Yu-YUREKA-PLUS

Back in 2014, Rahul Sharma co-creator of Micromax Informatics introduced us to the company that changed the Indian smartphone market forever, ‘YU Televentures’ which earmarked advanced users (a rare and noble gesture) , one that went head on against the préférée de masse ‘Xiaomi’ and I dare say was quite successful in that attempt, Yu named their first handset Yureka (hope you get the pun) which showcased a 615 snapdragon 64bit Soc clocked at 1.5Ghz paired with 2GB Ram and a HD 5.5″ display along with Cyanogen Mod 11 (based on android 4.4.4) as its operating system, at a meagre price tag of 8999 INR, the revolution was brought in terms of service though, the company promised that rooting would not void warranty, and that if there was any problem with a handset (in terms of hardware or software) it would be repaired by their engineers at the customers place with no extra charge up until the service period lasts, for those of you who are scratching their heads as to what rooting is, it’s basically just providing your android with super user permissions that allows the user then to perform a wide range of functions like overclocking your android’s cpu to changing its visuals for better or worse, now this process of rooting varies from handset to handset because of their different specifications but one thing remains common is that the procedure is unsafe and if one tends to do something that he isn’t supposed to he may end up with a bricked (dead) device, so now you see that ‘YU’ provided with something that no other smartphone company had dared before, this was a welcome surprise for all the developers as well as normal users who did want to try something new on their android on a regular basis (believe me there are people who brick tens of devices regularly yet continue with their quest) as a result, thousands of ‘YU’ devices were sold in a matter of seconds, up in the flash sale policy just like their arch rival ‘Xiaomi’ and thus began the story of ‘YU’.
Fast Forward to the last quarter of 2015, within a matter of 10 months we have seen 4 handsets from ‘YU’ as well as the ‘YU’ Fit band and the ‘YU’ cassette, their whole ecosystem is booming with new ‘relatively cheap’ innovations all thanks to Rahul Sharma and the folks at Cyanogen Mod who are ready and gearing up to launch their new product Yutopia or Yureka 2, God knows it could be just about anything (giggles) .

Now that we are all up to speed let us see what their new product the ‘YU’ Yureka plus is providing with, the things that have been changed from the previous gen Yureka and how aggressively they have priced it at.

Specifications:

Yu Yureka

Announced 2014, December

Technology  :      GSM / HSPA / LTE

Platform
OS              : Android OS, v4.4.4 (KitKat), upgradable to v5.1 (Lollipop)
Chipset    : Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615
CPU           : Quad-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU           : Adreno 405

Body
Dimensions : 154.8 x 78 x 6-8.8 mm
Weight           : 155 g (5.47 oz)
SIM                  : Dual SIM (Micro-SIM, dual stand-by)

Memory
Card slot     : microSD, up to 32 GB
Internal       : 16 GB, 2 GB RAM

Camera
Primary                : 13 MP, 4208 x 3120 pixels
Video                     : 1080p@30fps
Secondary            : 5 MP

Communications
WLAN                : Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot
Bluetooth         : v4.0, A2DP
GPS                     : Yes, with A-GPS
Radio                  : FM radio
USB                     : microUSB v2.0

Display
Screen Type       :  IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size                       : 5.5 inches (~69.1% screen-to-body ratio)
                      Resolution    :      720 x 1280 pixels (~267 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch          :  Yes
Protection            : Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Sensors                    :  Accelerometer ,gyro ,proximity
Battery                     :  Li-Po 2500 mAh battery
Colours Available : Moonstone Grey
Price                           : Unavailable
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Yu Yureka Plus

Announced 2015, July

Technology  :      GSM / HSPA / LTE

Platform
OS              : Android OS, v4.4.4 (KitKat), upgradable to v5.1 (Lollipop)
Chipset    : Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615
CPU           : Quad-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU           : Adreno 405

Body
Dimensions : 154.8 x 78 x 6-8.8 mm
Weight           : 155 g (5.47 oz)
SIM                  : Dual SIM (Micro-SIM, dual stand-by)

Memory
Card slot    : microSD, up to 32 GB
Internal      : 16 GB, 2 GB RAM

Camera
Primary                : 13 MP, 4208 x 3120 pixels
Video                     : 1080p@30fps
Secondary            : 5 MP

Communications
WLAN                : Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot
Bluetooth         : v4.0, A2DP
GPS                     : Yes, with A-GPS
Radio                  : FM radio
USB                     : microUSB v2.0

Display
Screen Type       :  IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size                       : 5.5 inches (~69.1% screen-to-body ratio)
                      Resolution    :     1080 x 1920 pixels (~401 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch          :  Yes
Protection            : Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Sensors                    :  Accelerometer ,gyro, proximity
Battery                     :  Li-Po 2500 mAh battery
Colours Available : Moondust Gray, Alabaster White
Price                          : 8,999 INR (Launched at 9,999 INR buyers were later                                                                              provided with a 1k amazon coupon)

As you can see there aren’t many changes except for the display viz. resolution has been bumped to Full HD, 1080p ~401 ppi
and a brand new Sony sensor has been provided with, that helps in capturing low light images and is way better than the previous gen Yureka Sony sensor, according to Yu.
Build-wise, Yu claims that there is a brand new chassis which has been reinforced for additional rigidity in the frame. The phone is more resilient to drops and dings and just like the first gen Yureka, suffice to say it should last you a long time.
Yureka Plus also comes in Alabaster White with a matte finish if you dig white.
Full HD certainly makes the screen look great, images are far more vivid, videos look sharp, the octacore  processor and the adreno gpu keeps gaming smooth with minimum frame drops, battery backup is good and there are no heating issues or call drops. LTE provides with 20Mbps in Delhi, India. (Airtel network)
There are no performance issues as of now (Android 5.1_CM12.1), Cyanogen has done a pretty good job, and soon it will receive the marshmallow update (android 6.0 ) which is ready for flashing (alpha phase) if you are that eager, being an alpha build there are a few bugs but with the official update scheduled for the first quarter of 2016, all should be up and running and that’s the best thing you receive when you buy an YU, you get software updates that other vendors rarely do provide to their handsets, except for their flagship which changes within a matter of a few months and you get stuck with an outdated software and an empty wallet.
To wrap it up, Yu Yureka Plus just like its predecessor is certainly worthy of your hard earned money, should you like fiddling with androids or simply because you like to keep your device updated (Cyanogen ❤ ) but do not want to spend a hefty sum for a cell phone and trust me you are getting a good deal since it has got it all and costs half the moolah.

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