YU Yureka: Micromax Delivers an Affordable 4G Phablet

YU Yureka

Micromax has released YU Yureka as the first device in collaboration with Cyanogen. This affordable phone is a much sought after phone which has been appealing to almost everyone since the day of its launch. The phone is targeting mid-range users and has nothing major to complain about. It offers some interesting features bundled into a single package.


With a 13.97-cm (5.5-inch) screen and 1280X720-pixel resolution, the IPS LCD Yureka has good display quality. Despite the relatively low pixel density, it has enough sharp edges, vibrant colors, and nice viewing angles to compete. Possessing corning Gorilla Glass 3 with Oleo phobic coating, it has 80-degree viewing angles and 16 million color depth.

Build Quality

YU Yureka feels great in the hand. An excellent addition is having a removable back and a rubberized plastic finish. However, the USB port is located to the left which seems to be wrongly designed.

Battery Life

The gadget has a reasonable sized battery of 2500MAh which is removable and replaceable. A good feature that it holds is the option of wireless charging, but that process takes a bit too long to get completely charged.

Hardware and Software Performance

YU Yureka is one of the rare phones to run on a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC. It is also Qualcomm’s first 8-core processor, having eight Cortex-A53 cores out of which 4 are clocked at 1.7 GHz and the remaining at 1.0 GHz.

Yureka ranks pretty well when it comes to performance. The benchmark scores are roughly between the Snapdragon 400 and 800. The gaming experience is also amazing and launching and switching between games is quite easy.


The cyanogen 13MP rear and 5 MP front cameras take incredible pictures even when the screen is locked. It also has an HDR mode but, unfortunately, it is not as effective as expected. Video records at the usual 1080p but it looks like 480p. The front camera is pretty awesome though it doesn’t have a wide-angle lens.

Storage and Connectivity

The phone has a dual sim slot having 4G LTE support on one and 2G support on the other. You may also get Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS as well. Call quality isn’t satisfactory and there is no NFC service. It has 2 GB of RAM and an inbuilt storage of 16GB.

With all the features mentioned above, YU Yureka is a great value for the money, having a good display, average performance, decent camera quality and satisfactory battery life. This device has certain issues such as poor loudspeakers, average low light camera performance etc. but for a price of $146 such issues can be overlooked.

Microsoft Lumia 640: Windows at its Best

Microsoft Lumia 640

Windows phone has risen above expectations as it has introduced another impressive handset – the Microsoft Lumia 640, coming this March. It has been scrutinized as an appropriate budget phone. This mobile device with a wide 5-inch screen offers versatile features. It delivers a seamless integration of hardware essentials. Although it is a predecessor of Microsoft Lumia 640 XL, it is an updated phone with Windows 10 features and comprises notable features that are listed below:


The Microsoft Lumia 640 is a hefty smartphone with a 5-inch display, HD resolution of 1280 X 720 and Gorilla Glass 3, qualities that make for a nice viewing experience.


It’s 8.0 MP camera with autofocus is pretty good at clicking pictures. It has a 4X zoom with LED flash. The minimum focus range is 10 cm but it isn’t a selfie phone as its front camera is just 0.9 MP. Though its video recording options are acceptable with 1080p main camera resolution and 30 fps camera video frame rate.


Momory is satisfactory with 1 GB Ram and 8 GB internal. The phone is expandable up to 128 GB using a MicroSD memory card. It also promises 30 GB of free cloud.


Promising to function for long hours, the phone offers a replaceable battery with the capacity of 2500 mAh. There is a favorable standby time of 35 days. The maximum talk time on a 3G network is 20 hours and on a 2G network for 27 hours.

A few limitations include mediocre screen and slow loading pages that sometimes irritate the user but overall, the phone offers an impressive web browsing experience. Offering the right value for money spent, the device is going to appeal to those who prefer spending wisely on cellphones. Moreover, it beats up a few android phones that are of the same price range.