Micromax-backed YU Televentures launched its budget phablet called the Yureka Plus in July last year. It was the company’s third offering after the Yureka and Yuphoria. The phone was a sub-Rs 10,000 offering first, but its price was dropped in August 2015 to Rs 8,999. The move from the company on the price drop was because of the competition from the other budget 4G-enabled phablets from several Chinese manufacturers. One of these smartphones is the China-based Coolpad’s Note 3, which brings similar specs along with a fingerprint sensor at the same price tag.
The Coolpad Note 3 and YU Yureka Plus, both are decent contenders of the budget 4G phablet arena. If you are planning to buy any one of these, let’s compare their specs to help you choose better.
Coolpad Note 3 vs YU Yureka Plus: comparing features of the budget phablets
The Coolpad Note 3 offers a plastic body with curved edges and a soft matte finish, which the company calls Baby Skin. It comes with a fingerprint sensor, which is located below the primary camera on the back. It has a chrome finish that is running around the front panel. It measures 9.3mm around the waist, and weighs 155 grams. The YU Yureka Plus on the other hand offers the same body and design language found on its predecessor, the Yureka. It misses out a fingerprint sensor, and comes with a body that isn’t prone to the fingerprints and measures 8.5mm around the waist.
Display and OS
The Note 3 and Yureka Plus, both the smartphones offer large 5.5-inch displays. However, the latter gets a full HD display that brings a pixel density of 401 pixels per inch, resulting into a better media viewing experience than the Coolpad’s Note 3. As far as the software is concerned, the Yureka Plus runs the Android Lollipop-based CyanogenMod 12 OS, which is one of the most popular custom Android ROMs out there. The Coolpad Note 3 on the other hand runs Android 5.1 Lollipop with a layer of the brand’s Cool UI on top. Overall, the Yureka Plus offers a better display and software features compared to the Coolpad’s Note 3.
Performance wise, the Coolpad Note 3 offers a 1.3GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6753 processor, coupled with a meaty 3GB of RAM and a Mali T720 MP2 graphics processor. The Yureka Plus is slightly less powerful offering with a 1.5Ghz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, aided by 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 405 GPU. Both come with 16GB of internal memory, but the Coolpad Note 3 supports microSD cards up to 64GB in size, while the Yureka Plus only supports 32GB memory cards.
Camera features of the YU Yureka Plus and Coolpad Note 3 are similar. They both offer 13-megapixel primary cameras with LED flashes and full HD video recordings at 30 frames per second. For selfies, they get the same 5-megapixel secondary snappers. Their camera apps are equipped with autofocus, Continuous Shooting, Face Detection, HDR, Geo Tagging, ISO controls and more.
Connectivity and battery
In terms of connectivity, the Yureka Plus and Coolpad Note 3, both offer dual-SIM slots, 4G LTE support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, and micro-USB 2.0 ports. As for the battery, the Note 3 is backed by a large 3,000mAh unit that delivers one day of mixed usage. The Yureka Plus on the other hand is fuelled by a slimmer 2,500mAh battery that offers up to eight hours of talk time and up to 210 hours of standby time.
The Coolpad Note 3 and Yureka Plus are among the best budget 4G LTE-enabled smartphones in the sub-Rs 9,000 range in the country. Both are priced at Rs 8,999, and come with 5.5-inch displays, octa-core CPUs, similar camera features, and run Android Lollipop. However, the Coolpad Note 3 gets an additional fingerprint sensor and meaty 3GB of RAM for better performance along with a large 3,000 battery. The Yureka Plus on the other hand gets a full HD display to deliver better media viewing experience. So which one is your pick? share in the comments with all.