India may probably be one of the most tech-savvy countries in the world. Considering the amazing IT infrastructure and knowledge they have when it comes to anything to do with tech, it does come as no surprise that this country can create excellent smartphone models. And one such company that made waves when it comes to smartphone production is no other than the defunct Yu Phone brand.
Although currently not in production, Yu phones made an impact with its impressive interface, construction, style, and price. The brand’s parent company, Micromax Informatics, is actually one of the biggest smartphone manufacturing companies in India! This just proved that Yu Phone models actually made a big impact!
Amazing Yu Phone Models
Let us take a trip down memory lane and check out some of the best smartphone models that this brand released!
“Play God” – this is what the YU Yureka boldly claimed when it was released in 2015. Of course, the divine may not be replicated on Earth, but this smartphone did introduce some interesting features that’s akin to heavenly tech. For starters, the YU Yureka made use of the impressive CyanogenMod Android operating system preloaded by the manufacturer for better stability and customisation.
The YU Yureka has a 64-bit ARMv8 Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (MSM8939) that powers its interface. With 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage (with the option of 32 GB expandable memory via microSD card), the YU Yureka does offer a respectable performance that will not break the bank. Charge life is excellent as well, with the YU Yureka making use of a 2500 mAh battery.
The Cyanogen 11 ROM, which is based from the Android OS KitKat, comes with unique apps such as ScreenCast, AudioFX, and YUniverse.
Released a few months after the YU Yureka, the YU Yuphoria technically shares the same features of its predecessor, but with an improved chipset and camera as additional enhancements. This smartphone’s OS, a MSM8916 chipset that powers a reliable 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410 processor, is partnered with a 5 MP front camera and 8 MP rear camera combination. To get in line with industry standards, the YU Yuphoria also received a tech upgrade to support VoLTE mobile setups.
Another reason that the YU Yuphoria was a popular release was because of its sturdy and durable design. The combination of a tough smartphone with some excellent technical apps and features made the YU Yuphoria a good everyday smartphone.
The YU Televentures company also created devices that offered basic smartphone features and specs, to cater for those on a budget. Released in September 2015, the YU Yunique runs on an amazing Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor setup and the Android 5.1 OS. Even though it has limited space (1 GB RAM and 8 GB storage), the YU Yunique is compatible with 4G networks. Also, for its price, the YU Yunique still looks amazing!
Seeing the demand of this smartphone, the YU Yunique was actually considered one of the best budget smartphones in India during its release. Additionally, this device got a memory upgrade the following year, considering the great demand of this device.
The next smartphone release that the Yu Televentures company did combined several of the then-latest smartphone tech into one consolidated device. The streamline effort of both apps and mobile specs resulted in the creation of the YU Yutopia, which was considered as “the most powerful smartphone device in the planet” by the brand when it was released.
Right in time for Christmas (the YU Yutopia was released in December of 2015), this smartphone had a 3000 mAh battery (improved with a QuickCharge enhancement) and a Snapdragon 810 processor. Also, the brand improved this smartphone’s exterior design by going for an all-metal body look.
Making the most out of the Cyanogen OS, further customization options were available on this device. The Yu Televentures brand also introduced a fingerprint sensor on the YU Yutopia, as a move to make this an all-metal and premium smartphone in the market.
A couple of more months (May of 2016), the brand released its next smartphone, the YU Yunicorn. Critics stated that this may have been the most attractive smartphone that the YU phone brand has released. This may be in part of the all-metal and unibody design element of the YU Yunicorn, which does go well with the full-HD properties that this smartphone’s screen has. Battery life is excellent as well, with this device able to last through several days on a single full charge.
The YU Yunicorn has 4 GB of RAM with reliable 32 GB for storage. Memory expansion can be done through the device’s SIM card slot (up to 128 GB). As it is on every release, Android features have also been improved in this smartphone.
As the latest release from the Yu phone brand, the YU Ace combined a great balance of aesthetics and smartphone tech features. Built with the efficient Android 8.1 Oreo OS, the YU Ace comes with a wide variety of sensors (fingerprint, ambient light, proximity, and accelerometer). For cameras, the YU Ace makes use of a 5 MP front camera and a 13 MP rear camera. Additionally, the YU Ace has a face unlock feature as an additional security layer.
The YU Ace comes in two variants: the 2 GB RAM and 16 GB ROM combination, and the 3 GB RAM and 32 GB ROM combination. Memory can be expanded with the microSD card slot.
Smartphones that Made a Difference
The products created by the YU Televentures company proved that this brand knew how to make amazing and reliable devices. This is because this company knew exactly where to look at: the public. By identifying mobile issues and listening and understanding what the public needs in a device, the Yu phone brand was able to make devices that mattered.
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Here’s to more companies that will do similar approaches to what the Yu phone brand did! And if you did own a Yu phone, then, consider yourself lucky!
Here is the Complete List of All YU Phone Models:
|YU Yureka S||YU Yunicorn|
|YU Yureka Black||YU Yunique Plus|
|YU Yureka 2||YU Yunique 2|
|YU Yunique||YU Yutopia|
|YU Yureka Note||YU Ace|
|YU Yureka Plus||YU Yuphoria|
Photos of Yu Different Types of Phones
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