Micromax Yu Yureka review

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  • Performance

  • Features

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Price: ₹ Rs. 8,999

Key Specs

    5.5” IPS LCD HD screen (267ppi) Gorilla glass 3 with Oleophobic coating, Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor MSM8939
    (64 Bit), 2GB RAM, Cyanogen OS 11/Android kitkat 4.4.4, 16 GB internal memory & expandable up to 32GB, 13MP autofocus rear camera (Sony IMX135 CMOS Sensor) with LED flash, 5MP front camera, Dual-SIM (GSM+GSM), 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, 2500 mAh battery

Pros: The best value for money smartphone, very well crafted with a soft matte finish back, weight is very well managed, 4G enabled, Cyanogen OS with its customization abilities, loud and clear output speakers, on door replacement and services

Cons: Display has a bluish tone and pixel count is not the best (267ppi), available online only

Bottomline: Yureka stands out among the crowd and offers a lot more at an affordable price point. The features and performance it delivers makes it a worthy contender in sub 10K category.

Micromax and Cyanogen’s first Yu device “Yureka” is a sub 10K smartphone. Its specs sheet can definitely spin your head with highlights being the 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 CPU, 2GB RAM, 4G connectivity and a lot more.

Affordable but not at all cheap:

Unlike those glossy plastic backs which is the common sight in budget smartphones, Yureka fits in a fine textured removable back panel (moonstone grey colour), which somewhat resembles One Plus One’s back but has a soft touch to it and feels very good to hold. It does not take fingerprints, smudges and adds a grip to the device. The large device is ergonomically constructed with buttons rightly positioned over the side edges. Overall we found the design quite pleasing and much better than Xiaomi’s Redmi Note.

The power of Cyanogen OS:

Yureka comes preloaded with Cyanogen 11, an Android version which offers an array of customization that touches each and every aspect of the device. For instance, you can control display brightness by sliding your finger on
notification bar, alter the functionality of touch capacitive buttons and can even take them to screen. Then there are themes which changes font, icons, notification panel, etc. So you might never look for a launcher in Play Store to customise Yureka, it’s all in there already. Overall the stock calendar, icons, widgets, notification panel, etc. look
quite refreshing on Yureka.

Display disappoints:

Though Yureka features a 720p display (not Full HD), it is the large 5.5” size which results in a not so good pixel count of 267 PPI. This is not the best combination as the low pixel count (on this size) results in poor sharpness and not so vivid multimedia content. And we also noticed that the colour reproduction of the LCD panel has a bluish tone. But the overall performance of the display is not bad. You also get Gorilla Glass 3 which is a welcome
addition at this price-point.

A powerhouse:

Micromax has integrated the 64 bit octa-core Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 615 chipset (clocked at 1.5GHz) which
handled multiple tasks thrown by us without any issues. From tasks as simple as social networking apps to high end games such as Asphalt 8 and Real racing 3 everything was well handled. Multitasking was dealt without any hassle as there is a 2GB RAM under the hood.

The 13MP rear camera takes instant shots with good details and the front 5MP is also surprisingly better than the camera of many smartphones priced higher than Yureka.

Yureka packs a 2500mAh battery which is not impressive as it only clocked 5 hours 20 minute in our video playback test.

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