Karbonn Titanium Mach Five Review: Budget Challenger

Karbonn has come a long way since its launch in 2009.

The Bengaluru-based company has unveiled a consistent stream of devices since then, and has proven to be a strong player in the budget smartphone market.

Karbonn’s latest baby is the Titanium Mach Five. At Rs. 5,999, it’s definitely cheaper, and it offers an imposing list of features for a phone at this price. Apart from flash for the 5-megapixel front camera, the device is also loaded with IR blaster and a 5-inch HD screen. Can these features help the Mach Five stand out in the budget segment? We find out in our review.

Design

The Karbonn Titanium Mach Five is attention-grabbing and has enough of appeal to stand out among similarly priced competitors. The phone is available in three colours: champagne, silver, and blue-white.

The detachable rear panel has a criss-cross texture which might appeal to some buyers. The power and volume keys sit on the detachable panel. It gives you a comfortable grip although the roughness can bother you.

Specifications and software

The Karbonn Titanium Mach Five features a 5-inch screen, 16GB of internal storage which expandable by up to 32GB, and 2GB RAM. The device runs on 2,200mAh battery and has Android 5.0.

The user interface is unusually light and lot of apps and games come preinstalled, but most of them can be removed. Also, the Titanium Mach Five has the excellent SwiftKey keyboard preinstalled and set as the default keyboard for the system. Peel Smart Remote is included as well, to take advantage of the IR blaster.

Camera

The Karbonn Titanium Mach Five features an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera. The front camera is fairly decent, and makes for good selfies and low-light shots. Colours and sharpness are at its best. The camera itself is unexpectedly awesome for a budget device. The 8-megapixel sensor delivers sharp, detailed pictures in regular light. The images are a bit dull and colours could be more alive, but given the price range you will not complain. For a Rs. 6,000 device, the Karbonn Titanium Mach Five is an imposing performer in the camera department.

Verdict

The Karbonn Titanium Mach Five has a remarkable list of specifications despite its low price tag. Very few phones under Rs. 6,000 come with 2 GB RAM, a near-stock Android experience, and a decent camera. The Titanium Mach Five goes further in adding a front flash and an IR blaster to the equation, along with attractive looks and an HD screen.

This is a phone has its pros and cons. However, at Rs. 5,999, the Mach Five can charm budget users looking for a good camera and decent display. It’s definitely worth bearing in mind if you are shopping for a budget device.

Picture courtesy- maktechblog.com


by techtalks @TechTalks September 21, 2015 11:51 AM UTC

DIGITAL DEBATE

Mobile Upgrades: Killing The Product Before Its Time?

Have to agree. The speed of newer phone models within the same series and newer app versions lead to more thought put into buying decisions. Phone lines have a definite short shelf life

Lionel Gurjao

Frequently upgrading the software is a real problem as updating the software might cause your phone to lag because of the older hardware.

Shivendra Singh

They should come out with upgrades for the specific phones and not for the separate Operating System. This way a special version for your phones specific hardware can be made

Maalin Ashar

They should come out with upgrades for the specific phones and not for the separate Operating System. This way a special version for your phones specific hardware can be made

Maalin Ashar

Q5 blackberry

Alhassan A Bukar

Nice

Ishwar Maradi