YU Yunique review – not so Unique

The Yu Yunique is another affordable smartphone launched by Yu Televentures. It houses the snapdragon 410 quad core processor and running Lollipop out of the box. This is a dual SIM handset that carries a price tag of ₹4,999.

Yunique Unboxing
Box pack Contents: Handset, screen guard, user guide, warranty card, data cable, travel charger (5V ~ 0.7A) and standard quality earphone. On the box it is clearly mentioned that the screen come with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. SAR Value mentioned on the box – 0.35W/Kg @ 1gm head and 0.80W/kg @ 1gm body.

Design and Display
For the price tag the Yu Yunique looks really awesome, the black body with the almost black display (when off) gives a very premium look to the handset, hard to imagine it is priced at ₹4,999. The body is made of plastic, rear panel covers 80% of the handset, it is soft to touch, matte finish and has got curvy sides. There are no sharp edges. Yunique weight with battery is 129 grams and dimensions are 67.7 x 134.60 x 8.24mm.

YU Yunique review and unboxing

Volume rocker is on the right side and the power button is also included, it is in the center (check image or video review). Audio Jack is placed on the top and micro USB port at the bottom. There is a single microphone. Yunique comes with dual SIM slots ( 2 x micro SIM) and a micro SD card slot. 4G works on both the SIM slots.

YU Yunique dual SIM slots

This handset sports a 4.7 inch screen with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution. It using a CGG3 protection, fully laminated. Colour reproduction, viewing angles and touch response are good. When indoor the screen look good but under direct sunlight the screen in barely visible.

YU Yunique 4.7 inch HD screen

Native video calling is not supported and there is LED notification. There are 3 sensors – accelerometer, proximity and light.

Memory, Storage and OS
The Yunique is packed with 1GB RAM and 8GB storage, plus users can also use the micro SD card slot to add more storage. On the first boot you will get around 4GB free space for apps and 401MB RAM. OTG is supported. Apps are getting installed on the internal storage.

Performance
This handset is using the well known Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad core processor – 64 BIT MSM8916 cortex A53 with Adreno 306 GPU. Performance is smooth but when using heavy apps specially when playing games the handset lags (check gaming part in the video review).

This handset is running Android Lollipop 5.1.1 (32bit).

Benchmark

Benchmark App Score
Quadrant 12554
Antutu (32 bit) 1st – 19073 , 2nd – 19133
Nenamark 2 52.4fps
Multi touch 5 point

Gaming
I played Asphalt 8, installed on internal storage. Game clearly lagged in all the visual modes available – i.e. high, medium, low, very low. The hardware is well known and this should not have happened, probably the OS is not properly tweaked.

Camera
There is 8MP AF camera with LED flash on the rear and a 2MP camera on the front. Primary camera can shoot 1920 x 1080 pixel video. Camera quality is average; the street light shot was impressive. Do check the sample video and images at the end of this review.

YU Yunique 8MP camera

Others
No issues with sound (in-call and loud speaker), it’s loud and clear. 4G worked on both SIM and I did not face any issues with WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth.

Battery
There is a 2000 mAh non-removable battery. It does a pretty good job, you can expect about 4 to 6 hours of continuous moderate to heavy usage on a single charge.

YU Yunique 2000 mAh non-removable battery

Performance Time Battery drop % Battery Max Temp
Benchmark 12 Minutes 3% 36 degree
Gaming (Asphalt 8) 29 Minutes 10% 36 degree
FHD movie play with full brightness + Wi-Fi on 38 minutes 15% 38 degree
Wall Charge (on standby) 2 hours 30 minutes  33% to 100%  35 degree

Verdict
The Yu Yunique is a beautiful looking handset, using a well known snapdragon 410 64 bit quad core processor running 32 bit Android Lollipop. Unfortunately when it came to gaming the performance was pretty disappointing. But in general the handset performed really well.

The Yunique is priced at ₹4,999 it is a good option but not for heavy users and especially not for gaming users.

YU Yunique is / will be available on Snapdeal.com for ₹4,999.

Image Gallery

Rear Camera Sample

Front Camera Sample

Video Review

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