. Thus, in order to help you find the best buy in this budget smartphone market, we pit together the Micromax Yu Yureka Plus vs Lenovo K3 Note to find out the best of the lot. Take a look!
Micromax Yu Yureka Plus vs Lenovo K3 Note : Detailed Comparison
Micromax Yu Yureka Plus vs Lenovo K3 Note – Look, Design and Feel
Lenovo K3 Note : 8mm thick, weighs 150g
Well, Lenovo seems to have settled down for what it offered on A7000 with the same design language being carried forward. The plastic bar design with a matte finish fails to impress for the sheer size of the phone making it a little more unmanageable to many but with the phablet market already a hit among users, Lenovo does offer a better option for a smartphone with such a large display with a better screen-to-body ratio and also maintains a thinner profile to its competitors.
Micromax Yu Yureka Plus : 8.8mm thick, weighs 155g
Carrying forward from where Yu Yureka left off, Yu Yureka Plus features the exact same design and look as that on its predecessors. Micromax seems to have settled down for what was a rather pleasing design for a budget smartphone on Yu Yureka with the textured smooth easy-to-grip back featuring the Yu logo and the minimalist front design with only a circle that points out the home button in the otherwise dedicated 3 button soft touch keys set.
Winner : Lenovo K3 Note – for its slick profile and better screen-to-body ratio (~71.7%)
Micromax Yu Yureka Plus vs Lenovo K3 Note – Display/Screen
Lenovo K3 Note : 5.5 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (~401 ppi pixel density)
Lenovo K3 Note claims to provide a better viewing experience while playing a game or video for the Full HD display it boasts of, but while the display fairs through good enough in normal conditions, when exposed to direct sunlight, the colors seems a little washed out.
Micromax Yu Yureka Plus : 5.5 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (~401 ppi pixel density)
With a 1080p display, Micromax has stepped up from the 720p display on the predecessor with this budget segment getting more used to feature Full HD displays. What this does is improve on an already impressive vivid display along with an added Corning Glass 3 protection that Micromax has been flaunting ever since, claiming its new Yureka to be more susceptible to drops and damage.
Winner : Micromax Yu Yureka Plus – for the Corning Glass 3 protection
Micromax Yu Yureka Plus vs Lenovo K3 Note – Processor and Performance
Lenovo K3 Note : 2GB RAM, Mediatek MT6752 Processor, Octa-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU
This is one of the few MediaTek processors that offer stiff competition to the top-notch Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor with it being tweaked well enough to work flawlessly with ARM Mali 760 GPU and 2GB of RAM. The performance offered is snappy enough to make you forget the price at which this phones comes. Also, surfing games or webpages for long even on 3G or LTE data doesn’t heat up the phone.
Micromax Yu Yureka Plus : 2GB RAM, Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 Processor, Quad-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU
Micromax has relied on its tried and tested Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor mated to 2GB of RAM to offer flawless multi-tasking capabilities and nippy performance. But that does tend to hinder the overall feel of navigating through on this phone are the untimely hick ups that the CPU makes possibly due to 4 of its 8 cores ticking at 1GHz and the other 4 at 1.7GHz, ending up in sudden stuttering of the OS and thus, hampering the user experience.
Winner : Lenovo K3 Note – for absolute lag-free performance
Micromax Yu Yureka Plus vs Lenovo K3 Note – Operating System/Software
Lenovo K3 Note : Android OS, v5.0 (Lollipop)
With heavy layering of Lenovo’s home-grown Vibe UI, K3 Note dues tend to suffer from performance issues occasionally. Also, Lenovo K3 Note comes loaded with a bunch of preloaded Lenovo apps like ShareIt, SyncIt and a lot of them are actually quite handy.
Micromax Yu Yureka Plus : Android OS, v5.0.2 (Lollipop)
This is where Micromax beats the competition. With a large number of smartphones in this segment coming from manufacturers other than Google, thereby layering their homegrown OS on top of Google’s Android OS, what makes Micromax’s CyanogenMod layering stand out from the rest is the fact that it offers the least difference in the amount of slick and nippy feedback and user experience when compared to stock Android. To go along this, CyanogenMod also comes loaded with a host of customisability options that let you set your phone up exactly to your liking and preferences.
Winner : Micromax Yu Yureka Plus – for the range of customisability options it provides with CM 12.
Micromax Yu Yureka Plus vs Lenovo K3 Note – Camera
Lenovo K3 Note : 13 MP autofocus real camera with dual-LED flash, 5 MP front-facing camera
Even with a 13MP rear-camera, Lenovo K3 clicks turned out to be a little washed out and over exposed in daylight and grainy in low light. Also, the video quality seems compromised with a shaky autofocus lens and an unimpressive audio playback quality.
Micromax Yu Yureka Plus : 13 MP autofocus real camera with LED flash, 5 MP front-facing camera
In one of the major changes to its predecessor, the Yu Yureka Plus features a newer Sony IMX214 sensor as compared to IMX135 sensor on the old Yu Yureka. What this does is improve on the unimpressive camera quality on its predecessor with the new lens churning out detailed, even-toned, natural looking snaps in daylight and better less-noisier pics under low-light.
Winner : Micromax Yu Yureka Plus – for its better camera software.
Micromax Yu Yureka Plus vs Lenovo K3 Note – Battery life
Lenovo K3 Note : Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
With a removable battery option, Lenovo K3 Note comes with a 3000 mAH battery that seems to fare through well under light to medium usage. On being used heavily, Lenovo K3 Note does suffer from battery drainage problems.
Micromax Yu Yureka Plus : Li-Po 2500 mAh battery
A battery that might read less on the mAh count and has an added baggage to handle the 1080p display as compared to the 720p display on its predecessor, Micromax has done well to balance out the battery life-performance ratio in such a way that the phone churns out a backup of 12-14 hours easily on heavy usage.
Winner : Micromax Yu Yureka Plus – for better balanced battery-performance ratio.
Micromax Yu Yureka Plus vs Lenovo K3 Note – Verdict
Well, it really comes down to personal preferences and tastes. With both of these smartphones offering trend-setting specs in their segment and bringing out the best a budget smartphone is expected off, one does need to contemplate all the factors, keeping in mind the price these phones come at. While the Lenovo K3 Note offers slicker, better looking design and performance as compared to the Micromax Yu Yureka Plus, Micromax does fare better on other aspects such as the range of customization its OS offers and the display & camera quality it churns out. Both of these phones also come as incremental updates to their already-hit predecessors with both of their respective manufacturers looking forward to improve on an already successful smartphone setup. Hence forth, its apt for us to recommend both of these phones to all of the potential buyers looking forward to smartphones in the budget segment with a choice to make between the quality of display & camera to the quality of performance and design.
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