Yu may not be even a year old but still has managed to win quite a lot of hearts, thanks to the brilliant yet affordable devices it has crafted in this short span of time. Its devices like the Yureka and Yuphoria were sold out like in seconds. Yu from the very first day has been focusing on providing an unmatched user experience at an unmatched price. This time Yu has tried taking their philosophy even further with its new device “Yunique”. The device just like its name features unique specs for this price point and that topped with Cyanogen Mod OS makes it a tempting deal. The device has been priced at Rs 4,999 and would be available exclusively via Snapdeal starting from 15th September. So, let’s find out if “Yunique” justifies its name or is it an overhyped device in our Yu Yunique Review.
The device comes in a typical 100% recyclable cardboard box with minimal graphics on front and quick specs and marketing information on the back. Once you open the box you have the device right on top. Further inside you get a microUSB 2.0 cable, an 850milliAmp wall adapter, a pair of in-ear type earphones, a screen guard and the usual documents and guides.
Design and Build
The front of the device is way too glossy and attracts a lot of fingerprints and so does the back in spite of the nice rubber coating. The device weighs about 128gms and is 8.3mm thick. The device fits perfectly in your hands thanks to the 4.7inch display.
The device features a 4.7 inch screen with a HD resolution and Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Above the display you have the 2MP front facing camera, earpiece, sensors and the notification LED light. On the right you have the volume rocker with the power button between them. On top lies the 3.5mm jack while down below you have your microUSB 2.0 port and mouthpiece. On the rear side you have company’s signature Saturn ring styled 8MP Autofocus camera with the LED flash, below which you have the Yu branding and the speaker grill. Removing the back flap reveals the non-removable 2000mAh battery and the slots for dual Sim cards and a microSD card. The back flap isn’t tough enough. Overall a decent phone nothing spectacular about the design and feel.
The device sports a 4.7 inch screen with a HD resolution giving it a pixel density of about 312ppi. The screen is also protected by Gorilla Glass 3. Although the device supports the adaptive display technology but in our tests its performance was a little out of order (brightness levels weren’t accurate), may be that’s for saving the battery power. The display renders the colors pretty accurately except for the red part where it sort of under saturates it. The viewing angles were modest. Overall a just about average display.
One of the major USPs of the device is that it runs on the latest Android 5.1.1 with CyanogenMod 12.1 on top giving it a whole new level of customizability. In our RAM test we found that even when no apps were running in back ground about 40%-50% of 1GB of RAM was free. The device comes preinstalled with the default google apps and a few in-house tools and no third party bloatware whatsoever. Overall the user interface is smooth enough for day to day usage but once you start multitasking or gaming the device does starts lagging. The device also heats up considerably while using the camera and playing games. The call quality is excellent and so is the reception.
The device is powered by the Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 chipset that includes Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU and Adreno 306 GPU. The device is boosted with 1GB of RAM and comes in with an on-board storage of 8 GB out of which about 3 GB is available for the user. The storage can be further be expanded up to 32GB.
The sound output via the back facing speaker grill does gets obstructed once you place the device on a flat surface. The sound output is loud enough and has decent bass to it, but due the loudness you get a slight crackling. In video playback test we found that the surround sound was good but due to the poor viewing angles you may not consider watching videos that often on this device.
The device houses a 2MP front facing camera and an 8MP autofocus rear camera. The camera UI is pretty simple, with all the controls right on the screen. The front camera isn’t bright at all and doesn’t capture any details as well. The front camera can record at 720p. We checked out the image and video quality of the camera and the results were only about average nothing special. The details were just about fine under enough light but once you zoom in you’ll notice lots and lots of noise. The lens shows a lot of lens flare. The color rendition is good, it doesn’t over saturates any of the color but it does clips the highlights a bit. Under low light the performance drops drastically.
We performed a few benchmark tests on this device and the results were as following. In the HTML5 test the default browser on the device scored 487 out of 555 which is indeed pretty good. In the AnTuTu test it score 20,106 which is low but then what would you expect from an entry level handset. In Vellamo Browser, Multicore and Metal test it scored 2090, 1138 and 882 which is again towards the end. In 3D mark test it scored a mere total of 51 where the max in mobile goes up to 2000. In PC mark test it scored 3024 which is just about average. In Base Mark OS II and Base Mark X it scores 148 and 3879 which again is towards the end. So overall it scores pretty lowly in almost all the benchmark tests.
The device draws it power from a non-removable 2000mAh Li-Po battery.
So should you buy the Yu Yunique? I guess in these modern days of technology you would never buy this as your primary device unless you are a newbie to the world of smartphones or if you are really tight on budget. In general this device packs in pretty decent specs like 4G connectivity, powerful chipset (Snapdragon 410), latest Android 5.1.1, 8MP rear camera, good sound quality, HD display and the special thing the price tag! At 4,999 it offers pretty much everything we would even say it exceeds our expectations in a few domains. The downsides with the device is the poor front facing camera and the adaptive display performance. Although the competition is pretty stiff down here with players like Xiaomi Redmi 2 and Micromax Canvas Sparkle but in our opinion it does has what it takes to stand strong and win.
Although the competition is pretty stiff down here with players like Xiaomi Redmi 2 and Micromax Canvas Sparkle but in our opinion it does has what it takes to stand strong and win.