Yu Yunicorn

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Yu, the company responsible for smartphones like the Yu Yutopia, Yuphoria, Yureka and more have this time levelled up its game in the smartphone industry by launching its latest flagship model of 2016, the Yu Yunicorn. The handset is available at an introductory price of Rs 12,999 exclusively on Flipkart starting June 7.

The Micromax subsidiary company claims the Yunicorn is its best smartphone till date.

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.

Yu Yunicorn design


The Yu Yunicorn, being the company’s first attempt at making metal-clad smartphones, is not bad at all. The metallic back panel with brushed metal texture impressed us.

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.Yu Yunicorn more-about-design

More about design

The physical home button also couples as the fingerprint sensor, which is too sensitive. Setting up the fingerprint lock was time taking and mostly showed a pop up asking you to place your finger properly, no matter how carefully you do it.

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.Yu Yunicorn display


The Yu Yunicorn sports a 5.5-inch Full HD (1080×1920 pixels) resolution IPS display with 2.5D curved glass. The smartphone display has pixel density of 400ppi and a great viewing angle as well.

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.Yu Yunicorn performance


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.

However, we are expecting the firm to make use of its recently introduced Project Highway and bring Android Marshmallow ROMs on it soon. For now, there is no word if the handset will support Android N or not in future.

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.”Yu Yunicorn processor1


The near-stock Android version was a delight along with the Around Yu service. There is also a nifty change in the handset.

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.Yu Yunicorn processor


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.

However, besides the beefed up specifications behind the curtains, the Yunicorn still lags behind in terms of performance.

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.

 Yu Yunicorn camera


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.

There is a front-facing 5MP selfie shooter as well. Some of the features that come with the camera are bust shooting, HDR, Panorama mode, and a Picture-in-Picture mode.

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.

 Yu Yunicorn storage-battery

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.

The smartphone is backed by a 4000mAh battery, which is rated to deliver standby time of up to 500 hours and talktime by up to 20 hours. In our testing the smartphone managed to go through one full day on average use, before dying off. Heavy users might want to carry a portable battery. The smartphone has a non-removable back so the battery stays inaccessible.Yu Yunicorn verdict


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.

While the build is a plus point for the Yunicorn, the camera is something that failed to convince us.

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.

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