With U Unicorn, the company reiterates its old effort, but with more focus on software and services. This smartphone is in the range of Rs 15,000. In this price range, this handset is going to be a tough challenge. Kya U Unicorn Smartphone xiaomi redmi note 3 ,review, lenovo zook z1 ,review) And moto g4 plus ,review) to challenge? Let’s try to find out.
look and design
One look at the phone, and we can confidently say that the Unicorn is the best looking U smartphone ever. The metal unibody is well made. The brushed look adds to the beauty of the phone. With a thickness of 8.5 mm, this phone is very slim. The weight of 172 grams is a bit high but we got used to it with use. The front panel of the phone looks similar to the Oppo F1 Plus while the rear camera section reminds us of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. The similarity of the design is not surprising, but we do like some novelty in terms of design.
The 5.5-inch full-HD display has enough pixel density for sharp pictures and text. There is no problem in reading on this display in sunlight. Touch response is also good. Protective glass of NEG has been given on the screen. The borders on either side of the screen are quite slim. There is a notification light above it and the physical home button is at the bottom. The fingerprint sensor is integrated into the physical home button, which works well for unlocking the phone.
A single hybrid dual-SIM tray is on the left. Power and volume buttons on the right. There is some difficulty in pressing these buttons. The headphone socket is at the top and the Micro-USB port is at the bottom. There are speaker grills on either side of the USB port. In the rear, dual tone LED flash has been given with 13 megapixel camera. The battery cannot be removed. The Unicorn will come with a 10W power adapter, data cable and in-ear headset. One thing has to be admitted that the quality of the accessories offered by the company has improved.
Specifications and software
In U Unicorn, the company has used Octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 chipset and 4 GB RAM. With this, you will get 32 GB of storage which can be expanded up to 128 GB via microSD card. It is equipped with Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, USB-OTG and GPS. NFC and FM radio features are not available.
Talking about the software, the almost stock version of Android Lollipop 5.1 is available, which the company has named ‘Android on Strides’. Enhanced Launch has a custom icon set and a new version of the You Around feature. You Wallet is also present in the new around service. By using this you will be able to use your mobile, DTH or data card.
It doesn’t have many apps. But there are useful apps like file manager, sound recorder and uuniverse web browser. Unicorn comes with U Key cloud service on which you can back up your SMS, Contacts, Call log settings and WhatsApp data.
Yu Unicorn does well in multitasking. Whether loading an app or playing a game. Overall it is a good modern smartphone. The phone did not get too hot during use. This complaint was received while charging and playing games for a while. The phone also worked well in our 4G network. The metal back is a bit slippery. This handset was about to fall from our hands once or twice during use. The performance is such that you will be able to play most of the games easily.
The phone does well in multimedia playback as well. There is enough sound from the speaker. The music player is integrated with the Gaana app and has an equalizer.
At the rear is a 13-megapixel camera equipped with electronic image stabilization and a five-element lens. Photos taken from it in daylight come with good colors. However, while cropping photos, you will find that they lack detail. Even in close-up shots, the focus around the object is not very sharp. The photo in HDR mode comes with a ghostly effect. This shortcoming was also there in U Utopia. The biggest problem is the slow focus system which is a problem even during the day. The camera app takes about a second to lock focus. After this, save the image for a second or two.
This problem gets worse in low light. The U Unicorn completely lags in low light and indoor shooting. The quality of the recorded video can only be called decent. You’ll also find a slow motion mode but the resolution is limited to 640 pixels. The 5-megapixel front camera takes decent pictures in good light. Overall, the camera of the Unicorn is not its most important feature. If this is the most important feature for you, then you should consider another phone.
The 4000 mAh battery present in the handset lasted for 14 hours and 46 minutes in our video loop test. The phone easily lasted for one and a half days in normal use. There is a lack of fast charging, but with the charger provided with it, you can get 20 percent battery in just half an hour of charge.
The price of U Unicorn is Rs 12,999. But this is the launch price. After a month, this handset will be available for Rs 13,499. The company is also working to take this handset to some offline stores. The most important features of U Unicorn are build quality, build quality, battery life and interesting software services. There are also some drawbacks, such as poor camera performance, weight and lack of FM radio and Wi-Fi AC.
We can understand that it is very difficult to make a phone that performs well in all departments, especially at this price. However, users shopping in this price range are not always looking for the perfect phone. They need an all-rounder handset. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, Lenovo Zook Z1 and Moto G4 Plus offer all these things. In such a situation, it will not be easy for Unicorn to stand up to these challenges.