“The Titanium Mach One Plus is a loaded device for its price”
SwiftKey, the popular keyboard alternative for Android and iOS devices, is on a quest to make typing in Indian regional languages simpler, and over time, has been ramping up support for the languages it supports. At a joint press conference in New Delhi today, it announced its partnership with Karbonn, and together, the two brands unveiled the Titanium Mach One Plus, a new budget smartphone that comes with the latest version of SwiftKey pre-installed. The idea is to not only offer a compelling budget option, but also to address those users who aren’t comfortable with English and would prefer using a smartphone that lets them use their own mother tongue instead. The latest version of SwiftKey comes with support for 22 Indian languages, and newly-redesigned layouts to make typing easier and more intuitive.
The device side of the story of course, comprises the Titanium Mach One Plus, which comes across as a fairly loaded option for its asking price. We went hands on with the device at the launch event, and here are our first impressions.
Sporting a 4.7-inch HD display, the Mach One Plus is a fairly compact device and since it’s quite svelte, handling it with a single hand is a breeze. Sporting the usual candybar form factor, it looks reasonably good with its rounded corners, and the fine mesh pattern at the rear adds to the look and feel. Our white demo unit also sported a chrome-finished band running around the sides, which added a nice touch.
The fascia consists of the usual elements, including the display, with three capacitive navigation keys below, and the earpiece, 5MP front camera and the sensors above. The navigation keys are blacklit, which bodes well for this affordable device.
On the right spine, you’ll find the volume rocker and the power key, while the top is home to the 3.5mm audio socket and a micro-USB port. The bottom holds the speaker.
Switch to the rear, and you’ll see the lens for the primary 8-meg snapper and the LED flash, along with Karbonn branding. The rear panel can be pried open to reveal the removable battery, a pair of SIM slots that accept regular-sized SIM cards, and a microSD card slot.
The Mach One Plus runs Android Lollipop, and the brand has done little to customise the interface. You do however, get support for a variety of gestures. There’s double-tap-to-wake, and double-tap-to-sleep, along with various screen gestures that let you launch apps straight from standby. You can also use two-finger swipes to get quick access to the dialer and messages. Out of the provided 16GB, our demo unit had almost 13GB free to use.
With a quad-core MediaTek processor clocked at 1.3GHz and a healthy 2GB of RAM powering the show, the smartphone didn’t display any signs of lag during our brief usage.
The Karbonn Titanium Mach One Plus is sure a mouthful when it comes to its name (which, by the way, also includes the name of a certain Chinese smartphone brand as a suffix), but then.. .what’s in a name? For its asking price of Rs 6,999, the smartphone looks like a worthy buy, given that it’s one of the most affordable options currently that offer 2GB of RAM. It skimps on 4G… which is a shame, and makes it pale in comparison to the likes of the YU Yuphoria (review), but otherwise, seems like a great option for those who want a capable, yet affordable device. The support for a number of Indian languages should make it appealing to the masses as well.