Yu announced the Yuphoria, its successor to the Yureka in New Delhi a couple of weeks ago. We attended the launch of the device and were amazed by the energy in the house and the enthusiasm that the Yu team showed on the stage. It was claimed that almost .5 million Yu Yureka phones have been sold so far which is a pretty decent number given the lack of availability of the device and that you always have to register for a sale in order to pick the phone. Not just smartphones, Yu used the event as a launch pad to enter new product segments too, including wearable smart band and a standalone accessory to measure the vital organ readings.
The heroes of the show were the Yu Yuphoria, YuFit and HealthYu. While the Yuphoria is the successor to the Yu Yureka, the YuFit is a smart wireless fitness band which works in conjunction with the HealthifyMe app. The third IoT device on show was HealthYu device which “is a pocket sized intuitive gadget which keeps track of the four vital body signs- Heart rate, Respiration rate, Blood Pressure and body temperature along with an ECG and blood oxygen saturation level”.
We did spend some time with all the three devices that were launched at the event, and we feel, honestly that 20 minutes of device on time with a fitness tracker or a health recording app is not enough, so we would only be penning our thoughts of the time spent with the phone. Before we do jump on the phone though, we would admit that the easy to clasp mechanism and the general fit of the HealthYu device was very impressive. We were not too sure about how comfortable the YuFit band would turn out to be in the long term given the rubber built quality, but we shall reserve our judgment on that front.
Starting from the build quality of the Yu Yuphoria, the phone does feel solid if not a little underwhelming in the hands. The sides of the device is a metal frame while the main body is largely plastic. There is a nice curvy feeling to the entire surface of the phone and that coupled with the 5-inch display, you get a nice ergonomic feel to the phone. Our issue with the construction of the phone was that the frame in one or two review units was not clinging on to the body of the device perfectly and there was a hairline thin gap there making us a little uncomfortable about the long durability of the phone. The polycarbonate material with which the back has been crafted, looks a little flimsy and we are not sure how ruggedly it will take surface abrasion and stand the test of time.
On the front the device is largely a slab of display which is a 720 P, 5 inch IPS display. We were really impressed with the display of the phone even though there was one review unit in particular that had yellowish tinge on the whites of the phone, but we are willing to let that be down to a malfunctioning review unit rather than treat it as a norm. It is definitely something we would like to check out when we get hands on the device for a prolonged period. The camera lens too has been moved to the center of the phone and the glass covering the lens just picked up way too many finger smudges. The rear camera on the device is an 8 MP sensor while the front unit is 5 MP. Yu claims that the Yuphoria comes with Pure Wolfson Sound by Cirrus Logic and Ambient Noise Cancellation Technology which provides a richer sound experience. While we could not really try this out given the loud noises in the demo zone, the speakers definitely sounded good based on the only demo track that was loaded on the phone.
The phone is powered by a 64-bit architecture, Qualcomm Snapdragon 410. The processor coupled with 2 GB of RAM definitely showed the capability as the interface felt pretty smooth, but again this was on a device largely with no files on board and very limited applications. The phone comes with TrueDialer integrated too and it is nice to see Yu bringing on board apps and players that actually add value to the device. The phone runs CyanogenMod 12 (Android L) out of the box and unless there is a major performance hiccup, we feel on the software front you will really enjoy the customizations and general fluidity that the device offers thanks to CM. You get 16 GB storage out of the box though there is support for Micro SD card. The device is LTE and VoLTE ready though obviously there was nothing for us to test the throughputs.
We will definitely be spending more time with the Yu Yuphoria when the review unit comes in and will be able to comment on the device more fluently then. In the first impression, we would just conclude by saying that while the phone sounds brilliant on paper, there are a few key things that could be a deal breaker here. Whether they really are, we will have to wait till we get more time with the device.
In the meantime, please enjoy the images of the device which we clicked at the demo zone during the launch.