Yu Yunicorn is the new ‘flagship’ smartphone from YU Televentures, promoted by Micromax co-founder Rahul Sharma.
Their previous flagship, the Yutopia, came with a Quad-HD display, a 21 megapixel rear camera, CyanogenMod OS, and price-tag of Rs 24,999. But the new flagship costs nearly half, priced at Rs 12,999 for now (Rs 13,499 after one month) and has a full HD display, a 13 mp camera and goes for a pure Android experience (Lollipop version, though a Marshmallow update is promised).
Given the specs and pricing, YU Yunicorn is more of a mid-range smartphone that will compete against Redmi Note 3, Le 1s and soon to be launched Le 2, Moto G4 Plus, Lenovo Zuk Z1, and Meizu m3 Note.
So how does the Yunicorn fare against competition? Below is a chart comparing the specs.
Yu Yunicorn goes on sale on Jun 7 at 2 pm on Flipkart, and users can register for the sale till 1 pm on the e-commerce portal. Yunicorn has a 5.5-inch full HD display, a Mediatek octa-core Helio P10 processor, 32GB storage space and 4GB RAM.
Yu has ditched Cyanogen for pure Android in the Yunicorn, and given this a beefy 4,000 mAh battery. At this price point of Rs 12,999, there are quite a few smartphone offering similar battery life, so Yunicorn can’t really claim this as something unique.
Plus, the design of the Yu Yunicorn might remind users of another smartphone: the Meizu m3 Note, which costs only Rs 9,999. Yunicorn has a 13 mp rear camera and a 5 mp front camera and in our first impressions we felt that the camera is quite slow, and might need some tweaks.
However, the MediaTek Helio P10 coupled with 4GB RAM easily handles most basic tasks like browsing, social networking and clicking pictures. Graphic heavy games like Asphalt 8, etc rendered smoothly.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
When it comes to mid-budget smartphones, Redmi Note 3 does set the bar in some ways. Xiaomi has given this one a nice full-metal body design, a sharp and vivid full HD display, and this phone can handle your daily tasks quite easily.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor can deal with anything from HD gaming to a binge-watching session on Netflix. The 4,000 mAh battery will easily last more than a day.
The only weak point: The 16mp rear camera is not so impressive, and doesn’t perform very well in low-light. Plus, the display definitely needs a protective glass to keep it from getting scratches or worse.
Redmi Note 3 comes in two versions: 2GB + 16GB costs Rs 9,999, while 3GB + 32GB which is priced at Rs 11,999. Redmi Note 3 is now available on open sale via Amazon India and Mi.com India website.
Moto G4 Plus
Moto G series has been dominating the mid-range series in India for sometime now, thanks to its solid performance coupled with good specs. Moto G4 Plus is supposed to be an improvement on the Moto G3 and the one place where this is most noticeable is the camera.
Moto G4 Plus has a bigger 5.5-inch full HD display, up from the HD display of the earlier series, supports Turbo charging, has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor. It runs Android 6.0.
Moto G4 Plus has a 16 megapixel camera, and this one performs exceptionally well for the price of Rs 14,999 (for the 32GB version). As we noted in our review, the low-light performance of this camera is better than what most smartphones offer in this price range, and it can handle colours like reds, pinks better than other phones.
The battery should easily last a day. However, the Moto G4 Plus is prone to heating like a lot of other smartphones we’ve seen recently.
Meizu m3 Note
At Rs 9,999, Meizu m3 Note is the cheapest smartphone in the list, offering similar specs to the rest of the competition. And yes, one can’t ignore how much this smartphone looks like the Yu Yunicorn.
With the Meizu m3 note, we liked the long-lasting battery, and the camera which is quick to focus on objects and delivers great details in the pictures. The design and the display of the Meizu m3 note are also quite good.
However, what we didn’t like so much in our review was the Flyme UI 5 based on Android 5.1 as we often faced app crashes, and in some cases the UI animations rendered too slow.