The Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Lite hits the sweet spot when it comes to price. The sub Rs. 10,000 segment is heavily contested owing to the demand of reasonably priced devices in non-metropolitan cities. Gone are the days when one had to spend at least Rs. 10,000 for a functional 4G phone, with many new players entering the market to get a slice of the pie. Today, we’ll skip the new players and take a look at the budget offerings of established market giants, namely the Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Lite, the Motorola Moto C Plus and the Samsung Galaxy J2.
Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Lite vs Motorola Moto C Plus vs Samsung Galaxy J2: Price
Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Lite vs Motorola Moto C Plus vs Samsung Galaxy J2: Display
The Redmi Y1 Lite and the Moto C Plus both have an IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 720×1280. The screen size on the Redmi Y1 is 5.5-inches while the Moto C plus is smaller, at 5-inches. The smallest of the lot is the Samsung Galaxy J2, with its 4.7-inch super AMOLED panel with a resolution of 540×960. The Samsung Galaxy J2 is the winner here, despite the small screen size and resolution, as a super AMOLED panel offers a better viewing experience and colour depth than an IPS LCD panel.
Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Lite vs Motorola Moto C Plus vs Samsung Galaxy J2: Performance
The Redmi Y1 Lite is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 clocked at 1.3GHz, the Moto C goes the MediaTek route, opting for an MT6737 clocked 1.3GHz and Samsung Galaxy J2 uses Samsung’s in-house Exynos 3475 also clocked at.1.3GHz. The Galaxy J2 and the Moto C Plus employ an ARM Mali GPU, whereas the Redmi Y1 Lite uses a Qualcomm Adreno 308. The Redmi Y1 Lite is the better device, as the Snapdragon 425 outperforms both the MT6737 and the Exynos 3475 in both synthetic benchmarks and real-life applications. On the software front, all three devices run Android 7.0 out of the box, with the Redmi Y1 Lite running MIUI 9, the Galaxy J2 running Samsung Experience and the Moto C running Stock.
Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Lite vs Motorola Moto C Plus vs Samsung Galaxy J2: Camera
The Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Lite is miles ahead of the competition here. The 13-megapixel primary and 5-megapixel secondary camera is a rarity at this price, and Xiaomi hit the nail on the head with the Redmi Y1 Lite. The Moto C Plus has a 8-megapixel primary camera and a dismal 2-megapixel secondary shooter. The Samsung Galaxy J2 fares even worse, with a 5-megapixel primary and 2-megapixel selfie camera. Both Samsung and Motorola seem to have heavily butchered the cameras prowess to keep the prices low.
Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Lite vs Motorola Moto C Plus vs Samsung Galaxy J2: Hardware
The Motorola Moto C Plus has the best battery backup of the lot, with a 4,000Mah Li-ion unit powering it. The Redmi Y1 Lite is second, with its 3,080mAh Li-ion unit and the Samsung Galaxy J2 is the last, with its dismal 2,000mAh battery. Samsung seems to have really gone overboard in axing essential features, a move which will ultimately hurt the sales figures’ of their budget devices.
Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Lite vs Motorola Moto C Plus vs Samsung Galaxy J2: Verdict
The Xiaomi Redmi Y1 is the better device here, for the most part. The Samsung Galaxy J2 put all of its eggs in the display basket, skimping on everything else, while the Moto C went for a larger battery. One can count on Xiaomi to manufacture well-rounded, reasonably priced devices that offer just the right amount of anything. Budget devices are likely to make for a large chunk of sales in the future, as the flagship market is more or less saturated and this is one of the reasons why Xiaomi sells as many units as it does.