Yu Yunicorn recently launched their latest flagship smartphone on and was priced at Rs. 12,999/-. The device comes with some pretty good specifications on paper to match the today's competitive smartphone market in India. Read about the same and our first impressions here in our blog, without repeating the same in this post, we will be directly skipping to the review of the device.
Design and Build: Yu Yunicorn is a full metal unibody device made with combination of Magnesium, Manganese and Aluminium which as per the claim from YU gets more beautiful upon more usage unlike the other phones where the colors and shininess gets worn out due to the prolonged usage and we kinda agree to the claim with the usage of the phone for more than 15 days regularly, the device fares well for the scratches and the brushed metal finish on the back is just awesome which gives more premium look to the device. The design of the device is also really good and an eye turner with its curved 2.5D glass and the beautiful metallic finish. Someone did ask, was that 'iPhone' which I am using. On the right of the device there is a hybrid sim slot which can take either two Nano SIM cards or a Nano SIM card and a Micro SD card for the storage expansion. On the left side of the device, there are volume rockers and a power/unlock button, the buttons are made of Metallic too and provides a great tactile feedback. On the top side of of the device, there is a 3.5 mm audio jack along with a noise cancellation mic. At the bottom, there is a Micro USB charging port/data port, alongside to that there is a speaker grill. At the back,there is a 13 MP rear camera with dual LED flash and the YU branding at the bottom. The front houses a physical home button on top of which there is a finger print scanner embedded. The finger print scanner works 10 out of 10 times we tried with absolutely no issues. There are no buttons available for back and menu, the same functions can be performed via a the software buttons above the finger print scanner on screen. The devices comes with 5 MP front camera and different sensors around the same. Yunicorn also comes with a gyroscope sensor which is useful for watching Virtual Reality content. The device feels light in hand and absolutely has the better grip in the hands and easily operable using one hand also. Undoubtedly, this is one of the best and beautiful device come out of YU Televentures till date and we give full marks to the design and build quality of Yu Yunicorn.
Display: The YU Yunicorn comes with 5.5" display with 2.5D Glass IPS Full HD 1920 x 1080p display with 440 ppi. The display looks great on Yunicorn and color reproduction is also good with constrast ratio of 1000:1. The display works perfectly under bright sunlight too and the things on screen is also clearly visible. The touch sensitiveness is great and we found no issues whatsoever with the display. Watching entertainment content and playing games is absolutely fun on this big display. Also, watching the 3D content and movies using the VR headset is absolutely thrilling and clear on this display. Only problem with the display is that its not protected by corning gorilla glass nor its a scratch resistant display which is prone to scratches when kept in pocket along with your keys, ID cards, coins etc., One should carefully handle the device display to avoid the scratches on the same. Barring that, we don't see any other issues with the display department on Yu Yunicorn.
Hardware and Performance: Yu Yunicorn is powered by a Mediatek Helio P10 Octacore 1.8 GHz processor whith Mali T860 GPU and the device comes with a 4 GB LPDDR RAM . The device supports different networks ranging from GSM 850 to LTE TDD B40 2300 MHz bands in India. It comes with Proximity, light, accelerometer and gyroscope sensors also. For the price which its being offered, the Yu Yunicorn has pretty decent specifications in hardware front which can give touch competition to the other brands in the market. Coming to the performance of the device, the device handles the multi tasking efficiently and we don't see any issues about the same and also playing the multimedia content with full HD quality movies works absolutely fine too and we didn't observe any slowness or issues. The device gives around 1 GB free memory even after having multiple applications ope. Also, even with prolonged watching of the movies, the device didn't heat up much though it comprises a full metallic body, the same goes while watching the movies using VR headset and VR content also. Gaming on the device is pretty decent. The device handled the games like Kill shot bravo, Nova 3 and Temple run efficiently while it struggled a bit while playing Asphalt 8 Airborne with the visual settings set to High or Medium, we could see frame drops and random freezes while playing the same with the settings said above, as a workaround, if we choose the Visual quality to either low or very low in Asphalt settings, it works absolutely fine. The Antutu benchmark score of Yu Yunicorn is 33799 when we tested. Coming to the other parts of the hardware, the device's call quality is absolutely great and clear and all the sensors works as expected, watching VR content using VR headset also is flawless. The fingerprint scanner is a really great add on for this device and it works great without any issues, it provides security feature also, thanks to the chip level authentication designed on Yu Yunicorn. The sound quality of the device is great and loud both with in-ear headphones and via loud speaker. Thanks to the DTS sound available on the device. Overall, we are happy with the hardware and performance barring couple of issues here and there.
