Yu s most powerful smartphone is here. Aggressively priced at Rs 24,999, the Yutopia comes with top-of-the-line specifications such as 4GB of RAM, Snapdragon 810 processor, a 21-megapixel camera with OIS and PDAF, as well as a fingerprint scanner that can also be used to take selfies. Yu has also focused on the design part by keeping the device slim at 7.2 mm. Also Read - Micromax planning to launch 3 new smartphones amid backlash against Chinese brandsAlso Read - Flipkart Budget Days: Offers on Micromax Canvas Infinity, Sony Xperia R1 Dual, YU Ace and more
However, Yu isn t just focusing on the hardware part with its latest Yutopia but also on software and content. Running CyanogenMod OS 12 on Android 5.1.1, the smartphone is upgradable to CM 13 that will be Cyanogen’s equivalent for Android 6 Marshmallow. While software is relatively latest, the smartphone comes with Gaana, music streaming app, as the default music player – similar to Apple Music on iPhones. It also features an integrated discovery service called Around Yu! Also Read - YU enters TV market in India with 40-inch Yuphoria Smart LED TV priced at Rs 18,499
Yu has made tall claims about the smartphone s performance and believes it is the first flagship-level smartphone from India (well, from an Indian brand). Also, Yu isn t trying to compete only with the high specced mid-range smartphones but also the premium ones from Samsung and HTC. The price tag of Rs 24,999 is certainly an advantage, but the smartphone has to deliver after such tall claims. We have the Yutopia with us and will shortly put up a detailed review, but meanwhile check out our first impressions of the smartphone:
Though not very extraordinary in looks, the Yutopia does feel premium with its metal body. With necessary buttons such as volume rockers and power button easily within the reach, it fits easily in your palm. The display dominates the font, with a selfie camera on the top along with Yu logo and notification LED at the bottom. The audio jack is at the top, while the micro USB is at the bottom. The right edge has a hybrid SIM slot (nano SIM or microSD card) and another SIM slot. The most interesting part of the design is the rear which has a circular camera set up, which is Yu s Saturn Ring-style, though reminiscent to the lens set up on the Lumia phones. The fingerprint scanner is placed below the camera lens at the centre.
The smartphone is certainly easy to grip, but it feels slightly heavier at 159 grams for its 7.2mm size. This may be due to a relatively big 3000 mAh battery inside. I like the fact that Yu chose to have a 5.2-inch size, which is in contrast with the big-screen smartphones nowadays. That said, the Yutopia feels compact and comfortable to use.
One of the main highlights of this supposed flagship killer is the QHD display boasting of 565 ppi and 2560×1440 resolution. The display is quite impressive and during our brief usage delivered decent viewing angles. Outdoor and indoor legibility seemed satisfactory. While the QHD display may look like an overkill, but considering the Yutopia is up against existing and perhaps upcoming premium smartphones, the display may give it an edge during specs comparisons.
We briefly used the camera, which took quite decent image in full light, and perhaps average in low light. The camera interface of the Yutopia could have been simpler, while the image processing bit faster. We are yet to thoroughly test the smartphone camera capabilities, especially the OIS and PDAF among others. Wait for our detailed review.
With 4GB of RAM, Snapdragon 810 processor and Adreno 430 GPU under the hood, the performance ideally should not be an issue for the smartphone. One of the things that was told after the press conference that the Yu engineers have made some software optimization to avoid the infamous heating issues with the 810. During our brief usage, the smartphone performed smooth, though we did encounter slight heat up on prolonged usage of camera as well as a crash. I am not sure why did it happen, but I expect it to be some software bug that Cyanogen may fix shortly after. The UI is fairly easy to navigate and get familiar to.
The fingerprint scanner is a good addition in the Yu phone. It was easy to set up and worked fluid during our brief usage.
That being said, we are yet to run multiple tests on the device. Stay tuned to find out how is the sound quality (including the bundled House of Marley headset and built-in Gaana player), gaming performance and battery life among other aspects.