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YU launches Yunicorn smartphone at Rs 12,999 in India


After the success of series of smartphones launched last year, the Micromax sub-brand YU on Tuesday launched its flagship device Yunicorn with ” Android on steroids” operating system in India.

The future ready, all-metal body device — made up of magnesium, aluminium and manganese alloy — is available for Rs12,999 on e-tail website flipkart for a month. After that, the device will be available for Rs 14,999.

The pre-booking starts on Tuesday and device, which is available in rush silver, graphite and a limited edition rush gold colour, will first go on sale on June 7.

Yu Yunicorn features a full HD IPS 5.5-inch ultra-thin bezel display with 2.5D curved glass and runs on Android 5.1 lollipop operating system – which the company is calling as “Android on steroids”.

The smartphone is powered by a 1.8Ghz octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 processor paired with 4GB of RAM. It offers 32GB onboard memory and 32GB space on “social drive”. The memory on the phone can be expanded by a 128GB microSD card.

The device is equipped with a 13MP rear camera with LED flash and a 5MP front shooter for selfies and is equipped with a fingerprint sensor that, the company claims, unlocks the phone in 0.2 seconds.

YU claims that its phone can run for four days in a single charge with its 4,000 mAh battery.

Yunicorn has minor tweaks in the stock Android, including vertical app drawer and a monochrome mode for reading and extending battery life. The company promises an upgrade to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow within a month from launch.

The 8.5mm thick smartphone accepts dual-SIM (Nano-SIM, Hybrid) and the “Around Yu” services platform have been upgraded to v2.0.

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