After a long wait, CREO has today launched their first smartphone, named as the Mark 1. It is priced at INR 19,999. It will go on sale across the country by the end of April via company’s own website and also on Flipkart. CREO has crafted a great looking device with impressive specifications for the price. Let’s have a proper look at the device and find out the answers to the most common queries of our readers.

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CREO Mark 1 Pros

  • Good Looks
  • 3 GB RAM
  • Good Performance
  • Good Camera with PDAF
  • 4K video recording
  • 3100 mAh battery
  • Fast charging
  • Dual-SIM 4G
  • Good QHD display

CREO Mark 1 Cons

  • No fingerprint sensor
  • Non user-replaceable battery
  • Bulky

Also See: CREO Mark 1 Quick Review and Comparison

CREO Mark 1 Quick Specifications

Key SpecsCREO Mark 1
Display5.5 inches IPS
Screen ResolutionQHD (2560 x 1440)
Operating SystemAndroid Lollipop 5.1
Processor 1.95 GHz Octa-Core
ChipsetMediatek Helio X10
Memory3 GB RAM
Inbuilt Storage 32 GB
Storage UpgradeYes, upto 128 GB via microSD
Primary Camera21 MP with LED flash
Video recording4K
Secondary Camera8 MP
Battery 3100 mAh
Fingerprint SensorNo
NFCNo
4G readyYes
SIM card typeDual SIM
WaterproofNo
Price INR 19,999

CREO Mark 1 Quick Review, Features and Comparison [Video]

Question- How is Design and Build Quality?

Answer- The CREO Mark 1 comes packed in a bulky shell with 5.5 inch display. The body looks quite similar to the glass metal phones we have seen these days. It has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on the front and the back, the 2.5D curve on the glass makes the corners smoother and it feels good to hold. It looks like a bigger OnePlus X, with more bulk added to it. Sides are made up of metal and hold the body very strongly.

The sides of the CREO Mark 1 are curved, which allows the front and the back sides to blend perfectly. A metal frame surrounds the sides, which makes it sturdy and it also adds to the premium looks of the phone.

It looks premium but the glass back will surely catch a lot of fingerprints in daily use. One handed usage is never easy on a 5.5 inch display phone.

CREO Mark 1 Photo Gallery

Question- Does the CREO Mark 1 Have Dual SIM Slots?

Answer- Yes, it has dual SIM slots but the second SIM is a hybrid slot.

Question- Does the CREO Mark 1 Have microSD Expansion option?

Answer- Yes, the CREO Mark 1 has a microSD slot, it can support up to 128 GB microSD.

Question- Does CREO Mark 1 Have Display Glass Protection?

Answer- The CREO Mark 1 has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.

Question- How is the Display of the CREO Mark 1?

Answer- CREO Mark 1 come with a 5.5 inch QHD IPS (2560 x 1440p) display, the viewing angles are colour output is excellent. We could not test it in outdoors but the brightness was good enough for decent outdoor visibility. Touch screen response was also nice.

Question- Does CREO Mark 1 Support Adaptive Brightness?

Answer- Yes, it supports adaptive brightness.

Question- Are navigation Buttons Backlid?

Answer- The capacitive navigation buttons are not backlit.

Question- Which OS Version, Type Runs on Phone?

Answer- It comes with the Android 5.1 Lollipop with company’s Fuel OS on top.

Question- Is there any Finger Print Sensor, How Good or Bad It Is?

Answer- No, fingerprint sensor is not available on this phone.

Question- Is Fast Charging Supported in CREO Mark 1?

Answer- Yes it comes with fast charging feature and it can give up to 2 hours of talktime with 10 minutes of charge.

Question- How Much Free Internal Storage is Available to User?

Answer- Out of 32 GB of internal storage, around 24.61 GB is available at user end.

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Question- Can Apps be Moved to SD card on CREO Mark 1?

Answer- No, the apps cannot be transferred to the microSD card.

Question- How Much Bloatware Apps are Pre-installed, Are They Removable?

Answer- Around 950 MB of bloatware apps are pre-installed, and they can be uninstalled.

Question- How Much RAM is Available on the first Boot?

Answer- Out of 3 GB RAM, 2.0 GB was free on the first boot. Although the picture below is showing 1.6 GB because there were some apps running in the background.

MArk 1

Question- Does it have LED notification light?

Answer- Yes, it has a LED notification light.

Question- Does it support USB OTG?

Answer- Yes, it supports USB OTG.

Question- How is The User Interface on The CREO Mark 1?

Answer- CREO Mark 1 comes with Fuel OS on top of Android Lollipop. The OS looked almost like stock Android in most of the parts, but it has some minor changes that gave it a different feel. It has revamped icons, a totally new camera app and also comes with few pre-installed apps like Flipkart, Gaana, inshorts, Cleartrip and more.

It comes with a Sense assistant that can be invoked by double-tapping the hardware home button to search for anything on the device, be it the apps or contacts to help using its software. Other than this, there are some more features like Echo and Retriever which we’ll be testing after once we have the CREO Mark 1 at our base.

Question- Does CREO Mark 1 offer theme options to choose from?

Answer- We did not spot any theme option during our hands on experience.

Question- How Loud is The Loudspeaker?

Answer- The loudspeaker quality is loud and clear, and the speaker is placed at the bottom of the phone.

Question- How is the Call quality?

Answer- The call quality was decent and we did not face any issues with the calls.

Question- How good is The Camera Quality of The CREO Mark 1?

Answer- The CREO Mark 1 comes with a 21 MP rear camera with PDAF, the camera UI has a lot of modes to play with. It was pretty impressive in capturing details and colours but the autofocus speed was slightly slow in limited lights. Although in natural light, it captures tunning pictures from the rear camera. The front has an 8 MP camera is really impressive. The 1 MP front camera that is just decent for in terms of details and colours.

Question- Can we Play Full HD 4K Videos on CREO Mark 1?

Answer- Yes, it is capable of playing 4K videos but the resolutions will be restricted to QHD.

Question- How is Battery Backup on CREO Mark 1?

Answer- CREO Mark 1 features a 3100 mAh battery, we did not get a chance to test the battery but it looks capable enough to last for a single day.

Question- What Color Variants Available for CREO Mark 1?

Answer– Till now, only the black coloured variant is available.

Question- Which Sensors are available on CREO Mark 1?

Answer- It has Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, and Gyroscope.

Question- What is the Weight of CREO Mark 1?

Answer- It weighs 190 grams.

Question- Does it Support Tap to Wake Up?

Answer- Yes, it supports tap to Wake Up.

Question- Does It Support Voice Wake up Commands?

Answer- No, it does not support voice wake up commands.

Question- Does CREO Mark 1 Have Heating Issues?

Answer- We did not face any abnormal heating during our initial testing. We will comment on the heating once we get the device for review.

Question- Can CREO Mark 1 be connected to a Bluetooth Headset?

Answer- Yes, it can be connected to a Bluetooth headset.

Question- Mobile Hotspot Internet Sharing Supported?

Answer- Yes, you can create and share internet from this device.

Conclusion

CREO Mark 1 comes at INR 19,999, there is a very strong competition in this price range but the Mark 1 looks like a promising entry. The best part about the smartphone is its software and the looks are also impressive. Being a fresh entrant in the market, we will have to take our time before judging the phone. As far as our initial impressions are concerned, CREO has taken a decent start with the Mark 1.