Forget Rs 6999, the new budget price-point for most smartphone manufacturers is Rs 5999. It is a race where every other OEM wants to run with a smartphone that has better price to performance ratio than its competitors. I had called Micromax Canvas Xpress 2 as the smartphone that offers lot for its price. Now Karbonn has unveiled its challenger.
Karbonn Titanium Mach Five
Karbonn Titanium Mach Five will be an online only device. The smartphone is exclusively available on Amazon and features 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage, both of which are rare at this price. To spice up things, Karbonn has added a 5-megapixel front camera with LED flash. But does that really mean good performance? Read on to know.
Specs: 5.0-inch (720 x 1280p, ~294 ppi) LCD display | Quad-core 1.3GHz Mediatek MT6582 processor | 2GB RAM | 16GB storage (expandable up to 32GB) | 8MP rear camera + 5MP front | Li-Ion 2200 mAh battery | Android Lollipop OS
Price: Rs 5,999
What is good?
Our review unit came in White colour with Blue accent around the body and this blue accent extends to rear camera lens too. The rear white panel also features a texture that makes the device look somewhat premium.
The Karbonn Titanium Mach Five features a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1280 by 720 pixels. At 294 ppi, the display is really good, especially given the price point. The display works well under direct sunlight and I had no trouble reading on this. Additionally Android Lollipop’s adaptive display works fine indoors.
The Karbonn Titanium Mach Five is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core Mediatek MT6582 processor with Mali 400 GPU. The Mach Five works without any hiccups. Switching between apps is smooth and accessing the new multitasker on Android Lollipop is lag free, that can be attributed to 2GB RAM of the device.
However this budget phone doesn’t just stop there. Titanium Mach Five easily handles Dead Trigger 2, Asphalt 8: Airborne and Real Racing. In reality Karbonn Titanium Mach Five is well poised to play most of the games available on Google Play Store and handle day to day activities.
The rear camera is good but I have seen Micromax Canvas Xpress 2 click better pictures with its 13 megapixel image sensor. I must admit the front camera on this smartphone is surprisingly good. The 5-megapixel image sensor with a f/2.2 aperture and LED flash is tailored for selfie-obsessed folks.
Karbonn has also tried to keep the device close to stock Android experience by skipping on bloatware. The keyboard on this device is Swiftkey by default which is good but at this moment, Google Keyboard has really caught up with the peers.
Karbonn has added IR blaster and Peel Smart Remote App (free on Google Play) that uses IR blaster on phones to convert any smartphone into a smart remote control. Peel is highly renowned for its smart remote functionality and I would call it as a nice addition. Karbonn Titanium Mach Five gave me 7 hours 24 minutes on Geekbench battery test and lasted nearly 14 hours on relative day use which isn’t really bad and it also has excellent standby time to keep you ticking.
What is not good?
Karbonn Titanium Mach Five doesn’t come loaded with most of the Google Play apps. When I tried to play Asphalt 8: Airborne for the first time and tried syncing all the previously saved game data, it asked me to download Google Play Games. Asking to update the Google Play Games app is fine but getting a user to download is just plain silly.
While Peel is a really good addition but it fails when it comes to accuracy. Not many phones come with IR blaster but 2013 HTC One has better accuracy with Peel app. Karbonn is pitching the Titanium Mach Five as an IoT device, which is a bit far-fetched. I doubt if any buyer would even end up trying it.
Karbonn has added call recording option but it records in 3gp format (used mostly in video) which makes absolutely no sense. An option to record in mp3 would have been nice.
Should you buy?
The most direct competition to Karbonn Titanium Mach Five is Micromax Canvas Xpress 2. While the latter offers excellent overall performance with a genuinely good rear camera, Karbonn ups the sleeve with its excellent selfie camera.
Micromax gets octa-core processor paired with 1GB RAM while Karbonn has chosen to go with quad-core processor and 2GB RAM. In real time performance like web browsing Micromax Canvas Xpress 2 did perform better.
If you are in the market for a sub-Rs 6,000 smartphone with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage, get Karbonn Titanium Mach Five. However if you want a phone with the best rear camera in this price range, look no further than Micromax Canvas Xpress 2.