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The first 64-bit CyanogenMod-powered device breaks cover - meet the $142 Micromax Yureka

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The first 64-bit CyanogenMod-powered device breaks cover - meet the $142 Micromax Yureka
Micromax and Cyanogen's exclusive partnership in India already led to sales bans flying in the air, hitting both Xiaomi and OnePlus during the past week or so, which are currently prohibited from selling and advertising their products in the country, as both have reportedly violated its exclusive partnership with Cyanogen Inc

The reason for this is Micromax's CyanogenMod-powered line of devices, dubbed Yu, the first representative of which just broke cover - the Micromax Yureka.

It's donning a price tag of roughly $142 (Rs. 8,999) and boasting some pretty respectable hardware. We are dealing with a dual-SIM, LTE-enabled handset with a 5.5-inch 720p display. The raw computational work is procured by а 64-bit, quad-core Snapdragon 615 silicon coupled with 2GB of RAM. Memory-wise, we have 16GB of native storage, as well as a slot for a microSD present. A 13MP camera can be found at the back, while the front of the Yureka is home to a 5MP selfie shooter. A 2,500mAh juicer is keeping the whole shebang running and kicking.

As far as software is concerned, the Micromax Yureka is powered by an Android 4.4.4 KitKat-based CyanogenMod 11, arguably the most popular aftermarket Android firmware. It comes with built-in theme support, as well as Nextbit Baton-compliant - the latter means that you can sync and backup all of your apps over many different CyanogenMod-powered devices without losing precious data and settings.

As we mentioned, the Micromax Yureka dons a rather appealing price tag. The device is currently available on Amazon India.


source: Amazon India via Android Central

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posted on 18 Dec 2014, 03:51 5

1. HugoBarraCyanogenmod (Posts: 1005; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)


Good news for India , time for them to support domestic

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 04:00 6

8. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1344; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Great price and great specs. Great news indeed.

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 04:35

25. aayupanday (Posts: 574; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Just a rebranded SD615 Powered CoolPad F2.
Meh.

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 04:49 2

28. laughmi (banned) (Posts: 283; Member since: 28 Oct 2014)


Seems to be correct but has terribly good value for the price.

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 05:36

34. realjjj (Posts: 361; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)


No not really, was good a fe wmonths ago but not for 2015. At that price devices with 1080p and slightly faster SoC are starting to be announced in China while India is getitng close to China prices since the Chinese players are going pretty hard after that market.

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 09:04

49. Suo.Eno (Posts: 480; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)


Yeah but you'll get a better value w/ this CM supported rebrand than the originating model for sure at the very least.

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 08:46

48. NexusX (Posts: 482; Member since: 16 May 2013)


supporting domestic is not a responsbility, you know the chinese only buy their products because they provide the same user experience as name-brands but cheaper right?Chinese don't give a shit about nationalists responsbilities. Nationalism has held back progress throughout history.

By the way micromax phones are made/designed in China, so you are basically paying the Chinese while a percentage goes to the Micromax's marketing team. So no indian job creation

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 03:52 5

2. tech2 (Posts: 3349; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


FYI, this company, Micromax, has also got One Plus One banned from India.

Not really interested in a product from a company which believes in suing then owning up to the competition.

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 04:02 7

10. wargreymon (Posts: 671; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


You mean that Cyanogen sold themselves. Not interested in greedy backstabbers either.

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 04:12 1

16. RajRicardo (Posts: 383; Member since: 28 Feb 2014)


Yes and look at the crap they just made. Looks ugly and no where close to OnePlus in performance and Quality.

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 04:48 7

26. tech2 (Posts: 3349; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


lol.....no sh!t, Sherlock !

Its almost 1/3rd the price of OnePlus One. What were you expecting ?! and how do you know the performance and quality when it hasn't started selling yet ?

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 08:24 1

43. needa (Posts: 205; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)


it is half the price of the opo and it says it is available on amazon.

and i think you should look at acyanogen on this one, not micromax. they are the ones that signed a deal with a competing company while knowing the opo was going to hit the shelves in india.

