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Smartron T.Phone P First Impressions: Affordable competence

With competition heating up in the sub-Rs 10,000 space, the T.Phone P from Smartron brings the brand into a new price segment. But how is the new phone? We’ve given it a go.

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  • The Smartron P is priced at Rs 7,999.

  • The phone comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 SoC, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.

  • The USP of the phone is its 5,000mAh battery.

Smartron first entered the Indian smartphone space with the Smartron in 2016, but it wasn’t quite as successful as the Indian company had hoped it would be. The company’s existing product line also includes the, a Microsoft Surface-like Windows laptop-tablet hybrid, and the, a mid-range device themed around legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. Today, Smartron has launched its latest product, the Rs 7,999 Smartron P.

The most affordable product yet by the company, the P looks to take on products such as the 10.or E and Xiaomi Redmi Y1. The big feature here is the 5,000mAh battery, which promises long battery life. We’ve had a chance to play with the phone a bit, and here’s what we think.

Not a big phone despite the big battery

While smartphones that have large batteries are typically large in size to accommodate those batteries, the Smartron P isn’t. The phone has a 5.2-inch HD screen, and isn’t very thick either. It is fairly heavy though, and this is really the only aesthetic drawback of the device. The back of the phone is metal, with plastic at the top and bottom, as well as along the sides. The screen has a distinctly warm tone to it, but is decent enough for a phone of this price as such.

It’s perhaps too much to expect a budget smartphone such as this to feature USB Type-C for connectivity and charging, and sure enough the bottom of the phone has the micro-USB port. The hybrid SIM tray can be found on the left, the 3.5mm jack at the top, and the power and volume buttons are on the right. Below the screen are backlit capacitive buttons for home, back and recent. You also get a fingerprint sensor at the back, which is now becoming the norm for affordable smartphones. The design is very similar to what we’ve seen on ZTE-built Nubia phones, and a quick look at the back of the box confirms that the P is indeed manufactured by ZTE for Smartron.

Budget specifications done right

For a smartphone priced at Rs 7,999, the Smartron P has decent specifications. The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 SoC, and has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. You can also add additional storage, but this would be at the expense of dual-SIM connectivity since the phone has a hybrid SIM slot. The phone has a 13-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front camera, and we’ll go into the details on photography abilities in our full review.

The key feature, as mentioned, is the big battery. While we haven’t been able to test it in the short time we’ve been using the phone, the Smartron P certainly comes with the promise of long battery life by virtue of the specifications. The 5,000mAh battery, along with the efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 SoC, will help the phone get as much time out of a full charge as possible. Interestingly, the phone comes with a 10.5W charger in the box, which while not a fast charger, certainly isn’t slow either. We’ll be able to make better inferences about the battery life of the phone once we’ve used it a bit longer.

TronX software suite

Smartron phones have always touted the TronX software suite, and indeed the software has some interesting touches. The phone runs on Android Nougat, and the user interface aims to mimic stock Android as closely as possible. You also get a mammoth 1000GB of cloud storage with your purchase on, the company’s cloud storage solution. It’s useful to have, and will work well if you have a decent data plan and plenty of data to sync your data.

Unfortunately, there’s also a little bit of bloatware to contend with. A handful of Microsoft apps are pre-installed and can’t be uninstalled, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Skype. There are also apps for the Smartron store, and the Smartron forum. While it’s hard to say if the phone will receive a lot of software support going forward, for the time being I’m pleased with the software offering on the P.

Final thoughts

The Smartron P isn’t quite as exciting a proposition as the last launch from the company; there’s obviously no cricketer backing this device, and budget devices are more about function than flash. However, with promising specifications, a useful USP in the form of the big battery, and decent software, the Smartron P looks like a promising product for Rs 7,999. We’ll be bringing you the review of the Smartron P soon, so stay tuned.

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  • Published Date: January 11, 2018 4:33 PM IST

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