CREO, a Bangalore based tech firm, has today launched its first smartphone the Mark 1 in India. The CREO Mark 1 is powered by stock Android based Operating System — FUEL OS. Since the beginning, the company teases Mark 1 is a new phone every month, as expected, the company promises to deliver monthly OS updates for improving phone performance and add new features. In addition, the Mark 1 comes packed with unique software features such as Sense, Retriever, Echo, and various camera related enhancements. Let’s get into full details.
First off, the Sense — a universal phone search that allows the quickest way to access anything you need on your phone, and you just need to double-tap on the home button to activate this feature. Next up Retriever — an app that is designed to help you in locating your phone if it’s stolen. It automatically triggers alerts to your registered Email ID anytime a new SIM is inserted in your device. Moreover, the feature works without an internet connection and even after a factory reset. The CREO customer support will also help you to find your phone.
Moving to the Echo – the voice based answering machine system receives calls and stores voice messages for you, which also answers your calls with a personalized greeting in your own voice, whenever you are away or busy. As said by the company, the feature is independent of carriers as well devices and doesn’t require an active internet connection. You can activate this feature by double tapping on the power button or swipe up on your call screen.
On the other hand, the CERO Mark 1 has smart messaging feature, which sorts text messages from people you know, business messages or spam. If you don’t want to see the spam messages again can be marked as spam and the quick reply enables you to copy OTPs and reply to messages without opening up the inbox. This is the same feature Google introduced in the recent Android N Developer Preview. The company also included Smart Roaming & Smart Forwarding feature for frequent travelers. The Smart Roaming automatically changes your local SIM is set as default and the Smart Forwarding diverts your calls made to an unavailable SIM. There is also Smart Gestures available to launch the camera app, or turn on the flashlight as well as take a screenshot instantly.
Coming to the phone, it has the aircraft-grade metal body with glass back, and it features a 5.5-inch Quad HD (2660 x 1440 pixels) display with an added protection from Gorilla Glass 3 on both sides and 2.5D curves. The CREO Mark 1 is powered by 1.95GHz True Octa-core Helio X10 Processor with 3GB RAM and 3100mAh battery with fast-charging support. The smartphone comes with 32GB of onboard storage, expandable up to 128GB via microSD card. It runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with customized Fuel OS UI on top.
The imaging department includes 21MP rear shooter with f/2.0 aperture, and Dual Tone LED flash to compliment photos in low light. It is the Sony made IMX230 sensor featuring Phase Detection AutoFocus and Advanced Noise Reduction. Also, it supports 4K video recording @30 FPS and 120 FPS Slo-Mo videos in Full HD (1080p). Up front, the Mark 1 boasts an 8MP F2.0 camera with 86-degrees of the field of view to take wide-angle selfies. The Mark 1’s all new camera app that lets you capture 3D photos with the front and back camera, the 3D photos on Mark 1 can save it in the form of a GIF. The other camera features such as Live Photo, Slo-Mo videos, and Time Lapse will add a whole new dimension to your memories.
On the connectivity front, the smartphone comes with 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, FM Radio, and microUSB 2.0 with USB OTG support. The overall dimensions of the device are 155.4 x 76.1 x 8.7 mm, and it weighs around 190 grams.
Price & Availability:
The CREO Mark 1 will be available soon on the company’s official website and Flipkart for purchase at INR 19999, but there is no word on the exact availability. What’s more, Engrave Mark 1 with your name or motto and make it yours. The name or your Motto will come on phones body (left side).
It is worth mentioning, CREO is scheduled to release a next feature packed update on May 13th, which includes Photo Editor, Selfie Screen Flash, Automatic BKG Data Manager, Auto & Customizable Echo, Sense 2.0 and more.