8.5/10
Informr score
The Micromax Yu Yureka currently has an Informr score of 8.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 13 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Price
  • Performance
  • microSD support
  • Dual SIM
  • 4G LTE

What's bad

  • Availability
  • Hit-or-miss battery life
  • Plastic chassis

As a subdivision of Micromax, the Yu brand of phones hopes to turn heads and entice buyers with low-cost, high-performance devices. The Yureka is the first handset available from the group. With so many budget options available, what makes this one the one for you? Let’s see how reviewers feel.

At first glance, the phone is rather unassuming. While large the plastic shell is typical of budget phones. Reviewers did love the rear “moonstone” treatment for improving grip and reducing smudges. With its rounded design and thinner 8mm+ profile, they also help to improve the manageability of this otherwise massive phablet. Times of India thought it was easy to use, noting that it, “doesn't feel humongous.” Unleash the Phones was more positive, stating, “Sure its all plastic, but in terms of build quality, I’d say its the best phone Micromax has made so far.”

Housed in the plastic shell, you’ll find a 5.5-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280-by-720 pixels. If you’re a detail junky, the screen is a little behind the times, but still adequate for its price market. The resolution shows in many reviews, with NDTV Gadgets saying that it’s, “A little grainy.” Times of India also found the color balance to be a bit off, with colder hues than usual, leading them to say, “We found the tint to be intimidating.”

On the performance front, the Yureka boasts a 1.5GHz 64-bit Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor with 2GB of RAM. No reviews mentioned any issues with the device’s performance, many even trying the latest games and having no issues. Combined with Cyanogen OS 11, the phone appears to provide silky smooth performance. A promised update from Micromax will bring a Cyanogen OS update based on Android 5.0 in the future as well. When this happens, Times of India is concerned about performance, noting, “Phones still need more memory to fully leverage 64-bit capabilities and 2GB would not really suffice.”

If you’re looking to snap pictures while you’re out and about, the handset features a 13MP Sony-powered rear camera with flash and a 5MP front-facing chat and selfie camera. Overall, reviews of the cameras were very positive. Unleash the Phones said, “Camera quality was pretty impressive for a phone in this price range.” Android Guys was on the fence, stating, “The camera focuses swiftly, captures adequate details but the color tone is slightly on the warmer side.” Some reviews noted issues with low-light performance as well, but for a budget phone, it appears to pack quite the camera.

All of this is kept running with a 2500mAh battery. Reviews of battery life were hit or miss. Some claimed all day usage with no problems, others found they were scrambling for the charger before the end a work day. Battery life will likely depend on your data usage and gaming. If you’re a power user, you might consider a battery backup just to be safe.

Other features include 16GB of internal storage with microSD support and Dual SIM support. Forwarding calls from one SIM to another is not supported and one SIM is located behind the battery, making it impossible to hotswap, so planning your network connectivity ahead of time could be important.

While Micromax might not have the best reputation, it appears their new Yu brand could be working to fix some of the concerns. Times of India noted “The build quality and display are not top notch but the performance offered by the phone is superior compared to other phones in the price segment.” NDTV Gadgets was similarly impressed, stating, “The Yu Yureka has a lot going for it, and even its minor flaws can be overlooked considering the amazingly low price.“

 


OS
No
Processor
1.5 GHz
Screen Size
5.5"
Camera
13+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Android Guys

The Micromax Yu Yureka is currently the best smartphone available under 150 dollars hands down. The only glitch is its availability. To buy one, you are required to participate in its weekly online flash sales which is held once every week. Hopefully, Micromax takes its high demand into consideratio...

- Chandna Pandey, Android Guys
Fone Arena

The YU YUREKA is definitely a value for money 4G smartphone. We compared the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G with the YU Yureka recently and found the Yureka better than the Redmi Note 4G in several aspects. YU offers free on-site warranty and offers warranty even if the phone is rooted and its bootloader unlo...

- Srivatsan, Fone Arena
The Indian Express

Should you buy it? Certainly, if you are in one of the cities where 4G is already available. Others can look at this as a different option in comparison to the Xiaomi Redmi Note and maybe even the Moto E, though this is slightly more expensive. You are definitely getting a bit more bang for you...

- Nandagopal Rajan, The Indian Express
The Indian Express

Certainly, if you are in one of the cities where 4G is already available. Others can look at this as a different option in comparison to the Xiaomi Redmi Note and maybe even the Moto E, though this is slightly more expensive. You are definitely getting a bit more bang for your buck with this phone a...

- Nandagopal Rajan, The Indian Express
tech2

The Yureka is not without its share of drawbacks. The chief among them being a not-so-sharp display along with poor low-light photography. The build quality is strictly OK. But these are compromises one might be willing to make if one wants an affordable phablet, which stands out from the pool of th...

- Nimish Sawant, tech2


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Screen Size
5.5"

The Micromax Yu Yureka's screen size is 5.5 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1.5 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8939 Octa core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS
No

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2500mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2500 mAh battery. Micromax's performance ratings are 8.8 days standby time.

Yu Yureka Specs

Overview
Release date January 12, 2015
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Networks
GSM:
900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1800 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card size
Yes
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System No
Processor Qualcomm MSM8939 Octa core 1.5 GHz
Internal Storage 16 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2500 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 8.8 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Moonstone Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.5 x 7.8 x 0.9 cm (6.1 x 3.1 x 0.4 in)
Weight 177 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density 267 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Panorama, Self-timer
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, FLV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC, AMR-WB, AMR, WAV, M4A, OGG
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, FLV, AVI
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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