If you thought Micromax’s sub-brand Yu was dead, well, you were mistaken. After being silent for about a year or so, Yu is back and this time with a new entry-level smartphone called Yu Ace. The smartphone has been launched in two variants. The base model with 2GBRAM and 16GB of internal storage costs Rs 5,999, while the other model comes packed with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage and will sell at a price of Rs 6,999. With the Yu Ace Micromax will aim to take on the likes of other similar segment phones like Xiaomi’s “desk ka smartphone” aka Redmi 5A and the Infinix Smart 2, which is also a worthy competitor of the 5A (read review).Until last month, if you would have asked us to suggest a good phone under Rs 6,000 that has decent hardware and offers more value than its price, Redmi 5A would have been the only recommendation from our side. Now, there’s the Infinix Smart 2 that not only comes packed with hardware similar to what you get in the Redmi 5A but is equally powerful. If only brand Infinix was a little more better known, it would have helped the company to sell more units of the Smart 2, particularly at a time when Redmi 5A is rarely in stock or available for purchase.So, it’s nice to see that there is new player joining the fight. This new player is the Yu Ace. I am yet to try this phone, but hardware and the Yu Ace specs look quite interestingly. Of particular note is the fact that the Yu Ace runs the stock version of Android 8.1 Oreo and comes with an 18:9 display, which is great to see in a phone so affordable. In comparison, the Redmi 5A comes with a slightly broader screen. Also neither the Redmi 5A nor the Infinix Smart 2 come with stock Android software, so that is a win for the Yu Ace.advertisementThe Yu Ace vs Redmi 5A vs Infinix Smart 2– Most phones in this price segment don’t have great displays. Neither you can expect them to have one. The Yu Ace and the Infinix Smart 2 come with screens that have same size. The Redmi 5A, on the other hand, is slightly smaller. The Yu Ace comes with a 5.45-inch HD+ ‘Full Vision’ display with 720 × 1440 pixels resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio. The Infinix Smart 2 comes with a 5.45-inch HD+ ‘FullView’ LCD display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, 720 x 1440p resolution and 83 per cent of screen-to-body ratio. The Redmi 5A sports a smaller a 5-inch 720p IPS LCD display.– Both the Redmi 5A and the Infinix Smart 2 are fairly fast in handling day-to-day usage for their price. We are yet to test the Yu Ace, but considering the specs we expect the Micromax phone to offer similar performance. The Yu Ace is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6738 processor, while the Infinix Smart 2 packs a quad-core MediaTek MT6739 chipset clocked at 1.5GHz. The Redmi 5A, on the other hand, comes with a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, paired with Adreno 308 GPU.– All the three phones come with a 13-megapixel main camera. We are yet to test the Yu Ace camera, but we did try out the Redmi 5A and Infinix Smart 2 and the cameras of both the phones captured pretty decent pictures in good lighting, but struggled in tricky lighting.– On the front, both the Yu Ace and the Redmi 5A come with a 5-megapixel camera. The Infinix Smart 2 is a little ahead of the competition in this department and packs a camera with 8-megapixel sensor. Both the Redmi 5A and Infinix Smart 2 struggle to click good selfies, something that is common in most phones at this price point. We are yet to test the Yu Ace camera, but we aren’t expecting any special magic from it.– The Yu Ace comes with stock Android 8.1 Oreo interface, meaning the software in the Micromax phone is clean and will probably be nice to use, that is if the performance part is alright, which we believe should be alright given the hardware in the phone. The Redmi 5A and the Infinix Smart 2 don’t come with stock Android. The Redmi 5A runs Android 7.1.2 Nougat with MIUI 9, while the Infinix Smart 2 runs Android 8.1 Oreo with XOS 3.3.0 on top out-of-the-box.– The Yu Ace comes with a massive battery compared to what is there inside the Redmi 5A and the Infinix Smart 2. The Micromax phone packs a 4000mAh battery, while the Redmi 5A comes with a 3000mAh battery and the Infinix Smart 2 has a 3050mAh battery. Both the Redmi 5A and the Infinix Smart 2 have impressive battery life. Both smartphones can last one full day with ease. We are yet to test the battery life the Yu Ace offers, but we expect it to be better than its competitors, considering it has a much bigger battery.advertisement– Both the Infinix Smart 2 and the Yu Ace come with face unlock support, which is great to see in phones this affordable. The Redmi 5A can be unlocked only by entering a password, there’s no Face Unlock and no fingerprint sensor. Interestingly, the Yu Ace also comes with a fingerprint sensor.– The Yu Ace comes in two RAM and storage variants. The base model with 2GBRAM and 16GB of internal storage for Rs 5,999, while the second variant comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage and will sell for Rs 6,999. The 2GB RAM version of the phone will be available starting September 5. The date of availability of the 3GB RAM model is yet to be revealed. The Infinix Smart 2 also comes in two variants – one with 2GB RAM/16GB storage for Rs 5,999 and 3GB RAM/32GB storage for Rs 6,999. Both the models are already available on Flipkart. Lastly, the Redmi 5A also comes in two variants, one with 2GB RAM/16GB storage and the second one for 3GB RAM/32GB storage for Rs 5,999 and Rs 6,999 respectively. And it is nearly impossible to buy the Redmi 5AWhich one should you buy?All the three phones are good in their own way. We are yet to test the Yu Ace and review it, but considering the specs sheet, the Micromax phone looks pretty decent. On the other hand, it is no secret that the Redmi 5A is one of the best smartphones that you can get for as low as Rs 5,999. It’s tried and tested. The Xiaomi phone not only offers great performance for its price but also looks good, clicks decent enough pictures in good lighting and is a great offering for its price tag. The problem with the Redmi 5A is that it is nearly impossible to buy it. It’s not in stock, and even now it is sold only in a flash sale. And chances are that once the Redmi 6A launches — the launch is set for September 5 — the Redmi 5A may no longer go on sale.What about the Infinix Smart 2? It is as good as the Redmi 5A. In our review of the Infinix phone, we said that the phone is a “worthy competitor of the Redmi 5A”. The Infinix Smart 2 looks good, can handle day-to-day usage, offers long-lasting battery life and clicks decent pictures in good lighting for its price.So here is our recommendation for now: Get the Redmi 5A if you can get it. If you can’t go for the Infinix Smart 2, if you don’t particularly care for stock Android. And go for the Yu Ace if you want clean software, although we would be more confident in saying this once we have reviewed the phone.advertisementFinally, how about you wait another two weeks? On September 5, Xiaomi is going to launch the Redmi 6A and that could be a phone worth waiting for.