The handset is not only the first metal-clad device coming from Yu, but also its first to feature a fingerprint sensor.
The smartphone as an overall package is sure attractive, not only in looks but also on paper when it comes to under-the-hood specifications. Yu here seems to be shifting its design strategy and looking at the specifications, is also trying to give its Chinese competitors a hard time.
We have been using the flagship Yu Yunicorn from quite a while now and have tested it in different environments.
The build is sturdy and the thin shiny rims going across the bezels and the back panel add to its beauty. The thickness of the smartphone gives a firm grip in hands.
The volume buttons and the power button are on the right, while the tactile physical phone button is at the centre below the display. The headphone jack is on the top and the micro USB and speakers at the bottom.
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Also, the sensor works impressively well, whenever it works. The sensor is not as reliable as we have witnessed in Samsung Galaxy S7 models, or even the Nexus 6P, but its not that irritating as well.
You just have to push the home button or the power button and place your finger on the home button (not press it) to unlock the Yu Yunicorn.
The images and texts are clear and sharp. It is not as bright as Amoled displays but should satisfy most of the end users.
Since the smartphone comes with a 5.5-inch display, you might have to adjust your grip and stretch your thumb slightly more to reach the corners of the screen.
The dual-SIM supporting Yu Yunicorn runs Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box. This is disappointing given that the handset is a flagship from the company.
For those who are wondering why the Yu Yunicorn didn’t come with Cyanogen OS, the company CEO Rahul Sharma recently confirmed there is no more exclusive deal between the company and Cyanogen Inc.
Sharma added that, “Earlier we had launched a few phones running pure Android along with CyanogenOS devices. The feedback from the community was that they liked pure android more. So going forward we will focus on it.”
On long-pressing the home screen, instead of a window showing the wallpaper and widgets option, the Yunicorn now shows a pop up section emerging from the bottom of the screen along with the option to change the wallpaper, add widgets, switch to Monochrome mode, and directly enter settings. There is are music playback options as well.
The smartphone houses an Octa-core MediaTek MT6755 processor, clubbed with 4GB RAM and Mali T860 GPU. It is also worth mentioning that the handset is also company’s first to sport 4GB RAM.
We ran all kind of apps on the smartphone, from photo editing apps to heavy gaming apps and document editing apps.
The smartphone stuttered occasionally while switching apps but the 4GB RAM was able to save the day most of the times.
On the camera front, the Yu Yunicorn includes a 13MP rear autofocus camera with dual-tone LED flash. The camera can also record videos in Full HD resolution.
Camera has always been a weak link for Yu smartphones. The camera is not up to the mark in the Yu Yunicorn too. The UI seemed congested and the handset was clearly facing a hard time capturing images during night.
In bright day light, the HDR mode took almost a second or two to capture an image. It even prompts you to not move the device during HDR capturing, which is difficult given my shaky hands. The shots that were taken without HDR mode during the day gave a jelly-like effect when zoomed in.
Storage & battery
The Yunicorn houses 32GB of inbuilt storage. However, this shouldn’t prove to be a hassle as users can also expand the inbuilt storage via a microSD card. As for the connectivity, the handset supports 4G LTE, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and micro-USB. The network reception was seamless most of the times.
Yu Yunicorn is definitely the company’s best smartphone until now. The smartphone feels great in hands and looks really good, specially the Gold colour variant.
The performance was largely seamless and the battery performed just fine and even better than some of the other smartphones in the same price bracket. Given the price tag of Rs 14,999, the Yu Yunicorn is set to compete against the likes of Moto G4 Plus and Samsung Galaxy J7.