YU Televentures, the online only sub-brand of Micromax is only one-year-old but it has managed to find a special place among the Indian smartphone users with its smartphones like the Yuphoria, Yuphoria Plus or the sub-5000 smartphones Yunique. The smartphones from YU has this cool quotient about them, which has made them popular among the young and demanding smartphone consumers of India, which are presently growing at a fast pace.
The company launched its much hyped YU Yutopia smartphone on December 17, in a big event in Delhi, which they have been claiming to be the “Most Powerful smartphone in the World”. But is the Yutopia really the most powerful smartphone on the planet, we will check that out in this review. But the thing to be sure of is that the YU Yutopia marks a big moment not only for the company but all the Indian smartphone brands. This is the first time that an Indian smartphone maker has come with a smartphone which can be claimed to a Flagship Killer, a tag which has till now been enjoyed by the Chinese smartphone brands such as OnePlus and Xiaomi.
YU Yutopia Review with Full Phone Specification
YU has been very confident about the YU Yutopia, this was evident from manner they teased the Yutopia before its launch and took digs at the big players of the smartphone business. The confidence was very evident even during the launch event when Rahul Sharma said the only phone to challenge the Yutopia will be the Yutopia 2.
So let’s check if the YU Yutopia deserved all the hype and confidence or will it fail in this Review of Yu Yutopia after a week of its launch.
|Processor||2GHz Snapdragon 810 octa-core 64-bit, 4GB RAM|
|Rear camera||21-megapixel (4K video recording, PDAF, OIS)|
|Front camera||8 MP|
|Battery||3,000mAh (Quick Charge 2.0)|
|Connectivity||Dual-SIM, 4G LTE|
|OS||Cyanogen OS 12.1|
Build and Design: The first thing that you will notice about the YU Yutopia is that it has taken inspiration from the YU Yureka in terms of design but just a little bit. Measuring at 147 x 73 x 7.2 mm and the Yutopia does not feel heavy and it weighs around 159 grams. It sports a full metal unibody build that gives the smartphone a very premium feel. YU has used Aircraft Grade Aluminum to provide strength. It features the company’s signature symmetrical design and houses the same 3 element key setup.
The front of the smartphone sports an edge-to-edge Corning Concore Glass with OGS technology, which makes the front an all-black panel with the YU symbol on top. The rear of the smartphone has a circular protruding camera module that will remind you of one we saw on the Nokia Lumia 1020. Below the camera there is a circular fingerprint scanner and on the bottom of the rear we have the company’s branding and the speaker grills.
Though the Yutopia provides a very premium look and feel but the smartphone feels very slippery and so the smartphone will be better inside a case. The microUSB slot lies in the bottom center and the 3.5mm audio jack in the center on the top.
Display: The Display is one of the most impressive aspects of the YU Yutopia. The smartphone flaunts a 5.2 inch LCD display that has 2K resolution (2560 x 1440 pixels), the display is a Pure Black Touch panel. The Yutopia is the only smartphone in the under-25000 tag to pack these many pixels. This makes the display of the Yutopia offer crisp and vibrant colors with sharper visuals.
The viewing angles are impressive too as well as the brightness, which will make sure that you be able to use the smartphone under sunlight. The screen of the Yutopia is protected by Corning’s Concore glass, in this technology the protective glass cover is fused with the display and not added on top. This technology allows the display to be kept thinner and at the same time giving a better picture quality. The display of the YU Yutopia also comes with full lamination coating, which improves readability in sunlight.
PROCESSOR: The YU Yutopia comes with the most advanced Snapdragon processor available right now, the 64-bit Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor, which is clocked at 2GHz and this is paired with 4GB of DDR4 RAM, along with this it offers 32GB of inbuilt storage, which is further expandable up to 128GB. The Yutopia performs brilliantly, and we did not experience any freeze or lags. The apps launched fast and the games run smooth. While playing Games like Asphalt, it delivered brilliant graphics and run smooth. The phone did start to heat up after playing the game for 22 minutes though it did not get uncomfortable. There are a few bugs like the one which makes the home and back buttons disappear or we can say that the screen becomes unresponsive at times. The heating issue was again encountered while running the benchmarking tests. Presently, the Yutopia have its issues, but all of them can be corrected in the future software updates if that comes.
USER INTERFACE: The Yu Yutopia runs the Cyanogen 12.1 OS that is based on Android v5.1 Lollipop, the company confirms that the Yutopia will be receiving the updates to CM13 soon and that will be based on Android Marshmallow. Cyanogen does offer a fresh feel from all other UIs available, it also offers its users more control like the ability to change themes and icons.
The company has also incorporated its new software-based service in the YU Yutopia called ‘Around YU’. This can be launched by swiping to the left from the home screen. The Around YU sources contents from different apps and services and the user can get all these services at one place. We need to give credits to YU for this, the Around YU feature seems to have a huge possibility.
FINGERPRINT SCANNER: The Yutopia is the first smartphone from YU to feature a fingerprint scanner and sadly my experience with this new addition has been not on the happier side. The fingerprint scanner on the YU refused to recognize my fingerprint many number of times which got irritating after a point and I started using the numeric keyword instead.
CAMERA: The YU Yutopia has packed its camera with huge megapixels, on the front it has a 21 MP Sony IMX230 sensor with features such as OIS, PDAF, HDR, 0.2second AF and on the front the smartphone houses an 8MP camera. The Yutopia clicked brilliant pictures in direct sunlight and performed decently in conditions that had low-light.
The complaint that I have with the camera is that it takes quite long to auto focus compared to its competitors. The smartphone also lacks consistency in clicking good pictures one after the other. You don’t get the Pro mode or the RAW mode even after the camera of the Yutopia featuring such great hardware.
BATTERY: The YU Yutopia is packed with a good 3,000mAh battery and is also has the Quick Charge 2.0 technology that enable the battery to be charged pretty quick. The Yutopia offers a decent battery life, it lasted the entire day with medium to high usage. The smartphone also has a battery saver mode that boosts the battery life.
STORAGE: The YU Yutopia comes with 32GB of internal storage and it also has a microSD card slot using which the storage can be expanded upto 128GB.
- Good build and design
- Impressive Camera
- Fast charging tech
- Good performance
- Around YU
- Value for money
- Fingerprint Scanner fails many times.
- Few Bugs like the screen getting unresponsive.
- Slippery, get a case.
YU Yutopia Review with Specs
MY VERDICT: The ‘Most Powerful Smartphone on the Planet’ might now be passed as just a marketing gimmick as we know now that the smartphone has its limitations and downsides. It may now be able to take on the Galaxy Ss or the iPhones but it does have enough fight to make its presence felt in the 20k – 30k category, just hoping that YU comes with regular updates for it, fixing the few bugs and issues. And yes, this probably is the best smartphone to have come from India.