|Launch Date||January 17, 2018 (Official)|
|Operating System||Android v7.1.1 (Nougat)|
|SIM Slot(s)||Dual SIM, GSM+GSM|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Nano|
|Network||4G: Available (supports Indian bands)|
|Build Material||Case: Metal|
|Screen Size||5.2 inches (13.21 cm)|
|Screen Resolution||HD (720 x 1280 pixels)|
|Pixel Density||282 ppi|
|Display Type||IPS LCD|
|Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)||69.46 %|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 MSM8940|
|Processor||Octa core, 1.4 GHz, Cortex A53|
|Internal Memory||32 GB|
|User Available Storage||Up to 22.6 GB|
|USB OTG Support||yes|
|Resolution||5 MP Front Camera|
|Image Resolution||4128 x 3096 Pixels|
|Shooting Modes||Continuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)|
|Camera Features||Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus|
|TalkTime||Up to 40 Hours(3G)|
|Standby time||Up to 350 Hours(3G)|
|Network & Connectivity|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano (Hybrid)|
|Network Support||4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G|
|Wi-Fi Features||Mobile Hotspot|
|USB Connectivity||USB charging, microUSB 2.0|
|Audio Jack||3.5 mm|
|Fingerprint Sensor Position||Rear|
|Other Sensors||Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope|
The Smartron tphoneP packs good hardware, excellent build quality, and design. The big 5000mAh battery delivers stunning backup, and the performance too is very impressive. The only let-down for us with the phone is the average cameras. Barring camera, we really didn’t find any significant issues that would make the tphoneP unusable. Since the Rs. 7,999 is a sweet spot for phones, the Smartron’s latest offering comes out with flying colors. So, if you are in the market looking for a smartphone, then the tphoneP is a perfect option to consider. But if the camera is your primary requirement, then the Honor 9 Lite is a better alternative at a slightly higher price.
Smartron; a Hyderabad-based start-up backed by famous Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has been very active in the technology space for over a year. It did manage to create some noise with many exciting announcements and product launches. In the brief one-year period, the company did launch a total of three products including two smartphones; the t.phone, Smartron srt.phone, and a 2-in-1 detachable t.book. Apart from products, the company is actively pursuing opportunities in the IOT and home automation products.
The two phone models that Smartron launched gained some traction in the budget and the mid-range section. Though the smartphones share a fair amount of flaws, the phones are still worthy contenders. The company is aiming to bring more products in the budget segment that can cater broad audience, and with the same goal, Smartron recently launched the tphoneP that comes with solid internal and good looks. While it offers perfect hardware for the pricing, it still needs to be seen if the phone is good enough to spend your hard-earned money.
The Smartron tphoneP sports a 5.2-inches HD (1280 x 720 pixels) 2.5D curved glass display and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 SoC clocked at 1.4GHz Octa-Core processor with Adreno 505 GPU. There is 3GB of RAM and 32GB internal memory that is expandable up to 128GB with microSD. It runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. In the camera department, there is a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.2 aperture, 1.12um pixel, PDAF LED Flash. On the front, it has a 5MP shooter with f/2.2 aperture, 1.12um pixel, LED flash. It also has a fingerprint sensor for extra security. Connectivity features include 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, and GPS. A massive 5000mAh battery is on board.
Smartron always focused on offering smartphones that stood out from the rest especially design wise. Be it the t.phone with an orange rear panel or the Srt.phone phone with the custom back panel, Sachin Tendulkar photo and autograph, the phones always had a unique look. Now with the tphoneP, though looks identical to ZTE Blade A6, Smartron confirmed that ZTE is the manufacturing partner for the t.phone P, while the software optimizations are in-house. It has got a metal unibody design with plastic caps on top and bottom of the rear panel where antennas rest. The frame running around the device is also plastic and offers excellent in-hand feel. Since it sports just 5.2-inches, you can easily use it with one-hands.
The 2.5D curved glass on front adds to the ergonomics, and it doesn’t hurt your hands even after extended usage. Since it has the regular 16:9 aspect ratio, the front side looks quite ordinary. We wouldn’t complain much about the design since we are talking about a phone that costs Rs. 8,000. At 160g weight, it isn’t the lightest, but with 5000mAh battery on board, we have no issues with little bulkiness.
Moving to placements, up front, you find the 5-megapixel selfie camera, LED flash, ambient & proximity sensor, main earpiece. Down below the 5.2-inches screen are the three touch type capacitive buttons which are backlit. The power on/off button and volume rockers are placed on the right side, while the hybrid SIM tray is on the left. There is the 3.5mm audio jack on the top, along with the secondary microphone. At the bottom, you just find the primary microphone, speakers, and microUSB port. Flipping the phone to the rear is where you find the 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, and Smartron branding, the Fingerprint sensor that is easy to reach and LED flash. Overall, the design and build of the tphoneP are easily one of the best we have seen in this segment.
The Smartron tphoneP packs a 5.2-inches HD (1280X720) IPS 2.5D curved glass display that comes with no protected glass on top. The 18:9 infinity display trend is slowing finding its way in the under Rs. 10,000 price segment, thanks to Huawei, infinix, but with the tPhoneP we get a typical 16:9 aspect ratio which is a bit routine. However, the HD display is quite sharp with text and images even when zooming in. There was no hint of pixilation, and the color reproduction is perfectly fine though there are no additional modes. The viewing angles are top notch; we didn’t notice any off-colors even when viewing from extreme angles. The brightness levels are also good; we were able to access the content outdoors and under direct sunlight.
