Panasonic recently entered the competitive smartphone market in India with the launch of the P51 that got mixed reviews. The Japanese electronics giant has now added three new smartphones in its portfolio, and T11 is the most affordable with a sub-Rs 10,000 price tag. We got to use the phone and our first impressions follow. Also Read - Panasonic P11 and T11 smartphones spotted online
Panasonic is exiting the smartphone market in Japan, and is putting all the focus on India and has designed the phone as per the needs of the users here. In terms of ergonomics, the T11 is sleek, lightweight and pretty handy as well. Though it does feel plasticy, we could not expect a better chassis at this price. The sides of the phone house the volume rocker, power on/off key, micro-USB slot and a 3.5mm audio jack port. There is faux metal rim running across the sides. The back of the phone can also be removed to expose the dual-SIM slots and a microSD card slot.
The T11 comes with a 4-inch WVGA IPS display with 480x800p resolution, which offers a decent visual experience as well as touch-interface. The phone runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Panasonic has not provided any details when or if it will receive an update.
On the hardware front, the T11 runs on a Qulacomm Snapdragon 200 quad-core chipset ticking at 1.2 GHz and paired with 1GB of RAM. The Qualcomm processor teamed with 1GB of RAM seemed good for a phone in this range, however we will score it on performance once we review the phone. Besides, the phone also offers 4GB of internal memory and up to 32GB of external memory support, which again is decent for this segment of phones.
The Panasonic T11 comes with a 5-megapixel rear camera with flash. On testing it we found the photos taken from rear camera a little shaky and distorted but that could possibly be due to the ambient surroundings. We will give our final verdict on this in our detailed review. It also has a VGA front-facing camera. Talking about connectivity, the phone also supports 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. Then there are accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor and FM radio for entertainment.
Panasonic has tied up with various application players to offer several apps ranging from IM to news and information based apps and even a camera scanner app pre-loaded in the phone.
The phone is priced at Rs 9,790. Though one can easily get phones with bigger displays at this price point, it would be interesting to see whether it can provide better performance and overall hardware quality over the likes of Karbonn and Micromax. Watch out for our detailed review.
Photos by: Harshita Rastogi