Creo Mark 1 Smartphone: It has Features You Won’t Find Anywhere Else

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Price: ₹ 19,999

Key Specs

    5.50-inches (1440x2560 pixels) screen, Gorilla Glass 3 on Both sides, 21 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera, Android L 5.1.1, Customised UI Fuel OS, 1.9GHz octa-core CPU, PowerVR G6200 GPU, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB memory (expandable to 128 GB), 3100 mAh battery

Pros: Build quality, unique features, good camera, monthly updates

Cons: Camera UI, a bit lag when playing high graphic intensive games

Bottomline: The first attempt of Creo Mark 1 smartphone is really different than other available smartphones, however, full glass body attracts a lot of smudges. Overall it runs smoothly, has good cameras at front and back, and combines some unique features. This could gain attention for its unique features.

The Indian smartphone manufacturer, Creo comes with Mark 1 having some interesting features, trying to leave their mark in the industry. The major highlight of the phone is its  “Fuel” OS. The smartphone runs on Android L which has now become an older OS as Android M is in the market, but the customization done by the company makes it different than others.

The Fuel OS promises to deliver monthly software updates that will make the user feel a new phone every month. So, what other things that can grab your attention! Let’s have a look…

The glass protection at both ends front & back

With the typical slate style body, Mark 1 gets Gorilla Glass 3 protection at the front and back. The sandwich is made with a metal frame and Gorilla Glass 3. This makes it a glossy mobile which looks cool, but attracts lots of smudges, thankfully not the scratches. Also, it is extremely slippery but the overall look is catchy and looks premium.

The large 5.5-inch QHD screen

CREO Mark 1 - Back & Camera

Though the phone has a large 5.5-inch (1440X2560p) display with a 534 PPI density, still you can comfortably hold the device in one hand. The QHD screen produces vibrant colors and bright enough to be used in direct sunlight, however, we found lower brightness lux rating of 388 compare to Vivo V3 Max having 513 lux. We watched several videos on it as well as played some games, the screen delivers quite crispy images with details. This has wide viewing angles, enabling you to share the screen with your friends and family.

Good but not impressive camera

Mark 1 hosts a 21 MP camera at the back with an aperture of f/2.0 and 8 MP front shooter for selfies and groufies. The rear camera clicks good quality photos in both day and low light conditions thanks to its powerful dual tone LED flash. This captures images with detail and colors are also natural but we were expecting much better performance from this. The rear camera is also capable of capturing 4k videos @120Fps, but it disappointed us with its capabilities. It has various good features like 3D photo and slo-mo through which user can generate live images as well as videos.

Front shooter also captures good images in both day and night as you can use your phone screen as a flash. The camera UI is not much intuitive, and sometimes you find lag in the performance. Overall both cameras are decent to click quality images.

The unique OS

Creo has come with lots of cool, smart and innovative features with Fuel OS… .

Sense: This helps to search quickly and easily, just double tap on your home screen and type whatever you are looking for, whether it be contacts, emails, calendars events, apps or anything else.

Echo: This will never let you miss a call as it can receive your calls when you can’t answer, so whether you are in a meeting, driving your car or busy with any other task, echo could be useful. It is a type of answering machine that will help to manage your calls.

Retriever: You may say, this is possible using already available apps build for this, but Creo added some interesting functionalities. You can easily locate your smartphone when it’s lost or stolen even after the factory reset. When someone inserts a new sim, it will immediately send you an alert email, doesn’t matter the data is enabled or not.

Packed with octa-core CPU processor

This is packed with 64-bit octa-core processor clocking at 1.9 GHz and combined with 3 GB RAM. The phone runs on Android Lollipop version 5.1.1, customized with Fuel OS on the top. It has 32 GB of inbuilt memory which can be expanded up to 128 GB using a microSD card.

The phone runs smoothly and you won’t find any lag in the performance, also while playing high graphics intensive games like Asphalt 8 and Fifa 16, Need For Speed and Sniper Elite we did notice a little lag but that shouldn’t be a problem. Also, it took a bit longer time to load as compared to Vivo VV3 Max.

Decent battery backup

Mark 1 is backed by a 3100mAh battery which is non-removable. This gives enough juice to last for more than a day with moderate usage that includes playing games, watching videos, taking or making calls, etc. In our battery video test, it consumed 100 per cent battery while playing video for 4 hours 53 minutes over Wi-Fi with full brightness and volume.

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