“The handset comes with a plastic body and has a curved back that makes it easy to hold with one hand”

The Micromax-backed YU has been on snooze mode for around a year but the brand has now come out with a new budget segment offering, in the form of the YU Ace. The new handset comes at an extremely affordable price point and brings a few features that we usually associate with the latest mid-range offerings. We managed to get our hands on the new smartphone and here is our unboxing experience and first impressions.

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Unboxing

As soon as you open the white rectangular box with the tricolour on top, you are greeted by the YU Ace unit. Underneath the handset, you would find a wall charger and a micro-USB cable.

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Apart from the accessories, you will find the quick start guide for the smartphone as well. The unboxing experience for the handset is quite minimalistic.

First Impressions

There are not many handsets in the sub-Rs 6,000 segment that can claim to offer good design. However, the YU Ace is a decent looking phone in its own right. The handset comes with a mostly plastic body and has a curved back that makes it easy to hold with one hand. The fingerprint sensor is placed in the middle at the rear and the camera module is placed on the top left. The loudspeaker array is present on the bottom half of the handset at the back. The phone comes with a glossy finish at the rear and thereby attracts fingerprints easily. And one more thing, the rear cover is removable. Underneath that is hidden a sizeable 4,000mAh battery.

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The power button and the volume rocker are placed on the right side of the handset and are easily accessible. The 3.5mm audio jack is placed on the top and there is a micro-USB charging port at the bottom of the smartphone. The YU Ace has been made available in Rose Gold, Electric Blue, and Charcoal Grey colours. We found that the phone looks decent in all three colours. You can get a closer look at the design with the gallery embedded below:

Coming to the display, the YU Ace packs a 5.45-inch FullView display that ships with an aspect ratio of 18:9 and thin bezels at the top and the bottom. Considering that this is a budget segment offering, we found the display quality to be impressive. The peak brightness level and viewing angles were both quite good.

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The YU Ace is powered by a MediaTek MT6739 SoC, coupled with 2GB RAM and 16GB built-in storage. The processor is accompanied by ARM Mali-T860 MP1 graphics. The handset runs a near-stock version of Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box. In our time with the YU Ace, we noticed some minor hiccups in transition animations but the overall UI felt smooth for the most part.

As we mentioned earlier, there are just a few pre-installed apps in the handset and the rest of UI is pretty much stock. These pre-installed apps include App Centre and M! Browser. In terms of security, you even get a face unlock feature, apart from the fingerprint sensor.

Moving to the cameras, the YU Ace features a 13MP sensor on the back and a 5MP front-facing shooter, both assisted by LED flash modules. The initial test shots we captured indoors look decent for the price range but we’d need to put the phone through a proper review before we can give you more details on how it fares overall.

micromax_yu_ace_design4The YU Ace will be exclusively available through Flipkart in India and will go on sale starting 12 pm on September 6th. The brand will be organising another flash sale for the phone on September 13th. Post this, the smartphone will go on open sale in the country. The 2GB RAM variant of the YU Ace will set you back by Rs 5,999. In the price range, the YU Ace will be competing against the likes of the 10.or D2 (unboxing and first impressions) and the Xiaomi Redmi 5A (review). For more updates about the phone, stay tuned in to our website.