YU Yutopia Review – Snapdragon 810 powered

After launching several budget friendly smartphones, YU Televentures have now launched the YU Yutopia a Snapdragon 810 octa core powered smartphone that falls under the premium category. This handset is priced at ₹24,999 – it is worth the price, continue reading.

Box pack

Inside the rectangular black colour box pack you will find the handset, screen guard, SIM tray ejector pin, data cable, travel charger (fast charger max output 12V 1.25A), screen guard, user guide, warranty card, SAR info booklet and house of Marley premium quality earphone with extra earphone plug caps. SAR value as mentioned on the box – 0.30W/kg @ 1g head and 0.62W/kg @ 1g body.

Design

This handset is made of aircraft grade material Aluminum + Magnesium alloy that is not only stronger but also gives a good finishing to the handset. The grayish silver coloured handset I got for the review had a border on the rear side highlighting the design aspect and a silver border surrounding the screen. Weight is 155 grams with built-in battery and dimensions are 72.59 x 146.55 x 7.20mm.

YU Yutopia review and unboxing

Build quality and finishing is very good, however I did find a small gap on the right side where the screen and the side meet, not a big issue but when you are using the handset in dark environment you can see some light bleeding out. Now I am not sure if this minor imperfection is replicated on all the devices or just the one I got for the review.

YU Yutopia design and build quality

The power button is on the right side along with volume rocker surrounding it (Volume + | Power | Volume -). Audio jack is on the top and at the bottom there is a micro USB port. Speaker vents are on the rear side.

There is a 21MP camera on the rear, dual LED flash and finger print scanner. The YU Yutopia comes with 3 microphones, one on the front bottom, another on the rear top above the camera module and the 3rd one below the speaker out vent.

This is a dual SIM handset, there is a hybrid slot tray that can be used to add micro SD card or a nano SIM. The other slot is using push lock / unlock mechanism, push the micro SIM into the slot and press it all the way until it locks, to unlock press it and let it eject a bit, then pull out.

YU Yutopia dual SIM slot / tray

There is LED notification; you can set the colour you want. The LED is at the bottom, just below the screen. There are no dedicated navigational buttons, you will get on-screen buttons.

Yutopia is loaded with accelerometer, light, proximity, hall, gyro, pressure and magnetic sensors.

Display

Yutopia sports a 5.2 inch screen with corning concore glass protection and supporting 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution (Quad HD). Colour reproduction, viewing angles and touch response are very good.

YU Yutopia 5.2 inch with 2560x1440 pixels resolution

Memory, Storage and OS
This handset is packed with 4GB RAM and 32GB storage. On the first boot you will get around 24GB free space and 2GB free RAM.

Apps are getting installed on the external storage by default. OTG works, when I connected the pendrive it was getting detected but I was not able to access the contents – probably some software issue that can be fixed.

Cyanogen OS 12.1 based on Android Lollipop 5.1.1 runs out of the box.

Performance

This smartphone houses the qualcomm snapdragon 810 MSM8994 octa core 64 Bit chipset clocked at 1.5 ~ 2GHz coupled with Adreno 430 GPU. This is the same hardware that powers the OnePlus 2. Performance is smooth, lag free, however handset does heat-up when using heavy apps. The max temperature I encountered was 45 degrees. Heat build-up is common on Snapdragon 810.

Benchmark

  • Quadrant – 17216
  • Antutu (64 bit) – 1st time 45916, 2nd time 47572
  • Nenamark 2 – 57.6fps
  • Internal storage Speed – Read (235 MB/s), Write (47 MB/s)
  • Multi Touch – 10 Point.

Gaming (Asphalt 8)

The Asphalt 8 got installed on the external storage card. Hardware no doubt is powerful and can play high end games. Asphalt 8 game was smooth, no lags and playable in high visual quality mode.

Camera

This handset is packed with a primary 21.4MP camera with dual tone LED flash and front camera can shoot in 7.7 megapixel resolution. It takes time focusing the subject and sometimes the focus is not very sharp. But in general camera quality is above average, though would have been better if the focusing was a bit fast.

Rear camera can shoot 4K videos.

Rear Camera Sample

Front Camera Sample

Others

Sound is very loud and clear. In-call sound is also very good. I did not find any issues with network. 4G worked on both the SIM slots (I am using Airtel 2300 band). No issues found with WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth.

The premium earphone from the House of Marley sounded really awesome.

Finger print scanner and issues

There is a touch ID based finger print scanner on the rear. Detection and processing speed is decent enough. It is accurate. You can register up to 5 finger prints however, avoid registering 5 finger prints because there is a bug.

With 5 finger prints registered one can easily unlock the phone using the power button, it just makes the security look stupid, so register at the most 4 finger prints if needed. Again a software bug that can be fixed.

YU Yutopia 21MP primary camera and touch ID based finger print scanner

Battery

YU Yutopia houses a 3000 mAh Li-Po battery with quick charger 2.0 support. Performance is decent. You can expect 4 to 5 hours of continuous moderate to heavy usage on a single charge.

Battery Performance

  • Ran Benchmark for 19 minutes battery % dropped by 7 and battery temp was 41 degrees.
  • Played Asphalt 8 for 19 minutes battery dropped by 8% and temp was 43 degrees.
  • Watched 4Kvideo with full brightness (WiFi on) for 23 minutes battery dropped by 11% and temp was 31 degrees.
  • Handset charging (wall charge) 2 hours 10 minutes from 0% to 92%. Full charge estimated – under 2 hours 25 minutes.

Image Gallery

Video Review

Verdict

The YU Yutopia is directly competing with the OnePlus 2, both the handsets are powered by same 810 processor and also priced the same. The other specs are not exactly the same, and specifications no doubt is better on the Yutopia.

Performance is smooth and handset heats up with heavy usage (both Yutopia and OnePlus 2). Yutopia is a good option but as already mentioned it falls under the premium category.

YU Yutopia is available exclusively on Amazon.in priced at ₹24,999.

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