YU televentures the sub-brand of Micromax, launched their latest flagship YU Yunicorn with a claim that it is all set to redefine flagships. YU as a company has always tried to provide the best of hardware in a budgeted price for the consumers and this time also they have been able to do so. After a lot of shocks and surprises, the company’s head Rahul Sharma revealed the phone’s final price which is Rs 12,999 for the first month and Rs 13,499 after that.


So, does YU Yunicorn really redefines flagship? Let’s find out!


Release date June 2016
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 153.30 x 75.00 x 8.50
Weight (g) 172.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 4000
Removable battery No
Colours Rush Silver, Graphite, Rush Gold
SAR value 0.52
Screen size (inches) 5.50
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1080×1920 pixels
Processor 1.4GHz  octa-core
Processor make MediaTek Helio P10
Internal storage 32GB
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 128
Rear camera 13-megapixel
Flash Yes
Front camera 5-megapixel
Operating System Android 5.1
Skin Android on Steroids
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 b/ g/ n
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.20
Infrared No
Headphones 3.5mm
Number of SIMs 2
SIM Type Nano-SIM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
SIM Type Nano-SIM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
Compass/ Magnetometer No
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No

Box Contents

  • YU Yunicorn handset
  • Micro USB Cable
  • USB Charger
  • In-ear earphone
  • User Manual and Warranty Information
  • SIM ejector tool

As we had received only the smartphone for review purposes we can’t share any photos of the box content or the retail packaging. But having seen the retail packaging we can confirm that the above mentioned contents are there in the box.


  • 153.30 x 75.00 x 8.50mm
  • 172 grams

The design of the phone is one thing which attracts the users most after its specifications and the YU Yunicorn definitely does attract us. Even though, it’s design is not a new concept or very different from other handsets but it still is attractive. It sports a full metal body and the contrast of colours which YU has chosen for this device, makes it a premium looking device. The golden shiny metallic back and the white front gives it an elegant look and makes it look premium in hand. The best part is that the device does not feel slippery or attracts fingerprints.

YU Yunicorn front

YU Yunicorn back


On the front bottom, you get the physical button in the centre and does the work of a fingerprint scanner as well as the home button. It does feel a bit heavier than other smartphones at 172 grams but that does not make a huge difference. On the front you get the camera, earpiece grille and the sensor on the top. 

YU Yunicorn build quality

YU Yunicorn ports

YU Yunicorn front fingerprint scanner

YU Yunicorn front

The speaker grills are placed at the bottom edges with the USB port in centre. The two speakers grilles are for design symmetry as only single speaker works, as with most phones including the iPhone. The sound quality is very shrilling and noisy at full volumes but is good when heard through earphones.


  • 5.5” IPS LCD display
  • Full HD
  • 2.5D curved glass

In the display department, it has a 5.5” IPS LCD display with Full HD resolution with 2.5D curved glass which makes the screen really stand out from the competition. IMG_0106w

The viewing angles of the device are very good and the screen can be seen through any angle. The screen is not a fingerprint magnet but tends to get some marks on regular usage. Overall the screen is quite good at this price range and does it’s job pretty well while watching videos, movies or playing games.




  • MediaTek MT6755 Helio P10 (1.8 GHz Octa Core Processor)
  • 32 GB Internal Storage (Expandable upto 128GB via microSD card)
  • 4GB RAM
  • Fingerprint Scanner
  • 4000mAh Battery

The processor on the YU Yunicorn is not as powerful as compared to other smartphones at this price but the fact that it is coupled with a 4GB RAM, does helps it in performing lag-free. Switching from one heavy game to another won’t be a very difficult task for this device but again the processor is not that powerful so playing more than 3 heavy games can be troublesome for it. There is no heating issue in the device, but it gets a little warm while playing for 20-25 minutes which is quite normal.  


