Talk about smartphone wars plus almost similar specs and we are here on the just-announced Yu Yureka Plus that will take on the Lenovo K3 Note that was launched a few weeks ago. Both are priced at 9,999 INR and both boast a 5.5 inch Full HD screen. The Yu Yureka has been a highly successful phone but has been discontinued since a while after the younger sibling Yuphoria was launched. There were few teasers sent out indicating a successor for Yureka coming up but turns out it is just a minor update on the specs coming in the form of a Yureka Plus. So what differentiates these two phones? Which is the one that you must get? Let’s start with the specs to find out before we talk about other aspects:
|Specs||Lenovo K3 Note||Yu Yureka Plus|
|Display||5.5 inches Full HD 1080 x 1920 pixels (~401 PPI pixel density)||5.5 inches Full HD 1080 x 1920 pixels (~401 PPI pixel density)Gorilla Glass 3 protection|
|Processor||Mediatek MT6752 Octa-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53Mali-T760MP2 GPU||Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 Quad-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53Adreno 405 GPU|
|Memory||16 GB, expandable up to 32 GB||16 GB, expandable up to 32 GB|
|OS||Vibe UI built off Android 5.0||Cyanogen OS 12 built off Android 5.0.2|
|Camera||13 MP with Dual LED flash + 5MP||13 MP with LED flash + 5MP|
|Battery||2900 mAh Li-ion removable battery||2500 mAh Li-Po removable battery|
|Connectivity||4G LTE, Dual Sim, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.1, A-GPS, GLONASS||4G LTE, Dual Sim, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0, A-GPS|
|Colors||Onyx Black, Pearl White, Laser Yellow||Moondust Gray, Alabaster White|
|Price||9,999 INR||9,999 INR|
So that was the spec sheet. On paper, it looks to be stiff competition and like most cases boils down to what you prefer. We have been using the Lenovo K3 Note for a while now and have been performing quite OK with some quirks which we will come to in a bit. The Yureka Plus if you keenly observe is just the same Yureka but with a Full HD screen and supposedly better camera performance. That remains to be seen when we actually get our hands on the new Yureka Plus. But going by our past experience plus our experience so far on the K3 Note, here are our two cents in terms of which phone is good for what:
K3 Note over Yureka Plus:
- Better post-sales service: Yu’s post-sale service seems to be as good or bad as what Micromax does. Lenovo has established itself as one of the best out there when it comes to post-sales services
- Has compass sensor that allows for the GLONASS to function thus helping the user when it comes to using the phone for navigation purposes
- Better Build quality
- Bigger battery – this necessarily doesn’t mean longer battery life. In our last week, we have seen a bad battery back up but we hope a software update will be able to fix this.
- Slightly better processor: Yes, the Mediatek processor used on the K3 note is one of the best ones that they have produced and the SD 615 used on the Yureka Plus is known for overheating issues. We believe that though slowly paced, the world is moving off the notion of Qualcomm’s every processor smoking out Mediatek. [We speak of this as we have been doing some research on the processors and this is what we have come to believe especially after the release of MTK Helios]
- Dual LED Flash: Not that this means a better camera but having dual LED is surely an advantage in low light conditions, which the Yureka is not so great at.
Yureka Plus over K3 Note:
- Cyanogen OS: All said and done, the Cyanogen OS is still one of the top 3 most preferred variants of Android out there. With a dedicated skin for Yu phones, Cyanogen promises strong support in terms of updates and bug fixes. Initially, the battery life of Yureka was bad but they fixed that issue to a certain extent via an OTA update. Vibe UI though has improved a lot, has a long long way to go
- Gorilla Glass 3 protection: K3 Note has no screen protection while the Yureka Plus comes with gorilla glass protection which is always handy for the 5.5-inch screen which falls into the phablet category.
So that is the story so far and we will reserve our judgment until we extensively test both the devices but at the moment looks like it will be a close call. The camera, the OS, and the battery life are what the final verdict pins on.