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Panasonic P85 – A Handy Affordable Phone With Big Battery

Panasonic mostly focuses on the offline smartphone market but every now and then the company does have a competitively priced little something for online buyers. The Panasonic P85 is one such phone that will retail exclusively on Flipkart. With this exclusive tie-up with Flipkart, Panasonic is now venturing into the online segment in an aggressive manner.

The handset offers fairly standard hardware and a massive 4000mAh battery which makes is a compelling alternative for people who consider battery mileage as their top priority. Let’s discuss more about the new Panasonic affordable phone in our review.

Panasonic P85 Specifications

  • 5- inch 720 HD Display
  • 1GHz quad-core processor
  • 16GB ROM and 2GB RAM with expandable Micro SD up to 64 GB
  • 8MP rear camera
  • 2MP front camera
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 145 x 72.2 x9.35mm and 146.7 grams
  • 4000mAh battery
  • Light Sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope
  • Hybrid Dual SIM, 4G VoLTE support, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1

Design and Build

Panasonic P85 is unibody phone with a metal finish, but it’s entirely made of plastic. That’s not a deal breaker at all, especially at this price point. The phone looks fairly decent and is also quite compact and comfortable to use. In spite of a 4000mAh battery, the weight is just 146.7 grams.

The microUSB port is present on the bottom and the audio jack is placed on top. On the right edge, you will find the hybrid dual SIM tray and power button. The volume rocker is present on the left edge. The speaker grill and primary camera are present on the rear. Navigation buttons are placed on the screen.

The back cover looks neat and cannot be pried open. Overall, the Panasonic P85 looks neat, feels ergonomic and is perfectly handy. And you get to choose between Gold and Grey color options.


It’s indeed hard to get the display right for entry level phones due to budget constraints, yet Pansonic has done a great job with the P85 display. It’s a vibrant display well suited for multimedia consumption. The HD resolution makes it sufficiently sharp too.

Viewing angles are wide and a plastic screen protector comes affixed on the display out of the box. Adaptive brightness is supported and the display is also legible under direct sunlight.

Camera and Imaging

Once again, we didn’t expect much in terms of Camera performance at these prices but the Panasonic P85 is surprisingly good, especially with its 2MP front selfie camera.

The software does some sharpening at the expense of details, but the end results are often perfectly useable images for social media purposes. The rear 8MP camera too takes decent images in good lighting and even while shooting inadequately lit indoor environment.

Performance and Software

The P85 is powered by a basic 1 GHz quad-core CPU paired with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. You can add more secondary storage at the expense of second SIM card. This is clearly a device meant for basic users who don’t need to indulge with demanding tasks. And the chipset seems powerful enough for such users.

It can smoothly drive the Android Marshmallow based software on the phone. The interface is mostly stock Android. Panasonic hasn’t bundled many customizations in order to keep the software light and efficient. But there still are value additions like Turbo Download that can combine both your WiFi and Data speed for faster downloads.

Pansonic has added Light Sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope and usual connectivity options including 4G VoLTE to support Reliance Jio SIM cards (SIM 1) as well. The audio output from the phone is reasonable. And we didn’t face any issue with call quality in our area.

Battery, Price, and Verdict

The 4000mAh battery is the star feature here. You can easily make it across a day of extensive usage without scrambling for a charging point. If you are a light to moderate users (for whom the phone is meant for) you can last for up to two days. Fast charging isn’t mentioned in the spec sheet but the charging is fairly fast.

Priced at 6,499 INR, the Panasonic P85 is an entry-grade phone and thus a few compromises are involved here and there.However, it is still a good option for basic users who are looking for a compact phone without spending too much and don’t want to compromise on the battery backup.

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