Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) alternatives you can consider buying

Samsung Galaxy J7 2016

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) released by Samsung in April 2016 is a popular device in Samsung’s J series. Samsung Galaxy J7 looks premium with a 5.5 inches Super AMOLED display and gold color. This dual SIM phone runs on two quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processors with a clock speed of 1.6 GHz and 1.0 GHz for decent performance.

The smartphone is nice with great features and will cost you Rs. 15,990. But can you imagine what smartphone can you buy in that budget? Let me help you out.

Motorola Moto G4 Plus (Rs 13,999)

Motorola Moto G4 Plus is the latest device with a fingerprint scanner which is the biggest reason to buy Moto G4 plus instead of Galaxy J7(2016). Moto G4 Plus had a 5.5 inches IPS LCD with 401 ppi pixel density and full HD resolution, protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

Moto G4 Plus had two quad-core processor clocking at a frequency of 1.5 GHz and 1.2 GHz with 4 GB RAM for smooth multitasking and lag free gaming. The 3000 mAh battery is enough to power the device for a whole day and with TurboPower charging you can get a 6 hours backup in just 15 minutes of charge.

Asus Zenfone Max (Rs 9,999)

Asus Zenfone Series smartphones are one good alternative for Samsung Galaxy J7(2016). Asus Zenfone Max sports a large 5.5 inches HD display. A 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor and 3 GB RAM keep the interface lag free and smooth.

To capture memories, this phone is equipped with a 13 MP camera with laser autofocus for fast focus, the 5 MP front facing camera shoot clear and bright selfies. What max in this smartphone is the battery, you will get a massive 5000 mAh battery which will give you 38 hours of talk time on 3G network.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (Rs 9,999)

The so-called Chinese iPhone maker released the Redmi Note 3 smartphone with the best specs in this price range. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 looks great with a metal back with a fingerprint sensor. Xiaomi claims that you can unlock your device in just 0.3 seconds using the fingerprint scanner. The device secures the fingerprint profiles securely so no one can access it.

Specs sheet is full of specifications and features, let’s check out the major ones. 5.5 inches full HD IPS LCD with 401 ppi pixel density. 16 MP camera with dual LED dual tone flash for better color saturation and 5 MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture. Runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop OS with MIUI 7, 1.8 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 Hexa-core processor with 3 GB LPDDR3 RAM. 4050 mAh battery is enough for intense usage.

YU Yunicorn (Rs 13,498)

YU Yunicorn is the best smartphone in design as well as hardware part. YU added the top notch specs on this smartphone which you won’t get on any other smartphone with this price range. The smartphone wears a metal unibody with two color variants; rush gold and rush silver.

Like all smartphones, Yunicorn also sports a 5.5 inch Full HD display with 10 points multitouch screen. Runs on a little tweaked Android 5.1.1 Lollipop called Android in Steroids, and MediaTek Helio P10 Octa core processor gives the best performance. With 32 GB ROM and 4 GB RAM, you can play high-end games without lags.

Asus Zenfone 5 (Rs 14,989)

[ps_prices] Asus Zenfone 5 is a budget smartphone from Asus with Intel Atom processor. Intel processors are the best in computing; Intel Atom processor is good for gaming without getting heated. Asus added a 64 bit Intel Atom processor with Hyper Threading technology for better performance.

Asus Zenfone 5 comes with 8 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash and 2 MP front-facing camera for selfies. 5 inch IPS LCD HD display is good for games and watching movies. The 2110 mAh battery is enough for daily usage.

Conclusion

When you are spending this much money then you should be sure that you are getting the perfect smartphone to keep you updated with the latest technology. Instead of buying Galaxy J7(2016), you should purchase one of the smartphones with a fingerprint scanner. These alternatives are also offering a much better hardware than the Galaxy J7 (2016).

Yu Yunicorn Review – A Nexus doppelganger for budget buyers

Unlike last year, Yu’s latest gadget has been toned down a bit to compete in the cutthroat sub Rs. 15,000 price bracket. The Yu Yunicorn looks pretty good on paper with specs such as a 4,000mAh battery, octa-core processor, and 4GB of RAM. But does it have enough to make you go – “I want that phone”.

Priced at around Rs. 15,000, can the Yunicorn compete against other value-packed devices which include the likes of Redmi Note 3, Moto G4 Plus, the Moto G4 or Huawei Honor 5C? Let’s find out.

