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Yu Yunique 2 First Impressions: Will it make any difference?

By: Rohan Pal, The Mobile Indian, New DelhiLast updated July 31, 2017 12:19 pm

Yu Yunique 2 First Impressions: Will it make any difference?

The device comes loaded with some interesting specifications and it will compete with the likes of Xiaomi, Motorola and others.
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Yu Televentures has recently added an entry-level smartphone to its portfolio with the launch of Yu Yunique 2. The smartphone comes with a price tag of Rs 5,999 and will be available from Flipkart starting from today onwards.
 
The device comes loaded with some interesting specifications and it will compete with the likes of Xiaomi, Motorola and others. But will it be able to do so? We spend some time with the device and here is what we think of it.
 
Design and Display
 
Starting with the design department, the smartphone is quite compact, all thanks to the 5-inch screen. The back is made of plastic, but the company has opted for a metal textured finish with some curved and smooth edges, that add some premium look to the device. The phone is 9.1mm thick and weighs 159 grams, which makes it feel lighter when you are holding the device. The front is dominated by some noticeable side bezels, along with a front-facing camera, earpiece and usual array of sensors at the top. At the base, you will back button, home button and recent button, which are not backlit in nature. 
 
Yu Yunique 2
 
The right houses volume controls and a power on/off button, while the left is bare. At the top, you will find oddly positioned microUSB port, which is accompanied by a headphone jack, while at the base, there is a tiny microphone. The back of the device is removable and under it, you will find dual-SIM slots along with microSD card slot and a removable battery. That said, the smartphone design is pretty much standard, however, the textured finish on the back panel does add some brownie points to it. 
 
Moving on to the display department, the Yu Yunique 2 comes loaded with a 5-inch HD display with a screen resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.  The display has some good viewing angles, though some find might find it a bit reflective in nature. The colour output looks good during our brief testing period, but still, we will suggest you wait for our review for an in-depth testing of the display. 
 
Hardware and Software
 
On the hardware front, the device is powered by a 1.3 quad-core MT6737 processor which is paired with MAli T720 graphics processor. It is backed by a 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded up to 64GB via microSD card. If we go by sheer specs sheet, then the smartphone will compete directly with the Xiaomi Redmi 4A and recently-launched Moto E4. However, it is worth noting that the device will be meant for a pretty standard usage, and one cannot expect it to deliver some heavy duty task. After all, it is an entry-level device, remember!
 
Yu Yunique 2
 
On the software front, the Yunique 2 runs on Android 7.0 Nougat, which is a welcome move. The brand has also integrated with a Truecaller dialer as default one so that one identify caller ID, can detect spam detection and more. The user interface looks interesting and the brand has added some nifty features like Around Yu service is back and can be accessed by swiping left to right from the home screen. The services give you an option to book a flight, hotel, book, restaurants and more. Then there is some smart actions and gesture supports like drawing ‘O’ will open the camera, letter ‘M’ will open music and so on.  Interestingly and rather bizarrely, when you swipe up from the screen, you get a Quick setting menu, which showcases brightness setting, current music playing, wallpapers, settings, widgets and some app shortcut. However, when you swipe from the top, you still get the notification tray and other quick setting buttons. This surely creates some confusion. We will talk more about this and other features during in our review. 
 
Camera
 
The Yu Yunique 2 comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera with Auto Focus, Zoom Level: 4, Multi Shot and LED flash and for selfies, it offers a 5-megapixel front shooter. The camera specifications look promising and during our initial testing we found out that the phone looks some noticeable amount of time to lock its focus and also the colours a bit washed out in nature. 
 
Yu Yunique 2
 
The camera UI is pretty clean and by swiping left to right, you get the access to the Settings, while swiping right, you get different modes like Face Beauty, Panorama, HDR, Night, Sports and Scene Frame. It would be interesting to the overall performance of the camera in different lighting situations.
 
Battery and Connectivity
 
On the battery front, the Yunique 2 is juiced up by a 2500mAh battery, which the company claims to offer 11 hours of talk time. However, with lower resolution screen and not-so power hungry processor, can expect some decent battery backup in this one. However, it still too early to comment on the battery performance and we suggest you wait for our detailed review.
 
Yu Yunique 2
 
On the connectivity front, the smartphone supports dual SIM, 4G VoLTE, FM with recording option, WiFi, WiFi Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, micro USB 2.0, USB host, GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS, 3.5 mm headphone jack, Proximity Sensor, Light Sensor and Accelerometer.
 

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Verdict

To conclude, the smartphone comes loaded with some interesting proposition. It has a compact design coupled with usual specifications. The phone runs on Android Nougat, which is a good thing, but it would interesting to see whether the company will roll out updates on a regular interval. As for the competition is concerned, the phone will surely have a hard time competing Xiaomi Redmi 4A, Moto E4 and more.

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