Sub Rs. 10,000 smartphones are beginning to get better and better in India, thanks to the increasing demand from people residing in rural areas and small cities, who often cannot spend a lot on a smartphone. Budget phones are also go-to for elderly and less tech-savvy users as their use of a smartphone is limited to social media and instant messaging. Today, let’s take a look at some budget phones and determine which one offers the best value for your money. The three devices in question are the Micromax Bharat 5, Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Lite and the Samsung Galaxy J2.
Micromax’s focus has primarily been on offering affordable, feature-rich phones and they’ve been doing a good job of it so far. Xiaomi takes it a step forward and perfected the art of manufacturing high-quality, feature-rich devices at unbelievable prices. Samsung, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to care too much about budget and mid-range phones, focusing primarily on their high-end devices.
Micromax Bharat 5 vs Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Lite vs Samsung Galaxy J2: Display
The Micromax Bharat 5 has a 5.2-inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 720×1280. The Redmi Y1 Lite’s panel has the same resolution but has a larger 5.5-inch screen. The Samsung Galaxy J2 has a smaller 4.7-inch super AMOLED panel with a resolution of 540×960. Despite the smaller screen size and resolution, the Galaxy J2 has a better display, as it is super AMOLED. AMOLED panels offer a much better viewing experience than traditional LCD panels.
Micromax Bharat 5 vs Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Lite vs Samsung Galaxy J2: Performance
The Micromax Bharat 5 runs a quad-core MediaTek chip clocked at 1.3GHz along with 1GB of RAM. The Samsung Galaxy J2 runs a quad-core Exynos 3475 clocked at 1.3GHz also with 1GB of RAM. The Redmi Y1 Lite is the better performer here, with a relatively more powerful quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chip and 2GB of RAM. Another reason why the Redmi Y1 Lite is better than the other two is the fact that MIUI 9 has a lot of optimizations to make it run better on limited resources, unlike Samsung’s Samsung Experience, which is known to slow to a crawl after a period of time.
Micromax Bharat 5 vs Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Lite vs Samsung Galaxy J2: Camera
The Redmi Y1 Lite is the clear winner here, with its 13-megapixel primary camera outperforming the 5-megapixel camera on the Micromax Bharat 5 and the Galaxy J2. The secondary cameras on the Bharat 5 and Redmi Y1 Lite are both 5-megapixels, but the Redmi Y1 Lite’s camera is better, owing to better software optimization. The Samsung Galaxy J2’s secondary camera is 2-megapixels and it doesn’t hold up next to the other two devices’ cameras.
Micromax Bharat 5 vs Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Lite vs Samsung Galaxy J2: Hardware
The Micromax Bharat 5 has the highest battery backup of the three, with a whopping 5,000mAh battery. The Redmi Y1 Lite comes second with a 3,000mAh battery and the Galaxy J2 is last, with a dismal 2,000mAh battery. Additionally, the Redmi Y1 Lite also comes with an IR blaster allowing the phone to be used as a remote control for household devices.
Micromax Bharat 5 vs Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Lite vs Samsung Galaxy J2: Price
The Redmi Y1 Lite is priced at Rs. 6,999, while the Micromax Bharat 5 is slightly cheaper at Rs. 6,125. The Galaxy J2 retails at Rs. 6,889 and is frankly not worth the money, considering the additional features offered by the other two devices.
Micromax Bharat 5 vs Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Lite vs Samsung Galaxy J2: Verdict
The Redmi Y1 Lite is the better device, overall, as it offers a lot more than the Micromax Bharat 5 in terms of performance, camera and ease of use. The Micromax Bharat 5 is recommended for people who require a trustworthy phone that will last them a day or two without worrying about it running out of power. We can recommend the Galaxy J2 only for Samsung brand loyalists who are used to a super AMOLED panel and cannot do without one no matter what.
We hope that Samsung focuses more on their budget devices as they are capable of competing with Xiaomi devices. The same, however, cannot be said about Micromax, as they lack the resources to put up a proper fight against established market giants.