Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G vs Yu Yureka – Finding the Better One

Xiaomi has already revealed its plans to release the Redmi Note 4G in India. Yu yesterday announced the Yureka which will be directly competing with the Redmi Note 4G (and 3G). So here is a quick comparison to find the true VFM out of the two.

Comparison b/w Redmi Note 4G and Yu Yureka

To start off, both Redmi Note and Yureka are decent devices and offer much more than what the competition offers for the same price. Xiaomi started off with redefining the market with its cheap, elegant and powerful devices, but now it is going to face tough competition from Yu (considering they have more devices in the pipeline). Let’s clear the gap with a quick specifications comparison.

CategoryRedmi Note 4GYureka 4G
Display5.5″ 720p (267 ppi)
Gorilla Glass 3
5.5″ 720p (267 ppi)
Gorilla Glass 3
Processor1.6 Ghz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
1.5Ghz Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (x64)
Expandable upto 64GB via SD Card
Expandable upto 32GB via SD Card (officially) [User reports support upto 128GB]
Based on Android 4.4 (KitKat)
Cynogen 11
Based on Android 4.4 (KitKat)
Network4G, 3G & 2G Support
Single SIM
4G, 3G & 2G Support
Dual SIM
CameraBack: 13MP w/ Flash & Autofocus
Front: 5MP
Back: 13MP w/ Flash & Autofocus
Front: 5MP
Battery3100 mAh Li-po
Standby: 775 hours*
Talktime: 38 hours*
(*As per Mi)
2500mAh Li-Po
Standby: 210 hours*
Talktime: 8 hours*
(*As per Yu)

So, the quick comparison should already answer most of the things. While the display of both these smartphones is of the same size and with the same pixel density, the differences starts showing when you look at the processor. Yureka uses a newer Snapdragon 615 processor which is much powerful than the Snapdragon 400 used in the Redmi Note 4G. The graphic performance of the Yureka is also better as it uses Adreno 405 as its GPU while Redmi Note packs an older and less powerful Adreno 305.

note 4g vs yureka front

Note 4G (left) & Yureka (right)

Storage & RAM

Both pack the similar DDR3 based 2GB of RAM providing enough room for multitasking and running apps smoothly. Coming to the internal storage, Yureka offers 16GB of in-built storage and Redmi Note does 8GB. Having more of internal storage can be beneficial as there is more room to install apps and store other media, but Redmi Note ain’t less either noting that it offers expansion upto 64GB using a SD card whereas Yureka is limited to 32GB only. So, if you’re one of those who install lots of apps, Yureka offers more room, whereas if you want to store lots of media, Xiaomi’s Note 4G is a better option.

Operating System

Operating System is an area where both the devices are entirely different. While Cynogen still tries to maintain a similar UI as Stock Android, Xioami’s MIUI is completely different. Cynogen is known to be stable, more feature rich and customizable whereas MIUI while being stable still offers limited level of customization. MIUI adapts a user interface similar to  that of iOS which is considerably different than that offered in stock Android. Developer support for MIUI is huge and same goes for Cynogen, but as Xiaomi launches devices internationally, it attracts a lot of attention towards each individual device. Whereas, Yureka is currently only limited to India and there may not be as much attention given by Cynogen developers as much as what Redmi Note 4G will get from MIUI developers. Still, due to the features, Cynogen does have an edge over MIUI.


Camera department is pretty similar with both devices offering 13MP and 5MP back and front cameras respectively. Yu Yureka however does pick up the camera CMOS from Sony which could prove better than what Xiaomi picked up for its Redmi Note 4G. Both can do 1080p recording and Slo-Mo. Yureka is said to achieve upto 120fps for Slo-Mo with the upcoming cynogen update.


Both the devices support the 4G LTE bands being used in India and both will be able to connect to the available 4G, 3G and 2G networks. Other connectivity options such as Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and WiFi are also similar for both these devices. Coming to the physical connectors, the Redmi Note 4G brings with it a MicroUSB 2.0 connector which supports USB OTG (On the Go). Yureka also packs a similar MicroUSB 2.0 connector, but OTG capability is something not known yet and USB OTG option is available as well.

