Smartron t.Phone P First Impression: Another Budget Android Phone?
Smartron launched its entry-level t.Phone device this week. 
Smartron launched its entry-level t.Phone device this week. (Photo: The Quint)

Smartron t.Phone P First Impression: Another Budget Android Phone?

Smartron is back in the news with its latest product called the t.Phone P, which has been priced at Rs 7,999. And before you say it, yes, it’s another budget phone crammed with a host of features and competing in a space that’s already hyper-crowded.

But does the t.Phone P have what it takes to warrant your attention? We give you our first impressions.

Design

The company has claimed that the t.Phone P is design and engineered for India, although the device is manufactured in China.

The trend for budget smartphones has been set for 2018. Basically, all the features from mid-range phones of 2017 are trickling down to the sub 8k price segment.

With the t.Phone P (not impressed with the name), you get a metal body design that strikes as anything but a budget device, and that’s a good thing. You also get fingerprint scanner (at the back) for this price.

Full metal body design at this price is a smart move. 
Full metal body design at this price is a smart move. 
(Photo: The Quint)

Smartron has made sure that by going for a 5000mAh battery, the phone will offer longevity on a daily basis. And even then, you’re getting a phone that weighs 160 grams, which is not bad at all.

Fingerprint scanner at the back of the phone. 
Fingerprint scanner at the back of the phone. 
(Photo: The Quint)

The front side of the phone has been kept simple, with soft touch buttons to help you while navigating around the device. Make no mistake, there’s nothing flashy about t.Phone P, but for this price we don’t really question its credentials one bit.

Soft touch buttons to navigate the phone.
Soft touch buttons to navigate the phone.
(Photo: The Quint)

Display

5.2-inch HD resolution screen on the t.Phone P. 
5.2-inch HD resolution screen on the t.Phone P. 
(Photo: The Quint)

Smartron has opted for a 5.2-inch screen size which, according to them, enables users to watch videos and enjoy other multimedia stuff.

For display quality, they have taken the safer route by going with 1280x720 pixels resolution. The overall quality of the display is basic, and even though the content is crisp and clear, we would have liked Smartron to choose a different LCD panel.

Hardware and Software

Having said that, it’s good to see Smartron not leaving any stone unturned in this department and going in for the latest Snapdragon 435 processor, paired with 3GB RAM and 32GB onboard storage, which is further expandable.

With a big size battery, expect the phone to last you for more than day. 
With a big size battery, expect the phone to last you for more than day. 
(Photo: The Quint)
Smartron has kept it simple by offering just one variant of the t.Phone P.

You get a 5000mAh battery (with quick charge as claimed by Smartron) which can be used to charge other phones as well. For a phone with a 5.2-inch HD resolution screen, a big-size battery could last you more than day (or may be two) on a single charge.

For software, Smartron has chosen pure Android version (running over Nougat right now), but you still get Smartron-centric apps and their Tron X cloud storage system. You can sign into their account to get access to over 1,000 GB of cloud storage, if you really want to.

Camera

A 13-megapixel camera at the back. 
A 13-megapixel camera at the back. 
(Photo: The Quint)

With respect to camera, Smartron t.Phone P comes with a 13-megapixel shooter at the back and a 5-megapixel camera on the front. After using it briefly, it’s fair to say that you’ll get basic, clear pictures, but don’t expect miracles from the phone’s camera. It just about gets the job done.

We’ll be doing a detailed comparison with the Redmi 5A to see where the t.Phone P stands in terms of quality.

Worth Your Buck?

So, what’s our first take on the Smartron t.Phone P? For starters, this is another budget device that’s eyeing entry-level smartphone buyers in the market.

You get a package that offers decent value for its money, with the added bonus of a big-size battery, which fortunately doesn’t make the phone bulky. You get 3GB RAM with 32GB storage, decent looking cameras in tow and running on pure Android (Nougat) out-of-box.

t.Phone P looks to rival Xiaomi’s Redmi 5A. 
t.Phone P looks to rival Xiaomi’s Redmi 5A. 
(Photo: The Quint)

The phone goes in direct competition with Redmi 5A from Xiaomi and Amazon’s 10.or D, but for all its worth, we would have liked if the t.Phone P was priced at Rs 6,999 instead of its current figure.