Towards the end of August 2016, Micromax announced the launch of two mid budget smartphones – Yureka S and Yunique Plus – through Yu, its sub brand.
Of the two handsets, Yunique Plus will be the cheaper device. It may be interesting to note, that the company mentioned the arrival of these gadgets on its website even before their official launch. While the Yureka S houses a hybrid SIM slot to serve as either a dual SIM smartphone or to insert a memory card, the Yunique Plus is a dedicated dual SIM handset.
Both devices have different choices of body material for their construction. Yu Yureka S, the more expensive gadget is available with a fully metallic body. On the other hand, its counterpart, the Yu Yunique Plus appears with an anodized metallic back panel and sides made of polycarbonate. Although the exact weight of the Yureka S is not known, the images do not indicate the possibility of a bulky smartphone. The size of this gadget is around 154.8 x 78 x 8.5 mm. Eventhe Yunique Plus does not appear to be large or heavy from its pictures. In fact, it appears to be a shade smaller than the Yureka S although it has more or less the same thickness as its twin launch and weighs 128g.
On the screen front, Micromax has taken care to protect the display of both its smartphones by using the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 scratch resistant glass. The Yu Yureka S has a 5.2-inch IPS LCD screen with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution and 424ppi pixel density. With a smaller 4.7 inches screen using the same display technology, the Yu Yunique Plus has a pixel resolution of 720 x 1080 supporting a pixel density of 312ppi. For their screen sizes, the pixel resolutions and densities of both handsets deliver pretty good and satisfactory results.
As for the shooters, the Yureka S integrates a 13MP primary rear snapper with LED flash. This camera can also record full HD 1080p videos @ 30 fps. At the front, there is a 5MP snapper for selfie photos and video calls. The lens in the rear camera is an 84 degree wide angle lens. Regarding the Yunique Plus, the pixel ratings are considerably lesser. The rear shooter is an LED flash supporting 8MP camera whilst the front snapper has a 2MP value. However, these lower values do not prevent its primary camera from recording 1080p videos @ 30 fps. In both cases, you can avail all the core smartphone camera functionalities.
In the hardware department, the Yu Yureka S is loaded with Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset, an octa core central processor clocking at 1.7GHz and an Adreno 405 graphics processor. Featuring 3GB RAM and 16GB onboard storage, the memory can be expanded by another 128GB by using a memory card in the second SIM card slot. In comparison, the Yunique Plus uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset, a quad core 1.2GHz processor and an Adreno 306 graphics processor. The 3GB RAM and 16GB ROM get replaced by 2GB and 8GB. Memory expansion is also limited to 32GB through the dedicated slot.
The disappointment here is that the two gadgets come with Android 5.1 Lollipop loaded that is an old version considering that Marshmallow, the next version is already available on some smartphones. Added to this, there is the fact that an even later version Nougat is on its way. This is interlaced with the manufacturer’s own user interface.
Talking about battery, the Yureka S has a 3,000 mAh battery offering nine hours of talk time and 450 hours of standby time. The corresponding 2,000 mAh battery renders slightly lesser performance with talk time of seven hours and standby time of 345 hours. In reality, given the slight variation in screen size, the activity level of both batteries is more or less at par. Although a lower version, the former smartphone supports quick charge functionality.
Three distinct features of the Yu Yureka S over the Yu Yunique Plus are its smart gestures support, glove mode and smart wakeup. The smart gestures support allows you to use certain functions in phone lock mode. These include as activating the camera modeand sliding the screen downwards or to the left to access the gallery or dialer respectively. When the glove mode is activated, you can use the screen of your phone even when you wear gloves. This can be especially helpful during the winter season, as it eliminates the need of having to remove your gloves to operate the device. The smart wakeup feature gets your screen to spring back into action when you give it a double tap. Added to these attributes, the Yureka S promises better sound quality owing to the integration of a Yamaha amplifier coupled with a Wolfson CODEC.