The Creo Mark 1 promises you a ‘new phone every month’ with its Fuel OS

The hardware’s appealing enough, but it’s the software that might convince you

Indian brand goes head-to-head with Cyanogen with a feature-packed (yet clean) Android version. And the 2K screen shouldn’t hurt, either

One of our pet peeves with Android can’t be blamed on Google - garish skins and UI ‘enhancements’ that are often a step back in usability. But you can’t blame the folks at Mountain View for what some manufacturers do to their OS. Sure, you’ll find a few who trust what Google does, and we’re tremendously grateful for that.

Enter the Creo Mark 1. Made by the same chaps who gave us the TeeVee media player, the Mark 1 has a couple of tricks up its sleeve. First up is the hardware - a 5.5in, Quad HD display, an aluminium alloy body, MediaTek Helio X10 processor, 3GB RAM, 3100mAh battery (with fast charging), a 21MP, f/2.0 camera at the rear, an 8MP, f/2.0 camera at the front, dual SIMs, 32GB storage, microSD support (up to 128GB and shared with the second SIM)... yeah, it’s got the mid-upper range hardware menu sorted. You can also customise the Mark 1 by engraving a message.

Fuel OS offers plenty of features

But what’s even more important is the Creo’s software - Fuel OS (based on Android 5.1.1). It’s not exactly stock Android, but it comes very, very close. Even better, it packs in lots of software optimisations that actually seem useful (Note to phone makers - colourful themes and jazzy backgrounds don’t exactly go far in making your devices seem compelling).

What all do you get? Let’s see: There’s Echo - an answering machine built right into your phone, Retriever - an anti-theft mechanism that can’t be defeated with a factory reset, customisable capacitive buttons, smart roaming features for people who rely on dual SIMs a lot, messaging with OTP copy and smart inbox, gesture control and 3D photos. There’s even a Spotlight-like search feature called Sense. And finally, Creo also promises monthly updates (the next one’s slated for May 13) and also has a Marshmallow version in the works. It all seems rather good on paper and we can’t wait to review this to see whether it’s really as good in the flesh. But if you’re already convinced, the Creo Mark 1 will cost you ₹19,999 and you can get it at Flipkart or at