After Yureka and Yuphoria, Micromax’s subsidiary YU Televentures has launched its third feature-packed beauty to take on leading players in the budget segment, Yu Yureka Plus. This phone looks pretty similar to the original Yu Yureka, but offers slight upgrades with a small increase in price tag. The launch of this smartphone has certainly clarified Yu’s intentions to take on the budget segment with some powerful devices.It packs an excellent set of features, and stands as a tough competitor for the newly launched Lenovo K3 Note phablet at the same price tag. Both smartphones go head to head, but there are some major differences which play a crucial role in defining the best smartphone in the sub 10k category.So, let’s take a quick peek on our detailed comparison to find the best budget smartphone available under 10k.
In terms of design and build, Lenovo K3 Note and Yu Yureka Plus both can be described as two ideally crafted beauties. The quality of polycarbonate finish on both smartphones looks pretty much same, but when it comes to gripping, Yu Yureka Plus proves slightly better than K3 Note. It follows up the Sandstone Black feel of OnePlus One, while K3 Note features the traditional matte finish just like any other budget smartphone!
In terms of physical specifications, the 8.5mm thickness of Yu Yureka Plus is slightly more than K3 Note coming with 8mm of thickness. Both devices give a comfortable feel in hand, and come in different color options. But, when you’ll consider overall design language, Yu Yureka Plus will look slightly more alluring with its backlit capacitive buttons and crafty design compared to Lenovo K3 Note.
In terms of display, there is not much difference between Yu Yureka Plus and Lenovo K3 Note. The display of Yureka Plus has been upgraded to full HD (1920×1080) from HD of original Yureka. This newly launched device sports a beautiful full HD IPS display of 5.5-inches, while the killer K3 Note also features the same display with identical resolution. Both screens are protected with Corning Gorilla Glass, but comparatively, K3 Note would be delivering better colors and contrast than Yureka Plus. The display of original Yu Yureka wasn’t too impressive, while its elder sibling is also expected to move on the same track.
Under the hood, Lenovo and YU have taken different ways to power their devices. Lenovo moved towards china based MediaTek chipset, while Yu joined hands with Qualcomm. The hardware of both smartphones looks good enough to deliver decent performance while performing multiple tasks or switching between apps. On one hand, Yu Yureka Plus powers up by a 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 615 chipset, while on the other, K3 Note powers up by an octa-core MediaTek MT6752 chipset. Both devices are coupled with 2GB of RAM, and would be giving buttery smooth performance to cater all your needs with full proficiency.
On the software front, Yu Yureka Plus and Lenovo K3 Note run on different but upgraded platforms. On one hand, K3 Note runs on company’s native Vibe UI based on Android 5.0 Lollipop, while on the other, Yureka Plus runs Cyanogen OS 12 based on Android Lollipop. You’ll get the latest iteration of Android on both devices, but Cyanogen OS works just like stock android, and offers added support for customization and usability too. The openness of Cyanogen also keeps up the expectations of future upgrades too.
For photography enthusiasts, Lenovo K3 Note and Yu Yureka Plus offer top-grade cameras to produce quality images under different conditions. Both devices feature a 13-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front-facing snapper to produce crisp and vibrant images. Lenovo hasn’t revealed the sensor used on K3 Note, while Yu has given best of its efforts to deliver perfect photography experience with Sony IMX214 sensor packed with the rear camera of Yureka Plus. Whether its daylight or lowlight, Yureka Plus and K3 Note will give best results while taking photographs or capturing videos.
Even in terms of storage, Lenovo K3 Note and Yu Yureka Plus go head to head. Both smartphones offer 16 gigs of storage for app and media files, and are expandable by up to 32 gigs via external microSD card. Whether you’re a standard user or core gamer, both phones will serve perfectly to cater all your needs.
On the connectivity front, dual-sim Lenovo K3 Note and Yu Yureka Plus connectivity features like 3G, 4G LTE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, MicroUSB and GPRS/EDGE. Both phones come with a dedicated 3.5mm audio jack to create a brilliant music experience, and deliver extremely smooth and glitch free browsing experience on Wi-Fi or mobile network.
Another major difference between Yu Yureka Plus and Lenovo K3 Note is battery performance. Lenovo K3 Note comes with a mammoth battery of 3000mAh, while Yu Yureka Plus comes with a smaller battery of 2500mAh. Both devices will hold sufficient amount of charge throughout the day, but if youneed more backup, Lenovo K3 Note is definitely a good choice to consider.
In the Indian market, Yu Yureka Plus has been priced at Rs. 9,999, while Lenovo K3 Note has also been rolling at an enticing price tag of Rs. 9,999 right from the beginning. The price of both phones is completely identical, and has played a big part in increasing the competition between both of these devices.
At the end of the day, Lenovo K3 Note and Yu Yureka Plus both can be described as perfect budget smartphones under 10k. The design language of Yu Yureka Plus is better, while Battery life of K3 Note gives thumbs up to Lenovo. Both smartphones are best in their own ways, and you can definitely expect ideal performance from both while performing multiple tasks or playing demanding games. Depending on your usage, you can pick any smartphone to fulfill all your needs!