Micromax’s Subsidiary and online venture YU Televentures had launched their latest line up of Smartphone YU Yureka Black in June 2017 and we got an opportunity to review an unit and here is the same after using it for more than 2 weeks. The Yureka Black is a 5″ device with Full HD support and the device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Octa-core processor backed with 4 GB of RAM and internal storage of 32 GB. The storage could be expanded up to 64 GB using a micro SD card. The device houses a 13 MP rear camera and a 8 MP front camera. The device comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box and has a 3000 mAH battery. The YUYureka Black is a dual sim 4G smartphone with many other connectivity options like GPS, Bluetooch, USB OTG and support for even Band 40 which is used by some LTE networks. The Yureka Black is priced at Rs. 8,999/- and its exclusively available on eCommerce portal Flipkart.
Design and Build: Unlike other chinese manufactured phones, the YU Yureka Black is not a fully metallic smartphone but its made up of unibody poly-carbonate material. As the name suggests, the device comes in only black variants ‘Chrome Black’ and ‘Matte black’. The review unit which we got is a Chrome Black and we would be writing about the same.
The device build is highly glossy and one should be very careful in handling the same especially with one hand to avoid slipping it from their hand. Look-wise it looks very premium at this price point, the 2.5D glass gives a dynamic look. The back of the device comprises a camera and the flash below that. There is a almost invisible YU branding at the bottom side of the device. Also, two thin silver lines visible on top and bottom side at the back which are antenna lines.
On the front there is a 8 MP camera adjacent to that is a LED indicator, speaker grill and front flash. At the bottom there is a finger print scanner and there is no capacitive touch buttons on this device. Its only on-screen buttons for back and menu functions. Out of the 5″ mobile, the top and bottom portion of the device takes away 1″ of space leaving behind only 4″ for the actual display for content visibility. All other buttons and sockets are perfectly placed at the relevant locations. On top, there is a 3.5 mm audio jack, at the bottom there is a micro USB charging port and adjacent to that is speaker grills.
On the right there is a volume rocker and power button which is quite has quite tactile feedback. On the left side, there is a SIM/Micro-SD hybrid slot.
Overall design wise the device looks really good and its completely BLACK as their tagline for this device says ‘Black ain’t for all’, so not many may like it completely black, but I liked it much as that’s one of my most favorite color. Build wise, the device is quite sturdy and it could handle and survive few accidental falls from my hand. Though it weighs 150 gms (including battery), it doesn’t look big or heavy. Only drawback which I observed is the high glossiness which is prone to scratches when you place the device even in slight scratchy surface.
Display: The YU Yureka Black comes with a 5″ full HD IPS Sharp display with 1920*1080 resolution and protected with corning Gorilla Glass 3. The viewing angle on the display is good and the color reproduction is very vivid and vibrant. We loved watching movies, playing games etc., The display fared well even under the bright sun light and also the auto brightness functionality works absolutely fine. The touch sensitiveness on the display is great and very responsive. We didn’t face any kind of issues with the display department. Overall, we are happy with the display which this device offers at the price range under Rs.10,000/- smartphones.
Hardware and Performance: YU Yureka Black is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Octa-core processor backed with 4GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage. The device also supports Micro-SD card upto 64GB which is good. With 4GB memory under the hood and though the processor is bit out dated as on today, the device is a decent performer. We didn’t observe slowness or sluggishness while switching between the applications and while running multiple applications in background. The device could handle the HD games too smoothly without any lag even with high quality graphic settings which is quite commendable. On an average, the device utilizes around 50% of memory when there are around 50 to 60 applications/services running in background. And the commendable thing is the device didn’t heat up even after playing games for longer time. Didn’t face any concerns during playback of even 1080p videos on this device. The call quality on the device is fair and the sound output is quite loud too when played content via speaker. We didn’t face any network issues, call drop issues , nothing of any sort which is good on this device. During the Antutu benchmark test, the device scored 44195 which is quite ok for the device at this price range and the Geekbench score is 664 for single core cpu test and 2021 for multi core cpu test. The 4GB memory and 32GB storage is quite sufficient for this device and if you still want to store more content, its better to insert a Micro-SD card in combination with one SIM on the device instead of using two SIM cards. The finger print scanner is pretty responsive and unlocks the device just under 0.2 seconds which is impressive. Overall, the performance on this device is pretty decent on this budget friendly device.
Camera: The device houses a 13 MP Sony IMX 258 camera sensor in rear and a 8 PM front camera with a top-of-the-line sensor from Samsung which provides pin-point focus.
The pictures taken on this device under bright light and low light also are quite decent and color reproduction is good. The camera application is also user friendly with features like swipe to switch to front camera and swiping left and right which brings up different photography options either to choose settings or features like beauty mode, HDR, wide selfie, smile shot, flash settings etc., Coming to video shooting mode, one can shoot upto 1080p videos using both rear and front camera also. One of the notable feature in camera is the ‘Scene frame’ mode using which you can choose different pre-loaded scene frames while clicking picture. The outputs which you get is really good. There are no pro mode or manual mode in the camera on YU Black which would be little disappointing for the pro photographers. And one more downside, though its a useful thing to have is the front flash which is quite powerful and its annoying when we take the picture under low light with flash on. It totally blurs your vision for few seconds after you click the picture with front flash ON.
Battery: YU Black has a decent 3000 mAH battery under the hood. The battery is not replaceable by an end user as the device is unibody and back panel is not removable. The battery holds up well and gives upto 4 hours of Screen on Time when we do continuous gaming with full brightness on. Also, gives around 7.5 hour to 8 hours of screen on time when we only do the non-stop playback of video with all network ON and with 100% brightness which is really good. And with normal internet usage and few calls the device can hold upto 2 days in one complete charge. As per us, the battery performance on this device is good and we are happy about it.
Software and UI: YU Black comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS out of the box with limited UI modifications from YU Televentures. There is not much tinkering done with UI and YU has tried to retain stock android experience on the same. Thankfully there are no bloatwares loaded on the YU Black except an App center which allows to download some of the apps like AltBalaji, Bubble Bash, Uber,Opera, Databack, Viralshots etc., some of the apps in the list are totally useless and installing them would cause some kind of annoyance when they push many many notifications to the device. For ex: Viralshots, Databack etc., The smart actions settings are pretty useful ones like double tap to wake up your screen and lock the screen, flip to mute, direct call, flip to snooze, swipe three fingers to take screenshot etc., The Smart gesture features like starting the camera, music or calls by drawing certain gestures like ‘O’ for camera, M for music and C for phone etc., is pretty useful and worked flawlessly too. Inside the display settings there is an option to disable navigation_bar_display, not sure why do they even have that option when there are no physical buttons for going back and menu. There is a one-handed mode too using which one can reduce the screen size using some gestures like swiping from center to right to left on navigation bar, this feature is not quite useful for the devices of this screen size. There is one nice feature under fingerprint sensor settings, using that setting one either go back on tap or swipe. I think, because to utilize this setting, there is a option to disable the navigation bar under display settings. The Software and UI features on the YU Black is quite decent and not much complicated for end users which we really appreciate.
Conclusion: At this price range of Rs. 8,999/-, the Yureka YU Black has a right and decent set of specifications which justifies the price for the features, hardware, design and the performance which it offers. If you are looking for a budget phone under Rs. 10,000/- , this device can be definitely considered for its performance when compared to the other competitor phones in this price range.