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 13:38

52. tech2 (Posts: 3349; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Nope.

OnePlus One costs about 22k in INR and this is 9K as per the article. So neither you nor me are correct. But the thing is since I considered this is offering a MicroSd slot and One plus One doesn't and the 64GB is more expensive I thought its safer to say 1/3 instead of 1/2.

Also it says it is available on Amazon but not available to buy. Try it. Its available to buy since 19th Dec. which in India is available now but when I posted my earlier comment it was 18th Dec. which is when the phone wasn't available. To be fair its still 18th here in UK :)

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 09:09

50. Suo.Eno (Posts: 480; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)


You're confused here. There's no "backstabbing" going on and CM never went out to be exclusive on any OEMs over the other like why should that be the case?

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 08:45

47. Shubham412302 (Posts: 430; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


they are banned untill one plus makes its own rom available for one plus one in india
most of the one plus buyers are the one who likes cm so most of them will eventually flash cm on it

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 03:52 2

3. rsivapradeep (Posts: 11; Member since: 16 Dec 2014)


That price makes me attractive :( damn i want to buy oneplusone but this is kicking my mind ... please any suggestions... :(

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 03:55 4

4. HugoBarraCyanogenmod (Posts: 1005; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)


I love one plus, but supporting domestic is our responsibility, you should buy this instead, just cost you rs9k very cheap

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 03:57 1

7. rsivapradeep (Posts: 11; Member since: 16 Dec 2014)


that's what is the problem... Micromax mobile are not as standard as others like nokia ,samsung ... even i doubt about their camera,615 snapdragon performance and 2500ma battery are looks bad :(

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 04:00 4

9. RajRicardo (Posts: 383; Member since: 28 Feb 2014)


Buy this junk and you will be encouraging Micromax to produce more cheap Junk. Buy OnePlus and the company will provide better flagship next time. Domestic is our responsibility. But so is the responsibility of MM to provide good quality and performance It's not always about price.

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 06:17

37. sram145 (Posts: 127; Member since: 18 Dec 2014)


Couldnt agree with you more.. most of chinese moved to chinese smartphones from Apple and Samsung as they are getting good quality smartphones at most affortable prices but here in India we are getting ONLY "OK" smartphones at affortable prices. Its past time that indian manufactures should produce competitive quality products at affortable prices.. till then no indian should support such quality less products..

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 06:20

38. rsivapradeep (Posts: 11; Member since: 16 Dec 2014)


thank u my frnd u got a point :) are u using one+ , but i can't think one+ with out CGM.. what u say

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 04:52

29. techsavvy.jaz (Posts: 153; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)


Besides, this is just a rebranded chinese junk anyway, either way you ain't supporting domestic product.

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 05:15

30. saiki4116 (Posts: 379; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)


If MMX have designed the phone by themselves and manufactured in India, Then that support domestic arguement is valid. Neverthless, it's priced right.

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 03:56 3

5. rsivapradeep (Posts: 11; Member since: 16 Dec 2014)


its 145$ not 142$ ... awesome price awesome specs but lacks a good processor like 800

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 03:57 3

6. RajRicardo (Posts: 383; Member since: 28 Feb 2014)


My impressions.

1. Looks ugly.
2. Cheap build quality. (I've used MM before. Trust me.)
3. Not even close to the Redmi series.

I love you OnePlus One. Can't believe Cyanogenmod sided with MM for this piece of Junk. OnePlus is miles better and smashes this in every comparison out there except the price.

