Motorola G series is known for its budget friendly price tag and constant updates. And this year it wasn't any different too as Motorola introduced their third generation Moto G at a highly competitive price tag of Rs 11,999 for the 8GB storage/1GB RAM and Rs 12,999 for 16GB/2GB variant. Despite being priced lower than the previous generation Moto G (2nd gen), this new device will face stiffs competitions from online only brands like Yu, Xiaomi among others.
Yu had launched their new iteration of their highly successful Yureka aka. Yu Yureka Plus at a highly competitive price tag pf Rs 8,999. The Xiaomi Mi4i will also provide genuine competition to the Moto G 3rd gen. Hence Gizbot decided to pit the new Moto G with the Yu Yureka Plus and find out which is the best budget buy!
Build & Design:
The Moto G 3rd gen comes with an improved design from its predecessor. Moto has now passed this phone through IPX7 certification. To put it in a simple way it means that the device is waterproof and can withstand accidental immersion in one meter water up to a time interval of 30 minutes. This is much like what Sony has been doing in the past for its high end devices. The device is in fact the cheapest waterproof smartphone available in the country.
The Yu Yureka Plus on the other hand comes with a boxy design with a Sandstone finish like back cover. The company claims that the device can withstand impacts resulted from fall down from a table or even a staircase. Only was to destruct the phone is by placing it in a mixer grinder! Tech analysts are not so convinced though. If Yu was so confident about their device then why didn't they pass it through Military certification?
Nevertheless tech experts at Gizbot feels that the device is truly a well built one, and resist most accidental shocks that your phone might impact.
The Yureka Plus and Moto G 3rd gen is aimed at to different types of users. Yureka featuring a 5.5 inch Full HD screen is aimed the phablet buyers while Moto G 3rd gen is compact phone with a 5 inch screen size. The display resolution is lower though - HD (1280x720). The reason for calling a 5 inch device compact is because we are in an age where we are seeing devices with 7 inch devices being called phones ( remember the FonePad of Asus? ).
Both display produce good and natural colors. Moto G was always known for its high quality displays, but what Gizbot liked the most was the Yureka Plus. The previous gen Yureka featured a HD display which suffered from generating cooler colours - but thankfully Yu has fixed that here.
Under the Hood:
The Moto G 3rd gen despite having a higher price tag lags behind the Yu Yureka Plus in this department. The device comes with a budget Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC in contrary to the Snapdragon 615 present on the Yureka Plus. For the geeks, lets mention that the difference in the SoC will result in drop in the score from 31K (Yureka Plus) to 23K (Moto G 3rd gen) in Antutu Benchmark.
The SoC used in the Moto G is overclocked though, which each of the four cores at 1.4GHz coupled with an Adreno 306 GPU. This results in a higher Antutu Benchmark than the one recorded by the likes of Moto E 4G or Redmi 2.
The RAM on both the devices (Yureka Plus and Moto G 16GB) is 2GB. The Moto G 8GB has a 1GB of RAM though. In terms of internal storage Yureka Plus had a 16GB inside with memory expansion upto 32GB via Micro SD card slot.
This is one department where both company's claim that they have improved like never before! One paper the Yureka Plus features the same 13MP f2.2 aperture rear camera with an improved IMX214 sensor from Sony. This sensor also features in flagship devices like OnePlus One, Mi4, Oppo Find 7 to name a few. The Yureka previously featured the IMX135 sensor found on the Mi3. The improvement in the camera sensor will result in better low light shots. Despite the sensor supporting a 4K video capture, the device won't able to shoot it mainly due to processor limitations.
The Moto G on the other hand sports a 13MP rear camera with an unknown sensor. The camera apertures is not known too. Both cameras feature dual LED flash.
The front camera on both the devices are 5MP respectively.
The devices run the latest iteration of Android Lollipop (5.1.1). There's a slight difference in the UIs though. While Moto G runs a stock iteration of Android, the Yureka Plus comes with a Cyanogenmod 12. Cyanogenmod is nearly stock too, but provides a no of added utilitarian features.
Expect both devices to receive future updates. But the Moto G will indefinitely receive them first.
The Yureka Plus comes out winners in most areas of this comparison. But just in case you are still confused here's something that can help you out:
Moto G 3rd gen:
- If you need a waterproof and well-built device at a budget
- If fast and frequent updates are your priority
- Last but not the least if you are brand conscious and don't want to go with brand that's associated with Micromax
Yu Yureka Plus:
- Better display - Full HD
- Better rear camera
- Better performance and gaming
- Lighter on pocket
Hope this makes your choice easier. In case you are planning to buy the Moto G then do have a look at our hands of the device.
You may also consider buying the Xiaomi Mi4i if you are not impressed with either of the devices.