Yu Yunique is the latest budget smartphone from Micromax co-founder Rahul Sharma’s Yu Televentures. So what’s unique here? Unlike other Yu branded smartphones, Yunique gives CyanogenMod OS a miss and goes for stock Android Lollipop 5.1. Given the budget pricing of Rs 4999, Yunique has gotten off to a flying start on Snapdeal. So, is Yunique worth the hype?
Specs: 4.7-inch 720p HD display | 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor| 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage (expandable to 32GB) |8MP camera with autofocus, LED flash, 2MP fixed focus front camera |Android 5.1 Lollipop |2000mAh battery
Price: Rs 4,999
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Yu Yunique follows a design similar to the Yuphoria smartphone with the power button between the volume rockers. Given the 4.7-inch screen size, the phone fits easily in the palm of your hand. Personally, I lean towards smaller, compact devices, and the Yunique looks good for a budget phone.
The camera lens is in the centre like the Yuphoria with the ‘saturn-ring’ design seen in Lumia smartphones. And the camera bump is not significant. I’m not so sure about the overall build quality as I can see the paint chipping from the lens cover already, but then this is a budget phone. The plastic cover on the back is removable, the battery is not. Both the screen and the back cover are prone to smudges, so getting a case is a must with this phone.
The Snapdragon 410 with 1GB RAM and stock Android works just fine, and I didn’t face any issues either gaming, browsing or watching videos on this phone. Of course, if you expect to play high-end games like Asphalt 8, etc then I suggest you loosen the purse strings and get the Yuphoria or a Lenovo A7000 or higher. But then this phone is not meant for that crowd.
The stock Android works without any lag, and while there are moments when the phone slows down, especially when you’re trying to quit a game. I don’t see it as so much of problem, given this is a budget offering.
The audio-quality both for calls and music playback is pretty good on the Yunique, which I think is another big plus point for a budget device. Battery is another front where the Yunique delivers very well and it will easily last you more than a day, with medium to heavy usage, with the Internet on all day.
What’s not that good?
The rear camera on the Yunique works without lag and while for a Rs 4999 phone the results look good, the colours just feel washed out. Perhaps it is harsh to expect too much from a budget smartphone’s camera, but with Yu, I feel the camera remains an area for further investment. I’m not too impressed with the 2 megapixel selfie camera, but for many I’m guessing this will do the job.
The big problem with the Yunique, is that the 8GB space which will run out pretty quickly and you will need to buy a microSD card soon. For a well-informed buyer, the Yuphoria with 16GB space is priced at Rs 6999, just Rs 2000 more than the Yunique, so they might just lean towards the other phone.
The Yu Yunique is a pretty good budget option, especially if you’re looking to buy a first-time smartphone or hoping to get one for your kids. It ticks all the right boxes and does the job.
If however, you think that pure Android is boring and want more customisation options, then the Yuphoria or Xiaomi are always an option.