Micromax has launched the Yureka in India at a price tag of Rs. 8,999 and it is available exclusively on Amazon.in. Recently I got the review unit and after using it more than 15 days I’m sharing my views on the device.

Design and Build Quality

The Micromax Yureka features 5.5-inch display and if you are comfortable in using a big phone, then you’ll find no problem in using it. There is a 5MP camera on the front and it takes beautiful selfies. There are three capacitive touch keys below the display and the home button appears as a white circle but the back & menu buttons are hidden till the backlight turns on.

On the right hand side there is a power button, the microUSB & microphone at the bottom, the volume button on the left and the headphone jack on the top.

At the back, there is 13MP camera with LED flash and a secondary microphone nearby. Near the bottom there is loudspeaker.

Removing the back cover reveals the massive 2500mAh replaceable battery with two SIM card slots and the microSD card slot.

The design of the Yureka is similar to other smartphones available in the market but the build quality is really impressive.

Display

The Micromax Yureka features 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The display is pretty good and it’s sharp enough, the colours are vibrant, has pretty good viewing angles & outdoor visibility.

Hardware and Software

The Micromax Yureka runs on 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Soc and if you do not know, it is the Qualcomm’s first octa-core processor with eight Cortex-A53 cores, four of which clocks at 1.7GHz and the other clocks at 1.0GHz. The processor is paired with Adreno 405 GPU & 2GB of RAM. It has 16GB in-built memory which can be expanded further by using microSD card.

In terms of performance, the Micromax Yureka does very well & the benchmark scores are good but it’s the real world performance that matters. Launching apps, switching between them, scrolling performance pretty good and the gaming performance is good too.

The Micromax Yureka runs on Cyanogen OS 11, which is based on Android 4.4.4 KitKat. The theme support plays a major role for some people.

After using the Micromax Yureka, all I can say that, the experience is quite satisfactory and it’s good too see such a good performance device in the sub 10K segment.

Camera

The Micromax Yureka has 13-megapixel camera at the back with LED flash and 5-megapixel rear-camera on the front. With 13-megapixel rear-camera the daylight images pretty nice. There is an HDR mode too but it wasn’t satisfactory and it will increase the saturation levels & purple fringing. In low light, the image quality is terrible as the amount of noise in the images increases & it is unbearable. If you use flash, then are few issues and photos taken by using flash comes out bluer. The Camera supports 1080p video recording and the recorded video looks like 480p video which is upscaled to 1080p.

The front camera is pretty good and the images taken from it are too good. Although, the front camera doesn’t have wide-angle lens.

Connectivity

The Micromax Yureka is a dual-SIM smartphone with 4G LTE support on one SIM and 2G on the other SIM. It supports TD-LTE bands available in India along with that, it has connectivity features like Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0 & GPS and there is no NFC on this device.

The call quality is decent and the microphone performance was not good. Sometimes, it’s hard to hear the phone ringing and on the other hand, the GPS, Wi-Fi & Bluetooth performance is pretty good.

Battery Life

The Micromax Yureka packs 2,500mAh battery and in daily use the phone lasts for a day on a single charge & that too with two SIM cards. With few calls, data usage for IM, other applications on 3G as well on Wi-Fi, the battery lasts for 8-9 hours.

Verdict

At a price tag of Rs. 8,999, the phone is excellent value for money. As you get a good quality, pretty good performance, decent camera quality and good battery life. You are also getting good support as the Micromax has promised on-site warranty, in case if anything goes wrong with the phone and on the software side, Cyanogen providing updates for the next two years.

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