Box Contents:

  • 10W power adapter
  • USB data cable
  • In ear-headset
  • SIM eject pin

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Build and Design:

The smartphone’s design seems to get inspiration from different devices. The front reminds you of an iPhone while the back looks pretty close to phones from HTC and Xiaomi. That being said, the phone does exude a kind of elegance and simplicity thanks to its metal unibody design and smooth contours. But at 172 grams and 8.5mm thickness, it does feel quite heavy and the brushed metal back does make it slippery and prone to drops.

Display:

The phone’s full HD display is quite a cracker. It’s crisp and sharp with balanced colour reproduction. The screen is easy on eyes even at max brightness. While for those who like reading at night, the screen gets quite dim making it easy on the eyes to help get better sleep. Viewing angles are pretty good as well and there’s no significant distortion that’ll leave you complaining.

Though I found the display to be a bit reflective, while sunlight legibility is decent but not that great though still better than the Yutopia.

Hardware and Performance:

The smartphone comes with  MediaTek’s Helio P10 octa-core processor which is fast enough even for some frenzied multitasking. And with 4GB of RAM, there’s a lot of room to play with. For the most part, the phone can handle anything you throw at it, apart from a few odd stutters here and there while playing Mortal Kombat X.

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Talking about synthetic benchmarks, the Yunicorn pulled-off 34,335 points in Antutu and a GeekBench 3 score of 556 (single-core) and 2367 (multi-core).  In comparison, the Honor 5C gets a score of 53,043 in Antutu while the Moto G4 bagged an Antutu score of 45,139. In GeekBench 3, the Moto G4 managed to pull-off a score of 704 and 3029 in  single-core and multicore tests respectively.

The phone’s front-facing fingerprint scanner also doubles as a home button. The fingerprint registration process seems rather fussy and gets a bit annoying initially. As I found myself constantly dumped back onto the home screen trying to register my fingerprint. But once up and running, it was one of the snappiest fingerprint sensors I’ve come across. It’s super responsive and I literally had no trouble unlocking the device.

The Yunicorn gets a hybrid Dual-SIM tray, which means you can either use two SIMs, or one SIM card along with one microSD card. This can be a hassle for some who want to have two SIM cards and still have sufficient storage space. In terms of storage, the phone comes with 32GB of inbuilt storage which can be expanded by up to 128GB. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, USB-OTG, and GPS. Though there’s no NFC and FM radio.

Software:

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The Yunicorn bids adieu to Cyanogen. This time, Yu has gone with its custom build of Android 5.1 which is quite a delight. It’s non-gimmicky, free of bloatware and looks clean. Thankfully, not much has been fiddled around, and you pretty much get a stock Android experience. If you’re looking for a low-cost Nexus alternative, the Yunicorn would be as close as you can get. Quite refreshing to see the company try to emulate the original Android feel at a time where manufacturers are ditching app drawers for an iOS style layout.

You also get extra features like the Around Yu 2.0 discovery service. It’s essentially a quick way to do tasks such as booking cabs, ordering food or recharging your phone by simply swiping right on the Home screen. It comes in rather handy, and the company has tied up with the likes of Zomato, Ola, and more to facilitate this pre-bundled service.

Camera

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The 13MP primary does produce really good shots in bright and well-lit conditions. But it clearly struggles to adjust focus and noise levels in low-light and indoor settings. Despite the recent update which fixes certain issues such as focus speed and image processing, the camera does not fare that well. There’s also a 5MP selfie cam which has similar issues. Images taken appear rather blurry, not something you’d want to share with your friends and followers.

Battery

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The phone gets a meaty 4,000 mAh battery which is primarily the reason the handset seems rather chubby. But one can excuse that as the battery is quite a workhorse. It easily gave me over one and a half day of usage. Sadly, it does not support fast charging but despite that, the bundled charger is fairly quick in juicing up the battery.

Pros:

  • Good build quality
  • Great battery backup
  • Impressive performance
  • Slick OS
  • Handy bundled services

Cons:

  • Disappointing camera
  • Slightly bulky and overweight
  • Prone to drops
  • No NFC and FM radio

Wrap-Up

[ps_prices] In a nutshell, the Yu Yunicorn almost manages to tick all the boxes. The 5.5-inch full-HD display is quite a delight, the 4,000mAh is meaty enough to satisfy demanding users, an octa-core processor and 4GB of RAM that are equipped to handle almost anything, the OS is rather slick and comes pretty close to satisfy your need to own a Nexus.

