Creo Mark 1 smartphone with promising an OS update every month launched in India. It has a 5.5-inch QHD Display powered by a 1.95Ghz True Octa-Core processor coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage which is expandable with microSD card up to 128GB.
On camera it has a 21MP sony rear camera with PDAF and can record 4K videos and 8MP front facing camera. Smartphone runs on Fuel OS based on Android. Dual SIM device supports 4G LTE. Packed by a 3100mAh Battery fast charging
5.5-inch (1440 x 2560 pixels) Quad HD display with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
1.95GHz Octa-Core Mediatek Helio X10 (MT6795) processor with PowerVR G6200 GPU
3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD
Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD)
Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop) based Fuel OS
21MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, PDAF, Sony IMX230 sensor, f/2.0 aperture, 4K video recording, 120fps slow motion at 1080p
8MP front-facing camera, 86-degree wide-angle lens, f/2.0 aperture, 1080p video recording
Dimensions: 155.4 x 76.1 x 8.7mm; Weight: 190g
4G LTE, dual-band WiFi 802.11ac (Dual Band), Bluetooth 4.1, GPS
3100mAh battery with fast charging
CREO is focusing a lot on the software bit, and its USP is the monthly updates. With each update, the company says that it will be introducing new features, which will give users the feeling of using a new smartphone every month. The Fuel OS looks very similar to stock Android UI, but comes with proprietary features like Sense, Echo and Retriever out-of-the-box.
Sense is essentially a search feature that lets users look for anything on the phone by double-tapping the home button. This can be done from anywhere, and the overall functionality is similar to iOS’ Spotlight feature. One of the key differences we found in Sense is its contextual search functionality. For instance, you can type recharge and it will show you apps like Paytm, Freecharge and others if you have them installed. Similarly you can type food and get options like Zomato and others.
Echo is an answering machine with a twist, and it can either respond to calls with a SMS or play your recorded voice before accepting a voice message from the caller. It isn’t connected to Internet or restricted to a particular network operator. The best part is the voice mail is stored directly on the phone and the user can access it from the call log.
Lastly, the Retriever feature works in the same way as Apple’s Find My iPhone feature. Every time you insert a SIM card there a notification will be sent to your email id. This too works without Internet connection.
CREO calls its monthly updates as Refuel, and promises that the next update is coming in on May 13. This upcoming update will bring with it new features like Photo Editor, Selfie Screen Flash, Automatic BKG Data Manager, Auto & Customizable Echo and Sense 2.0.
The smartphone is priced at Rs 19,999 and will be going on sale via the company’s official website, as well as, Flipkart. CREO’s website also offers the option to personalize the device with an engraving, which will be free for the first 2,000 buyers.
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