YU-A Micromax subsidiary which turned 1 year and this one year the company has launched smartphones under the sub 10,000 price range and bagged a huge success, the Yu Yureka smartphone was indeed the most searched smartphone of the year 2015 and Yu Yunique is most affordable budget 4G smartphone. The latest offering from YU is the flagship smartphone featuring most powerful specifications on paper-The Yu Yutopia. The Yu Yutopia was launched in December 2015 for a price of Rs.24,999 competing with OnePlus Two head to head, but does the device have what it takes to kick back the OnePlus Two, heck, the other smartphones in similar price point? Let’s find out in our full Yu Yutopia Review.
Yu Yutopia Review:
YU Yutopia Design and Build: Kick starting our YU Yutopia Review with the design and build of the Yu Yutopia, the design of the smartphone feels similar to Yu Yuphoria and Yu Yunique. The Unibody metal build of the device feels solid and very much comfortable in hands. Going by the looks, the device feels extremely premium although we would have liked various other color options as well. Being a unibody design the back can’t be removed which means the battery is fixed inside.
Up front, the Yutopia sports a 5.2-inches 2K display, the device is very compact and comfortable for a one-handed usage and we can’t be any happier with the device size. Moving along, An 8-megapixel front facing camera, usual set of sensors and main earpiece sit comfortably right above the display. Down below the display, we find the three capacitive touch type buttons within the screen, taking up some part of the display. There is a tiny LED notification light right in the middle of the display.
To the right side, we find the volume rockers(up and down) and the power button placed right in the middle. This type of arrangement was earlier seen on Yu Yuphoria and Yunique. These buttons do give decent amount of haptic feedback. While on the left side, we have the slots for Dual SIM or single SIM and a MicroSD card A hybrid slot type arrangement. As the device features unibody design this is pretty much expected.
Up top, there is a 3.5MM audio jack and to the bottom, the MicroUSB port for data transfer and charging. Flipping the device to the rear side, we find a big 21-megapixel primary camera with LED flash arranged in YU’s trademark Saturn rings design. Down below the camera module, we have the fingerprint sensor right in the exact place where your pointing finger rests. Main speaker grill and YU branding are found down below. The back panel is made of Matt finish which is a plus point as it doesn’t attract fingerprints.
Overall we liked how compact and light weight the phone feels and it also looks premium and solid for one-handed usage. It just weighs 153 grams.
YU Yutopia Display: The YU Yutopia sports a 5.2-inches Quad-HD display with 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution that comes protected with Corning Concore Glass. The display is very sharp and vibrant though it attracts fingerprints it is still one of the good displays we have used recently. The display is less reflective and the “bright sunlight” mode lights up the display in outdoors making it usable.
The colors reproduction is near perfection and so are viewing angles. We especially liked the way display handles the sunlight legibility and the vivid color saturation. Overall an excellent stellar display ruling out the competition.
YU Yutopia Performance and OS: The device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 810Soc clocked at 2.0GHz Octa-Core processor with Adreno 430 GPU. A 4GB LPDDR4 Ram which is quite obvious given the company’s tagline for this smartphone. The device runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with Cyanogen OS 12.1, although it’s a shame the device isn’t running Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. None the less, the company is already in line and will push the Marshmallow update pretty soon.
Though there is 32GB internal storage, the usable memory for users is around 22GB, however, the internal storage can be further expanded via a MicroSD card slot up to 128GB. Do note if you wish to use the MicroSD card slot you will be stuck with a Single SIM. YU Yutopia might be a powerful device but that is limited on paper, in real-time the device suffers due to the buggy OS and sluggish U.I. The Cyanogen Powered OS is to be blamed for the bugs and lag in U.I while multi-tasking, The device needs an update to fix all these bugs. Right from the App drawer, the OS looks and feels slightly different and the apps are arranged horizontally and few other themes are added in the theme store that will change the look and feel right from the bootloader animation to the icons. Everything looks so neat until you start experiencing the bugs and lag.
YU Yutopia might be a powerful device but that is just limited on papers, in real-time the device suffers due to the buggy OS and sluggish U.I. The Cyanogen Powered OS is to be blamed for the bugs and lag in U.I while multi-tasking and day-to-day usage, the device needs an update to fix all these bugs. Right from the App drawer, the OS is tweaked from the typical 12.1 OS and it looks slightly different and all the apps are arranged horizontally, Cyanogen has added few themes in the theme store that will change the look and feel right from bootloader animation to the icons. Everything looks so neat until you start experiencing the bugs and lag.
