Micromax had launched its new device, Yu Yureka Plus, at the beginning of 2015, and the handsets are available at low prices. The device offers great specifications and the company has also focused on the increased customization options, which is offered by CyanogenMod operating system that Yu preloads onto its devices.
Under Yu’s flagship, the Yureka Plus was launched with a price tag of Rs. 9,999, which is Rs. 1,000 more costly than its predecessor, Yureka, and the specs have been added to justify the price hike. Two big changes can be seen that are a higher-resolution full-HD screen and a new camera sensor that should improve photo quality by a bit. We have tried to find out what the Yureka Plus is all about.
Look and feel
The Yu Yureka Plus has followed the traditional look – the minimalist look in front to the textured ‘moonstone grey’ back panel, the phone is still attractive and feels great to hold. The primary SIM card and microSD slots of Yureka Plus are only accessible by removing the battery while the second SIM slot is hot-swappable and doesn’t need the phone to be switched off. The power and volume buttons are placed at the same place as its predecessor.
The only difference you’ll perceive is a visibly sharper and more detailed full-HD screen. It offers smart, as the full-HD screen adds tremendous value to the package. It is sharp, detailed, and accurate with colours. Although it’s sufficiently bright indoors, but the outdoor visibility suffers a bit since it can’t get quite as bright as it needs to. However, it’s still a far better screen than we’re used to seeing at this price level.
Yu Yureka has always been ahead of other smartphone companies when all its adversaries used MediaTek SoCs, the Yureka used the then-new snapdragon 615. The devices included 16GB internal storage and 2GB of RAM and came with 4G connectivity, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Yureka Plus has inherited the same specs, but it did not have the same surprise as other smartphones also offer the similar specs within the price bracket.
Yureka Plus bears the Cyanogen 12 OS and runs on Android 5.0.2, an upgraded version over its predecessor that came with Android 4.4.4. The operating system is quite impressive, it has all the customizable features such as button functions,lockscreen, the status, pull-down bar, notification drawer; everything is customizable and can be adjusted to your liking.
Like its software, Yureka Plus has an upgraded camera module-IMX214 while Yureka had the older Sony IMX135. However, both are 13MP sensors, but the IMX214 has a small technical jerk that vows to have better photography and videography, including improved support for HDR stills and video.
The camera produces impressive images which were sharp, detailed pictures and have colours that are truly pop. And the HDR mode offered excellent results, with the already great colour handling improving dramatically.
We were quite impressed by the Yu Yureka Plus performance. The device has good SoCs, an excellent operating system, strong specifications. The phone performed smoothly most of the time while using games and apps, although graphics slowed down only on rare occasions.
Besides Benchmark tests also showed excellent numbers for a phone using the Snapdragon 615 SoC, and all scores were slightly higher than those recorded on the Yu Yureka. AnTuTu and Quadrant returned commendable scores of 34,457 and 24,116 respectively while the GFXBench and 3DMark recorded scores of 14fps and 5,477 each.
Moving on to battery life, our video loop test drained the battery in 10 hours, 5 minutes, which is a huge improvement over the Yureka. The battery drains as quickly as any Android smartphone, and so it should comfortably last a full day with normal use.
Micromax is an example what a budget smartphone is capable of. This smartphone is a power packed performer, thanks to its SoCs. Yu Yureka is worth every rupee of your money.