The year 2015 has just endedand we’ve seen a bunch of smartphones offering some really good specs. Chinese smartphone makers have been dominant in the Indian market, and it will be totally unfair if wesay they’ve failed to impress Indian buyers. Players OnePlus, Xiaomi, and Lenovo have lured smartphone buyers away from players likeSamsung, Microsoft, LG, and HTC, and have created some serious competition in the budget segment. Even in the high-end department, Chinese phone makers have been improving with the likes of devices like OnePlus 2, OnePlus X, and the famous Mi4. There are bringing some smartphones with extraordinary features that you can’t really ignore!
One such player is the all new QIKU Q TERRA. Designed with premium-grade metal, Qiku Q Terra is one of the finest smartphones in the mid-range segment. It packs some really good features and takes a dig right against the smartphone that claims to break all barriers of power and performance, the Yu Yutopia. So now, let’s see how these two beauties stack up against each other in the sub-25k price category.
Design and Form-factor
While Qiku Q Terra is a new name in the mid-range segment, Yutopia has created a big buzzfollowing the likes of its younger siblings Yu Yureka and Yu Yuphoria.
The flagship phone from Yu Televentures features a nice look and feel, and comes with an aluminium and magnesium chassis which gives a premium touch to its extremely sturdy body. The back of the phone is a little slippery, and that Saturn ring glass housing the camera lens is also susceptible to scratches and smudges. However, a sleek profile at 7.2mm, antenna bands, and curved corners add to the aesthetics, and make Yu Yutopia one of the best crafted phones under 25k. It’s fairly compact, and incorporates a Nexus 5X and 6P inspired fingerprint scanner as well.
On the other hand, the solid QIKU Q Terra features an all metal body, with aluminium and magnesium alloy as the base metal.Crafted from a high-precision five-axis CNC, the phone sports a majestically crafted bezel-less 6-inch display and fits perfectly in hand with its slightly curved back panel at 165 degrees. It looks extremely beautiful from all angles, and is just a little heavier than Yu Yutopia. Overall, it’s a great package from Qiku and is definitely one of the best crafted phones in the mid-range segment.
In real life, there is no difference but on paper, the 5.2-inch QuadHD OGS IPS display of Yu Yutopia is a better choice over the 6-inch full-HD display of the Qiku Q Terra. The QHD Panel of Yutopia gives an incredible visual experience, and stands out against the likes of devices like Honor 7, OnePlus 2 and Asus ZenFone 2. It comes protected with Concore Gorilla Glass, which is relatively slim and adds enormous amount of strength to deal with scratches and damages. But, despite featuring high-screen resolution, this is not the best display on the block. It tends to be on the warmer side, and is not as bright as you might have liked, especially outdoors!
On the opposite, Qiku Q Terra, the new entrant looks a little weak on paper, but delivers brilliant performance in lowlight and daylight environments. Despite featuring the standard 1080p produces bright and vivid colours, and gives a maxed out viewing experience with no bezels on the sides. In a nutshell, along with a decent pixel density, Qiku Q Terra brings you all essential qualities of a great display, good color reproduction, saturation rate, white balance, and much more!
Hardware and Performance
This is a meagre but essential difference between the Yu Yutopia and Qiku Q Terra. Rahul Sharma’s Yu Televentures kept its promise and launched Yutopia with the fastest and the latest Snapdragon 810 Octa-core SoC with four Cortex A-53 cores clocked at 1.5GHz and four Cortex A-57 cores clocked at 2.0GHz. The metal-clad phone pairs up with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM and packs enormous power for seamless work and play. It packs top-tier hardware, but since the Cyanogen OS is not very well optimized, Qiku Q Terra very sits close with the same level of performance. The 6-inch phablet powers up by Snapdragon 808 Quad-core SoC clocked at 2.3GHz, paired with 3GB RAM and Adreno 430 GPU. The well optimized software and glitch free gaming performance of Q Terra gives it a huge edge over Yutopia.
On the software front, both phones give decent performance. Yu Yutopia runs Android 5.1 Lollipop based Cyanogen OS 12.1, while Qiku Q Terra runs on 360 OS based on the same Android version. Both phones will get Android 6.0 Marshmallow in a matter of months, but as far as look and feel is concerned, they both are quite different. The Cyanogen OS is highly customizable, and is enriched with a bunch of added options and features. It’s a little similar to stock Android, but there is a lot more for personalization. Truecaller is inbuilt in the phone’s dialer, and features like LiveDisplay and PrivacyGuard adjust screen temperature and limit app access as per user’s choice.
The 360 UI of Qiku Q Terra on the other side, is a lot different from what stock Android offers. Just like most Chinese phones these days, this one also has no app drawer and lines up all the apps on the home-screens. It looks a lot similar to iOS 8, and incorporates a slew of settings and added options to play with. Even bloatware on the handset is not much annoying, and includes just a few apps which prevent the phone from slowing down!
On the photography front, Qiku looks better with its dual 13-megapixel rear autofocus snappers and Yutopia follows right away with its 21-megapixel camera promising impeccable performance. Actually, the difference is really small between both phones. Under normal lighting, they both deliver vibrant, bright, and well-saturated images, but indoors, Yutopia desaturates a little and Qiku produces brightest snaps. Their 8-megapixel front-facing snappers are also too good, but again, under lowlight, the differences become apparent and Qiku edges out Yutopia by a very small margin.
Another major difference between the two phones comes from their pricing. The Yu Yutopia powers up by a decent 3000 mAh battery, while the Qiku Q Terra takes a strong dig against all mid-range players with a whopping power support of 3700 mAh. The phone offers more than enough juice for work and play, and is definitely one of the best choices for heavy users and gamers.
It’s evident that apart from CPUs and GPUs, there is no major difference between Qiku Q Terra and Yu Yutopia. They both deliver top-tier performance with adequate power support, and sit very close to each other. At a price bracket of 25k, Yutopia offers slightly better hardware and display, while Qiku follows right away with reduced specs, which is completely justified with its reasonable price tag. In a nutshell, we can say, they both offer a great deal in the sub-25k price category!