Long, Long time ago YU launched their last handset and just recently they launched a new handset called YU Yureka Black. Here is the YU Yureka Black review – it is a good alternative, a good attempt by YU.

The YU Yureka Black is a good handset that you can consider, though the Redmi 4 is still a step ahead. In case you are not able to get the Redmi 4 / Redmi Note 4 then the Yureka Black is an option you can consider.

Handset performance is smooth, lag free and even with Full HD resolution on a 5 inch screen there is no noticeable lag. Camera quality was above average, selfie were impressive and battery life is pretty good.

YU Yureka Black review

YU Yureka Black Review

Inside the box :  Handset, user manual, data cable, screen guard, earphone and travel charger 5V/1.5A
SAR Value : 1.150 W/kg @ 1g head and 0.732 W/Kg @ 1g body
Body : Metal body, back gives plastiky feel, build and finishing very good
SIM Type : Hybrid – Nano SIM + Nano SIM / Micro SD card, both SIM slot support 4G with VoLTE
Weight and Dimensions : 152 Grams
Screen  :  5 inches, 2.5D curved glass, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, IPS, supporting 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution – color reproduction, touch response and viewing angles are good
Connectivity :  4G, VoLTE (work on both SIM), WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth
Sensors : Accelerometer, Proximity, Light, Step and Magnetic. Gyro sensors was missing
LED Notification : Yes
OTG : Yes
ROM : 32GB
OS : Android Marshmallow (Stock Android), and will get Android Nougat 7 pretty soon, beta testing has already started

YU Yureka Black side view

YU Yureka Black Performance

CPU :  Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa core @ 1.4GHz
GPU :  Adreno 505
Heating : Normal
Max Battery Temperature : 39 degrees

Overall performance was decent, you can play games in high quality mode, no impact of FHD screen. Heat up is under control max battery temp I encountered was 39 degrees.

YU Yureka Black 5 inch 2.5D FHD screen

YU Yureka Black Benchmark

Quadrant : 20849
Antutu :
44053 / 9206
NenaMark2 : 59 fps
Multi Touch : 5 points
Disk Speed : 158 MB/s read  and 47 MB/s write

YU Yureka Black back chrome black glossy

YU Yureka Black Gaming Review

I installed Modern Combat 5 and Asphalt 8. Both these games played well in high quality mode, without any noticeable lags or issues. There was a doubt in most of the users mind as to how the games will perform on this handset on a 5 inch screen and FHD resolution – well it was smooth, no issues check the gaming action in video review.

YU Yureka Black 13MP camera

YU Yureka Black Camera  Review

Rear Camera : 13MP with LED flash, f/2.2
Front Camera : 8MP Fixed Focus with Front LED flash, f/2.2
Video Recording : Max FHD – 1920 x 1080p

Camera quality is pretty good, above average, the selfies however were more impressive.  FHD video recording was also pretty good. Low light shots turned out good, not that bad.

Camera Rating : 4 out of 5

YU Yureka Black front and rear camera samples

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Other features

There are on screen navigation buttons and a dedicated button that can be used for back and home navigation, plus it also acts as the finger print sensor. Finger print detection +unlock is pretty slow, almost 2 seconds – check video review.

YU Yureka Black dual SIM slots

Sound is loud, no issues with in-call speaker.  The power and volume buttons on the right hand side are too much close to the body, at times hard to make out where the buttons are.

YU Yureka Black audio and buttons

There is on screen navigation button and you can disable that if need be. The dedicated single button can be used for back and home navigation.

YU Yureka Black Battery Review

Battery capacity : 3000 mAh (non-removable)
Charging Time : Full Charge – 2 hours 30 minutes using travel charger provided
Battery Life : 5 to 8 hours non-stop (moderate to heavy)
Daily usage battery life : One day / One and a half day with mixed moderate usage

Battery Test Results

Battery Temp at idle : 34 degrees
Running Benchmark app :
 10 minutes / 2% / 35 degrees
Asphalt 8 / MC5 game play : 21 minutes / 7% / 39 degrees
FHD video playback with full brightness (WiFi /4G on) :  18 minutes / 4% / 36 degrees

YU Yureka Black ports


A good handset by YU that offers smooth performance, decent battery life, does not heat up much (battery temp under 46 degrees) and camera quality is above average.  Redmi 4 / Redmi Note 4 are better and should be your first choice but in case you are not able to get those you can go for the Yureka Black.

Rating : 4 out of 5

YU Yureka Black is available for Rs. 8,999.

By Rajeev Rana

Founder and Chief Editor - gogi.in