Indian telecom operator BSNL, in collaboration with Pantel, launched its affordable mobile devices, which come bundled with free data and BSNL to BSNL talktime for a limited period. These devices include the 5-inch PentaSmart PS501 and the 6.5-inch PentaSmart PS650. We checked out the devices at the launch event, and here is how these looked to us: Also Read - BSNL Rs 75, Rs 94, and Rs 447 prepaid plans launched: Check data, validity, other benefits
Starting with the 5-inch PentaSmart PS501, the smartphone might just look like a regular smartphone in this range but the plus point will be that it is relatively sturdier than others. Though the phone does not look extraordinarily stylish but gives a decent impression. Its rectangular rectangular frame with a silver rim running across the sides and metallic keys placed on either sides reminds us of the Samsung Galaxy S II. However, we must tell you that this smartphone weighs pretty heavy despite being made of plastic.
It comes with a 5-inch display with 854×480 pixels resolution, which reproduced colors well but was a little too bright in dimly lit areas even when we lowered down the brightness levels. Surprisingly, the display did not respond very well to the touch and was lagging a bit.
It runs on a 1.2GHz A7 dual-core chipset combined with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage and microSD card support. It has a 5-megapixel rear camera and VGA front-facing camera, which resulted in some regular shots and were not exceptional. There was a lot of distortion and noise in the pictures taken by the phone.
The phone runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with very few alterations in the interface. Additionally, the company is also providing some pre-loaded apps on the smartphone and is offering 15GB cloud storage along with pre-loaded Anti-Virus protection on the phone.
Overall this phone looks like a decent offering with most of its features as per the standard to the devices in this price range, though it does manage to score slightly higher in the design section than its competitors. It costs Rs 6,999, and includes some pre-bundled 3GB of BSNL data and 300mins of free talktime which the company says will be valid for 6 months from the date of activation.
The PentaSmart PS650 comes with a 6.5-inch display and even though the company calls it a smartphone, it actually falls in the phablet segment. It too is made of plastic and comes in a unibody design with flat back and chamfered edges, which make it looks similar to the Gionee Elife E6 launched a few weeks back in India. The placement of the camera on the top left side of the back as well resemble a lot with Gionee s smartphone. As far as the placement of keys are concerned, volume rocker and power on/off keys are placed at the bottom of the phablet along with a 3.5mm audio jack and microUSB slot. The slots for microSD card and SIM card are housed on the left of the phablet and remain exposed. It is obviously humongous and is a little uncomfortable to use due to its massive size, but looks pretty decent.
The 6.5-inch display of the device offers 480×800 pixels resolution, and has a pretty wide bezel around the screen. The interface lags a bit like that on the Pentasmart PS501, which is somewhat acceptable considering most of the devices in this range offer similar display quality.
Going to the processor, under the hood is a 1.2GHz Cortex A7 dual-core chipset with MALI 400MP GPU and 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. We leave our comments on the performance for later. It offers basic connectivity options like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS/AGPS, as well as support 3G network as well. It houses a 2,500mAh battery which the company claims will last for up to 100 hours of standby time on one full charge.
The rear of the phablet adorns a 2-megapixel camera and a VGA camera on the front. There’s nothing worth writing home about on the camera in this case.
Keeping all these features in mind we will say that for Rs 7,999 this one will be good for those who wish to use a massive display with a low budget. Though talking about the software, it brings the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean flavor on board, and comes with some pre-loaded apps as well. The phablet could have come with a better camera to make it more appealing.