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 04:02

11. rsivapradeep (Posts: 11; Member since: 16 Dec 2014)


are u using oneplus one.... i am in great dilema on one+ or yureka... can u suggest me in this

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 05:21

31. saiki4116 (Posts: 379; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)


If you can afford and want to tinker, then go for OPO, and if you don't want to tinker, other options are available(Honor 6,MI4 would be released), otherwise if you don't want to put so much money for a phone go for YU, but I would still wait for reviews on YU, as SD615 was notoriously known for overheating or if any other reception issues may arise

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 04:02

12. rsivapradeep (Posts: 11; Member since: 16 Dec 2014)


are u using oneplus one.... i am in great dilema on one+ or yureka... can u suggest me in this

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 04:08 1

13. RajRicardo (Posts: 383; Member since: 28 Feb 2014)


my brother uses OnePlus One. I use Z3. Yes. Go for OnePlus One. It's a great investment.

posted on 20 Dec 2014, 12:09

53. pulkit1 (Posts: 354; Member since: 03 Jul 2014)


21 vs 9k not really a choice !

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 04:08 4

14. AmitMajumder (Posts: 178; Member since: 21 May 2012)


Did you even hold it once? People just start commenting on products before even watching it in person. Micromax was bad before, but lately it has made a lot of improvements. Just don't comment before holding it in person. People here in India like Xiaomi because it offers high end products for cheaper price. But when Micromax does that, they go nuts as it is a Indian company and Xiaomi isn't.

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 04:14 2

18. RajRicardo (Posts: 383; Member since: 28 Feb 2014)


Comparing Xiaomi and Micromax? LOL!!!

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 04:16 4

20. AmitMajumder (Posts: 178; Member since: 21 May 2012)


Can't give a valid response so Just LOL!!! Proves how COOL you are? doesn't it?

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 04:24 1

22. RajRicardo (Posts: 383; Member since: 28 Feb 2014)


First thing, they didn't play fair with OnePlus. Next they are flooding the market with cheap phones so that people will fall for the price point and buy that junk. Next, they don't innovate. And last, I've used their phones and even their 40" FHD TV. Both are not worth even half the actual price.

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 04:33 4

24. AmitMajumder (Posts: 178; Member since: 21 May 2012)


They didn't play fair with OnePlus? Could you sit back and relax while another company uses the brand name and software that you own exclusive rights in the same region you do business? Huh!!! Nobody can't do that. OnePlus should have prepared before selling their devices. They should have developed the ROM first and then sell their device as they knew about this deal before launching their phone.

All the good things people say about OnePlus is mostly for CyanogenMOD, as many chinese manufacturer offer those hardware at same or low price. And then OnePlus tells that in INDIA, they would be developing their own Rom. They should have developed the ROM first and then launch it in INDIA.

As a fact you can say Cyanogen didn't play fair with OnePlus, Not Micromax

And for innovation, do you think Xiaomi innovates? They just simply ripoff apples R&D and use it on their phones.

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 05:27 2

32. iampun33t (Posts: 69; Member since: 17 Apr 2013)


I agree this ban on Oneplus is a result of the Backstabbing Cyanogen. Oneplus could not have prepared for this cause Cyanogen informed them about the deal with Micromax just 15 days prior to launch and why should they have prepped? They had a iron clad agreement with Cyanogen for software support worldwide, including India.

FYI Xiaomi does innovate! All their phones are widely different from Apple and are quality products. I personally own a Mi3 and a Mi4. I bought a Redmi Note for my mom and a cousin of mine uses Redmi 1S. I fail to see how any of these devices resemble Apple R&D??!!

Micromax is a shame for Indian companies. Micromax R&D is probably just a bunch of guys browsing Alibaba, Aliexpress and DHGate looking for phones to re-brand and launch it as..,. Nothing like anything..!!! LOL.. :D :P

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 05:33 1

33. RajRicardo (Posts: 383; Member since: 28 Feb 2014)


Totally Agree with your view. Too bad cheap a** people fail to understand what true innovation is. People stating MI3, MI4 resembles iPhone are clearly blind. MI4 only has chamfered edges and Apple doesn't own chamfered edges patent.

