Micromax Yu Yutopia Review
The brand new Yu Yutopia is being hyped as “the most influential phone on the planet”, which is a courageous assertion from a company’s debut entry competing with big brands. Yu has certainly got the ingredients right but how it all comes together in the end, is what really matters. Is the Yutopia every bit as good as it looks on paper? Let’s find out.
Look and feel
The aluminium and magnesium chassis is one of the highpoints of the phone. It feels exceptionally superior and has good ergonomics. The phone is also securely slim with satin texture does make the phone quite slippery though and we wish Yu had bundled at least a bumper case along with it.
The primary SIM tray and secondary hybrid-SIM tray are accessible via a common flap on the left. The right side houses the volume and power buttons, which have good tactile feedback and are easily accessible. The headphone socket and Micro-USB 2.0 port are placed on the top and bottom respectively.
On the back, you will find a circular protruding dial which houses the 21-megapixel camera and dual-tone LED flash unit. Below it is the fingerprint sensor followed by the speaker grille placed at the bottom. The glass cover for the camera is not scratch resistant.
The front is led by an excellent 5.2-inch, Quad HD IPS display along with Corning’s Concore glass. The latter has similar scratch resistant properties as Gorilla Glass, except here, the protective glass and touch screen are a single panel. Colour reproduction and viewing angles are very good and so is sunlight legibility, thanks to some nifty software tricks, which well get into in a bit. The touch response can get a little iffy at times as we noticed intermittent unresponsiveness during our usage. It’s not a consistent issue but every now and then, it fails to register an input. The notification LED is placed at the bottom.
Specifications and software
Yu has gone all-out when it comes to specifications, well, at least the core components. We get Qualcomm’s finest Snapdragon 810 SoC, 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. The latter can be expanded via a microSD card up to 128GB. There’s also dual-band Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, USB OTG and FM Radio. We’re still missing NFC and unfortunately, there’s no wireless charging either. It comes with 3000mAh non-removable battery with support for fast charging.
The Yutopia also debuts Yu’s brand new software service called Around Yu, which lets you shop, book a cab and much more, all in one place. Yu has tied up with Zomato, Ixigo and Ola currently and we expect many more to jump onboard soon. The services are actually well integrated and easy to use. This is a good value added feature which will be genuinely useful once more partners are on board.
App performance is good and so is multitasking. On average, there’s always about 2GB of free RAM for apps so that’s one thing you’ll rarely fall short of. The phone warms up pretty easily even with simple tasks and gets really hot around the rear camera area when gaming or shooting videos. The 3000mAh battery lasted us for 8 hours and 57 minutes in our video loop test, which is not bad but could have been better. During regular usage with a mix of camera, calls, music and gaming, we got an average of about 18-20 hours, before the battery saver kicked in.
The Yutopia is certainly a good first premium effort from Yu but it’s far from the utopian smartphone that the company envisioned. Simply cramming in top-end components to fit a desired budget doesn’t necessarily guarantee the best product. The Yutopia does have its share of redeeming qualities like the excellent 2K display, very good build and finish, quick charging, great multimedia and services integration in the OS and quality bundled accessories.
Picture courtesy – techradar.com
by techtalks @TechTalks February 11, 2016 4:30 AM UTC