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Yu Yuphoria review: A worthy buy with stylish looks for Rs 6,999

The device comes out of the box with CM12 (based on Android 5.0) and is very similar to what you can see on devices like the OnePlus One.

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Updated: May 28, 2015, 11.48 AM IST
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The device comes out of the box with CM12 (based on Android 5.0) and is very similar to what you can see on devices like the OnePlus One.(Representative image)
The device comes out of the box with CM12 (based on Android 5.0) and is very similar to what you can see on devices like the OnePlus One.(Representative image)
EW DELHI: 5-inch 720p HD IPS LCD, 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad core processor, 2GB RAM, 16 GB storage + microSD (up to 32GB), 8 MP rear + 5 MP front cam, BT4.0, FM, A-GPS, 2,230 mAh battery, 143 grams The Yuphoria is just the second smartphone by a new company (Yu Televentures). When you understand that and look beyond the Micromax association, the device is rather good attempt. It brings better technology, more features, 4G connectivity and a stylish, premium feeling device at a lower price point.

While the Redmi 2 is all polycarbonate, the Yu has a solid steel frame which makes it look and feel premium. The front is only the screen with some subtle YU branding, front camera and light sensor.The Android buttons are on the screen (and they are customisable, thanks to Cyanogen). The volume buttons are on the right side and in a first ­ the power button is nestled between them. It is more comfortable to reach because of this.

The device comes out of the box with CM12 (based on Android 5.0) and is very similar to what you can see on devices like the OnePlus One.The Snapdragon 410 is no performance monster but it's adequate for most tasks, including web, multimedia and seamlessly switching between more than 10 running apps.

The 8MP rear camera has minimal shutter lag and low shot-to-shot times. Quality is acceptable, especially for the price. It captures some nice detail with low noise. While it does record full HD video, the frame rate is low (19 fps) you may not notice the choppiness at first but it becomes very apparent with moving subjects.In addition, the camera keeps hunting for a focus lock during recording. The front 5MP camera is fixed focus and is acceptable quality .

The biggest issue we had with the device was with the screen calibration. The screen itself is nice and sharp with good viewing angles, but any white page looked decidedly reddishbrown. The Yureka does offer colour calibration in settings > display page but the Yuphoria is missing this sorely-needed option. We hope that it gets added with a software update in the future.

The Yuphoria has lofty ambitions and it succeeds in offering a solid, premium-looking 4G device at a nice price. There are some issues and cut corners that prevent it getting a higher score. Till that time, the Redmi 2 is a solid contender in the same price range.
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HTC Desire 526G+ vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G vs YU Yureka

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HTC Desire 526G+ vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G vs YU Yureka

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Text: Anupam Saxena, TOI Tech

With an intent to penetrate the budget smartphone segment, Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC recently launched Desire 526G+ Dual Sim, a new octa-core processor-powered device.

While the phone signifies HTC’s ongoing attempts to raise the bar when it comes to budget smartphones, it remains to be seen if it’s able to beat the likes of Xiaomi and Micromax who have a strong offering in the segment.

We pit the Desire 526G+ against Xioami Redmi Note 4G and Micromax YU Yureka to find out if it’s really worth your money...
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