Yu Yureka Note
Since the last 5 years, the average display size of smartphones has grown consistently. In 2011, a phone with just 3.5-inch panel was an ideal display. Today, people consider a phone too small to operate if it comes with even a 4-inch screen and the ideal screen size has jumped up to a whopping 5-inch.
Micromax’s child company Yu Televentures saw this trend as a big opportunity to attract smartphone lovers. In mid-April of this year, the brand announced its Yureka Note phablet with a huge 6-inch display. The official price of the smartphone is 14,999 rupees but you can grab the handset for just 13,499 rupees from a local retail store.
The Yureka Note flaunts the same design that the recently launched Yu smartphones come with. It features a metallic frame, though on the back is a soft-touch plastic panel. The smartphone feels really great in the hand even when it is fairly large. Yu has smartly balanced the weight all over the body by putting in some harmony. On the front side, you will find two grills, one at the top and another at the bottom. While the top grill features a call-receive speaker, under the bottom grill, is just a microphone.
Sharp corners and curved edges provide a premium feel to the overall smartphone setup. I would like to admit though the quality of the hardware buttons has disappointed me. The power button and volume rockers do not give a good feedback and also wobble a lot.
Big Display Panel
The main attraction of this smartphone is its 6-inch display. It offers a screen resolution of 1080 X 1920 pixels and the pixel density of 367ppi makes everything crispy. The phone is powered by an IPS panel and generates really wide viewing angles.
However, the color reproduction of the display is not as good as I expected. All the colors are shifted towards the violet side of the visible light spectrum. Still, the Yureka Note is a perfect platform for entertainment.
The manufacturer has also featured a layer of Corning Glass 3 protection on top of the screen. Nevertheless, installation of a screen protector would be a safe bet because the third version of Corning Gorilla Glass not that resistant to scratches.
The smartphone flaunts a MediaTek MT6753T chipset and a Cortex A53 octa-core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz. At first, I thought this Yu smartphone will just be an average performer but my view changed after using the phone for a couple of days. Surprisingly, it is capable of handling even the most task intensive apps available on the Play Store.
Its 3 GB of RAM provides more than enough memory for apps to run in the background. For multi-taskers, this smartphone will be a great purchase.
Worst Gaming Performance
Mali-T720 MP3 GPU does an average job of handling graphics. The Yureka Note may not be the best device in this price range to offer smooth graphics. It looks like the manufacturer has not even tested the smartphone before launching it in the market.
The Yureka Note lags even while playing the basic games like Temple Run 2 and Leo’s Fortune. Asphalt 8 is not playable even at the medium settings.
Heating is another problem this phone suffers from. It can reach temperatures up to 48 degrees after a few minutes of gaming.
You get only 16 GB of onboard storage, though it is possible to increase the storage up to 128 GB using a microSD card. One important thing I would like to point out is this phone comes with a hybrid microSD card slot. You can either use it for a second SIM card or for a storage card but not for both. Considering the low onboard storage, this will certainly disappoint some customers.
Comes with All the Bells And Whistles You can Expect These Days
Yu has loaded this smartphone with all the extra features trending these days. A fingerprint reader on the back makes the Yureka Note a little more secure. I would like to admit though the phone takes a little bit of time to process the fingerprint and unlock the phone.
It also features a set of two powerful speakers on the back. The NXP Smart PA technology helps in pumping the volume up. The stereo effect gives an immersive experience to users. Still, I am not happy with the placement of these speakers. The audio might muffle to some level when the phone is placed on a table.
The Yureka Note comes with a 13 MP shooter on the rear and 8 MP shooter on the front. The rear camera is surrounded by a wide disk, which the company calls as Saturn design. Dual-LED flash helps a lot in illuminating a dark scene. Phase detection autofocus works really great and helps a lot while video recording.
The Front camera is good at capturing vibrant and detailed selfies, though in low lighting conditions it can be a disappointment.
Great Battery Life
This smartphone sports a massive 4000 mAh battery and also supports fast charging. Considering the display size and resolution, you will easily get around one day of power backup.
Other Things To Note About The Yureka Note
Runs a(little)customized version of Android Lollipop.
Supports Indian 4G networks.
It has a non-removable back.
- Offers a fluid user interface
- Decent cameras
- Large display with superior screen resolution
- Wide viewing angles
- Good for media consumption
- 3GB RAM
- Bad gaming performance
- Overheats a lot
The Yureka Note is only good for people who are not into gaming. It is good for clicking images and doing other light tasks.
Overheating is a serious problem with this smartphone, though there is nothing wrong with its hardware. With a software update, Yu can easily enhance its gaming performance.