Yes, the phone’s camera isn’t that great, and some might complain that the phone’s too big. But the Yunicorn still comes off as a value-for-money performer. Hopefully, the upcoming updates will resolve the phone’s camera issues.

Yu Yunicorn Initial Impressions: Specs, price, availability in India

Yu Televentures has launched the latest addition to its existing flagship, Yu Yunicorn. The refreshed version of Yu Yutopia, as said by the company, will be made available on Flipkart at the slashed price of Rs. 12,999 for first one month and afterward, it will be priced at Rs. 14,999. The company is also giving 10% cashback to SBI card holders on the first flash sale.

Interested users can register for the device starting from today 2pm onwards. The company is offering buyers Rs. 400, which will be transferred in the Yu wallet of the user. Along with that, it is offering the first consultation on Lybrate which is their medical assistance feature.

Talking about the design & build, then the Yu Yunicorn features a fully metal body with a combination of aluminium, magnesium, and manganese alloy. The phone is comparatively thinner than its previous iteration and has a brushed aluminium look at the back. The dual SIM phone has a 5.5-inch FHD IPS 2.5D glass display.

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On hardware front, the YU Yunicorn packs a Helio P10 octa-core processor bundled with 4GB of RAM. Internal storage capacity stands at 32GB with an option of expansion up to 128GB. Also, it includes a highly sensitive fingerprint sensor, which ships with integrated chip-level security system with the ability to store up to five fingerprint profiles.

The phone runs on Android AOS (Android on Steroids), which is based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. It is a feature rich screen yet quite close to stock. However, company has made a promise to rollout marshmallow upgrade in a month or so.

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At the back sits a huge 4000mAh battery, which is sufficient for a full day usage. It supports fast charging and gives 4 days of battery backup on regular use. While the primary camera on the rear is a 13MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture paired with TrueBright dual-core ISP engine, Gesture, Picture-in-picture, PDAF, EIS, and slow motion, the front-facing shooter is integrated with a 5MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture.

The phone looks good and promising considering the specs, but we will be able to give you the final verdict once we receive the review unit from Yu Televentures.

YU Yunicorn now available exclusively on Flipkart via flash sales for Rs. 12999

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Yu Televentures has launched its flagship Yunicorn in Rush Gold, Rush Silver and Graphite color variants at Rs. 12,999. Equipped with Android AOS (Android on Steroids) based on Android 5.1 Lollipop, 4GB RAM, and Helio P10 processor, the device will be available from Flipkart via flash sale, for which the registrations will begin from 2 PM on May 31.

Commenting on the release of Yunicorn, Rahul Sharma, Yu Chairman revealed that this smartphone is the second-most beautiful addition to his life since the device has got a gorgeous design and finish not available in other competing smartphones.

In his talk, Sharma elaborated on how Yu redefine flagships and also took the audience through the redefining moments of 2015. He disclosed that the company has so far only taken baby steps and it’s time to take a giant leap and named it as “Android on Steroids”.

On the specifications front, Yunicorn features a 5.5-inch FHD IPS 2.5D glass display, MTK Helio P10 processor, 4GB RAM, 32GB internal storage including a highly sensitive fingerprint sensor, which ships with integrated chip-level security system with the ability to store up to five fingerprint profiles.

While the primary camera on the rear features a 13MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture paired with TrueBright dual-core ISP engine, Gesture, Picture-in-picture, PDAF, EIS, and slow motion, the front-facing shooter is integrated with a 5MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture.

The flagship device comes with DTS sound engine and a large battery capable of delivering a talk time of 20 hours on 3G. Equipped with an integrated search bar and vertical app drawer, the Android version included with Yunicorn is the purest form of Stock Android, adds Sharma.

Yunicorn will be available exclusively on Flipkart via flash sale for Rs. 12,999. According to company sources, this special price is valid only for one month and after that, the smartphone can be grabbed at Rs. 14,999. The retail price, however, is Rs. 17,999. The first flash sale will offer 10% cashbask for SBI users; registrations for the flash sale begins at 2PM on May 31.

