Panasonic P100 Price In India: Buy Panasonic P100 Mobile at Rs. 5999. Panasonic P100 In India is Rs. 5999 for 2 GB RAM 16 GB ROM variant. The Panasonic P100 comes with 12.7 centimetres (5-inch) HD IPS with capacitive touchscreen with 1280x720 pixels, Android v7.0 Nougat operating system with 1.25GHz MT6737 quad core processor, 2200 mAH lithium ion battery.
Panasonic is a new player in the smartphone segment and is taking measured steps with budget level handsets. It is one of the few big brands which is inclined to create their market share in the growing smartphone business. In March this year, Panasonic launched two variants of P100 with 1GB and 2GB RAM. The prices are Rs 5,299 and Rs 5,999 respectively. Panasonic has a whole range of budget smartphones under the P-squad with little difference in hardware specifications. I wonder why Panasonic is unleashing almost similar phones priced in budget segment instead of introducing variable options in different price range. The P100 does not come with any added value and does not make any difference in its already existing handset offerings. Panasonic has created a very saturated P-squad phones that will only confuse buyers. The only takeaway from P100 is its finger-print scanner which is a leap for a budget phone under Rs 6,000.
The bulky and sturdy phone is a plastic body that measures 145 x 73 x 9.9 mm. It is available in black, gold and blue colors. The phone runs on Plus runs on 1.25 GHz Quadcore, Cortex A7, MediaTek MT6737V chipset that is coupled with Mali T720 GPU and 2 GB RAM. The handset is a 10.3 mm thick plastic body and when you take it out of the box the plasticky feel can put you off, especially when there are other metal bodies with premium finish around. The screen has unusually thick bezels. The back peels off to give way to the removable battery and dedicated dual-sim card slots and microSD slot. When many handsets are going for hybrid sim card tray it is refreshing to see Panasonic taking the old-school way. The shiny back houses the camera and finger-print scanner with the speaker grille in the bottom. A 3.5 mm headphone jack and the charging port are located at the bottom end. The phone lock button and volume rocker is in the right side. The phone has dual sim options with GSM and 4G LTE and VoLTE support. It has an internal memory of 16GB which is expandable up to 128GB. I will encourage not to increase the memory above 32GB to avoid slowdown and slack. It has no OTG support. It supports Wifi at 2.5 and 5 GHz and Bluetooth at 4.2. Do not expect any beveling or sleek round edges from this design. The basic get up and plastic feel is somewhat justified at this price tag. The neat design and sturdy construction is good enough to get on with. The 5-inch display comes with no backlit off-screen navigation buttons. The phone package comes with a screen guard, back guard, headphone jack and charging plug.
The 5.5-inch HD IPS panel has a resolution of 720x1280 pixels at 267 pixels per inch with 2.5D curved glass edges. Panasonic has provided Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for this phone which is a thumb up. The TFT capacitive touchscreen is justified at this price. The screen is dim lit and has terrible viewing angles with reflective screens in daylight. The colors work well though pixelation is visible when you get closer. Considering the price, it has ample sharpness and you can get on with low expectations. The home and navigation buttons below the screen respond well and has negligible lag time but there is no backlit and hence is difficult to view in the dark. But such omissions are usual in a budget phone. The phone typically sports problems of any budget phones and will face stiff competition from Xiaomi.
Panasonic P100 Plus is powered by Li-ion 2,200 mAh removable battery. The phone has a talk time capacity on up to 18 hours and standby time of 220 hours. The battery is a meagre one and with extensive use it will run only for around six hours and you will end up charging twice in a single day. The battery is perhaps the biggest turn-off of this phone. Today budget phones are giving batteries of at least 2,800 mAH and some can go up to even 4,000 mAH like Intex. Sadly, Panasonic has provided a basic battery which will put off buyers. It does not allow much room to use the phone as extensively as you would like to and have to be scheming with your battery usage lest it is not exhausted and shuts down. The phone performs well with good network connection and calls are clear and loud. It has a solid noise cancellation which makes the task of having a conversation in a loud environment easy. The voice quality might have a harsh tone but it has overall clarity that one might need during calls. With extensive use of social media, gaming and video streaming one could be left with 10% to 5% charge at the end of the day. The phone is good in performing basic actions day to day and it will serve you well without any hiccups. The video watching is good with loud volume and clarity and sharpness of sound. There is hardly any bass to the sound. One can multi-task with basic applications like Gmail, Chrome, Maps, messages and You Tube in this handset.
Panasonic P100 has 8-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front camera with LED flash on both sides. Both the cameras do a mediocre job of taking pictures. The back camera has quick auto focus with no frame drops. Shooting video is not very enticing and is grainy and muddy. The front camera too takes somewhat clear pictures. P100 has no ‘gesture shot’ in the selfie mode like many budget phone cameras these days. Budget phones often incorporate dual camera in rear to lure buyers but there is no such effort from Panasonic. Though both the cameras produce a little over saturated pictures, they are vivid and natural. While the rear camera is not efficient in capturing shots in poor light conditions even with flash, the front camera produces opposite result with better shots using flash. Inspite of having similar sensors the difference in performance is rather surprising. Like most of the cameras P100 too has features like GPS, color balance, white balance and geo-tagging. There is no bokeh-mode though. There is a lag in shutter speed but that is not a problem considering its low budget. The videos are shot in 1280x720 pixels with 30 frames per second, not bad considering its price. The video format is MP4 which is a good point. The video quality is okay with sound clarity. There is a lot of noise in videos in dim lit situations, otherwise results are fairly good if you keep your expectations low. Considering the price point it is remarkable to note the plethora of options one could get in this phone. But again, the results are poor compared to what you can get in other budget phones.
The phone runs on Android 7.0 Nougat with no skin on top and there will be no upgrade to Oreo. The experience is stock Android with usual app drawers and features. The phone comes with a couple of pre-installed apps which you cannot get rid of and make room for your own favorite applications. Out of 8 GB you get approximately 5 GB of effective memory space and 220 MB of RAM space out of 1 GB. The hardware has the ability to ensure a seamless software performance with a handful of apps installed. The phone has average gaming experience considering its price and specifications. Basic games like Subway surfers, Temple Run 2 runs smooth with good colors and enough sound. Graphics intense games like High End 3, Warcraft is not playable in this handset. There is some lag time while playing normal games and the phone runs with some hiccups. There is thankfully no heating issue. You cannot get ambitious with gaming experience in this phone as it is not designed for one. You can get along with basic gaming apps though and the outcome is not disappointing.
This phone has a number of disadvantages which makes it rather uncompetitive in the fierce market of smartphones. The unusual heavy built and paltry battery are some of the things not working in favor of P100. It is rather surprising to see Panasonic unleashing another P-handset in its existing range of budget smartphones which are doing almost similar jobs. The only lucrative deal you get from P100 is its finger-print sensor which is rare in a budget phone. If you are looking for an upgrade from your feature phone then this handset can put you off. There are far better phones manufactured with attractive specifications and performance in the budget segment by Indian manufacturers. There are range of Intex phones in this price range that has meatier specs and results than P100. Panasonic has given hardly any reason why one should go for this phone.
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