Battery Capacity &  Backup

There is a considerable difference when we talk about the battery as Xiaomi powers its Redmi Note 4G with a huge 3100 mAh Li-Po battery whereas Yureka’s 2500 mAh one packs much lesser juice. While Yu does state that the processor is less power hungry and OS level optimizations improve the battery backup by 25%, the backup numbers provided by Yu stand much lower than those provided by Xiaomi. Battery is an important aspect and we need to wait for the devices to land into the market to see how good the real world backup is, but things don’t sound good for the Yureka which should be always hungry for power due to its big screen and a powerful processor. Both devices come with a removable battery, if you’re one of the few concerned about removable batteries.

Warranty Policy

Warranty policy does deserves a mention here as Yu is playing the dice very differently. Yu is officially welcoming everybody to root their Yureka devices and do whatever customizations they want to do with it. On the other hand, Redmi Note 4G brings with it the same standard warranty terms as other OEMs where rooting should be avoided or the warranty will lapse. Yu will also provide access to Yureka’s boot-loader and the Kernel sources making it a perfect device, fit for developmental purposes. Xiaomi revealed no plans of allowing access to the bootloader or Kernel sources of Redmi Note 4G and that’s something not happening, not anytime soon considering Redmi 1S owners are still awaiting the same for their devices. We still need to wait to see how Yu will handle servicing of the devices as they are introducing a doorstep service model whereby there will not be any service centers. This sounds amazing, but how good will they be able to do it is something only time will tell.

Price & Bottom Line

It seems that was it. Over to you to finally make a final decision of going with one of these. Both the devices are outstanding considering what the asking price and what the other competition is offering. Yureka, priced at ₹8999 outstands the Redmi Note 4G which costs ₹9999 in some areas, but lacks considerably when it comes to the battery capacity. Also, servicing will be another reason to lean towards the Redmi Note 4G.
Which device are you planning to purchase? Do leave your input in the comments section as we all will be interested to know your choice 🙂

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117 Responses to Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G vs Yu Yureka – Finding the Better One

  1. DeLeon March 12, 2015 at 3:40 pm #

    what to…do….which one is good…..i can’t decide…man….anyone help..me to..choose the right one…plz…

  2. Rahul March 19, 2015 at 10:20 pm #

    Yu yureka is best ever its never lag and I,m playing very powerful game and I like it.so guys buy yu yureka.

  3. nikhil March 22, 2015 at 4:19 pm #

    There is no. Option to make our own rigtone in yureka. Otherwise quite good ..few bugs dissapointed with battery backup

  4. subin March 29, 2015 at 10:19 am #

    hello dude! yu vs mi note 4g which is best.yu camera is good or bad

    • Narender Singh March 29, 2015 at 11:22 am #

      I’d probably pick up Mi Note for the camera. BTW do look at the Huawei Honor 4x too. Kinda similar pricing and specifications 🙂

  5. Dhiraj April 3, 2015 at 9:50 am #

    Hi Narender Singh I am using 128 GB memory card in my YU Yureka without any problem (without root) so please update your comparison above.

    • Narender Singh April 3, 2015 at 12:21 pm #

      I was only basing the comparison on what the official specs mention. The Redmi 4G will also support more memory than what is quoted in the official specs. But I’ll still update the comparison.

  6. Raj April 5, 2015 at 10:31 pm #

    Hi. Guys. I bought YU yureka even everyone says heats and lags. Yes it does heats no lags for me. N I’m a heavy user. Battery is ok for me. I charge it twice a day if I play any huge games like GTA San Andreas, asphalt 8, m a fan of coc I play when my troops r ready. n n some HD games. yureka heats only if I use big games and camera. If u r a normal user. Go buy it. If u r heavy gamer or takes a lot pics n use continuously go for something else… I used both phones. For yureka only problem is heating. Everything is OK for me. N some friends who don’t know how to buy from amazon. Try to find people who sell yureka mobiles in olx. Some people will buy in bulk and sell them for extra 500 on yureka. Try in olx. Guys if u knw how to use mobile . u will be OK with yureka trust me. 😉

  7. chandhru April 7, 2015 at 8:56 am #

    I bought yureka after some days precisely 6 days back my phone internal storage just got vanished.. With all my phorhos games and everything war should I do to this…….?

