|Launch Date||September 28, 2017 (Official)|
|Operating System||Android v7.0 (Nougat)|
|SIM Slot(s)||Dual SIM, GSM+GSM|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Nano|
|Network||4G: Available (supports Indian bands)|
|Colours||Black, Blue, Champagne Gold|
|Screen Size||5 inches (12.7 cm)|
|Screen Resolution||HD (720 x 1280 pixels)|
|Pixel Density||294 ppi|
|Display Type||IPS LCD|
|Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)||66.23 %|
|Processor||Quad core, 1.25 GHz, Cortex A53|
|Internal Memory||16 GB|
|USB OTG Support||yes|
|Resolution||5 MP Front Camera|
|Image Resolution||3264 x 2448 Pixels|
|Settings||Exposure compensation, ISO control|
|Shooting Modes||Continuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)|
|Camera Features||Fixed Focus|
|Network & Connectivity|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano|
|Network Support||4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G|
|Wi-Fi Features||Wi-Fi Direct, Mobile Hotspot|
|USB Connectivity||Mass storage device, USB charging, microUSB 2.0|
|Audio Jack||3.5 mm|
|Other Sensors||Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer|
The Panasonic P99 sports a budget smartphone with a 5-inch IPS HD display. The Panasonic P99 supports dual-SIM with 4G VoLTE connectivity. The cameras are decent and capture good images. They have several modes which are useful in clicking better shots. The memory of the Panasonic P99 comprises of 2 GB RAM and 16 GB ROM again, a suitable configuration in this price range. The Panasonic P99 runs on a quad-core processor which clocks at a frequency of 1.25 GHz. You get an expandable memory up to 128 GB which is nice because most budget smartphones offer expandable memory up to 32 GB or 64 GB. The only drawback here is the hybrid SIM slot. While this is not primarily a drawback, it can be one depending on your requirements. Because of the hybrid SIM slot, you can only use one SIM at a time in combination with a MicroSD card. If you want to use both SIM cards, then you cannot expand the internal memory using a MicroSD card. If you can manage with a 16 GB internal memory, then this should not be an issue. Another feature missing on the Panasonic P99 is the fingerprint sensor.
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Panasonic is one of the leading Electronics Manufacturer in India. The successful entry in the world of smartphone manufacturing has helped Panasonic in expanding their horizons and go beyond the conventional trend of smartphone designing. Let’s take a peek at one of the best Panasonic smartphone model, P99. Panasonic launched the P99 in late 2017 for Rs 7490. The Panasonic P99 is just like any other budget smartphone with decent features that positioned it as a competent rival and an alternative to other budget smartphones.
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Here is a quick list of some of the features: It is a dual-SIM support with 4G VoLTE connectivity. A 5-inch IPS HD display and 2 GB RAM with 16 GB internal memory and expandable memory up to 128 GB via MicroSD card. The device sports a 5 MP Selfie camera, 8 MP secondary cameras with LED flash; Panasonic P99 powers a 2000 mAh battery and 1.25 GHz quad-core processor. There is no fingerprint sensor.
Let us now take a look on the detailed review of the Panasonic P99.
The Panasonic P99 is a Dual SIM device that flaunts a pretty basic design but with a decent appearance. The Panasonic P99 is an average sized smartphone. Many people like having a 5-inch smartphone because it is more comfortable to hold without having to compromise too much on display. The 5-inch display smartphone fits just about right in your pocket or your purse. The Panasonic P99 is comfortable to hold in one hand, and you can carry out your daily tasks with no trouble. The Panasonic P99 is only 8.6 mm thick and weighs 145 grams. It makes the device sleek and all the more lightweight. The appearance of the Panasonic P99 is long with softly rounded corners. The design is plain and clean. You get a protective screen guard in the box which you can use to protect the screen from scratches and marks. The IPS HD display gives excellent viewing angles to the Panasonic P99. You can use the device even outdoors where there is bright sunlight. You get an HD resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.
