“The Smartron t.phone P is powered by a Snapdragon 435 processor which works with 3GB of RAM”
India has become one of the biggest smartphone markets in the world and seeing how there’s a tremendous opportunity for growth in the country, more and more brands are launching smartphones in the sub-continent. One such company is Smarton, an Indian brand which made its debut in 2016 with thet.phone (review). The company followed up the launch of its flagship with the affordable srt.phone (first impressions) and now, it’s back with a budget offering in the form of the tphone P. We managed to get our hands on a unit and here are our first impressions.
The Smartron tphone P comes packaged in a white cardboard box, opening which you’ll get the smartphone itself followed by a quick-start guide, a wall charger, and a micro-USB cable. The retail unit of the smartphone doesn’t ship with a pair of earphones, which is slightly disappointing, but then, we’ve gotten used to this by now from phones in this category.
Coming to the smartphone itself, the first thing you’ll notice when you pick up the Smartron tphone P is that the device has a considerable heft to it which can be accredited to its massive 5,000mAh battery and its unibody metal design. The smartphone feels really solid in the hand and easily masks itself off as a more premium offering than its price tag would otherwise suggest. On a side note, the tphone P is a bit slippery and therefore, we’d recommend you to slap a case on it when you get it out of the box. In the display department, the tphoneP ships with a 5.2-inch HD display which comes with decent viewing angles, though we did feel the maximum brightness to be a bit on the lower side.
As far as the port and button placement of the smartphone is concerned,you will find a texturised power button and volume rockers towards the right of the smartphone. The left spine houses the hybrid SIM tray and the top of the smartphone is the home to the 3.5mm headphone jack. Towards the bottom, you will find a micro-USB port sandwiched between the two grills. A fingerprint sensor has been positioned at the back of the device which works well, although we did notice a slight delay in the unlocking animation of the smartphone.
Underneath its metallic chassis, the Smartron tphone P is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor which works in tandem with 3GB of RAM. The device gets 32GB of onboard storage which can be expanded up to a terabyte via a microSD card. Our initial impressions of the smartphone’s performance are promising, but you will have to wait for our full review to get a proper evaluation of the tphone P’s capabilities.
For optics, the Smartron tphone P comes equipped with a pair of 13MP and 5MP sensors on the back and the front respectively. During our initial usage, we found the smartphone’s camera to be fairly snappy and the sensor latched on to the subject quickly too.That said, we will be testing the cameras on the t.phoneP a bit more before we come out with our final verdict, so stay tuned. The Smartron tphone P runs a near-stock version of Android Nougat and is fuelled by a massive 5,000mAh battery, which coupled with the smartphone’s battery-efficient processor and lower resolution display should last a fairly long time on a single charge.
At its asking price of Rs 7,999, the tphone P is going to be up against some solid rivals such as the Xiaomi Redmi 4(review), and also newer contenders like the InFocus Vision 3 (first impressions) that boast dual cameras and 18:9 displays. But whether it can stand out from them or not, can only be known in our review. So keep an eye out for an in-depth look at the Smartron tphone P’s capabilities.