Micromax’s online brand YU has been launching various devices to fit in everyone’s budget. YU Yunique is also one of the great attempt by YU to battle the sub Rs. 5,000 market. How does YU fare? Let’s find out.
The idea behind the YU Yunique is the same one that of the YU Yuphoria and the YU Yureka – come up with a phone that has top of the line hardware for its category and then launch it at an aggressive price. In fact, with its new phone, YU is taking the aggression bit to a new level. The Yunique has been priced at an awesome Rs.4,999, in a bid to attract feature phone users who are still hesitant about taking their first step into the world of smartphones.
The company’s cheapest handset Yunique is enjoying its share of popularity ever since it was launched on 8 SeptembeDespite great sales and positive audience response is it really the best sub-Rs. 5,000 smartphone in the market right now?
Design & Hardware Is Top Notch For The Price
This design is fairly common and exactly similar to YU Yuphoria – rounded edges, regular candy bar form factor. The only difference being that YU Yunique does not have the metal frame. The YU Yunique is a full plastic body design. The power/ lock button is in the center surrounded by the volume up and down keys. The 3 element key structure sometimes make it difficult to locate the lock button. We had to fiddle between the buttons before unlocking the screen. Turning the device over to the other side, we find the primary camera with company’s signature Saturn ring and a speaker placed at the bottom.
For a budget phone, the Yunique has been built well. The finishing is good and we don’t find any loose parts or rough workmanship in the phone. The compact form factor also makes the device easy to carry and easy to use, something that first-time phone buyers, who may struggle with the size of a device like the RedMi Note, will appreciate.
The 4.7-inch screen is powered by an HD (1280 x 720pixel) IPS display panel with 312ppi. YU rightfully claims YU Yunique to be the most affordable smartphone with HD screen in the market right now. The good resolution on a small screen means the text and images look sharp on the YU Yunique.
In terms of color accuracy and brightness, the screen in the Yunique is good but can’t match what you get in more expensive phones like the Yureka, RedMi 2 Prime. The colors on the YU Yunique screen look slightly faded and blueish, although the viewing angles are fairly good. Brightness too is an issue, particularly outdoors and you may find it difficult to read a lengthy email on the Yunique when you are soaking in the winter sun on your terrace.
Good Performance coupled with Average Battery Life
YU Yunique is powered by a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor coupled by 1GB RAM yet it delivers great results.The handset comes with 8GB built-in storage, but only 4.61GB available for use. But you have the option to add more storage using microSD card (You can move apps to microSD if space on the phone is getting full). Over the entire course of using the handset, we did not witness any lags. In fact, we put out for a real test by running multiple apps at once to see how it plays out.
Decent hardware and Android Lollipop make the Yunique a fairly fast phone, specially compared to its peers.
To our surprise, running a few apps in the background and playing games which are not graphic intensive did not cause a hitch. We did notice some heating during the long gaming sessions, but it wasn’t so bad.
The YU Yunique packs a 2,000mAh non-removable battery, which may be a turn-off for many. The handset easily pushed through the day on a single charge with average usage (Browsing Social media, Playing music and casual usage). But using YU Yunique as a primary phone for playing games, using 4G/3G data, Wi-Fi, making calls and constant chatting, we had to charge the smartphone twice a day. The battery on the device is not that super useful if you are a heavy user.
The camera in the YU Yunique is one of our favourites. Considering the low price tag, YU Yunique took great shots outdoors and decent images indoors. The handset uses an 8-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture lens and Full HD recording as the primary camera.
We took multiple photos to check the clarity of the camera and the images appeared quite appealing if not the best in class. It’s worth noting that the true colours of the subject were lost in some photos, but it delivers the best it can. Also, the YU Yunique processes images and videos in a different way, irrespective of the lighting conditions, the phone oversharpens images. The 2-megapixel front facing camera, which packs f/2.4 aperture lens, delivers decent image quality
What impresses us the most is the camera’s ability to keep noise low in low light shots. Unless you are clicking in the dark, the YU Yunique will give you shots that you can proudly use on Facebook and Twitter. In good light too, the Yunique is capable of clicking nice photos.
The phone can also record FullHD videos. The quality is fairly good and we did not notice any focus related issues while recording video footage.
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|Display||4.7 Inch HD IPS Touchscreen Display|
|Processor||1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410 Quad Core Processor|
|ROM||8 GB (Expandable via MicroSD card)|
2 MP Front Camera
8 MP Rear Camera
|Battery||2,000 mAh (Non Removable)|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot, 4G LTE, Bluetooth, FM Radio|
|Operating System||Android 5.1.1 Lollipop|
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Verdict: Solid Smartphone Under Budget
YU Yunique can be a first choice for first-time smartphone buyers. It is affordable, packs decent specs, good camera and battery life and remarkable performance. To sum up, we would say that YU Yunique is a nice package at Rs. 4,999. One of the highlights of this phone is its 4G connectivity support. Not that the market doesn’t have 4G smartphone at this price. Though there are some flaws in this device, but the benefits outweigh the shortcomings – we still feel that it is the decent smartphone at this price. It can definitely run your daily tasks at ease. So we will totally recommend it to you. But yes, if you are a heavy user and can spend a little more money there are various other options.
At the similar price, the other options for you are Moto E (first generation) and the host of other phones sold by companies like Micromax, Lava and Karbonn. While some of these phones are good, none offers the kind of package, particularly due to the Lollipop, that YU Yunique provides to users.
|Build Quality||Average Camera|
|USB OTG Support||Non-removable Battery|
Pricing and Availability
The YU Yunique is available exclusively on SnapDeal via flash sale for Rs. 4,999. However, the YU Yunique will be available without registration or flash sale on October 12, 2015