Yu Yuphoria is the second smartphone from Yu Televentures, headed by Micromax co-founder Rahul Sharma. The USP of the Yu brand is the CyanogenMod operating system customised for Android smartphones, the first of which was the YU Yureka at Rs 8,999. So what’s different with Yuphoria? For starters, a budget price of Rs 6,999 and a metal frame. But does the phone deliver? We used the device for over a week and here’s what we think.
Design: Design is where Yu is hoping Yuphoria will stand out from other budget smartphones. The phone has a metal frame, a power button between the volume rockers. Also the camera is right in the middle of the rear cover with a ‘saturn-ring’ design, which will remind you of Lumia devices. I would say the smartphone is a lot bulkier than I imagined it would be. But the Gold and White version, looks better than any R6,999 device, and it has an
The screen is definitely prone to smudges though it does not get that dirty and has remained scratch-free thanks to Gorilla Glass 3. This is a definite plus point in a budget phone. The reading and visual angles are sharp and I did not face any trouble browsing on the phone in sunlight.
Performance: Metal frame is USP number one, CyanogenMod is USP number two for those who buy the Yu Yuphoria. The advantage with CyanogenMod is that it is a highly customisable build, which lets you tinker with everything on the smartphone. From changing themes to specific app themes to fixing privacy settings for each and every app, the advantage with CyanogenMod is that if you want to know how get more out of Android, this is a safe way to do it.
With performance, the phone did not score very high on benchmarks and I did notice lag, especially when closing gaming apps. From a browsing perspective, the phone is fairly fast and responsive. With phone calls, audio quality was decent, although the phone starts to heat up on a long call. The Snapdragon 410 processor is entry-level and like all Snapdragon devices, Yuphoria heats up during charging, on a long call or even during browsing. But given the metal frame, I would have been surprised if this did not happen.
Camera: The 8 MP rear camera really does not live up to the specs. The colours just do not match up. With the camera, users can fiddle with the settings but I avoided these given the camera’s performance. The front camera on the other hand is great, given that it is 5 MP and the selfies are pretty sharp.
Battery: We have already mentioned that the Yu Yuphoria has heating issues. The battery for me lasted a little over 10 hours with regular usage, which includes calls, browsing on social networks and reading extensively. The battery power saver mode left me impressed because it ensured that my phone did not die even though I continued browsing for well over 45 minutes without charge.
Verdict: Yuphoria delivers on looks, the OS with CyanogenMod and battery to some extent. Camera is a disappointment, although if you are not very particular, you are unlikely to see the problem. The smartphone is not aimed at power users, but for the budget user, the one who wants to try Android devices which look good and can be customised.
With budget phones, the caveat to keep in mind is how long they will last. That being said, the Yuphoria should be on your list of contenders.
* Display: 5-inch 720p HD display
* Processor: 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor
* Operating system: Cyanogen OS 12 on Android 5.0
* Memory & storage: 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage
* Camera: 8 MP (rear); 5 MP front camera
* Battery: 2,230 mAh battery
* SIM type: Dual SIM with 4G
** Estimated street price: Rs 6,999