Micromax Yu Yuphoria review

  • Overall Rating

  • Performance

  • Features

  • Price

Price: ₹ Rs. 6,999

Key Specs

    • 5” IPS LCD capacitive HD display (294ppi)
    • 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 CPU, 2 GB RAM
    • Android 5.0 Lollipop with Cyanogen OS 12
    • 8 MP rear with LED Flash & 5 MP front camera
    • 16 GB in-built storage, expandable up-to 32 GB via microSD
    • 2230 mAh battery

Pros: Good build quality, latest Android OS 5.0, bright display, good multitasking performance, value for money

Cons: Average camera performance, screen is bright but viewing angles are not good, battery life should have been better

Bottomline: At Rs. 6,999, Yuphoria packs a lot of punches. Its metal frame, latest Android OS with Cyanogen OS 12 and effective multitasking capabilities makes it a valid choice for consumers who are short on budget but don’t want to compromise on performance. However, if you are precisely looking for a camera budget smartphone, then it can disappoint you as it is good but not the best shooter in budget smartphone category.

Design:

The metal frame has rounded edges which offers a great greap and also looks premium

The metal frame has rounded edges which offers a great greap and also looks premium

Yuphoria has an edge over its competitors in terms of look and feel. The smartphone has a curved metal frame with rounded corners, which offers a good grip as well add strength to the overall design. The back has a matte finish removable panel with a circular camera in the centre with an LED flash and a speaker grill at the bottom.

The rear panel has a circular camera unit in center which makes Yuphoria looks like Lumia 925. The bottom has a speaker grill

The rear panel has a circular camera unit in center which makes Yuphoria looks like Lumia 925. The bottom has a speaker grill

Yuphoria reminds us of the Lumia 925, which has the similar look and feel from the back. The rear panel hides the two micro SIM card slots, a memory card slot and the removable 2230 mAh battery. The white version has the champagne gold frame and the one with the black rear panel comes with a buffed steel colored frame.

The power and volume rockers are placed on the right edge. they look premium and offers a  good tactile feedback.

The power and volume rockers are placed on the right edge. they look premium and offers a good tactile feedback.

The right edge of the smartphone houses the metal volume and power button. The top and bottom has the 3.5 mm Headphone jack and the USB charging port respectively. But the earpiece is placed at the tip of the top edge, which makes it quite difficult to hear the other person during the call. You have to adjust it multiple times during calls which is irritating.

The smartphone feels solid in hands; however it’s a bit bulky but can be used with one hand. Overall we are very pleased with the look and feel of the smartphone. At this price point, Yuphoria certainly ticks all the boxes of the design department.

 Display

The 5"display on Yuphoria is not the best among the rivals. It has a pink tone and is not very bright

The 5″display on Yuphoria is not the best among the rivals. It has a pink tone and is not very bright

Yuphoria packs 5-inch HD IPS display (720x1280p) which delivers a pixel density of 294ppi. Micromax is also offering Gorilla Glass 3 protection which is a great add-on at this price point. However, the display on the smartphone fails to make an impression. Though it’s sharp and the images, texts and icons look crisp, it is the color reproduction where Yuphoria fails. The display has a pink tone which interferes in each and every possible color output.

The white looks a bit pink and this color shift further amplifies when the viewing angles are even slightly changed. Moreover, the display attracts a lot of fingerprints and does not feel very bright in outdoor conditions. Redmi 2, which comes at the same price, has a better display than the Yuphoria in terms of brightness and color reproduction.

Camera

Yuphoria packs an 8 MP rear camera with f2.2 aperture, which can record 1080p videos and also integrates an LED flash. The front is equipped with a 5MP front camera with f2.0 and has an 86 degree wide angle lens.

The camera on Yuphoria is good but not the best in this price bracket. Redmi 2 beats Yuphoria as the shots taken from it have good detailing and better color accuracy. The camera on Yuphoria is a bit sluggish to focus the subject and pictures fail to appeal when results from both the phones are compared.  Shots taken in daylight are above average but come out to be quite grainy in low light conditions. It struggles to focus the subject and results in blurry images. Don’t expect it to result in amazing pictures. But we like the Cyanogen’s camera UI as it is quite simple and works without any lags.

The front camera work well to capture a good space because of its wide angle lens. It’s definitely better than Moto E but not from the Xiaomi’s Redmi 2 or Lenovo A7000. If you are looking for a budget smartphone with good camera, then go for Redmi 2 as Yuphoria fails to meet the needs.

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Performance

Yuphoria is powered by a 64 bit 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 CPU and a 2 GB RAM. Plus it’s also equipped with Adreno 306 GPU to handle graphical intensive tasks.

The smartphone performed quite well in the first week, however then it started to stutter a lot even in basic tasks such as picking up a call. It was quite irritating to not able to answer the calls as the smartphone became unresponsive often. There’s no point to add a tons of features if the basic operations are not executed well.

Multitasking performance is acceptable on the smartphone. The 2 GB RAM makes it possible to run multiple applications simultaneously. We edited pictures, browsed multiple web pages, played songs and games such as Dead Trigger 2, Trial Extreme 4, etc. and the smartphone handled everything with an ease.

Talking about synthetic benchmarks, the Yuphoria scored 21,406 in Antutu, 13932 in Quadrant, 1121 in Vellamo (Multicore) and 1803 in Vellamo (Browser). The Adreno 306 GPU made it touch a mark of 2554 in 3D Mark ICE.

 Software and battery

Yuphoria runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop with Cyanogen OS 12

Yuphoria runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop with Cyanogen OS 12

The smartphone comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box with CyanogenMod 12. It is an amazing add-on as no other manufacturer is offering this kind of software combination at this price point. There are no unnecessary bloat wares to hinder the software experience and you get the Cyanogen’s ecosystem to customise your smartphone.

Yuphoria is backed by a 2230 mAh battery unit which on regular usage lasted for a little more than 11 hours. This includes all basic tasks an end user would execute such as calling, texting, camera, music playback and some gaming. It can change if you watch a lot of videos and do gaming.

The phone has 16 GB internal storage expandable up to 128 GB via microSD card, which makes it a great device to store a good amount of data.

Micromax Yu Yuphoria review

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