Yu Yureka Review

The OnePlus One rocked both the international and the Indian market with its top-notch specifications, amazing price and if you can remember, it came with Cyanogen OS. Well, we are not here to talk about the OnePlus One AGAIN, but to talk about another phone which has shaken up the Indian market with its top-notch specifications, amazing price and yes, it does come with Cyanogen OS.

Yu Yureka

Yes, today we are going to review the Yu Yureka.

In case you didn’t know, Yu is a smartphone brand started by Micromax and its focus, like Xiaomi, is to sell the products online. Yu released its first phone, the Yu Yureka priced at Rs 8,999 which runs on Cyanogen 11 OS and is exclusively available on Amazon.in. We did the unboxing, gaming and benchmarks video of this device, so be sure to check them out as well. I am not going to waste any more time, so let’s jump right into the review!

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So, let’s start off with the design. On the front, you get a notification light, an earpiece and a 5 megapixel front camera, a 5.5-inch display below it and the three capacitive buttons which can be replaced by on-screen touch buttons.

The volume rockers are on the left, the power button is on the other side, a 3.5mm audio jack on the top and the micro-USB port along with the primary microphone at the bottom. Now, let’s come to the back. You get a 13 megapixel back camera with a LED flash below it, a secondary noise cancellation microphone, a blue YU logo sitting in the middle and the main speakers at the bottom. One thing you would notice is that there is no logo of Cyanogen OS on this device, unlike the OnePlus One.

At first, you would feel that the phone has a uni-body design because of its sleek and rounded edges, but yes, the back cover is removable and in there you can see a big 2,500mAh battery, two SIM-card slots and a microSD card slot. Yu has named the texture on the back cover as Moon dust Grey which is not that identical to OnePlus’s Sandstone Black finish. In fact, the texture on the One was very rough, but Yureka’s back cover is much more smooth and comfortable to hold. It doesn’t attract fingerprints and is much better than the ugly glossy backs. The phone is pretty much thin and is lightweight.

Yu Yureka

Let’s come to the display part. As I said earlier, the Yu Yureka comes with a 5.5-inch HD display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. Also, the screen comes with Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The display is smooth and sharp, it doesn’t attract fingerprints or smudges, and trust me, I didn’t expect this much quality from a phone at this price range.

The phone comes with some auto-brightness settings too that allow you to adjust the brightness of the screen according to sunrise and sunset and it allows you to set the sensitivity.

Overall, the display was one of the best things I like about this phone.

Talking of the user interface, the Yu Yureka runs on Cyanogen 11 OS on top of Android KitKat 4.4.4. Not many smartphone makers have used this ROM, but some brands like Oppo and OnePlus have already used this. The main use of this OS is that it allows you to fully customize your phone in almost any way!

The user interface is smooth and responsive and one thing I want to tell you is that I am a frequent user of the Google Now Launcher but when I started to use this device, I didn’t feel to use any external launchers. The Cyanogen 11 OS provides many features like customizing notification bar, home screen, lock screen and many more things.

Talking about the pre-installed apps, there is AudioFX – which allows you to change the settings of the speaker, Baton – a cloud service, Screencast – which allows you to record your screen with the audio taken up by the mic. It also comes with a browser called YUniverse but we didn’t use it as the phone already comes with the complete Google package including Chrome.

Yu Yureka

Now let’s come to the main part – Performance. The phone runs on Snapdragon 615 64-bit octa-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz and has Adreno 405 GPU. Talking of the storage options, the phone is only available with 16GB of ROM and 2GB of RAM as of now. You can also expand the storage up to 32 GB with a microSD card. The phone also supports OTG Connectivity as you can see here. And more thing, many of you asked if the apps could be moved to the SD Card directly, no there is option for that in this phone.

We played some high graphics games and checked out the benchmarks on the Yu Yureka. The benchmark scores were pretty descent, in the AnTuTu benchmarks the Yureka lied just below the LG G3 and got more points than the HTC One M7, Xiaomi Redmi Note and the Asus ZenFone 5. In the Geekbench 3, it was just below the Nexus 5 and it scored 54.9fps in NenaMark2. You can check out our benchmarks video for more information about the same.

Yu Yureka

My experience with this phone while gaming was awesome. Trust me, throw any game at the device, it would run flawlessly without any lagging issues. But I faced some frame drops while playing Asphalt 8 at the maximum graphics. The phone didn’t heat up, not even a little bit; I can’t confirm this as the season is really cold. The speakers are pretty good and they are enough for an average smartphone user. If you are interested in watching more of the gaming video, be sure to check out the link in the description below.

Now I am going to talk about the camera part. As I mentioned earlier, the Yu Yureka sports a 13 megapixel back camera with a 5 megapixel front camera. The primary camera has auto-focus and comes with a variety of modes including time-lapse recording. It took nice shots in both well lit and low light conditions. Especially the bokehs, they are clean and clear.

Yu Yureka

But the front camera didn’t perform that well, there was no touch focus and the pictures were grainy, but still good for a phone at this price. You can record videos at 1080p with the back camera and at 720p with the front camera.

Now comes the most terrifying part – the battery life. Yu Yureka is fueled by a 2,500mAh battery and a lot of people have asked us about the battery life of this device and even I don’t think that such a small battery can power a big phone with these specs. The phone took about three hours to charge from 15 to 100%.

We did a test on this device, first we completely charged it then we used it till it reached 15%. I didn’t expect this. The phone only ran 5 to 6 hours and we didn’t even play high-intensity games during this test.

If you have searched a little-bit about this device you will see that there are reports about this phone being an exact copy of the Coolpad F2. Yes, it is completely a copy cat of the F2, but with a few changes. The only difference is that the F2 comes with 32 GB of ROM and the Yu Yureka comes with 16 GB.

Yu Yureka

So, that’s it. In a nutshell, this phone is well built and the specs are cool, and the display is also fine. According to me, battery is one of the important factors coming in a phone, so if Yu had put a better battery and increased the price, it would have been better. I would recommend this device to those who want to experience Cyanogen OS with great specifications at a low price. According to me, there is no reason for you to think of an alternative for the Yu Yureka except for the Coolpad F2 and the battery issue, but in case you still don’t like it, I would recommend the Xiaomi Redmi Note.

Anand B
editor@gizmolead.com

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