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 05:40 1

35. RajRicardo (Posts: 383; Member since: 28 Feb 2014)


@Amit thats just plain fanboyism...Why did MM make an exclusivity deal with Cyanogenmod 15 days before OnePlus launch in the first place??? Why do they even need that sort of deal??? If they are playing fair, why did they ask high court to ban OnePlus?? They can simply partner with cyanogenmod and release their phones and let people decide which phone to get. Why sue other startups? I can clearly see their desperation to save their #1 position in Indian market. OnePlus is developing it's own ROM because CyanogenMod got greedy. That's not fair play.

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 06:32 3

39. laughmi (banned) (Posts: 283; Member since: 28 Oct 2014)


So what?? He compared Xiaomi not Apple with Micromax. Xiaomi and Micromax both sell same grade products with cheap pricing desperate for low-end market. And xiaomi redmi 1s has more issues than any phone has seen. Total crap. Just see Flipkart reviews. People use it for cooking rice and ironing. Plus they have 0 customer care. Only people who can't afford Samsung etc buy Micromax/Xiaomi. Same thing.

Please excuse but I can never ever take Xiaomi as Samsung/LG level. They just are same.

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 04:48 4

27. laughmi (banned) (Posts: 283; Member since: 28 Oct 2014)


You are absolutely correct. Some people think they are smart by uselessly bashing some new product esp Indians have a habit of doing that.

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 04:09 5

15. HugoBarraCyanogenmod (Posts: 1005; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)


XiaoMi was sucks, but rising now from the funds from domestic supporters

Rome won't built in one day, innovation takes time, give micromaxx another chance. Every entrepreneur deserves a chance

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 04:17

21. RajRicardo (Posts: 383; Member since: 28 Feb 2014)


MM don't need any chance. It is ranked #1 in India based on sales so I guess money is not a problem. And forget innovation...they are just selling chinese manufactured phones in India. They just need to stop suing opponents and start competing with them fair and square.

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 06:34 1

40. laughmi (banned) (Posts: 283; Member since: 28 Oct 2014)


I too thought based on same lines. But neither does MM say they are innovative nor they are. They just import sells and sell. But if you see the VFM factor its great. If you don't like then just ignore it. Have seen many real owners happy with their cells. This uncalled bashing sounds foolish.

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 08:37 1

45. pulkit1 (Posts: 354; Member since: 03 Jul 2014)


redmi note is a pretty cheap phone and its built reminds of this fact . come-on this is a good phone for the price and one should really reserve their judgement until they have the phone in hand .
P.S. i am also passed by the whole lawsuit debacle

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 04:14

17. unwanted (Posts: 30; Member since: 20 Oct 2014)


wait for some unbiased reviews before buying

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 04:15 4

19. RareCandy (banned) (Posts: 61; Member since: 20 Nov 2014)


Copycat gonna copy, but iPhone 6 still the best, sorry cyanogenmod :)

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 04:26

23. deanylev (Posts: 204; Member since: 11 Mar 2014)


Honestly if it has a 64 bit CPU and it's specially for Cyanogenmod, it has to ship with Lollipop. Not a great effort, better get updated fast.

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 05:54 1

36. Mfa901 (Posts: 250; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)


Let the reviews come
This will be my first micromax

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 07:29 2

41. hunted (Posts: 403; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


i owned two micromax phones and i am really happy with it. No one can expect a rich experience for a 10k mobile. Even samsung and sony gives plastic when you buy a phone for this price. Comparing some high end android with these low cost phones is just foolishness. Anyway, looking forward for more from micromax.

all the best for them!!

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 07:43

42. antmiu2 (Posts: 302; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)


how can I buy this?

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 08:45

46. avinash22i (Posts: 52; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)


You can buy it only from Jan second week.

However you pre register for it from tomorrow. In amazon.

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 08:25 2

44. avinash22i (Posts: 52; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)


Really did not expect that from micromax.

Great going. Definitely a potential buyer.

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 11:53 1

51. ishan.heru (Posts: 69; Member since: 31 Aug 2014)


PA this is a octacore phone with sd615. Please update the details !!

posted on 28 Feb 2015, 08:36

54. rao1995 (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


Great phone to buy under Rs.10,000 - The YU Yureka.

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