After being quiet for some months and delays, YU Televentures has launched their latest flagship smartphone with tagline ‘Redefine Flagship’ and that’s YU Yunicorn for you today in New Delhi priced at Rs. 12,999/- and this price would be valid for 1st one month and later the device is priced at Rs. 14,999/- and anyone who is interested can buy the same on Flipkart via flash sales happening on 7th June 2016. Registration for the sale starts today. For the people using SBI card on Flipkart, they would get additional 10% discount on the purchase.

Yunicorn comes with some pretty decent specifications to match the toughest competition in the current Smartphone market in India. Yunicorn is powered by a MediaTek Helio P10 Octacore 1.8 GHz processor with Mali T860 GPU and perfectly backed with a 4 GB LPDDR3 RAM for lag free performance and multitasking. Yunicorn comes with a 5.5″ IPS Full HD display (1080×1920) with 2.5D Glass and with 440 ppi. The internal memory is 32 GB which can be expanded upto 128 GB using a Micro SD card. The smartphone houses a 13MP AF camera with 5P lens and a 5MP front camera with 4P lens. The device supports 4G LTE CAT4 network and supports all other network bands like GSM, WDMA, LTE TDD, FDD B3 and B3 also. Device connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11, bluetooth 4.0 and USB 2.0.  The device is powered by a massive 4000 mAH for long lasting standby on your device. The Yunicorn also comes with a Fingerprint scanner which is housed in front of the device on top of home button. On OS Front, Yunicorn comes with Android lollipop version with their own UI called AOS – “Android on Steroids” which is almost close to Stock Android Lollipop with some customization and additions to the OS.  Yunicorn is available in 3 colours which are Rush Silver, Graphite and Rush Gold. Rush Gold will be available with limited stock for first few customers.

What’s inside the box: A Yunicorn Smartphone, a charging/data cable, a in ear hands-free set, 5V, 2A output travel adapter and Instructions manuals/warranty card.

Here are our first impressions on this latest flagship device Yunicorn from YU. 
Design and Build: At the first look of the device, this one is the most beautiful device which has come out from YU Factory till date with Full Metal Unibody made up using the mix of Aluminum, Magnesium and Manganese. The device has amazing curves etched to perfection. The back of the device has a brushed metal finish which looks awesome and the 2.5D glass makes it look great and premium. Fingerprint scanner adds value to the phone and it works really fast and has more security features too because of the chip level authentication which it does. The volume rocker and power button is located on the right side of the device and its pretty responsive, while a micro USB port placed at the bottom of the device along with a speaker grill and mic. On the left there is a hybrid SIM tray which can accommodate a nano sim card and a Micro SD card. On top of the phone, there is a 3.5 mm audio jack. The device is really easy to hold with its ergonomic form factor. We are pretty much happy about the design and build of the device which looks premium in hand. 

Display: The display is perfect fit with 5.5″ size and comes with a Full HD with 440 ppi depth which is pretty clear and colors are vivid on the screen. The color reproduction is great with contrast ratio of 1000:1. The 2.5D glass is a solid addition which gives a nice feel and touch sensitiveness is just perfect. We tried watching some full HD videos on it and its absolutely stunning to watch the same on Yunicorn.  
Camera: The Yunicorn has a 13 MP camera which with the limited testing we did, captures some great pictures and details inside that. One can shoot the images with picture-in-picture facility and it has a panaroma 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.  Overall, the camera app has simplistic functionalities and captures some good pictures. 
Some sample pictures clicked using Yunicorn.

Software and UI: Yunicorn comes with Android Lollipop 5.1 version with a custom UI built by YU called AOS – ‘Android on Steroids’. The UI is almost close to Stock Android and with some additional nifty features like changing the complete UI to Monochrome mode, accessing widgets, wallpapers, settings and music right from the home screen just by pressing it for a second which will pop-up th emenu to access these. Also, YU is trying to bring all access to your daily needs at one single place called AroundYU 2.0 which gives quick access to different requirements of customers like Food places around, shopping, help booking Cab directly, book tickets in bus and flights, check out the PNR status of train tickets, also recharge any mobile network providers directly from here. This will keep improving in coming days and YU is planning to integrate more and more categories in AroundYU. Also, there is a ‘My account’ which is integrated with a payment gateway UDIO using which one can make payments directly to the transactions which they do in the AroundYU functionalities or one can use their own payment via Credit card or any wallet you may have. With AroundYU, YU is trying to create a Eco system where a customer doesn’t have to install 100 different apps to perform different day to day activites and everything is available as one point of contact.

Performance: With the short stint we had with the device, the performance is absolutely lag free and switching between the screens, performing multitasking, playing HD videos etc., was done with ease. Thanks to the powerful octacore processor which backed with 4GB RAM and superbly tuned OS without any bloatware on it. 
Overall, we are totally impressed with YU Yunicorn device and its features which it offers. Especially the the AroundYU feature is mind blowing. 
We will come up with a detailed review post on this device pretty soon. Stay tuned for the same. 
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