Af­ford­able phone with a mam­moth bat­tery

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A bud­get phone with a mam­moth bat­tery

Smartron has been in the smart­phone busi­ness for a few years now but when you com­pare their lineup with its com­peti­tors, it’s pretty lean. It’s their third smart­phone and in­stead of tar­get­ing the lower-end of the mid-range mar­ket that Smartron tar­geted all these years, they’re go­ing where the most ac­tion is - the sub-10k seg­ment. But is it good enough to threaten Xiaomi’s dom­i­nance in the seg­ment? Let’s find out.

As odd as the name might sound, the P checks all the boxes when it comes to get­ting the right de­sign and hard­ware mix. The metal body at the back gives the phone a premium look and feel along with a 2.5D glass on the front. Over­all, we wouldn’t say the de­sign as rev­o­lu­tion­ary but is cer­tainly good for a phone in this price range.

When it comes to per­for­mance, the phone is pow­ered by a Snap­dragon 435 octa-core pro­ces­sor and 3GB RAM and dur­ing our use, we found it good enough for ev­ery­day use. It’s not blaz­ingly fast but fast enough to use the de­vice for email, web surf­ing, videos, so­cial me­dia, etc. The P has a 5.2-inch HD (720p) IPS dis­play that of­fers de­cent view­ing an­gles and leg­i­bil­ity un­der di­rect sun­light. The fin­ger­print scan­ner works well.

Cam­era-wise, the phone fea­tures a 13MP cam­era at the back and 5MP cam­era on the front and let’s just say, P’s cam­era is not its strong­est suit. How­ever, Smartron has added few en­hance­ments to the cam­era app like beau­tify mode, wide selfie, multi-ex­po­sure and even a front-fac­ing flash for self­ies.

Speak­ing of the strong­est suit, the P has a 5000mAh bat­tery and in our test, we man­aged to get up to 2 days of use, which can eas­ily go over two days if one uses spar­ingly. There’s also OTG Re­verse Charge sup­port that al­lows charg­ing other USB de­vices with the right ca­ble. In terms of charg­ing, it took us about 2.5-3 hours for a full juice up to 100 per­cent.

The phone runs on Smartron’s tronX plat­form based on An­droid 7 Nougat. While the over­all ex­pe­ri­ence is sim­i­lar to stock An­droid, the phone comes with pre-loaded apps like (gives 1000GB of cloud stor­age for free), and t. store.

The P’s cam­era could have been bet­ter but the op­ti­mised per­for­mance of the phone makes up for it along with the hu­mon­gous two-day bat­tery.

PRICE`7,999 URL DI­MEN­SIONS 148.3x72.2x8.9mm WEIGHT

160g DIS­PLAY 5.2-inch HD IPS Dis­play

(1280x720) CPU Snap­dragon 435 oc­ta­core RAM 3GB STOR­AGE 32GB + 1000GB cloud stor­age OS An­droid Nougat CAM­ERA

13MP (Rear), 5MP (Front) MI­CROSD SLOT Yes DUAL-SIM Yes with VoLTE sup­port BAT­TERY 5000mAh FIN­GER­PRINT SCAN­NER Yes

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