With a barrage of smartphone makers jumping into this ever-so competitive yet lucrative budget smartphone market, Micromax is once again at the helm of making history with the launch of its new smartphone in the YU range with YU Yutopia. What makes this smartphone unique enough is the specs it offers for the price it comes at. But with this price-specs trade-off becoming a thing too common to woo customers to buy phones, Micromax is surely not going to have it easy with some in-your-face competition from manufacturers such as OnePlus and Google. Also, with all of these smartphones placed in the same price bracket, the competition couldn’t have been stiffer. Thus, in order to help you find the best buy amongst these flagship-killer smartphones, we bring you the most detailed review, comparing the Micromax Yu Yutopia vs Google Nexus 5X vs OnePlus 2 to find out the best of the lot. Take a look!
Micromax Yu Yutopia vs Google Nexus 5X vs OnePlus 2 : Detailed Comparison
Look, Design and Feel
Micromax Yu Yutopia : 7.2mm thick, weighs 159g
Carrying a lot of firsts for a device such as this that aims to compete with the Flagship devices from other manufacturers, Micromax’s Yu Yutopia gets a lot going for it. Be it a full metal construction from a single shell of alloy, its slim profile or its handy dimensions, Yu Yutopia certainly looks the best smartphone Micromax has ever produced. Floating a Lumia-like protruding camera, a Nexus-like circular finger-print scanner on the back and iPhone like visible antenna bands, Micromax has managed to in-cooperate all of these visible physical characteristics into Yu Yutopia flawlessly.
Google Nexus 5X : 7.9mm thick, weighs 136g
Surely the most simple looking and perhaps the most ideally dimension-ed phone out of the 3 compared herein, Nexus 5X offers a polycarbonate build that is rugged to feel and sturdly to hold. With a protruding camera setup and a circular finger-print scanner at its back, Nexus 5X may not offer a premium-quotient a OnePlus 2 for instance offers with its stainless steel accents, it still offers a compelling design that’s sure to lure many customers for its simplicity and practicality.
OnePlus 2 : 9.85mm thick, weighs 175g
The aluminium/magnesium alloyframe with stainless steel accents with the classic sandstone back-cover makes this phone no less than a stellar, capable of making even the high-end flagships go weak in their knees. With a curved, textured back and a slick profile, OnePlus 2 feels sturdy in hand as compared to the glassy finish on the OnePlus X. Also, for those who feel bored of the classic sandstone finish, you can choose from multiple cover options including actual wood built Bamboo, Black Apricot, Rosewood and Kevlar and customize your device in the go.
Winner : Personal Preference
Micromax Yu Yutopia : 5.2-inches, 1440 x 2560 pixels, ~ 565 PPI
Boasting a 5.2″ QHD Screen with 2560 x 1440 resolution that produces the best-in-class 565 pixels per inch, Yu Yutopia comes with an astonishing display for this segment. Add to this a pure black touch panel with a Corning Concore Glass protection and this gem from Micromax surely beats its competition hands down in this department.
Google Nexus 5X : 5.2-inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels, ~ 423 PPI
Being a part of the category of smartphones which feature arguably the most handy display size, Nexus 5X comes with a commendable display that not only produces clear pixels but also has good viewing angles. Where then Nexus 5X loses out to its competition is the color saturation on the other 2 devices that seem to produce darker blacks and appear brighter under the sunlight.
OnePlus 2 : 5.5-inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels, ~ 401 PPI
One of the biggest let-downs that came across the launch of OnePlus 2 for which OnePlus faced a lot of flak was this display setup. Carrying forward the same display from OnePlus One, OnePlus 2 offers a better damage protection with Corning Glass 4 and a body-to-screen ratio of ~73.3%. What further enhances the experience is the fact that OnePlus 2 offer 178 degrees of viewing angles and better sunlight legibility.
Winner : Micromax Yu Yutopia
Processor and Performance
Micromax Yu Yutopia : Quad-core 2.0 GHz Cortex A57 + quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Chipset with 4GB RAM
Touted the ‘World’s Most Powerful Smartphone’, Yu Yutopia carries along top-of-the-line specs with a Snapdragon 810 SoC, 4GB of RAM & Adreno 430 GPU all of whihc work in tandem to help you not only multitask and run even the most graphic-intensive games with the utmost ease, it also tends to keep cooler that its competitors that are fitted with the overheating-Snapdragon 810 SoC, thus resulting in a stupendously crisp and lag-free performance.
Google Nexus 5X : Quad-core 1.44 GHz Cortex-A53 & dual-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A57 CPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 Chipset with 2GB RAM
Being launched recently, Google was certainly expected to instruct LG to fit in a top-of-the-line Snapdragon 810 processor to take OnePlus 2 and Micromax Yu Yutopia head on, not to be. But then, what does offer a consolation to the Google Nexus 5X’s performance is the fact that while OnePlus 2 comes with a better, more powerful Snapdragon 810 processor, OnePlus had to under-clock it in order to fight the overheating issues and keep the device at its cool even when multitasking, thus making the optimized version of the Snapdragon 808 processor on Nexus 5X run as smoothly as OnePlus 2, if not better.
OnePlus 2 : Quad-core 1.56 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 1.82 GHz Cortex-A57 CPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Chipset with 3/4GB RAM
Touted “Flagship killer” for a cause, OnePlus 2 is a specs monger with the best-in-class Snapdragon 810 processor alongside 4GB of RAM powering the device. What this translates into is the most flawless user experience, surpassing what a phone of this range is expected to deliver. What then curtails the flagship-feel is the restriction laid on the external storage with a fixed 64GB of on-board storage.