  • Android Lollipop 5.1 (No announcement for Android M yet )
  • Android On Steroids (AOS)

The smartphone doesn’t come with Android M, which may turn off consumers (considering that it’s a flagship smartphone).

YU Yunicorn specs

The OS ‘Android On Steroids’ is not very different from stock android, but has some modifications and enhancements that really enhance the user experience. There are some pre-installed apps like YUniverse, YU account, Gaana out of which only YUniverse can be uninstalled. I particularly liked the monochrome enhancement on the AOS. With the monochrome mode on, the device display goes Black & White in simpler words. You will be surprised how soothing it is to the eyes when the monochrome mode is on. In fact, I love it so much that I used the Yunicorn mostly in this mode! 

YU Yunicorn display YU Yunicorn Android on Steroids

Like it’s predecessor, YUnicorn also comes with ‘Around YU’ pre-installed on this device. Like we mentioned in our review of the YU Yutopia, AroundYU comes quite handy for ordering a cab/food, booking trains/hotels, recharging your mobile and many other things.


Performance of the device is good but not as good as we expected in a ‘Flagship Redefining’ smartphone. But that doesn’t mean that it’s performance is poor either. The MediaTek MT6755 processor coupled with 4GB RAM is enough to handle your daily multitasking and playing heavy games.


We tested some games like Asphalt 8, Modern Combat 5, Freeblade , Badland and they ran them smoothly with minor frame drops.

Gaming Test YU Yunicorn

Benchmark Test YU Yunicorn


Benchmark Test Result
Quadrant 14209
Antutu 34108
Geekbench Single Core (547) Multi core (2401)
Nenamark 2 54.3 fps
Multi Touch 10 point


The company has kept in mind that the screen of the device is 5.5” and hence given a 4000 mAh battery to the YU Yunicorn. The battery backup is good but the device takes about 2.15 hrs to charge from 0-100% as it does not support fast charging. Fast charging is an essential feature in today’s time and it is a priority for many users. The battery can easily last up to a day and a half if you are a moderate user and can stretch it upto 2 days by limiting the on-screen time.

YU Yunicorn battery benchmark

YU Yunicorn battery performance


  • 13 MP Rear camera (f/2.2 aperture) with Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF)
  • 5 MP Front/Selfie Camera with Flash
  • Dual tone LED Flash with rear camera
  • Full HD video recording
  • Slow motion video recording

It’s in the camera department that the YU Yunicorn gets defeated from it’s rival devices. Every phone has one or the other shortfall and the camera is one for this device.

YU Yunicorn back camera

It does a good job in outdoor conditions but is very average in the lowlight conditions. The images are very blurred and dull in indoors conditions and zooming makes the case worse. The shutter speed is also terribly slow.

Comparing it with LeEco Le 2’s or Meizu M3 Note’s camera, it definitely comes at the last spot. The 5MP front camera also does a very average job and the pictures are neither crisp nor sharp.

YU Yunicorn front camera

These are some shots taken in outdoor conditions:- 





These shots were taken in indoor conditions:-



media.jpg(11)  Camera Samples YU Yunicorn



YU Yunicorn has all the basic set of connectivities like 4G LTE , GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, Dual Nano SIM and a microUSB port. But, it lacks FM Radio, NFC and IR blaster.


The YU Yunicorn does have a very attractive price with some amazing specs on paper. The device does looks premium because of its golden metallic back and feels good to hold too. The feature that distinguishes it from other devices at this price range is it’s 2.5D screen.

But the smartphone didn’t impress us in the Camera department. Also the device showed some frame drops in games like Modern Combat 5 , Asphalt 8 ,etc.

We do not fully agree that the Yunicorn ‘redefines flagship’. That’s something that the OnePlus has mastered now!

The camera is average and you can consider other alternatives like LeEco Le2 or the Meizu M3 Note. If you can wait for an update to fix the camera issues and want a phone with good build quality at an affordable price, then the ‘YU Yunicorn’ is what you should buy.

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