Nokia 3 vs Xiaomi Redmi 4 vs YU Yureka Black: the ultimate budget showdown

“Can the Nokia 3 survive against the loaded Redmi 4 and Yureka Black?”

Nokia has just launched a trio of Android-powered smartphones in India, with its most affordable offering being the Nokia 3 (first impressions). At Rs 9,499, it goes straight up against the likes of Xiaomi Redmi 4 (review) and the recently-launched Yureka Black (first impressions). While the new handset has the backing of Nokia’s brand name, the spec sheet is just decent. Since people are looking forward to get their hands on the smartphone, we decided to compare it with its peers to see how it fares. 

Design 

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The first thing anyone notices in a smartphone is the way it looks, and the YU Yureka Black turns out to be the best of the lot here. Flaunting a glossy black finish on metallic unibody à la Apple iPhone 7 Jet Black, YU’s latest is definitely a head turner. Next up is the Redmi 4, which also sports the signature metal unibody design of Xiaomi with rounded edges, and feels pretty premium for the price tag it comes with. The Nokia 3, on the other hand, does have a sleek and elegant design but is missing the metal body. It has a polycarbonate body with a metal frame that fails to inspire a similar level of confidence.  

Display

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When it comes to the fascia, all three handsets have 5-inch panels dominating the front. However, the YU Yureka Black shines through from the moment it is turned on because its IPS LCD screen features a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. The Redmi 4 and Nokia 3 screens on the other hand, bear 720p resolution, which is pretty standard in this segment. While one cannot possibly tell the difference between full HD on Yureka Black and HD on the remaining two on 5-inch displays, the higher pixel count results in sharper images and thus emerges as a victor in this round.

Coming to the protection, the Yureka Black and Nokia 3 have Corning Gorilla Glass layer atop the displays to safeguard against scratches and accidental drops. However, there’s no confirmation of the type of protection on the Redmi 4’s screen, though we’re sure it has it too.

Software and hardware

Moving on to the software, the Nokia 3 finally gets to shine as it comes with the latest Android Nougat out of the box. Moreover, the HMD-owned brand has assured that its lineup will get the Android O update too, as soon as Google makes it available. At the same time, both the Redmi 4 and Yureka Black are running the dated Android Marshmallow. Also, Nokia devices will be featuring a vanilla Android interface compared to the bloated UI in its counterparts, which is definitely an advantage.

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On the hardware front, the Nokia 3 not only misses out on the fingerprint scanner that the other two handsets have, but is also powered because of its MediaTek MT6737 SoC. On the contrary, the Redmi 4 and Yureka Black feature octa-core Snapdragon 435 and 430 chips, respectively. In the RAM department as well, the Nokia 3 seems to be average, as it comes with 2GB RAM. The Redmi 4 and Yureka Black, in comparison, are equipped with 3GB and 4GB RAM, respectively. 

The situation remains the same in the case of storage as well, since the Nokia 3 loses out with 16GB onboard memory compared to the 32GB flash memory on its peers. However, it does support up to 128GB of expandable storage, whereas the Redmi 4 and YU Yureka Black only support an expansion of up to 64GB.

Overall, the hardware is probably the weakest link in the Nokia 3.

Cameras and battery

Nokia 3 loses out in the battle of cameras as the rear shooter on it is an 8MP unit compared to 13MP on the Yureka Black and Redmi 4. Getting into the technicalities, the Yureka Black features a Sony Exmor-RS CMOS sensor and the Redmi 4 boasts Phase Detection Autofocus, making them better than the one on Nokia 3, at least on paper. At the front however, Nokia marks its second victory as it shares the same 8MP selfie shooter with the Yureka Black, whereas, the Redmi 4 has a 5MP selfie snapper.

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The Xiaomi Redmi 4 wins by miles when it comes to battery, as it houses a beefy 4,100mAh cell under its hood. It’s followed by Yureka Black, which has a 3,000mAh unit, which is still impressive and should last a day. Nokia 3 lags behind with a 2,650mAh battery, but should be able to deliver a day’s worth of backup. 

Closing thoughts

Nokia 3 vs Redmi 4 vs Yu Yureka Black

While there has been a lot of hype for Nokia devices, the 3 in particular, it’s difficult to compare it to other offerings in the same price range basis specs. Both the Redmi 4 and Yureka Black comes across as better in every aspect, from performance to design. However, if you’re willing to look beyond specs, then the Nokia brand name with the promise of regular Android updates for its stock interface is an enticing proposition. Furthermore, it has one big edge over its rivals, and that is its offline availability across Nokia’s retail network of over 30,000 stores. The brand has also partnered with Vodafone to offer data benefits to its subscribers.

But whether all this is enough to draw spec-obsessed consumers towards it, remains to be seen. What do you think? Hit the comment box below to share your thoughts.