YU Televentures has recently launched their new flagship device named Yunicorn in India for a starting price of Rs.12,999 (which would increase up to Rs.14,999 from next month). Although, Yu is claiming that this is their flagship device, in my opinion, it is just an upgraded version of their popular device ‘Yureka’. Let us review the Yunicorn Android mobile and see whether it lives up to its reputation or not.
The device comes with a unibody design with metallic body. You can’t remove the battery (or the back panel). It houses a huge 4000 mAh battery that gives a minimum of 6 hours on continuous heavy usage and 1.5 days on regular usage.
On the bottom are the speaker out vent and a micro USB port for charging & data transfer. It also supports Fast charging feature. On the right is the volume rocker and the power button. On the top, you’ll see the audio jack and the secondary mic.
There is a 5MP front facing camera and a 13MP camera is placed on the back side with flash. On the left, you have the SIM card tray. It comes with hybrid SIM support with 4G LTE i.e., you can either use 2 nano SIMS or 1 nano sim and 1 microSD card (up to 128GB).
On the front, you’ll see the main button which is equipped with a fingerprint scanner. There are no dedicated navigation keys on the device. You should use the on-screen nav buttons. The touch response is smooth and the viewing angles are excellent. The 2.5D glass gives a premium feel to this device (although the design is copied from different devices like Meizu M3 Note, Redmi Note 3, Apple etc..).
The handset is powered by MediaTek Helio P10 1.9GHz Octa Core processor with Mali T860 GPU. The onboard memory is 32GB and you’ll find 24 GB of available storage on the first boot. Out of the 4GB ram, there is around 2.5GB free on the first boot.
Along with the LED notification, you also have the following sensors –light, proximity, accelerometer, magnetic and gyro.
Coming to the gaming performance, I’ve played the Asphalt 8 in high quality mode and the game was lagging most of the time. However, it played well in medium and low quality modes. Having said that, if you’re a heavy gaming user, I suggest you not to get this device as the processor is not meant for gaming and is tweaked to keep the temperature under control.
However, the mobile is utilizing the 4GB RAM very well. Even if you switch between the apps, there is no lag while re-opening or shuffling between the apps.
Coming to the camera quality, the rear camera comes with many features and one among them is the object stabilization. It helps you shoot the moving objects by locking them. The camera samples came out with decent quality in both outdoor and indoor conditions. However, it is not the best 13MP camera in its price range. I can give just 75% to the camera. The front facing camera however is pretty good. Do check below for sample videos.
The Yunicorn mobile runs on the AOS (Android on Steroids) based on the Lollipop 5.1.1. The OS is similar to the stock Android and facilitates in faster navigation. YU also announced that the users will be getting the Marshmallow update pretty soon. So, you can enjoy the latest OS in the coming days.
Coming to the battery performance, I got around 1.5 days on a moderate usage (calls, browsing, and light gaming). Thanks to the fast charging feature, it took around 2hr 30 minutes to charge the device from 5% to 100%.
When you swipe from the left on the homescreen, you get a list of useful options like booking cabs, nearest restaurants, flight ticket booking etc.. This means, you don’t have to install any third-party apps. You also find very less bloatware apps on this device, which is a good thing.
Since there is no FM radio on this device, I think they’ve traded it with Gaana music app. You can listen to a lot of songs from different genres for free.
OTG is supported on this device. Browsing is pretty smooth and I didn’t find any lag while surfing the image heavy websites like Yahoo.
When you enable the Adaptive brightness feature and go under the sun light, it is not reflecting immediately and is taking some time. Of-course, it can be fixed with future updates and is not a big deal.
Yunicorn Mobile Pros
- Nice build quality with metallic design
- Best battery backup
- Good viewing angles & Smooth touch response
- Heating kept well under control (highest I encountered was 39 degrees even after heavy gaming)
- Camera quality is above average
- Less bloatware
Cons of Yunicorn Smartphone
- Not optimized for gaming needs
- No FM
- Comes with Outdated Lollipop (Marshmallow can be expected soon)
- Adaptive brightness feature takes more
- Apps cannot be moved to SD card
Yunicorn Review: Final Verdict (Is it Worth Buying?)
If you’re a gaming lover, don’t buy this device. Else, if you’re looking for one of the best Android phones under Rs.15,000 price and don’t play high end games, then the Yunicorn is just for you. You can get it for a price of Rs.12,999 from Flipkart.com (Register now the next flash sale).
Yunicorn Hands on Review Video