Not only this, Yu is offering Rs. 400 cashback on the purchase of Yu Yunicorn. An amount of Rs. 400 will add to the Yu Wallet at the time of purchase, and also they will receive free first consultation on Lybrate.

Yu Televentures to launch new flagship smartphone YU Yunicorn tomorrow

Yu Televentures will launch its latest addition to their existing flagship tomorrow 31st May in New Delhi. According to news, the upcoming smartphone ‘Yu Yunicorn’ will be a refreshed version of its predecessor, the ‘Yu Yutopia’.

The ‘Yu Yutopia’ is currently available in the market at a price of Rs. 24,999. As of now, there are no specifications regarding the upcoming ‘Yu Yunicorn’ have been announced by the Micromax owned company. The only information available about the new phone is that it will be available exclusively through Flipkart.

Earlier in April, the company launched a mid-priced phone ‘Yu Yureka’. The smartphone is available for a price of Rs. 13,499, comes along with a 6-inch full-HD display screen, is powered by a MediaTek MT 6753T octa-core processor and houses 3GB of internal RAM.

The rear side of the phone sports a fingerprint sensor and a 13MP camera lens. The front of the phone comes with Gorilla Glass 3 protection and a 5MP lens for video calls. The ‘Yu Yureka’ is fashioned with dual-speakers with NXP Smart PA.

The device runs on Android’s Lollipop 5.1.1 and comes with a number of features including Google Drive, Hangouts for video calls, prioritization of contacts and voice search capabilities. The smartphone also comes along with a whopping 4,000mAh battery that provides for long usage cycles.

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YU Yunicorn Specs

From the television commercial aired last night, the ‘Yu Yunicorn’ seems to have a physical home-button at the center right below the display of the phone. The home-button may double up as a fingerprint sensor too. The back of the phone is seen with a camera lens in the middle. The top of the phone is seen with a 3.5mm headphone jack while the bottom has perforations for the speaker as well as a USB Type-C port.

Rumors suggest that the ‘Yu Yunicorn’ will sport a Helio X10 octa-core processor along with 4GB of RAM. On the software front it is said to have the latest version of Android Marshmallow running out of the box.

You can also watch the livestream of the launch event here.

YU Yunicorn with fingerprint sensor and metal body launch on May 31

YU Yunicorn, a new smartphone will be launched on May 31 with a fingerprint scanner and full metal body by Rahul Sharma, who is the founder and CEO of YU. The company has already sent press invites with the title “We are counting too”.

Interestingly, Yu Yunicorn was scheduled to launch on May 19 but was postponed since the company will not get adequate media coverage due to the declaration of results held for four state assemblies. The press release clearly points out May 19 as Vote Counting Day.

According to rumors, Yunicorn will be an improved version of Yutopia, which did not work out well as per the expectations of the company due to issues associated with the software.

Touted to be equipped with features oriented more on the design and overall UX, the integration of metal body will provide the device with a unique look and feel. Moreover, the addition of a fingerprint sensor enables customers to perform several tasks efficiently.

Even though YU has mentioned that Yunicorn will redefine flagships on the release date, we believe that the device could be YU5530, which was leaked few days ago on GeekBench. If this rumor turns out to be true, you can expect the device to feature a MediaTek Helio P10 octa-core processor with a clock speed of 1.8GHz, 4GB RAM including Full HD display.

Commenting on the release, Yu founder Rahul Sharma revealed to a popular news portal that the company is planning to release Android N update for Yunicorn immediately when Google release the new version of Android.

Although the specifications of YU Yunicorn are not yet available, it is expected that the device will integrate Snapdragon 820 processor loaded with the stock version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow instead of Cyanogen OS.

On the specifications front, the YU Yunicorn will be equipped with a 5.5-inch QHD OGS IPS display, Adreno 530 graphics, 6GB RAM and 32GB of expandable internal storage powered by a 5000mAh battery with fast charging technology.

While the rear camera will feature a 21-megapixel camera sensor with LED Flash, the front-facing shooter will ship with a diffused 8-megapixel sensor with support for video calling. Alternatively, you can also expect a 5.2-inch display variant with 4GB RAM with the remaining specifications supposed to be the same as its bigger brother.

The above specifications are not accurate and are liable to change. We are keeping a close watch on the event scheduled in New Delhi on May 31. We will keep you posted on further developments.