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Best Budget Smartphone under Rs.10000 2015

Updated on April 24, 2015

The under Rs.10000 smartphone category, or the so called budget segment, is flooded with smartphones and this year we have the Chinese dominating the segment. Xiaomi, Lenovo and Yu (Micromax's new venture). It has become increasingly difficult to choose a winner between the phones from these brands as they offer stellar performance and mind blowing features at a price point that won't burn a hole in your pocket. Let us now look at the contenders in this segment. If you have any suggestions about any phones that offer better performance at this price bracket please do comment below. The contenders are Redmi 1S, Redmi Note, Lenovo A6000 and Yu Yureka (Review). We have two phones from the same manufacturer and you can tell that Xiaomi is having a really good run in India. Xiaomi is also planning to launch the Xiaomi Mi4 tomorrow, which I will be reviewing very soon.

May the best phone win

Which is the winner?

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Looks and Build Quality

In terms of looks, if you want a phone that stands out in the crowd, I think you should go for the Yu Yureka. It has that certain amount of swag to it that makes it a crowd puller. The finish of the back panel is something unique in this price range. The Redmi Note and Redmi 1S looks equally good, followed by the Lenovo A6000. In terms of build quality the Redmi 1S would be the winner as it is a solid phone. The phone is made completely of plastic, but it is made from really high quality plastic that will take some great effort t break. Redmi Note and the Lenovo A6000 are really good too and the Yu Yureka comes on after that. The back panel of the Redmi Note and Lenovo A6000 is hard, but slightly less compared to the Redmi 1S. The Yureka has kind of a weak back panel, and I suggest you use it carefully.

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Yu YurekaRedmi 1SRedmi NoteLenovo A6000
Yu Yureka
Yu Yureka
Redmi 1S
Redmi 1S
Redmi Note
Redmi Note
Lenovo A6000
Lenovo A6000

Hardware

The Redmi 1S is powered by the Qualcomm MSM8228 Snapdragon chipset with a Cortex A7 quad core processor clocked at 1.6 GHz. It also has 1GB of RAM coupled with the Adreno 305 GPU for all your gaming needs. The Redmi 1S handled almost all the games that I threw at it at medium settings without any lag and with a bit of a lag when the settings were bumped up to high.

The Redmi Note features a Mediatek MT6592 chipset with a Cortex A7 octa core processor clocked 1.7 GHz and the 4G version features a Snapdragon 400 MSM8928 chipset with a quad core processor clocked at 1.6GHz. The 3G version has 1GB of RAM and the 4G version has 2GB of RAM and for gaming we have the Mali 450MP4 GPU on the 3G version and an Adreno 305 on the 4G version. I feel that the hardware in the Redmi Note 3G is note up to the mark when compared to the Redmi 1S and the other smartphones. Redmi Note performs really well in day to day activities. I would recommend the Note 4G over the 3G version due to its superior hardware quality.

Yu Yureka is a recently launched smartphone from Yu Televentures whose parent company is Micromax. It comes with a lot of "stuff" inside it that poses a serious threat to Xiaomi. Yureka features a Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 chipset with a 64-bit architecture octa core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz. For gaming we have Adreno 405 GPU coupled with 2GB of RAM. If you look at the price at which this phone comes, you will definitely be surprised at the quality of hardware on offer.

Lenovo A6000 has even better hardware. It houses a Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 chipset with a quad core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz. GPU present is better than the one on Redmi 1S and Redmi Note by a small margin. The Adreno 306 present in the A6000 does its job pretty well. It is coupled with 1GB of RAM and this is quite sufficient when it comes to day to day activities. There is no lag whatsoever.

Confused, huh?

Spec
Yu Yureka
Xiaomi Redmi Note
Xiaomi Redmi 1S
Lenovo A6000
Display
5.5inch, 1280x720, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 with oleophobic coating, 267ppi
5.5inch, 720x1280, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, 267ppi
4.7inch, 720x1280, 312ppi
5inch, 1280x720, 294ppi
Processor
Snapdragon 615 MSM8939, Octa Core 1.5GHz
Snapdragon 400 MSM8928, Quad Core 1.6GHz or Mediatek MT6592, Octa Core 1.7GHz
Snapdragon MSM8228, Quad Core 1.6GHz
Snapdragon MSM8916 410, Quad Core 1.2GHz
GPU
Adreno 405
Adreno 305 or Mali 450MP4
Adreno 305
Adreno 306
RAM
2 GB
1 GB or 2 GB
1 GB
1 GB
Storage
16 GB, expandable upto 32 GB
8 GB, expandable upto 32 GB
8 GB, expandable upto 32 GB
8 GB, expandable upto 32 GB
Camera
13 MP rear, 5 MP front
13 MP rear, 5 MP front
8 MP rear, 1.6 MP front
8 MP rear, 2 MP front
Battery
2500 mAH Li-Po
3100 mAh/3200 mAh, Li-Po
2050 mAh, Li-Ion
2300 mAh, Li-Ion
Price
Rs.8999
Rs.8999
Rs.5999
Rs.6999

Display

Redmi 1S sports a 4.7inch screen with Asahi DragonTrail Glass for protection against scratches. Even though it is not as good as Gorilla Glass it does its job pretty well. The resolution is 720x1280 which sums up to a pixel density of 312 ppi. At the back we have an 8 megapixel camera with LED flash. It is capable of recording full HD videos at 30fps. The front 1.6 megapixel camera is also capable of recording HD videos at 30fps.

Redmi Note features a 5.5inch screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The resolution is same as that of the Redmi 1S, that is, 720x1280. This results in a pixel density of 267ppi, which is lesser compared to the Redmi 1S. But we may not note the difference whatsoever. The primary camera is a 13 MP shooter capable of recording full HD videos at 30fps. At the front we have a 5 MP shooter for all your selfies.

Lenovo A6000 has a 5inch screen which comes in a resolution of 1280x720. The pixel density is 294ppi. The display is bright and color reproduction is nearly perfect. We have an 8 MP shooter at the rear and a 2 MP shooter in the front. The rear camera comes with an LED flash and is capable of full HD recording.

Yu Yureka has a 5.5inch screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection with an additional oleophobic coating. The resolution is the same, 1280x720 pixels, with a pixel density of 267ppi. The highlight of this phone is its camera. We have a 13 MP shooter at the rear with Sony IMX135 CMOS Sensor. We can capture full HD videos at 30fps or HD videos at 60fps. The 5 MP front camera is also capable of recording full HD videos at 30fps and it captures awesome selfies.

Verdict

Now, you must all be wondering what the results are, right? But this time, I'm letting you decide. Check out the comparison table, that I've created and cast your votes in the poll. Let the people decide and may the best phone win.

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      David Buckner 

      2 years ago

      Cool hub, I like seeing other phones that I haven't heard of. Thanks for writing

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      anchaljohi 

      3 years ago

      hey,,great stuff,,i really liked it a lot. I think mmx yu yureka is best among all. Thanks for sharing.

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