The display size is comfortable for reading messages or eBooks. You can enjoy watching videos and movies in sound quality on the Panasonic P99. In fact, even playing your favorite games on the HD display of the sleek P99 is a wonderful experience. There are backlit navigation buttons on the front. Many people want a fingerprint sensor on their smartphones. Nowadays, fingerprint sensors are available even on low budget smartphones. Therefore, it is disappointing to know that the Panasonic P99 does not have a fingerprint sensor.
The Panasonic P99 is available in three colors variants, namely: Black, Champagne Gold, and Blue. We have seen how the Golden colored smartphones have become just as popular as the classic Black or White ones. You might like to purchase the Panasonic P99 in the Gold variant which has a White front panel. The Panasonic P99 is also available in Blue so if you fancy a splash of color you can go with this option.
The Panasonic P99 is a 4G smartphone which supports dual-SIM. The Panasonic P99 is 4G VoLTE enabled so that you can enjoy high-speed network easily. Moreover, the Panasonic P99 has 2 GB RAM which is a standard for smartphones in this price range. The internal memory is 16 GB, and this can be sufficient for light usage. It can store all your important universal apps like Whatsapp, Facebook, and YouTube, etc. In case this 16 GB is not sufficient, you also get to expand the internal memory up to a good 128 GB. You will find budget smartphones offering expandable memory up to 32 GB and sometimes even 64 GB. The Panasonic P99 packs a quad-core processor clocking at a frequency of 1.25 GHz which sounds like a decent configuration for such a smartphone. So what is the catch? It is the hybrid SIM slot. You can either use two SIM cards or use one SIM card and a MicroSD card. Many budget smartphones discarded the hybrid SIM slots which were mostly found on high-end smartphones. Many budget smartphones offer two SIM slots and a dedicated MicroSD card slot. This design aspect is something to watch out for, unless you don’t use the second SIM or if you don’t need a MicroSD card.
Android Nougat powers the Panasonic P99. With Android Nougat comes the ability to multitask efficiently. One such useful feature is that of split screen. In this, you can perform different tasks simultaneously on the screen. For example, you can use Whatsapp in one window of the screen, and you can watch videos on the other half of the screen. The graphics are crisp and vibrant. You can play most of the favorite games on your Panasonic P99. The device is inherently slim and lightweight so playing games for long hours won’t strain your fingers. It does, however, drain the battery.
The Panasonic P99 has GPS support which allows you to use the navigation based apps. You can book OLA and Uber cabs easily. Do you like listening to the radio? You can tune in to your favorite FM stations on the Panasonic P99. The audio output is satisfactory.
The Panasonic P99 has decent cameras. The primary camera of the Panasonic P99 is 8 MP while the front camera is 5 MP. The primary camera has LED flash. The images captured with both these cameras are excellent. There is autofocus feature which locks on objects in the foreground to help click all essential details. It is beneficial when you need assistance in focusing on relevant objects in the viewfinder. With the front camera, you can click beautiful selfies. The front camera on the Panasonic P99 allows you to make and receive video calls. The 5 MP front camera is common among smartphones in this price range.
Panasonic has also given you a bunch of features to enhance your photography experience. There are the HDR mode and Night Mode to capture various colors and details in different surroundings. Night mode optimizes the scenery to bring out the details of the objects in the dimly sit surroundings. There is a Panorama mode which can be used to capture more significant scenery even on your smartphone. The LED flash makes sure that you can capture good images which are well-lit even in darker surroundings. You can only expect so much from a smartphone with this configuration for the cameras.
The Panasonic P99 has a 2000 mAh battery. The Panasonic P99 has a removable battery. Smartphones with removable batteries have a significant advantage over those who do not have removable batteries. If your smartphone gets overloaded with apps and if it runs short of memory then it might become unresponsive. Even the power button may stop responding correctly. What will you do in such a scenario? You just have to remove the battery and insert it back and enable the smartphone to start afresh.
Given that the battery capacity is only 2000 mAh, it can last for an entire day if you use the device moderately. For heavy usage, you will run out of charge, and you may need to charge it at least twice in a day. So keep this in mind while deciding to purchase the Panasonic P99. The battery drain will also depend on the type of network you use. If you use 4G network a lot, then you will get a lesser amount of talk time as compared to 2G or 3G networks.