YU YUREKA Review


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Micromax’s YU launched the YU YUREKA (AO5510) smartphone last month. This is the first smartphone under YU brand. It comes packed with features and it is the first official smartphone in India to run on Cyanogen OS. Specifications look great on paper. Is the smartphone worth the price of Rs. 8,999? Let us find out in the complete review.

Unboxing

We unboxed the Yureka recently, check out the unboxing.

Box Contents

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  • YU YUREKA smartphone in Moonstone Grey color
  • Micro USB cable
  • In-ear earphone with microphone
  • 2-pin charger (5V-1A)
  • Screen Guard
  • User guide and Warranty card

Video Review

Display, Hardware and Design

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The 5.5-inch display at a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and a pixel density of about 267 PPI is bright, offers good sunlight legibility and the viewing angles are good too. It also has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The display is a bit glossy, but it doesn’t attract fingerprints easily. The display is good for the price.

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It has a 5-megapixel camera on the front with OmniVision 5648 sensor, 4P lenses and offers 71-degree wide viewing angle. The front camera can record videos at 720p HD resolution. The camera is good for video calls and selfies. Apart from the usual set of proximity and ambient light sensors, it also has a small LED notification light next to the earpiece that is hardly visible when it’s off.

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It has the usual set of capacitive buttons below the display. These are backlit and offer haptic feedback when pressed. The home button is colored, hence it is visible clearly even when it is not backlit.

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The power button is present on the right side and the volume rockers are on the left side. Both these have chrome finish and have tiny patterns for better feel. Since it has curved finish on the side, it extends from 6 to 8.8 mm. The 3.5mm audio jack is present on the top, while the primary microphone and micro USB slot are present on the bottom.

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It has a removable back cover that offer matte finish, which feels good in hands. The 13MP rear camera with LED Flash and the secondary microphone are present on the back. There is a loudspeaker grill on the bottom part of the back. The Yu Yureka comes in Moonstone Grey color. Since the smartphone is not wide, it is easily to hold. The smartphone weighs 155 grams. Overall the build quality is pretty decent for the price.

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Removing the back cover reveals two micro SIM slots, a microSD card slot and a 2500mAh removable battery.

Camera

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Coming to the camera, the 13-megapixel camera is good. Daylight, HDR and Macro shots are good, but low-light shots had a lot of noise. Flash helps in poor lighting conditions and is not overpowering. Since it runs on Cyanogen OS, it comes with Cyanogen camera app that has several modes. You can select different modes from settings and just swipe the screen to switch different modes.

Check out the camera samples (click to view these images in full resolution) below.

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Check out the complete set of YU Yureka samples here.

It can record videos at 1080p resolution at 30 fps. Thanks to the secondary microphone, audio is crisp. Check out the video sample.

It can also capture slow motion video. It actually records the video at 720p HD resolution at 60 fps and reduces the frame rate to 1/4th from the original video to 15 fps, similar to Motorola devices. YU has promised 120fps slow motion video support through a software update in future.

Software

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It runs on Cyanogen OS 11.0 based on Android 4.4.4 (KitKat) and the UI is pretty smooth. It is almost stock with several features and it is highly customizable. YU has promised Android 5.0 (Lollipop) update in the form of Cyanogen OS 12.0 update soon, but no details about the time frame of the roll out yet. It has also promised to offer at least one OTA update every month.

YU YUREKA Personalization and Quick Settings

You can enable SMS encryption, use on-screen keys instead of capacitive touch buttons and use different themes. You can also customize lockscreen, status bar and notification drawer. There are options to change functions of home button, menu button and volume controls. There are different profiles, option to blacklist incoming calls or SMS and filter notifications.

YU YUREKA RAM and Internal Storage

Out of 2GB of RAM, you get 1912MB of usable RAM. About 1.1GB of RAM is free when some apps are running in the background. Out of 16GB of internal storage you get 12.8GB of usable storage. You can’t set the memory card as default write disk or move apps to the SD card, but the internal storage is more than enough if you are not installing huge games.

Apps

YU YUREKA Apps

Apart from the usual set of Google Apps and utility apps, the Yureka comes with Baton app by Nextbit that lets keep your apps and data in sync across multiple devices and also keep them in the cloud using your Nextbit profile. Other app is the YUniverse browser that is powered by Opera. It doesn’t have any other bloatware.

Music Player and FM Radio

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It doesn’t have a separate music app, and you have to use the default Play Music to play audio files. Audio through the loudspeaker is just average. Output using the bundled headset is good, thanks to the custom AudioFX app that lets you set different equalizer presets, adjust bass, surround sound and reverb. The default video player can play full HD 1080p videos smoothly.

Dual SIM and Connectivity

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It has SIM manager option that lets you set a default SIM. Both the SIMs support 4G LTE, but you can use 4G on only one SIM while the other is in 2G. Connectivity features include, 3G HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP and GPS. It has support for wireless display and has USB on-the-go (OTG) support too.

Performance and Benchmarks

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It is powered by an Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 64-bit processor that has four ARM Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.54 GHz per core and other four Cortex A53 cores are clocked at 1.0 GHz per core. The performance is good without any lags. Thanks to 2GB RAM and Cyanogen OS, multitasking is good.

The Snapdragon 615 SoC had heating issues that we had seen on the HTC Desire 820. It doesn’t get heated unexpectedly like the Desire 820, but it gets heated quickly while using 3G, performing intensive tasks such as gaming, recording videos for a long time. Temperature increases from 25 degrees to 38 degrees in just 10 minutes of playing graphic-intensive games.

On the official website, Yu says that excessively playing computationally intensive games will lead to device heating up, and tasks like calling, web browsing or casual gaming should not lead to heating, but these tasks also increases the temperature slightly. Since it doesn’t have a metal build it just gets warm. Check out some benchmarks scores.

Quadrant Benchmark

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The YU YUREKA scores 17178 points in the Quadrant benchmark and grabs the third spot, behind the Desire 820.

Basemark OS II

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It grabs the second spot in the Basemark OS II benchmark with 815 points, better than the Desire 820.

It has Adreno 405 GPU clocked at 550 MHz. We tried several high-end games, and most were smooth without any lags and good graphics. It scored 3.5 out of 5 in the gaming review. Check out the video to know more about the gaming performance of the smartphone in detail.

Battery life

The 2500mAh lasts for a day with average use with both the SIM cards enabled. Video playback doesn’t drain the battery much. With heavy use such as 3G and gaming, it lasts less than a day. In our battery test, the YU Yureka lasted for 8 hours and 8 minutes, which is decent.

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Check out the YU Yureka battery test results here to know more about the battery performance of the smartphone in detail.

Conclusion

Priced at just Rs. 8,999, the YU YUREKA is definitely a value for money 4G smartphone. We compared the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G with the YU Yureka recently and found the Yureka better than the Redmi Note 4G in several aspects. YU offers free on-site warranty and offers warranty even if the phone is rooted and its bootloader unlocked. The main problem is the limited availability of the smartphone. YU has promised to increase the number of units gradually. YU should also improve the camera’s low-light performance and reduce heating though software update. Those things aside, YUREKA is a good choice if you are looking for an Android smartphone under Rs. 10,000.

Pros

  • Good display
  • Cyanogen OS is smooth
  • Competitive pricing

Cons

  • Gets heated quickly
  • Average battery life
  • Limited availability
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Author: Srivatsan Sridhar

Srivatsan Sridhar is a Mobile Technology Enthusiast who is passionate about Mobile phones and Mobile apps. He is currently using the Motorola Moto G4 Plus. You can follow him on Twitter @ssrivatsan and on Google+