Do we have a good one for you today – the Huawei P8, made by one of China’s largest multinational networking and telecommunications equipment companies, goes up against the new Yu Yuphoria, made by a wholly owned subsidiary of India’s Micromax. This is a classic David and Goliath tale…which one will come out on top – the more expensive and better spec’d Huawei or the well-built, decently spec’d Yuphoria for only $110.
Let us first look at some similarities before we look at the differences. Both devices are very similar in size and weight…within one gram. The displays are close as well – 5-inches on the Yuphoria and 5.2-inches on the P8…and both use the IPS LCD screen technology, although they have different resolutions. Both devices have a 64-bit processor, but the Yuphoria uses a quad-core and the Huawei P8 is sporting an octa-core processor. While both have different amounts of RAM and internal memory, they both have a microSD card slot for internal memory expansion and both are Dual-SIM devices. They both have most of the usual suspects – Wi-Fi, Bluetooth (4.1 in the P8 and 4.0 in the Yuphoria), GPS, FM Radio and a microUSB port for charging and data transfer. Unfortunately, the Yuphoria does not come with NFC.
Please take a deliberate look at the detailed Specifications Comparison chart below and here you will see just how these two great devices stack up against one another – click on the “View Full Comparison” link at the end of the chart to expand the details. After that, we will look at each individual device in greater detail and point out some of its pros and cons. From all of this information we will try to determine the winner based on specs and execution of design and functions.
Huawei would love to get into the US market and the Huawei P8 smartphone will certainly not hurt their chances of being accepted by tech enthusiasts. It would most assuredly be considered a premium device even carrying an FHD (1080p) display…after all, the Xperia Z3+ and HTC One M9 both have the same resolution. It has an all-aluminum body and is available in several colors depending on the configuration.
The Huawei P8 sports a 5.2-inch IPS LCD Full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a respectable 424 pixels-per-inch (PPI) as compared to the HD display of the Yuphoria and only 294 PPI. Huawei also makes chips, so it should come as no surprise that they used their homegrown 64-bit HiSilicon Kirin 930 octa-core processor to power the device. It has four cores clocked at 1.5GHz and four cores clocked at 2.0GHz and a Mali-T628 MP4 GPU. The Yuphoria uses a 64-bit Snapdragon 410 quad-core clocked at 1.2GHz. The P8 has 3GB of RAM – the Yuphoria has 2GB – and either 16GB or 64GB of internal storage, expandable via a microSD card for an additional 128GB of storage. The Yuphoria has 16GB of RAM, but also allows for memory expansion.
The camera on the Huawei P8 can take some very good in decent lighting conditions, but if you are in poor lighting or trying to zoom-in, the quality can dip to poor. The main shooter is a 13MP camera with autofocus, dual-tone LED flash and OIS…the front-facing camera (FFC) is a huge 8MP for social media selfies and video chatting. The Yuphoria also only has an 8MP sensor, autofocus and a LED flash, although it does have a substantial 5MP FFC. Power for the Huawei P8 comes from a non-removable 2680mAh battery that will get you through an entire day of normal usage, as compared with the smaller, removable 2230mAh battery in the Yuphoria.
The Huawei P8 comes running the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop with its Emotion UI on top and comes in Titanium Grey or Mystic Champagne in the 16GB configuration and Carbon Black or Prestige Gold in the 64GB model. It will cost you from $530 – $650 depending on your configuration and where you purchase it.
Yu Televentures is a new company that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Micromax, a very popular Indian manufacturer of smartphones. The Yu Yureka, priced slightly higher, was the first YU device to introduce us to their brand. The YU Yuphoria is their latest effort to provide a quality smartphone at an unbelievably low price. The phone is mostly made of plastic, but has metal trim that goes around the outside edges – it is rounded nicely to the point that makes holding it a comfortable experience and pleasing to the eye. It has a unique setup on the right-hand side of the device when it comes to the volume and power buttons. The power button is nestled between the slightly raised volume up and down buttons…a rather strange configuration, but you will eventually get used to the feel of the buttons.
The Yuphoria’s Achilles heel has to be the display – it only has a 5-inch IPS LCD HD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and 294 PPI – this goes up against the Huawei P8’s FHD 5.2-inch display with 424 PPI. For the processor, Yuphoria went with a name synonymous with smartphones – a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core clocked at 1.2GHz with 2GB of RAM and 16GB internal storage, complete with a microSD card slot for expansion up to an additional 32GB. The Huawei P8 uses their homegrown HiSilicone Kirin 930 64-bit octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM and either 16GB or 64GB of internal memory. It also has a microSD card slot to add an additional 128GB of memory.
The main camera on the Yuphoria uses an 8MP sensor with autofocus and an LED flash, with a huge metal ring surrounding the lens. This goes up against the 13MP camera in the Huawei P8 that adds a dual-tone LED Flash and OIS. The Yuphoria has a large 5MP FFC that should produce some excellent social selfies and video chatting. The Huawei P8 uses an even larger 8MP sensor. The Yuphoria has a small, removable 2230mAh battery compared to the larger 2680mAh non-removable battery in the Huawei P8. Both batteries will get you through a normal day and the Yuphoria has Quick Charge 1.0, thanks to its Qualcomm processor.
The Yu Yuphoria is has the Pure Wolfson Sound and AAC speakers built-in the device, but the speaker on the Yuphoria is simply not loud enough, especially to appreciate the added circuitry. You can appreciate it better through a good pair of earbuds, but not the ones that come with the device. It is running Android 5.0.2 Lollipop with Cyanogen 12 riding on top. The phone is available in two colors – Buffed Steel and Champagne Gold for approximately $110.
…And The Winner Is…
This is another tough one, but I am not sure that it should be – the Huawei P8 definitely out specs the Yu Yuphoria, and the all-metal built quality of the P8 is amazing. However, the big question is does the $530 – $600+ price tag warrant purchasing it over the $110 Yuphoria? – hence the dilemma. For the value, I would say the Yuphoria wins the comparison.
I know that the Huawei P8 has an all-metal body, better display, a faster processor, 1GB more memory, and a slightly better camera and if those things are really important to you, then you will be happy with the P8, but also over $400 poorer.
Yes, with the Yuphoria you are only getting a plastic device (but well-built), a 720p display, a 64-bit quad-core processor, lessor camera, only 2GB of RAM, only 16GB of internal memory, a smaller battery, no NFC, and an unpolished Cyanogen 12 overlay…but it is only $110. A great phone for the money, but if you are a more serious smartphone user that watches videos, listens to music and takes lots of pictures, then you may be happier with the Huawei P8.