Yu’s first device, the Yureka, was a bona fide gem: Fast and affordable. Since then, Yu seemed to have foundered a bit, with the Yunique and Yutopia not exactly living up to expectations. But the Yunicorn just might change that.
A metal body is de rigueur today and the Yunicorn’s no different - it’s made of an aluminium-magnesium-manganese alloy which Yu says is tougher and more resilient compared to the competition. Of course, we’re not going to place this in a fast-flowing Himalayan stream or bounce it off the walls, so we’ll just have to take their word for it.
The display’s a 5.5in FHD part, which should make for better power consumption over the Yutopia’s 2K display. The Yunicorn’s also got two more features - Ultra Dimming and BluLight Defender - which should make it a bit easier on the eyes if you’re the sort who can’t go to sleep without catching up with the meme of the day.
Fill up that tank
On to the performance aspect, the Yunicorn uses MediaTek’s Helio P10 processor, paired with 4GB RAM. You also get 32GB storage, and there’s support for microSD cards up to 128GB. As for the cameras, there’s a 13MP unit at the rear and 5MP unit at the front. Yes, there’s a fingerprint scanner, and it’s a front-facing one this time. And last, but certainly not the least, there’s a 4000mAh battery.
Combined with the Helio P10, which has a bit of a reputation of being a frugal chip, it should easily ward off the end-of-the-day battery blues: Yu claim you’ll be able to make the Yunicorn last as much as 4 days on a single charge, with a demo video showing off 18 hours of continuous usage.
Now, we still don’t know how accurate their claims are and you’ll have to wait for our review to find out, but if it’s true, it’s going to be a boon for a lot of users.
It’s about the ecosystem, duh!
Yu’s also announced a few other initiatives on the software front. The gist of the matter is that they’ll be moving away from Cyanogen OS towards their own OS, Android on Steroids, which is clean and near-stock, with a few added features to elevate it over stock Android. (What’s with Yu’s love of silly names?)
Also making a debut alongside the Yunicorn is Around Yu 2.0. Micromax’s (and Yu’s) local discovery service now offers more deep links with other services - such as Uber - and even lets you get in touch with a doctor over the phone. Also new is ‘seamless’ online wallet integration which should let you pay utility bills and recharge your phones in a jiffy.
The Yu Yunicorn will retail at ₹13,499 , but there’s an introductory pricing of ₹12,999 on for the next month. Head over to Flipkart to book your device!