Creo Mark 1 combines a great camera with some cool software tools
By V. Sudhakshina
April 15 2016: Creo, a Bangalore based start-up has just first indigenously designed and developed smartphone -- the Mark 1 -- with a unique value proposition: It will be updated every month with new software and operating system improvements
It features a curved metal body with Gorilla Glass 3 protection for front and back. Weighing 190 grams, the device doesn’t feel light, but it also can’t be termed bulky as we felt it was quite comfortable and sturdy to hold. The 5.5 inch screen comes with Quad HD display with 534 ppi.
The 21 megapixels primary camera -- a rarity -- comes with Sony Exmor IMX230 sensor and Phase Detection Auto Focus. The secondary camera is 8 megapixels. Both the camera come with features like 3D Photo and GIF that converts your images into moving images. We took a few shots using these features the image quality of both the camera is sharp and vibrant during outdoor shots, but the selfies taken indoors, under low light didn’t impress us.
The Mark 1 scores big in terms of its software. Creo has introduced its proprietary Fuel OS, based on Android Lollipop. The OS comes with features like Retriever – an anti-theft app that tracks and sends email alerts about the stolen device location whenever a new SIM is inserted. There’s also a system called Echo that works like an answering machine. The device also comes with a phone search engine, Sense, which claims to simplify the search process. Another interesting feature is ‘Make Your Mark’, which will enable the users to engrave personalized messages on the device.
Smart Roaming for Dual Sim - Designed for frequent travelers, Smart Roaming automatically makes sure your local SIM
is set as the primary SIM and the Roaming Sim is made your Secondary SIM.
Smart Forwarding - A feature that auto-diverts calls from ‘SIM 1’ to ‘SIM 2’ in your Phone and vice versa when the network on either of the SIM cards is unavailable or unreachable.
Notifications Manager - Get notified, not spammed. Mark 1 grants you control over the notifications of all the apps you truly care about and allows you to block/mute notifications from spammy Apps with a single tap directly on the notification, in the simplest way possible.
Clean Inbox for Messages - Our built-in SMS Inbox automatically detects spam and sorts your SMS’s into categories like ‘People’ where you can see texts from people you know and business messages or spam. Similar to how your email is sorted. It is an SMS inbox for a simpler texting experience. Taking it one step further “Quick Reply” allows you to reply to messages on-the-go, and Auto “Copy OTP” seamlessly detects and copies the OTP. Save time for things that matter more.
The Mark 1 is powered by a 1.95 GHz Octa Core Helio X10 Processor with 3GB RAM. The device functions smoothly, without any operational lags. There’s a 3100 mAh, non removable battery. The internal storage of 32GB is expandable up to 128GB. It has dual SIM slots with 4G connectivity.
Priced at Rs. 19,999, the Creo Mark 1 might seem good value if you are looking for a very good primary camera and want to see your phone update itself regularly without bothering you. The device would be soon available at Flipkart and Creo’s official website