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YU Yureka review

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Slide 1 YU Yureka Review in pictures The #1 gadget research website in India 1 2 Ho-hum design, but still better than most The Yureka offers what the vendor calls a ‘moonstone’ finish, referring to the matte grey rear that’s shod from plastic and looks decent Helps keep fingerprints and smudges at bay, and the overall build quality seems solid, without the plasticky feel The device is large, but not too chunky DESIGN 2 The good display displays the goods Sports a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels Despite the unimpressive pixel density of 267ppi, it’s extremely sharp and clear Offers good viewing angles and high brightness levels Layered with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection The touch responsiveness is good, and you can also enable the double-tap-to-wake feature DISPLAY The shooter does the job The primary snapper boasts impressive credentials like a 13MP Sony IMX135 CMOS sensor, f/2.1 aperture, and 5P Largan Blue Lens architecture, while the front shooter offers a resolution of 5-megapixels The Cyanogen camera app hides powerful features under a minimalistic interface The Yureka can shoot pretty good images as long as the lighting is good, but falters in low light Pictures clicked in low light are quire soft and grainy CAMERA Daylight Low light The Cyanogen OS is the soul Runs Cyanogen OS with Android 4.4.4 KitKat as the base Packs tons of customisation and tweaking options The look-and-feel can be tweaked using downloadable themes, but other things like the notification panel, status bar, quick settings etc can also be changed You can even choose to disable the hardware navigation keys in favour of customisable soft keys USER INTERFACE Runs, not crawls Powered by a 1.5GHz octa-core Snapdragon 615 chip and 2GB of RAM The overall operation is quite smooth and there are hardly any hiccups in day-to-day usage. Multitasking and graphics-heavy games run quite smoothly Offers 16GB of internal storage, out of which around 12.5GB is available In addition to support for Indian 4G bands, offers dual-SIM support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS and USB-OTG PERFORMANCE Hardly a guzzler, this Packs in a 2,500mAh removable battery Easily lasts an entire day with moderate to heavy usage, involving phone calls, social media, texting, and use of the camera In our video loop battery drain test, it lasted for a respectable 10 and half hours PERFORMANCE At a glance… 5.5-inch, 1,280 x 720 pixel IPS display (267ppi) 1.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor 2GB RAM 13-megapixel primary camera, 5MP front 16GB storage (expandable by 32GB) Dual-SIM, 4G, Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 4.0, micro-USB 2.0, USB OTG, A-GPS Cyanogen OS v11 (based on Android 4.4.4 KitKat) 2,500mAh battery Pros and Cons Good build LTE support Cyanogen OS offers a range of tweaking options Smooth performance Good battery life The camera can’t churn out usable shots in low light Limited number of units available Pricing & Verdict Price: Rs 8,999 “The YU Yureka is an extremely compelling buy for Rs 8,999 and everything it offers. The Cyanogen platform definitely adds to the pull factor, offering a minimalist, near-stock UI along with a slew of options if you want to personalise your device and tinker around with various settings to see what works best for you. Even otherwise, it’s a very capable device with smooth performance, good battery life and a reasonable camera. A no-brainer…”  
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