Micromax Yu Yureka review: Cyanogen OS mid-ranger with terrific value

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Comes packed in a beautiful eco-friendly square brown box with a Yu logo over it, the Yureka smartphone has been accompanied with hardcopy manuals, charger and earphone. However, we didn’t understand the logic behind pairing white charger and earphone with a grey-coloured handset.

Measuring 154.8x78mm the Yu Yureka is 8.8mm thick and weighs 155g. Though it fits nicely into one’s hand, the all-plastic smartphone feels comfortable to hold. The matte finish on the back, which the manufacturer named as “Moonstone Grey” is finger print-and-smudge proof.

The cyan coloured YU logo has been placed at the centre back below the rear camera and the flash. The speaker grille has been placed at the bottom. The power/lock button has been housed on the right edge while the volume rocker sits on the left edge. The 3.5mm audio out port has been housed at the top and the micro USB port at the bottom. The Yureka would appeal those who are fond of sobre colours while others may find it a little boring.

Yureka boasts a 5.5-inch IPS display with a pixel resolution of 720×1280 at 267 PPI, identical with the biggest competitor Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G. Unfortunately, the Yureka screen looks a bit unimpressive for the lower pixel density rate. The colours on the screen also feel a little over-saturated. But the display features decent viewing angle and remains readable under direct sunlight.

For added protection, Yu has combined Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection and oleophobic coating over the display.

Powered by an Octa-Core Snapdragon 615 SoC, the Yureka couples 2GB of RAM memory and 16 GB of onboard memory. The device further allows increasing the memory up to 32GB by inserting a micro SD card.

The combination of hardware made Yureka a power performer among tasks. In real life usage, we didn’t notice any lags while executing multiple apps, clicking images, navigating across multiple web pages and playing high resolution games. The touch response of the Yureka is decent and call reception quality was good too.

The device did well in the synthetic benchmarking test too, by achieving 17,586 in the Quadrant standard benchmarking test. It also managed well by scoring 32138 in the AnTuTu benchmarking test.

The bundled earphone is loud enough and a subtle performer across genres. The earphone achieves decent audio quality across ranges. However, the supplied charger feels cheap for the annoying bright LED and cheap quality make. The charger bundled in our review box also took around four-and-a-half hours to fully charge the phone.

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