Winner : OnePlus 2
Micromax Yu Yutopia : Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop) with CyanogenMod
With a large number of smartphones in this segment coming from manufacturers other than Google 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 customization options that let you set your phone up exactly to your liking and preferences and the phone also offers you to select whether you want to run Yutopia on the stock Android UI or enable Cyanogen’s dark theme. But then, nothing even comes close to what the Stock android delivers in terms of performance and fluidity.
Google Nexus 5X : Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
With no excessive bloatware to take care of, stock Android on Nexus 5X lets the processor work in close tandem with the OS without having the interference of any software layering/tweaks that various other manufacturers offer on their home-grown versions of Android. Also, with all the Nexus devices privileged enough to receive all the Android updates first as compared to Android devices from any other manufacturers, the stock Android on the Nexus 5X does make its presence felt.
OnePlus 2 : Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop) with OxygenOS
Boasting OnePlus’ home-grown Oxygen OS layering on top of the Stock Android, OnePlus 2 looks to offer pure Android experience with powerful enhancements such as an enhanced keyboard, multiple themes to choose from and personalizing everything from apps to icons according to one’s needs, keeping the flawlessness and the generic feel of the UI more so like the stock Android.
Winner : Google Nexus 5X
Micromax Yu Yutopia : 21 MP rear with OIS, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED flash, 8 MP front camera
A smartphone camera with a Sony manufactured 21MP rear camera that comes loaded with a Sony IMX230 sensor, phase detect AF and OIS, 6P largan lens, Blue glass filter and a f2.2 aperture draws some serious promise. Add to this 4K recording capabilities at 60fps and a 8MP forward-facing camera with 86-degree wide-angle shootout and surely customers are meant to be lured into this flagship-thumping specs but then, turn this camera unit up in real-world and it offers some disappointment. Its not that the Yutopia’s camera performs exceeding badly but the fact that while it performs a stupendous task in natural light conditions with real-world color reproduction and immense amount of details in-cooperated, the night-light photography takes a major dip as compared to the likes of OnePlus 2.
Google Nexus 5X : 12.3 MP rear with laser autofocus, dual-LED flash, 5 MP front camera
An area for which Google’s Nexus devices have faced the most flak, the camera setup on the Nexus 5X does try to improve on the lost ground, but still feels precarious to its competition. Improving largely on the night-life photography as compared to its predecessors, Nexus 5X still loses out to its competition on the day-light photography, by some margin.
OnePlus 2 : 13 MP rear with OIS, laser autofocus, dual-LED flash, 5 MP front camera
Carrying forward the f/2.0 aperture and 6 lenses setup from OnePlus One, OnePlus 2 offer better autofocus time with an advanced OIS system along with rear-mounted laser technology that not only helps it come out with a super-fast camera but also some breath-taking image reproduction with crisp, saturated and well lit-up colors, thanks to internal imaging algorithms. Not only does it stand the best in between the 3 devices compared here with, but also gives the likes of Samsung’s Flagship Galaxy S6 and Apple’s iPhone 6 a run for its money with some superlative images.
Winner : OnePlus 2
Micromax Yu Yutopia : Li-Po 3000 mAh battery
What keeps this device running is a 3000mAh battery that comes with a Quick Charge 2.0 technology that lets it pace up its recharging cycle to let users have enough charge on the battery even when the smartphone is charged for smaller duration of time. But then, a SoC as battery hungry as Snapdragon-810 makes up for a compromised battery backup overall.
Google Nexus 5X : Non-removable Li-Po 2700 mAh battery
Even with the smallest battery in terms of capacity, Nexus 5X does seem to fare out better than OnePlus 2, thanks to an optimized processor and a power-efficient OS. But, with the lack of features such as quick charging, Nexus 5X loses out to the Micromax Yu Yutopia.
OnePlus 2 : Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery
OnePlus has done well to fit in a humongous 3300 mAh Non-removable battery into this smartphone that promises to get its users through a day on single charge on medium to heavy usage. But then, it does take a beating from the battery-hungry Snapdragon 810 processor that marres that overall battery performance.
Winner : Google Nexus 5X
Micromax Yu Yutopia vs Google Nexus 5X vs OnePlus 2 : VERDICT
Well then, while all of these devices come from different manufacturers, all of them are pushed into this blusterous smartphone market as devices that offer Flagship -like experience with the famous specs-price trade off in order to woo customers. With all of these smartphones being offered to customers for drastically different USPs, we took it to us to compare all of these smartphones in order to bring a fair reflection of these current state of these cheaper-on-pocket-higher-on-specs smartphones. Thus, on being compared side to side, OnePlus 2 seems to bring a lot to the table with a stupendous design and a stellar performance. But where it lacks is where the Micromax Yu Yutopia gains. Be it the availability of option of expandable storage or the QHD display that would be hard to beat in this segment or an all-metal design that’s surprisingly good for a device from a manufacturer like Micromax, Yu Yutopia has a lot going for it. Thus then, for all others who are looking for raw performance churner and the best looking and best performing smartphone in this segment, OnePlus 2 is what you should get your hands on. What Nexus 5X brings to the competition is the most-practical looking slick profile, oozing color options and stock Android experience, all offered at the lowest price among the smartphones compared herewith.
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