Karbonn India has launched a new smartphone the Titanium MachFive at a small event in New Delhi. The new Karbonn Champ packs mouth-watering specifications and premium features – all that a pocket friendly price of 5999 rupees. This is an Amazon India exclusive so it won’t be available in local mobile shops. You can order it online and Amazon will make delivery in 2 to 7 working days. Please note, Amazon accepts order from all PIN Codes in India.
After going through all features and specifications my assessment is- the Karbonn Titanium MachFive is the best smartphone launched below 6000 rupees till date. If you are planning to own a smartphone below 6000 to 7000 rupees, the MachFive is one final choice you should consider this month.
Built and Design – 9/10
To appeal large audience with all age groups, Karbonn has given this phone a trendy looks that has an element of peace and comfort. Its built material is plastic yet sturdy and feels solid in the hand. The back panel gets nice texture with a layered design that has a brilliant colour composition. All sides are gently rounded up and buttons have got metallic finish that adds more into the grand design.
Top: Audio Jack + IR Blaster
Bottom: USB Port + Primary MIC
Rear: Primary camera + Speaker + LED Flash
Operating system – 10/10
In my opinion, the MachFive is one of the best Android smartphone this year. I am a big supporter of stock Android operating system and default user interface. I personally do not like if a brand trying to mess-up with purity of Android. Karbonn has booted this phone with default Android Lollipop 5.0.1. The user interface is quite simple and free from any customization. Natural Android has been powered by a strong CPU offers lag-free experience even against hard multitasking.
Display – 6/10
Karbonn has made a big claim in favor of the Titanium MachFive display. According to the brand, the 5 inches IPS LCD screen features the latest LCD technology that offers more brightness and clearer icons than a regular LCD panel. We approve Karbonn’s claim, but a user becomes hostile to this brightness when access this phone under direct sunlight. I am sure the end User will have a tough time in reading anything in harsh sunlight.
We cannot comment on the display technology, but in order to achieve higher brightness, the HD display has become more reflective. This drawback has a shiver effect on the battery backup. Also, the pixel density of 294 PPI adds fuel in the fire. High brightness with standard pixel density sucks battery juice much faster than what we had expected.
Let me express few words on the screen quality. This is a decent display with good viewing angles have sufficient clarity to impress the end user. There are few negatives like poor colour reproduction and minor distortion in brightness. However, in real life usages these drawbacks are hardly noticeable.
The ideal method to check a display colour coding is to play a HD movie song from Karan Johar, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, or Subhash Ghai movie. These directors use a big canvas with huge dance group that gets lots real life colour in one frame. I mostly play Devdas movie song Dola Re Dola in 480P, 720P and 1080P quality. The Titanium MachFive does well with HD videos, but over reflection washes out real colour.
The MachFive is a low budget smartphone with premium hardware. According to market reality, a manufacturer gets low margin when it offers high-end specifications at a low price tag. In such case, brand like Micromax would have loaded many unwanted apps to make more revenue at a cost of user’s experience. On the contrary Karbonn offers 100% RAM and internal storage. There are few preinstalled apps and initial version of games, but those does not consume memory and CPU resources.
Karbonn has powered this smartphone with a quad core processor that has a clock speed of 1.3 GHz. 2GB RAM offers sufficient space for lag-free multitasking and smooth gaming. This is one solid phone with 100% performance.
Memory – 10/10
2GB RAM and 16GB in-built storage is a sign of incredible memory management in a 6000 rupees phone. We appreciate Karbonn generosity that leaves most of the memory for the end user. 1.3 GB of RAM space and 12.5 GB of free internal storage are left for the end users.
Camera – 8/10
My rating was 5 or 6, but the presence of the front facing LED flash has forced me to increase 2 basis points. The MachFive lists a 8MP primary and a 5MP front facing camera. Both camera have dedicated LED flash that throws sufficient lights on the object in low lightning condition.
The 8 MP primary camera does fair job in securing images with natural colours and good amount of details. Even with a dedicated LED flash, the selfie shooter does poor work in low lightning condition. I am sure user will be happy with output from the primary camera.
The Front facing selfie shooter remains at the bottom of the performance chart for poor delivery. Having a dedicated flash does not translate in quality output. This phone is not an ideal choice for a perfect selfie. However, we cannot forget, in 6000 rupees price range all smartphones have poorly optimized selfie shooter.
The Karbonn MachFive offers much better camera performance than its competitor in the 6000 rupees price category.
Battery – 6/10
Karbonn has made vital mistake here. 2200 mAh battery is an average performer. Any figure above 2500 could have been a better choice. I would recommend the Battery doctor app to squeeze good back-up.
The main highlight of this phone is an IR blaster (Infra Red Blaster). This is a premium feature much like a finger print scanner. Karbonn offers a dedicated app called Peel InfraRed Smart remote. Configure and control multiple home gadgets right from this phone. This app offers seamless integration and control of many gadgets including AC, TV and home theatre.
- Lag-free performance
- Decent display
- Good Camera
- Stock Android and default User Interface
- Best Memory options
- Gesture mode: Double tap to wake-up and slide two fingers up and down to switch apps.
- We haven’t found one. At a price of 6000 rupees, all features and specifications of this phone seems premium.
This is a paisa Vasool phone. I cannot predict for tomorrow, but today this is the best phone to buy below 6000 rupees.