YU has launched the successor to the last year’s YU Yureka (which was a decently nice phone), the successor is YU Yureka Plus. Has the performance increased ? Let’s find out.
Unfortunately, in this age of iterative updates, seven months down the line the Yureka had lost its edge. Micromax backed Yu launched its third smartphone in India, called the Yureka Plus. As the name suggests, it is essentially an upgrade for the now-discontinued Yureka. This new smartphone looks identical, boasts much of the same specifications – with a vastly improved display and is priced a tad higher at Rs 9,999.
There’s not a lot to talk about the design of the Yureka Plus. It looks identical to the Yureka. It is a carbon copy from the outside except for the fact that now there’s a white version, which looks quite nice. We, though, tested the black model, which looks identical to the older phone.
YU also says that in addition to Gorilla Glass 3 protection to the screen, the YU Yureka Plus also boasts a reinforced chassis and tough polycarbonate back panel. In layman’s terms, the company is assuring that the smartphone can easily survive a fall.
Also, as it has a large 5.5-inch screen, so one handed usage is not exactly a feasible option for most. Fortunately, the phone has its volume and power buttons on the right that also provide good travel and tactile feedback. The phone also is rather slim at 8.8mm and 155 grams.
The most talked thing about the YU Yureka Plus is the display, and why not, it’s the only major change that has taken place from the YU Yureka. The phone gets a massive resolution bump. From the 720p panel of the Yureka, the Yureka Plus has a 5.5-inch full HD 1080p IPS display, which is further protected with a layer of Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3.
The phone gets a massive resolution bump. From the 720p panel of the Yureka, the Yureka Plus has a 5.5-inch full HD 1080p IPS display, which is further protected with a layer of Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3.
This is a very nice display, which is able to reproduce true to life colors, sharp contrast and also offers great viewing angles with minimal colour distortion at extreme angles. This is by far the best display in a sub Rs. 10,000 phone.If you are a display guy, YU Yureka Plus is for you.
Performance and Battery Life Not Up To The Mark
While the processor performed quite well on the Yureka, it doesn’t quite deliver the same level of performance on the Yureka Plus. Since the same hardware now has to power a full HD display, we noticed the processor at times trying too hard to keep pace with all the tasks.
There is a visible drop in speed and simple tasks such as opening the phone dialer, cleaning background apps or unlocking the phone when it is displaying multiple notifications seem to take ages to complete. the Snapdragon 615 processor found in the Yureka Plus is often found struggling to cope with the increased load. As a result, the phone has been made out as slow and generating too much heat.
The other two problems, besides lagging, are heating and poor battery back-up. Battery life is not at all good on the device. Charging time is more than 6 hrs, phone lags a lot, heats up very much, battery discharges by simply playing 5 mins video.
Overall not a good score in performance and battery department
On paper, the Yureka Plus features the same 13-megapixel rear camera, and a 5-megapixel selfie camera as the Yureka. Yu has however made a small change in the camera’s image sensor, and the Yureka Plus now features a Sony IMX214 CMOS sensor, as opposed to the Sony IMX135 CMOS sensor.
It takes some superb photos that offer ample details, good levels of contrast and punchy colors, only downside is sometimes pictures look blueish (Cool). It is a very good camera in either situation – be it daylight or the night. The phone is also able to achieve a very shallow depth of field effect on macro – close up shots.
The front camera is also quite good. It captures a lot of detail and importantly thanks to the wide angle lens manages to capture multiple subjects. The camera also comes in handy for some good quality video calls.
Software Rundown (Thumbs Down)
The core software is one of the highlights of the YU smartphones. YU smartphones run on a customised version of Android called CyanogenMod, which is developed by Cyanogen Inc. The Yureka Plus is an Android 5.1 Lollipop running CyanogenMod 12 out of the box.
Essentially, the software experience is very similar to stock Android, like one finds on Google’s Nexus smartphones, though there are some very usable enhancements.
During our time with the smartphone, we came across apps crashing for no reason, and the phone randomly restarting multiple times. We faced the issue with restarts on a near daily basis, including at the time of filing this review.
We also had problems with the proximity sensor. The screen wouldn’t light up when receiving calls and we had to insert the headphones so as to view the screen.
Summary: Avoid Buying If You Have Other Options
YU Yureka Plus may not have changed a lot, but it has managed to improve some of the flaws (read camera), while also improving an already impressive display.
The fact that it proves difficult to break is also an important asset to have in the sub Rs 10,000 segment. The new smartphone however isn’t perfect, and issues with performance are what mar the experience on an average smartphone. Though we don’t recommend to buy the YU Yureka Plus
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