YU Yunique vs Micromax Canvas Spark: Affordable Android Smartphones

In April this year, Micromax launched its highly affordable sub-Rs 5,000 smartphone, the Canvas Spark running Android Lollipop out of the box. The company had quite a success with the Spark, having several initial flash sales of the phone over within a matter of minutes. Now Micromax’s subsidiary, YU Televentures has launched its first smartphone in the sub-Rs 5,000 range, the YU Yunique. It is among the few Android smartphones with 4G LTE support priced below Rs 6,000.

Apart from the supporting networks, the Canvas Spark and YU Yunique offer almost similar specifications at the same price tag. If you are planning to buy an affordable, yet loaded, Android phone, then they are among the best choices available. To find out how they stand against each other, let’s put the Canvas Spark and YU Yunique on the table and compare their specs, so you can decide the one suits your needs.

YU Yunique vs Micromax Canvas Spark: comparison of the budget Micromax devices

Design

In terms of design, the YU Yunique looks quite similar to its sibling, the Yuphoria. The phone is made out of plastic, and comes with a rubberised rear panel that offers strong gripping. The device has navigation keys in the software-interface, leaving the space below the display completely empty, making it suitable for one-handed use. The device measures 8.3mm around the waist and weighs 128 grams. The Micromax Canvas Spark also features a plastic body, and its rear panel is resistant to fingerprints. The phone has a waistline of 8.4mm and tips the scale at 134 grams. Overall, in terms of design, they both have sturdy plastic build, and are quite slim for their price range.

Display and OS

The Micromax Canvas Spark offers a compact 4.7-inch display bearing a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, resulting into a mediocre pixel density of 234ppi. The YU Yunique has the same screen size, but has an HD resolution screen panel with a pixel density of 312ppi. Clearly, the Yunique offers vivid colours and better media experience than the Canvas Spark. On the software front, they both run close-to-stock version of Android Lollipop. However, the Yunique will soon receive an update to the highly popular CyanogenMod 12.1 OS that is based on Lollipop, and comes with more features on top of Android.

Configuration

Performance-wise, the Micromax Canvas Spark utilises a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582M processor, further supported by 1GB of RAM and a Mali 400 GPU. The YU Yunique offers slightly better performance thanks to the 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 CPU with 64-bit computing, aided by an Adreno 306 GPU and 1GB of RAM. Both come with 8GB of internal memory, further expandable up to 32GB via microSD cards.

Camera

Camera features of these phones are similar including 8-megapixel primary snappers with LED flash and 2-megapixel front shooters. The YU Yunique is expected to offer better quality selfies than the Canvas Spark, as it’s front camera is equipped with an 83-degree wide-angle lens and f/2.4 aperture.

Connectivity and Battery

The Canvas Spark is a 3G-only offering, while the YU Yunique is a future-ready offering that supports India’s both TDD-LTE band 40 and FDD-LTE band 3. Their other connectivity options are same including dual-SIM slots, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and A-GPS. They both are fuelled by 2,000mAh batteries, rated to deliver seven hours of talk time.

Conclusion

As you see, the Micromax Canvas Spark and YU Yunique are not really that different. They offer sturdy plastic designs, quad-core processors, mediocre internal storage, decent performance and camera features, and compact displays. If you don’t much care about 4G support and like stock and clean Android experience, the Canvas Spark is the right choice. However, if you want a future ready 4G-enabled budget phone with Cyanogen custom Android ROM support, then go for the YU Yunique, as it also offers better display, performance, and selfie camera than the Canvas Spark. Both smartphones are priced at Rs 4,999, so which one is your pick? share in the comments.

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