Camera: The Yunicorn has a 13 MP camera and dual LED flash and captures some great pictures and details inside that. One can shoot the images with picture-in-picture facility and it has a panorama feature too. There are some fancy features like Face detection, Gesture shot, Smile shot, Auto scene detection is there. Also, there is a time-lapse feature involved in the camera functionality. There is no slo-motion video shooting option though though its advertised that its present, hopefully the camera updates via OTA in future will comprise that feature. Yu is good at sending periodic updates for their device which is pretty good. So far, we had got two updates related to camera to improvise the performance and to fix an auto focus issue in the camera. The Yu Yunicorn comes with a 5 MP front camera which clicks some decent selfies in natural and bright lit conditions. Check out some samples clicked using Yu Yunicorn. Click on the thumbnails for full resolution picture.
Battery: One major highlight of Yu Yunicorn is the massive 4000 mAH battery which it comes with. Even with such a big sized battery, the device does look sleek and kudos to YU that they achieved this fleet. The device could easily stay on for more than 36 hours for power users who are always connected via either Wi-Fi or Cellular networks and have their data in sync, for a normal user with moderate usage, the device can stay on upto 4 days as per company's claim. Very good battery management done automatically by the OS which is commendable. We got around impressive 8+ hours SOT (Screen-On-Time) when the device gone from 100 to 0% which is pretty good for the users who travel a lot and won't have to worry carrying an additional power bank always on the move. Only downside in battery department is that the device doesn't offer the quick charge and one has to charge atleast 4 to 5 hours to get 100% charge on it. Barring that, we give full marks to the battery and its performance on Yu Yunicorn.
Software and Features: Yunicorn comes with Android Lollipop 5.1 out of the box and topped with their very new OS called "Android on Steroids" which almost gives a stock android experience with some additions and addition of some nifty features inside that. Those include AroundYU which is kind of aggregator for all sorts of requirements an individual can have in their day to day life and one doesn't have to keep installing different applications to perform those requirements with AroundYU on their device like figuring out the best restaurants around, booking the tables, booking movie tickets, booking a cab, flights, checking out the PNR status of your train booking, finding out best hospitals around, recharge their prepaid phones, DTH etc., Its like one point of contact for all your needs, also Yu will be keep acquiring different startups, functionalities which required and embed in AroundYU in future. Also, there is a 'My account' feature which is integrated with a payment gateway called UIDO using which one can make payments also directly on the transactions which they perform using AroundYU. With AroundYU, YU is trying to create an Eco system where a consumer doesn't have to install 100's of different applications on their phone and making their life simpler. Check out some screenshots of AroundYU here in our first impressions post. Apart from that, there are some nifty features in AOS like changing the UI to complete monochrome mode with just couple of clicks from home screen itself (YU has brilliantly given the shortcut to the 'simulate color space' which is available in the developer options of the phone). One can enable the Monochrome mode by going to developer options (before that, you should enable developer options) and then going to 'simulate color space' to enable the Monochrome mode. This is pretty useful when a person doesn't want to strain his eye too much while operating his phone in dark or when a person is running out of battery and wants to save some battery juice. In the software front, YU has to improve a little bit more upgrading the applications like Gallery, File Manager, Keyboard etc., which is still looks legacy on this device. Coming to some more good things about the OS and UI, one being Auto-Start management which very useful to deny the applications to auto start when you boot up, restrict application permissions for different functionalities like making calls, reading contacts, sending sms, mms, email, accessing camera, wi-fi, bluetooth etc.,An user can completely customize the OS to his need on YU and don't have to worry about rooting his device to achieve those feets. Another notable feature is the Data Protection mode where you can lock certain content which needs privacy using the pattern protection and locking them and prevent unauthorized access to those files/folders. One downside is the fingerprint scanners can be used to unlock, click pictures etc., but still not able to set app lock using the same. I am sure it would be a big plus point if YU can integrate the feature in upcoming releases. We have a huge thumbs up for the AroundYU and the security features in Andorid On Steroids and I am sure this is just a start from YU to give us a complete Eco system one cannot live without.
Price: The Yu Yunicorn's MRP is Rs. 14,999/- while they are selling it at Rs. 12999/- as an inaugural offer for 1st one month as per the company official. We think this device is aptly priced for the specs, hardware and the features it offers. It could have been more worth it if the device had quick charging capabilities, USC Type C port which is becoming default standard in these days phones.
Verdict: Apart from some small issues here and there, we are totally convinced with the device's design, performance, battery, camera performances for the price which its being offered and I would definitely suggest my friend if I have to when anyone enquires about the phone under 15K in India.