Micromax’s subsidiary YU Televentures which started off as an online exclusive sub-brand is now back with a new budget smartphone, the Yureka Black, that packs impressive hardware and will be directly up against the formidable Redmi 4 in India. Let’s see if the hardware specifications match the practical usage experience in our Yureka Black review.
Key Specifications of Yureka Black:
|Model||Yu Yureka Black|
|Display||5-inch Full HD display|
|Processor||1.4 GHz Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor|
|Camera||13 MP rear and 8 MP front camera|
|Internal Memory||64 GB|
|Dimensions and Weight||142.5×69.9×8.73mm and 150 grams|
|Software||Android 6.1 Marshmallow|
Design and Build
The Yureka Black sports a full metal unibody design that makes it look quite premium in this budget. You can choose between the glossy black and matte-finish variant depending on your taste.
Personally, we feel that the Chrome Black looks better but at the same time, it does get scratched easily when compared to the matte variant.
The speaker grill and USB port are present on the bottom, the audio jack is present on top, and the power button and Volume rocker are mounted on the right edge.
The phone looks reasonably premium and the only minor issue is that that the back is prone to scratches. So we recommend you use a case or a cover with the smartphone. Considering other phones available in this budget, Yureka Black is certainly unique and stylish.
Yureka black has a 5-inch Full HD display, which is sharper than what the Redmi 4 offers. The display quality is good, and based on our experience so far, the added pixels don’t bog down the performance.
The display has warm colors and is legible under sunlight but it could have been better. We did observe some color fading at extreme viewing angles. The display isn’t spot on, but yes, considering the price we don’t have much reason to complain here. It is at par or better than most of the other devices available in this price segment.
It’s hard to expect much in terms of camera performance from the low-end or affordable phones.The YU Yureka isn’t the one to challenge such mindset. What you get in terms of camera performance is fairly standard.
The 13MP rear camera can capture good details in good lighting but can be inconsistent in low or imperfect lighting. Comparatively, the front camera is quite reliable and can capture decent selfies even in indoor lighting. It’s also aided by a front LED flash if you need to capture self-portraits in dark ambiance.
Software and Performance
The handset is running Android Marshmallow based software, which should count as a disadvantage at this point in time, where Android O phones are just around the corner. Having said that, the UI is light and stock like and integrates regular gestures and customization options that add value.
Additionally, the company has informed us that they will release the Android Nougat update by mid-July. The handset is powered by Snapdragon 430 processor that is paired with 4GB RAM and 32GB storage.
You can also add up to 64GB of microSD card, but that would involve giving up on dual SIM support as the slot is hybrid. Snapdragon 430 is a good processor in this price range and we had no issues with day-to-day usage.
Heavy games are also playable without any issues. We didn’t face lag in most of the games but we did face few frame drops in 1-2 games. Having said that, it is still a good device for gaming. The fingerprint sensor on the front is accurate more often than not, but it needs to be a hair faster.
The audio output is loud enough both through loudspeakers and headphones, and the audio quality is about average. We didn’t face any issues with call quality.
Battery, Price, and Verdict
The 3000mAh battery on Yureka Black can stretch through one day of moderate to heavy usage. On extreme heavy usage, you might have to resort to mid-day charging.
Priced at 8,999 INR, Yureka Black qualifies as a good attempt by Yu. It has got a unique design with a premium feel, has a reasonably powerful hardware, full HD display, light software and a dependable selfie camera. The rear camera and battery backup could have been better, though.
Overall, it is a great option for the users who are looking for an affordable smartphone under 9,000 INR.