  8. manju k April 15, 2015 at 6:47 pm #

    In yurika mobile available r not available update in mobile setting any buddy tell guyss

  9. om April 20, 2015 at 12:22 pm #

    yu yureka is best

  10. Sanjay kumar April 25, 2015 at 9:44 am #

    I can battery remove micromax yureka phone.

    • Narender Singh April 25, 2015 at 10:16 am #

      Yes you can 🙂

  11. vishal May 2, 2015 at 10:12 pm #

    i always purchased a nokia mobile becoz of its rough use…….this is first time when i purchased “XIAOMI note 4″……..nd this is first tym when i m writing a post….it is only for those who r confused betweent xiaomi nd micromax……..simply go for xiaomi……micromax sucks…..it has a lot of problems…..go for xiaomi…..i know it has less features than yu yureka……..once you wil use xiaomi….you will be fan of it……i never thought to purchase micromax,not even in dream…….actually it is not suited for my attitude…….try something different ……..go fo mi…..

  12. M M Tiwari May 6, 2015 at 8:20 pm #

    I have ordered Yu Yureka.As some peoplel say its battery is not good,can’t we replace the battery with another powerful battery in future ?

    • Narender Singh May 6, 2015 at 11:08 pm #

      So far, we haven’t come across any compatible batteries for Yureka. So, probably not.

      • M M Tiwari May 7, 2015 at 3:23 am #

        Thanks for your prompt reply.

  13. Sourabh May 11, 2015 at 2:53 pm #

    Yureka has a superior processor Snapdragon 615, which means 64gb memory card can be installed according to Snapdragon’s specs. Micromax has misinformed its customers publishing the specs of Yureka. This totally depends on the processor and nothing else. This is obvious as Xiaomi’s Snapdragon 400 already offers 64 gb external memory capacity.

  14. Maan May 24, 2015 at 3:45 pm #

    Hi, frendz I was goinging to buy yureka, what your suggestions for these tell us plz

  15. Ashu May 27, 2015 at 10:16 am #

    Which phone should i buy …i usually use for gaming….So which phone is bst dude??

  16. Vikram June 4, 2015 at 12:47 pm #

    I should suggest to buy redmi because it is very fast and smooth and it never hangs. It’s gaming experience Is outstanding. As comparing to eureka redmi is better and its miui is 10 times better than cyanogen. As miui gives lts of updates and miui is worlds fastest ui. So redmi is far better.

  17. Abhilash S Yadav July 9, 2015 at 10:18 pm #

    my questions
    1. which mobile heats up more for normal usage only mi 4g or yureka?
    2. which mobile not hangs while playing games mi4g or yureka?
    3. which one I should buy for using it for so many years mi 4g or yureka?

    • Narender Singh July 11, 2015 at 7:24 pm #

      Go for Note 4G. It also faced a price reduction recently.

  18. shubham July 11, 2015 at 9:09 pm #

    I m cnfused in between yu yureka and redmi note,some people says yureka have better camera some says redmi…..bt redmi is nw available in 8000rs and yureka in 9000rs so which shld i take?

    • Narender Singh July 11, 2015 at 10:27 pm #

      Go Redmi because Yureka just has non existent service.

  19. pinal July 20, 2015 at 10:45 pm #

    please suggest me.. which phone i buy??? redmi or yureka for the best camera result?????
    in which phne is heating whenevr keep in charging?

  20. Yk July 27, 2015 at 11:52 am #

    Will u plz tell me the difference between yureka and yureka plus? is that an improved phone than MI phones?

  21. aditya maurya August 5, 2015 at 8:33 am #

    Say about his servise center

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