After a brief hibernation, Yu Televentures has finally become active with the launch of Yu Ace. The phone comes with kickass specifications and a kickass price that is something Yu had in mind when Micromax launched the subsidiary with Yureka. The new Yu Ace was launched back at the end of August 2018 and it comes with nice specifications.
The phone comes with a quad-core 1.5GHz MediaTek MT6739WW processor with 3GB and 2GB RAM options. It also has a fingerprint scanner for security and the device is priced at Rs. 5999 where it is directly competing with phones such as Redmi 6A which lacks a fingerprint sensor. Yu Ace looks like a great smartphone on paper and we will know more about the phone in detail in this review of the Yu Ace.
Inside the box
- Yu Ace Handset
- Removable 4000mAh Battery
- 1.5A @ 5V Wall adapter
- USB to micro USB cable
- Warranty & Documentation
The Yu Ace also comes with a pre-applied screen protector on the phone and you don’t get any case or a pair of earphones with the phone. It is a bit surprising to see a phone with a removable battery.
Design & Build Quality
The first thing you notice about the phone is the glossy finish that it carries on the back and the front. The phone does have a bit of a slippery feel due to the glossy finish but the device has been awarded great build quality. It also has a removable back and the SIM cards, the microSD card and the battery are all removable once the back is removed.
In the front, you will find a 5.45-inch IPS LCD display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. It has a screen resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels which ultimately converts to a screen to body ratio of 73.5% which is quite nice for a phone at this price point. The navigation buttons are also on-screen which utilizes the screen real estate. The front mainly carries the display and above the display, you will find the earpiece along with the ambient light sensor, proximity sensor and the front camera. Yu has also added a front-facing flash on the phone to support the selfie camera in low light.
Coming to the back, the back can be removed and the cover is quite minimal with a cut out for fingerprint sensor and camera along with a Yu branding and a speaker grille. The 3.5mm audio jack is kept on the top of the phone.
The bottom carries a microphone hole, a micro USB port for charging and data syncing and that’s about it. The power button and the volume rockers are situated on the right side of the phone, leaving the left side completely empty. The overall design is great and the lack of metal on the phone is understandable. Due to glossy polycarbonate consturciton, the phone does get scratched easily as compared to metal or glass devices.
Yu has used an IPS LCD display on the phone instead of a normal TFT display which is a good thing for a smartphone in this price. An IPS display is much more color accurate as compared to traditional displays. The screen on the phone has a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels and it is sized at 5.45-inch. This makes the pixel density to be about 295 ppi which is a good number. The display is definitely great to look at and compares well with Redmi 6A which has the same pixel density. Images are crisp and the screen has minimal input lag while gaming.
Since the display has an aspect ratio of 18:9, the phone doesn’t feel like budget phone at all since the tall and large display is definitely a factor that makes it stand out from the rest of the budget phones out there. It’s good to see companies adopting the tall aspect ratio screens into budget phones.
Camera is something that will be the main comparing factor between the Yu Ace and Redmi 6A. The primary rear camera on the back of Yu Ace is a 13 MP camera with support for auto focus and it can also record 1080p videos at 30fps. It lacks an HDR mode though.
The selfie camera has a 5 MP sensor and it can record 720p videos at 30fps. It’s a fixed focus sensor so if you’re looking for a selfie centric phones, Yu is probably not the choice you should go for. Other phones such as the Redmi 6A also have a f/2.2 5MP sensor in the front which is supported by Xiaomi’s Beauty Mode tech in their camera app. Camera is something that Yu Ace compromises with.
Hardware & Performance
Even though Yu Ace is a phone that lacks the camera performance, but it makes it up with the performance. It carries a quad-core 1.5GHz MediaTek MT6739WW processor which is an upgraded version of MediaTek’s MT6739 which was clocked at 1.3GHz at max. The small upgrade does make some difference in terms of device use.
The phone also has a RAM option of 2GB and 3GB RAM. The 2GB version comes with 16GB internal storage while the 3GB RAM option offers 32GB storage. These are normal flash storage chips and don’t carry any of the UFS tech seen on the flagships. The device performed exceptionally well with normal usage and the 4000mAh battery did add a lot of play real estate on how one can use the device.
You do feel some jitters here and there and that is expected due to the low powered processor and RAM but it isn’t unusable. It will also do some frame skipping while gaming but its an OK device to play games on. Expect it to install PUBG but when you play it, you won’t have the smoothest experience ever. The game certainly is demanding and needs better hardware to run.
Software & UI
The Yu Ace essentially runs a version of Android 8.0 Oreo which is very close to stock Android. You will find a custom launcher with a custom icon set but everything else is as close to stock as it can be. Now, this is a great thing for a phone such as Yu Ace since stock Android doesn’t prey on your system resources as much as a phone like Xiaomi Redmi 6A where it runs MIUI which is heavily customized and doesn’t look or feel like stock at all.
The UI is very similar to stock and this is something that even new smartphone adopters can get used to. The bloat on the phone is non-existent with only an app named “M Browser” and that’s all. You also have a file manager on the phone which is a custom app.
Battery Life & Verdict
The 4000mAh battery provided with the phone can be removed and replaced in case you need to. This can be used for people who use their phones extensively and they can carry an extra battery that is fully charged for extra juice. While Yu might have thought about this in a good way, and it is definitely not a bad decision, it isn’t really feasible to carry an extra battery instead of a power bank.
Anyway, the 4000mAh battery is amazing and can easily power the phone through the day under extensive usage and will still have some juice left at the end of your day. The YU Ace is a great smartphone to have either as a secondary phone in a budget or as a first smartphone for someone. At the price of Rs. 5999 you’re getting a phone with 2GB RAM, storage expansion and a kickass battery. It is definitely worth what it is priced at. We just hope that the company remains active in India and provide a good service to the users who decide to opt for their smartphones.