Xiaomi entered the Indian market exactly a year back armed with their Mi3, Redmi 3G and the Redmi 1S. Despite a phenomenal start the company go embroiled in a legal complicacy with Ericcsson which resulted in the withdrawal of the Redmi Note 3G from the Indian market. In came, the Redmi Note 4G - but it failed beat the sales number of its predecessor. The launch of the Yu Yureka and K3 Note further played spoil sport.
Nevertheless Xiaomi is back with a bang - meet the Redmi Note 2 Prime. It has octa core Mediatek MT6795 SoC inside along with a 13MP camera equipped with PDAF sensor on the back. The company had priced the device fiercely competitively at just CNY 999 (approx. Rs 9,999)! With its launch in India possibly on the 19th of August, YU Yureka Plus and Killer Note has tough times ahead. Here's how all new Redmi Note will stack up with the Yu!
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 Redmi Note 2 comes with a polycarbonate body like its predecessor. But the new device is now much shorter and narrower than its earlier generation. Xiaomi has also dumped the glossy backpanel in favour of a matte back. In a word the Redmi Note 2 takes a number of design queue from another mid ranges of the company - the Mi4i.
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 way 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?
The Redmi Note 2 and Yureka Plus have nearly similar displays. Both the panels are 5.5 inch with Full HD (1920x1080) resolution. The Redmi Note 2' display is better in terms of color saturation and viewing angles though. It even comes with Sunlight Display technology - much like the one seen in the Mi4i.
Despite the fact that YU Yureka Plus had improved on the display from its previous generation, it is still way behind the panel seen on the Note 2. The display on the Note 2 is rather comparable to the Mi4i.
Under the Hood:
Here is a major difference between the two devices. With the Redmi Note 4G heavily criticised for not packing a powerful SoC under the hood, Xiaomi has pumped this new generation like a powerhouse., The Redmi Note 2 comes with the octa core Mediatek Helio X10 inside! This means that the mid-range Redmi Note 2 is as powerful as the Meizu MX5! The cores are clocked at 2.2GHz each, and this results in an Antutu benchmark 5.7.1 score of approx. 54,000 - which is massive.
The Yu Yureka Plus comes with the same hardware as seen on the previous gen - SD615. The SD615 has been in the headlines in the past for all wrong reasons - heating issues - all thanks to the Mi4i. Despite the fact that the SoC doesn't heat as much inside the Yu Yureka Plus, it is still nowhere near the Helio X10! The benchmark scores too speak for that - the device records an average Antutu score of 31,000.
The RAM on both the devices though is 2GB. In spite of the fact that this is now bare necessity for a midrange device - multitasking won't be an issue.
This is another department where both the devices are equally matches. 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 Redmi Note 2 on the other hands sports a 13MP f2.2 camera with a unknown sensor from Toshiba/Samsung. Both the devices feature an LED flash. Redmi Note 2 though comes with a PDAF (Phase Detection Autofocus Sensor) which help in highly improved focusing times. In fact this makes the device one of the cheapest to sport PDAF - it is seen in Flagship devices normally.
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 the Yureka Plus comes with a Cyanogenmod 12, Redmi Note 2 features the latest MIUI 7 from Xiaomi. Cyanogenmod is nearly stock too, but provides a no of added utilitarian features. On the other hand MIUI is totally a customised interface with tons of added features and utilities.Expect both devices to receive future updates.
As a whole Redmi Note 2 is complete package. It in fact boasts flagships specs in a polycarbonate body. If and when the company brings the device to India, the Redmi Note 2 will catch the market by storm. The Yureka Plus is no slouch though. It is a much improved device from its predecessor, but isn't up to the mark with Redmi Note 2 though - especially when it comes to display and performance.