YU Yutopia: 10 Pros and Cons of the ‘World’s Most Powerful Smartphone

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In case you missed it out, which though is highly unlikely, YU Televentures recently launched their first Flagship smartphone dubbed the Yutopia. For those unaware the Yu Yutopia had been stuck in the pipeline for quite some time now with the first round of teasers arising as early as October.

YU Yutopia: 10 Pros and Cons of the ‘World’s Most Powerful Smartphone

Yu Yutopia has however justified its flagship claims by sporting a 5.2 inch Quad HD Sharp display upfront and a Snapdragon 810 SoC under the hood. The metal clad smartphone comes with a 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, Fingerprint Sensor, 21MP IMX230 rear camera along with an 8MP front selfie snapper. In a word YU left no stones unturned. As a matter of fact Yu have seemingly become the first Indian brand to launch a smartphone price at Rs 24,999.

So no doubt the Yu Yutopia is the most powerful phone by an Indian OEM. But that isn't the only thing that matters, especially when it comes to the Indian market which is presently flooded with fierce competitors from China. The main rival being the OnePlus 2.

Whether or not it is better than the Flagship Killer of 2016 aka the OnePlus 2, as stated by CEO Rahul Sharma, is still a matter of debate - especially until the two device are put head to head in our studio. So let's find out more about the Yu Yutopia in the form of Pros and Cons below.

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5.2 inch QHD display made by Sharp


YU has stayed put to this flagship claims by incorporating a Quad HD (2560x1440p) on the inside. In fact the company had sourced the display from none other than Sharp. From our initial impressions the display renders punchy colours with deep blacks. Viewing angles are top notch.

It's worth noting that Rahul Sharma took this opportunity to take on the Full HD display of the device which purportedly calls itself the "Flagship Killer 2016".


Heavy on RAM thanks to the 4GB on the inside


Yu Yutopia comes strapped with a 4GB of RAM as standard along with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC. This is unlike the OnePlus 2 which comes with a lower specced 3GB variant.

The 4GB of RAM coupled with the speedy CyanogenMod interface makes multi-tasking a breeze.


32GB Internal Storage + MicroSD Expansion Slot


Unlike its counterparts YU Yutopia comes with a 32GB internal storage as standard. Apparently this is a welcome move as users have been venting their anger on 16GB internal storage smartphone with no MicroSD expansion slot, for a while.
YU has in fact included a Hybrid SIM slot in the Yutopia which allows users to hot swap between a Micro SIM and MicroSD card.

21MP f/2.0 IMX230 Rear Camera with OIS & PDAF


Yu Yutopia sports a large image sensor on the back - a 21MP f/2.0 rear camera equipped with the latest IMX230 sensor from Sony. For those unaware it is the same sensor as found in the Sony Xperia Z5. The rear camera is further boosted by the presence of Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) and PDAF (Phase Detection Autofocus) sensor.

Open Sale!


This is an area where YU has really hit a sweet spot. It is a welcome departure from the flawed invite system or the flash sales. Apparently this may be the reason why Yu had been delaying the launch of the smartphone for some time now. Hopefully the Micromax backed company has stocked up enough inventories to last it through the initial rush.

The Yutopia is available on Amazon.in for a price of Rs 24,999.


Metal Unibody Design + Snapdragon 810 mayn’t be a wise choice to make


As you are already aware the Yu Yutopia comes with an all metal built. In fact Rahul Sharma led brand had been heavily teasing the metal built of the smartphone for quite some while before the launch. While the metal build indeed add to the premium feel of the smartphone, it pairing with the Snapdragon 810 SoC doesn't seem to be a wise choice.

For those unaware the Snapdragon 810 SoC from Qualcomm has been plagued with heating issues and metal as a good conductor may aggravate the issue even more. Surprisingly Yu hasn't included an under clocked version of the chip on the inside, thereby taking a big risk. It's worth noting that the ZTE Axon Pro which like the Yutopia came with an all metal build and SD810 SoC had fared really well by keeping its cool.


Absence of USB Type C


Despite matching itself, if not bettering every aspect of the OnePlus 2 spec sheet, the USB Type C port surprisingly goes missing on the Yutopia. This however isn't quite a deal breaker at least in the present scenario.

With the lack of popularity of USB Type C port the main issue faced by users with smartphone sporting the latest USB standard is the wide spread availability of chargers. Unlike the phone with microUSB 2.0 port which you can charge using just another charger available in the market. In fact the absence of Type C might be a blessing in disguise.


Lack of NFC restricts Mobile Payments


With the increase in popularity of mobile payment NFC is becoming an important feature these days. In fact Fingerprint Sensor and the NFC are the two pillars of Mobile Payments. Yu however despite including one missed out on the other in their flagship smartphone.

3000mAh Battery appears a little too small


Yu has taken a big risk to limit the battery inside Yu Yutopia to 3000mAH in an attempt to keep the smartphone. This is more so because the Yu not only sports a Snapdragon 810 SoC inside but also comes with a Quad HD (2560x1440p) display up front.

Just to recall the OnePlus 2 failed to impress us with its battery life. Furthermore it's worth noting that the OnePlus came with a Full HD display and larger 3300mAh battery.



Lack of Front Flash gives the Honor 7 an edge


YU has worked hard to give the Yutopia users a top of the line shooting experience, at least in terms of hardware. However the Micromax sister brand missed out a rather important part when it comes to Selfie snapper. Despite including an 8MP front facing shooter the Yu Yutopia lacks a LED flash up front. Surprisingly the Honor 7 which sells at Rs 22,999 on Flipkart incorporates one.

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Contributed by Sayan Sarkar

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