Talking about the gaming, the device ran few high-end games like Asphalt 8, Nova 3, Need for Speed no Limits all these games ran fine we never noticed any frame drops and lags. As mentioned above the device performance suffers only with the buggy Cyanogen OS which needs to be fixed with an update. The Audio via the loudspeaker is good and loud also the company has bundled the House of Marley earphones with the package the output via them is excellent. On a whole, the device performance is hit or miss with Cyanogen OS bugs, and lag in the U.I while multi-tasking.
Heating: Being a Snapdragon 810Soc, the heating of the device is quite obvious and as expected the device heats up and company has included the cooling grills to cool the device but that works rarely. The maximum temperature we saw is around 43 degrees.
YU Yutopia Camera: The YU Yutopia features a 21-megapixel SONY Exmor RS IMX230 sensor with Dual Tone LED flash, Optical Image Stabilization, PDAF, and wide-angle lens, while on the front, there is an 8-megapixel OV8865 BSI-2 camera sensor for selfies and video calls.
The big 21-megapixel camera can shoot really good images in good lighting, artificial lighting conditions are also will produce accurate colors as the color reproduction is good. The images captured are sharp and the colors are close to natural. The camera app comes loaded with various modes like HDR, Action, ChromeFlash, Steady Photo, Night mode and etc, these modes help to capture real good images, these modes can be changed by simply swiping up and down. The Shutter delay while capturing images can be solved with the Zero Shutter delay function and it will surely help you click instant images. The company claimed that it can focus any objects in 0.2 sec when PDAF is in play though we agree with the company as the focusing of objects is good and fast in decent and artificial lighting conditions, but it suffers from focusing the objects in low-light.
The rear camera can record videos in 4K UHD and you can record time-lapse videos within the default camera app, the camera can also record slo-mo videos in 1080p at 60FPS and at 120FPS in 720P. You still cannot record Slo-Mo videos in UDH 4K resolution. The Optical image stabilization feature can be seen working while recording videos and any accidental shakes won’t really effect the video.
Overall we really are impressed with the camera performance of the YU Yutopia, it is not the greatest camera on a smartphone but it isn’t bad either.
Fingerprint Sensor: Nowadays, the fingerprint sensor has become an essential part of a smartphone and we are betting that it will be seen on many budget smartphones launching this year. But one thing we should know is, including the fingerprint sensor is one thing and implementing it properly is what that matters. The YU Yutopia also features the fingerprint sensor on board but, we are utterly disappointed with the functionality and accuracy of the sensor, 5/10 times the fingerprint sensor keep throwing an error at us and it also needs the longer press to identify the finger. A software update might fix the issue to some extent but this isn’t something we expected right out of the box. The sensor can store upto 5 fingerprints and it can be used to take selfies with a tap.
Around YU Service: Around YU is a new service that YU has introduced during the Yutopia launch. Around YU is an aggregator service backed by iXigo.It has partnered with Ola, Zomato, Amazon, snapdeal, and Jet airways and more. This service basically integrates all these services under a single roof and you can choose preferred service just by swiping left from the main home screen.
You can order food, book flight tickets, shop for a particular thing, the service uses your location and based on that will show the results accordingly. This services basically replaces traditional app install. Though the service still needs some polishing to show accurate results. Hope the company will work on it and improve it gradually.
Battery and Connectivity: The device sports a 3,000mAH battery on board that supports Qualcomm Quick charging 2.0 which according to the company will charge up to 60% in 30 minutes which we found out slight true as it did charge up to 45% which is a good thing. The Yutopia features a 2K display and with such high-resolution display, the device’s battery manages to last for a day with moderate to average usage and if you are heavy users you need to find a charging point to charge it.
It would have been nice if the company had included a bigger battery. Nonetheless, Quick charging 2.0 helps the device while it’s running out of juice. The screen on time we managed to get is around 3 hours 45 minutes on continuous usage.
As said above, the device features Dual SIM but, the secondary SIM can either be used as SIM card slot or a MicroSD card slot. Both the SIM slots support 4G LTE Band 3 (FDD-LTE 1800MHz) and Band 40 (TDD-LTE 2300MHz) in India. WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 and GPS. Sensors on board include G-sensor, L-sensor, P-sensor, 6-axis Gyroscope, Electronic compass, Barometer, Hall Sensor and Fingerprint sensor.
Conclusion: Overall it’s quite obvious from the Review, YU Yutopia is a great attempt and that too from an India company, however, the device bags fair share of Cons that push back the device a little in the race. The device is solid and looks premium, combined with a good camera and display. Now the con side, the greatest specifications and the tagline “world’s most powerful smartphone” does not do justice to the real life performance, the Buggy OS and inaccurate fingerprint sensor will spoil the show.