Domestic smartphone maker Smartron recently launched an affordable entry-grade smartphone, t.phone P. The peculiarly named phone houses a massive 5000mAh battery that assures 2-days of uninterrupted usage. It’s also the most affordable phone launched by Smartron in its journey so far.
How well has Smartron managed to tackle the low-end market? Does t.phone P cover the basics required for a solid and dependable budget phone experience? We’ll try and answer all such questions in our Smartron t.phone P review.
Key Specifications of Smartron t.phone P:
|Model||Smartron t.phone P|
|Display||5.2 inch HD 2.5D curved glass display|
|Processor||1.4 GHz Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor|
|Camera||13 MP rear and 5 MP front camera|
|Dimensions and Weight||148.3×72.2×8.9mm and 160 grams|
|Software||Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS|
|Dual SIM||Yes (Hybrid dual SIM)|
Design and Build
Unlike Smartron’s earlier offerings like srt.phone and t.phone, the t.Phone P has been designed in India. This time, Smartron has outsourced hardware manufacturing to Chinese smartphone maker ZTE.
The handset has a metal back panel with plastic trimmings on top and bottom. The frame running along the edges is made of plastic too. On the front, the handset has a 2.5D glass and a regular 16:9 display. Navigation buttons are present below the display.
The power button and volume rocker are present on the side edge, and the 3.5mm audio jack is present on the top. The microUSB port and speakers are present on the bottom edge. The fingerprint sensor is present on the rear.
The t.phone P is quite compact and easy to manage. In spite of the beefy battery, the phone has a manageable weight of 160 grams. Overall, the phone has a good metal build quality and it feels sturdy in hand.
The Smartron t.phone P has a 5.2-inch display with 720p HD resolution. The viewing angles are wide and colors are reasonably vibrant. The color temperature slightly leans towards the cooler sides but feels quite close to neutral. There is no option to make manual adjustments, though. Display brightness is optimum for occasional outdoor usage.
The cameras on the t.phone P are quite average in terms of quality. The camera software tends to keep the images a tad overexposed. This results in bright indoor images, but the shots clicked in outdoor setting appeal burnt out.
In low light, the 13MP rear camera struggles to focus and also reduces shutter speed. You will have to keep your hands steady to avoid blur. Details are average too.
The 5MP selfie camera isn’t very different in terms of performance. As for videos, you can shoot 1080p footage from the rear camera and 720p videos from the front camera. We did manage to get a good selfie with little work, but based on lighting, the result can be inconsistent. Overall, the camera quality is pretty standard and nothing to be excited about.
Considering the price point at which the smartphone is available, it is on par with most of the other devices.
Performance and Software
The handset is powered by Snapdragon 435 chip paired with 3GB RAM and 32GB of storage. In addition, you can also get 1000GB of t.cloud storage, but perhaps that’s not something affordable phone users would take to ardently.
The phone does have the powerful hardware for its price and the practical usage experience is along the lines of what we expected based on our past experience with the Qualcomm chipset used. The Snapdragon 435 isn’t the fastest processor under 10,000 INR, but it doesn’t lag either. The performance is mostly smooth.
The phone runs Android Nougat based software with some customizations that Smartron has handled itself. Interestingly, the app launcher looks a lot like what we saw on Pixel 2 and also mimics some Oreo-like features. We, for one, definitely agree with choices Smartron has made here. Taking inspiration from the stock Oreo launcher does give the device a nice feel.
UI transitions are mostly smooth. The same can also be said about the day-to-day performance. The phone can also handle high-end gaming fairly well.
The fingerprint sensor on the rear works well, and the audio output is average. We didn’t face any issue with call quality or 4G VoLTE on the handset. The SIM tray used is the hybrid type.
Battery, Price, and Verdict
The 5000mAh battery can comfortably last for one and a half to two days. The mileage we are getting from the phone is impressive and consistent. So, if you are buying t.phone P for the big battery, you shouldn’t be disappointed. The bundled charger can charge it completely in a little more than 2-hours.
The t.phone P has been priced at Rs. 7,999 and will retail exclusively on Flipkart. For its price, its flaws certainly seem forgivable. We went into this review expecting a consistent big battery affordable phone and that’s what t.phone P turned out to be.