India has been in the news a lot recently, especially given Tim Cook’s visit and the subsequent, near-immediate fallout. As far as Android goes however, there is a lot doing among local OEMs, such as Micromax and its subsidiary, Yu Televentures. Today saw a new addition to the Yu family in the form of the pun-packingly named, Yu Yunicorn.

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The phone has some very nice specs, including a 5.5-inch Full HD (1920 X 1080) display with Gorilla Glass 3, a MediaTek Helio P10 Octa-core SoC (4 cores running at 1.8GHz, 4 cores running at 1.4GHz), 4GB of RAM, 32GB of on-board storage, a 13-megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash and a front facing 5-megapixel camera. Also included is a 4000mAh battery, 4G LTE, a home button-mounted fingerprint sensor, a metal frame, and a hybrid microSD/dual SIM slot.

The phone is only 8.5mm thick and features a metal frame and back panel. Three colors will be available: Rush Silver, Graphite, and Rush Gold, with the last having initially limited availability.

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It will run Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box and features essentially stock OS but with minor changes as a vertical app drawer and a black and white color mode to prolong battery life. Yu has stated Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow will hit the smartphone within a month from its launch.

Said release is going to be June 7th, however pre-orders opened at 2PM (Indian time) today, Tuesday May 31st. The phone retails for an impressive Rs. 14,999 which is roughly $223. For the first month of release however, the device will be exclusive to Flipkart and sold for just Rs. 12,999 which is roughly $193.

Even better, the Yunicorn includes Rs. 400 worth of credit in the Yu Wallet and a free first consolidation with Lybrate. According to Gadgets 360, “the first flash sale with feature a 10 percent cashback for SBI users.”

What do you think? Does the Yuicorn look like the white horse to lead your smartphone search or are the specs more of a Katy Perry-preferred problem? Leave your thoughts below!