Following Micromax, head to head since a couple of years, Karbonn Mobiles still stands tall among the Indian manufacturers occupying third position. Expecting an annual sales turnover above Rs. 8,000 crore in FY 2014-15, the company has been relentlessly offering the best of their devices and now the company has launched the second generation of their Titanium Mach smartphone dubbed Mach two.
The predecessor of Mach Two didn't receive honor-able reviews, this one is quite likely to get more attention due to its enhanced looks and usability. Priced at Rs. 10,490 the Titanium Mach Two comes loaded with loads of features and is capable of offering a better user experience as well.
GizBot has extensively used the device for more than a week and we have found certain pros and cons in it. Despite its alluring and persuasive design it does come with its own drawbacks. Let's go ahead one by one.
Design and Build
Firstly, as said earlier, the device in terms of looks is intensely conspicuous. Measuring 138x70.5x6.3 mm, this device is pretty sleek and the moment you hold it the feathery weight which rates at 112g will mesmerizingly captivate you. The metal frame which surrounds the phone has a sandy texture which is quite opposed to the texture that you will find up front and on the back panel of the phone.
The smoothened front and back panel, in other words, come protected with Corning's Gorilla Glass 3. This particular design facet makes the device a kind-of an adaptation lifted from Sony Xperia smartphones and Gionee Elife phones.
Anyhow, Karbonn Mobiles has integrated the design, the functionality and the price of the device in a very appealing manner. Sadly, the phone which comes with a fashionable design lacks in color variation, and the company is only selling the device in Deep Blue variant.
What makes this device look even more premium is also because of the design of the power button, volume rocker and the three slots (2 Micro SIM cards and MicroSD card) placed at the right edge of the phone. On the bottom side, the stereo-speakers have found their residence and the top side houses a microUSB port and a headphone jack.
Display and Perks
Although, Mach Two offers the regular 5-Inch display, it does maintain a vivid color reproduction and offers an immersive experience. Using the IPS display Karbonn Mobiles have retained the better viewing angles of the display.
The TFT display offers 1280x720 pixels (pixel density of 294ppi) resolution which is reasonable looking at the price of the device.
Titanium Mach Two is a bit more intricate and advanced, if compared to other devices sold at the Rs. 10,000 price point. This is due to an inclusion of a range of gesture-enabled features including the Swipe & Shake for music player, Smart Eye feature which tracks eye movement to automatically pause videos, and Lock Screen notification feature.
The three capacitive buttons lay below the display. Sadly, these are not accompanied with backlit technology.
Power, Processor and Software
Although, Octa-Core sounds a huge deal in words, but the processor fail to match the likes of a quality quad cores too. The Mach Two is powered by a Mediatek MT6592 octa-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz. Along comes the Mali 450-MP GPU. For back-end works, the device survives on the 1GB RAM.
This is the perfect affordable range configuration for smartphone, however, what Karbonn has failed to do is balance the hardware with the software, because of which the device lags a lot. The Mach Two runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat with a custom skin on top of it. The company has used the same UI, which was first seen on Mach One. However, good news is that the OS is upgradable to Android 5.0 (Lollipop).
During the device's stay with GizBot, we experienced quite a few app crashes. Even the graphic-centric games didn't turn out to be as good as it should be on this phones. However, light games ran pretty smooth. Another thing that caught our attention was that the phone comes with a quite a lot of third-party apps among which the OLX app is one that cannot be deleted. This could also irritate users.
Although, some say, Benchmark tests don't show the accurate numbers, in AnTuTu and Quadrant the phone achieved scores of 26,878 and 11,182 points, respectively.
In terms of imaging aspect, the 8-megapixel rear camera (auto-focus rear camera with LED Flash, Sony BSI sensor) on the Mach Two is average in taking pictures.
The Day-light shots appeared to be crisp and clear but again the images taken in low-light condition was embarrassing. Moreover, even the zoom is just functional and doesn't offer vivid color.
Up-front as well, you will see a presence of 8MP auto-focus snapper with BSI sensor. However, the statement "not all cameras with high Megapixel are better," is apparently proved by this front facing camera.Not that it is bad but with 8MP camera, it could have produced better images.
Storage and Connectivity
The Mach Two is a manifestation of the contemporary affordable smartphone market trend in India. With 8GB native memory, which is half occupied by system and software will leave you with not more than 3GB user accessible memory. However, the 32GB MicroSD support comes handy here.
The sleek Mach Two which comes with Dual MicroSIM card support provides a regular connectivity options like 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS. The Internet speed was average, but the call quality was pretty good while we used it.
Battery and Sound
Although the visible sound grills at the bottom side of the phone offers a lot of expectation, it doesn't have a good sound quality.
In terms of battery, the 1900Ah battery roughly lasts about 6 hours after full use. Although, it is not a surprise but it does show better battery back-up than expected.
The Titanium Mach Two is not a top notch device available in India at the Rs. 10,000 price range but it does offer a lot. The design of the phone is worth spending the money on. The glossy finish (Gorilla Glass protection) and the metal frame are two design aspects that give the device an extra weightage. The light-weight build is also fall in the thumbs-up category.
However, the odds like the lack of backlit capacitive touch buttons, not up to the mark 8MP camera and slightly below the average performance of the processor make the Mach Two not quite a desirable pick. The monumental selling point of the handset could possibly be its looks and design. The numbers are all great in terms of processor clock, RAM dial and also the Megapixel count, however they fail to offer the expected performance.