Since there is also an auto-brightness sensor, you can enable it for the brightness to get auto adjusted depending on the ambient lighting. There is a 5.2-inches display; we get enough room for multitasking, gaming and media consumption as well. We would have liked it better if the company included additional display modes like reading, night, and vivid mode. Overall, the display of the Smartron tphoneP suffices the needs of a budget user.
The Smartron tphoneP is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 SoC clocked at 1.4GHz Octa-Core processor with Adreno 505 GPU and 3GB of RAM. The chipset is very much capable enough to handle most of your daily tasks and in fact, it is the powerful processor compared to other smartphones in this price range. We did not experience any lags or stutters with general U.I animations. Apps open up quite fast, and they also respond relatively quickly. Thanks to the fluid interface, we didn’t experience any sluggishness while multitasking or switching between apps. Chrome browsing was smooth even with 4-5 tabs open. Apps like Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram run smooth, and the memory management is also acceptable.
We didn’t notice apps running out of the memory at any point in time. It is even capable of handling high-end applications and multitasking smoothly without any lag. This is mainly because of the stock Android experience that the phone never hangs or freezes. Another Good thing about the phone is that it never heats regardless of the usage. Moving to gaming, we played games like Asphalt 8, Nova 3, Need for Speed, Modern Combat 5, Subway Surfers and more. While the Adreno 505 GPU is capable enough to run high-end games, we did notice occasional frame drops and stutters in the gameplay. Since there is no heating, we did happen to have excellent gaming experience.
The Fingerprint sensor is present on the rear, but it is a little slow, and the unlock animation is also slightly laggy. We hope Smartron pushes an OTA fixing this issue. Overall, the Smartron tphoneP performance is one of the best we have seen in the sub Rs. 10,000 price segment.
There is a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.2 aperture, 1.12um pixel, PDAF LED Flash. On the front, it has a 5MP shooter with f/2.2 aperture, 1.12um pixel, LED flash. The camera interface is very basic with only a few modes like HDR, Pro, Video, Flash, Beautify, Time-Lapse, Panorama and Multi-Exposure modes present. The Pro mode gives you access to ISO, White balance, exposure, and the multi-Exposure mode lets you take artistic photos. Despite the presence of so many features, the camera performance is pretty average. The images shot in good daylight and outdoor conditions are decent, but it tends to overexpose shots making them look very unnatural. There is autofocus, the macro photos are acceptable, but like normal shots, they too tend to get overexposed.
Surprisingly, shots clicked indoors are relatively better since there is not enough light for the images to go overexposed. But the shutter button is also slow in processing the picture, but if you quickly move the phone, the end image might turn out blurry. Moving to low-light, the camera here takes forever to focus, and the shutter speed is slightly longer than usual. While the images have decent colors, the details are not retained. The LED flash helps in extremely low-light conditions in brightening the image. The front 5-megapixel shooter combined with a beauty mode clicks good photos. It also has a wide-angle selfie so that you can click group selfies as well. What actually it does is stitch three shots together to deliver a wider frame.
The rear camera can record 1080p videos and 720p resolution videos through the front camera. The footage is relatively decent. Overall, the camera is not the strongest part of the Smartron tphoneP. There should be an OTA update to fix the issues.
The Smartron tphoneP comes with a 5000mAh battery with moderately fast charging support. However, the battery life is very impressive, and we never had issues going through a day and a half on casual to moderate usage. In fact, it can easily outperform most phones in the price segment including the Redmi 4. There was no idle battery drain even when the phone is left unused or while running games and high-end applications. Thankfully, the phone doesn’t heat up either, so there is no need to worry about battery discharging drastically.
In our video loop test, the tphoneP managed to last a whopping 20 hours which is fantastic for a budget phone. Since the phone also supports reverse charging, you can use it as a power bank to charge other phones using OTG cable. Moving to heavy usage that includes gaming, media, GPS navigation, and run high-end applications, we were able to push through until the end of the day comfortably. Since the phone supports moderately fast charging support, it took close to 3 hours to charge the large 5000mAh unit. While this is comfortable, we wouldn’t ask for more from a phone at this price. Overall, the battery backup of the Smartron tphoneP is extraordinary and doesn’t disappoint in any department.
The company didn’t include a pair of earphones within the box, so you will have to spend some more on a good quality headset. Since the loudspeaker is present on the bottom, the audio didn’t get muffled nor was there any distortion on maximum volume. The music player is pretty basic, and it lacks equalizer support, so you are stuck with default audio profiles. The sound via the loudspeaker is excellent, and it can easily cover an entire room. Since there are no earphones in the box, we tested out with the ones we had with us and the quality is pretty good.
In the video department, the Smartron tphoneP was able to play a range of video formats. We installed MX Player for smooth playback. It could also play 1080p videos without throwing any errors. There was no heating or freezing issues. Like we said, invest some more on a pair of earphones, and the phone won’t disappoint in terms of audio and video.
The Smartron tphoneP runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat with an interface that is close to stock. The interface has an app drawer, but there is no app drawer icon making you swipe up from the home screen to access the downloaded and installed apps. Smartron also included the notification dots feature from Android Oreo. This shows a bubble on app icons when you receive a notification. Apart from Google app suite, Smartron native applications like t.cloud, t.care, t.store, and a forum app. Smartron t.cloud offers 1000GB of free storage, and it requires a TronX ID. The t.care makes it easy to connect with customer support, and t.store is an app that shows the collection of company's online accessories. There are also Microsoft apps such as such as Word, Powerpoint, OneNote, and Skype pre-installed. You can’t uninstall them, but you can disable them. There is a power manager app which shows the complete picture of a battery including battery percentage, fast battery drain apps, and power-plan options.
There is no theme store, so you will have to stick with the default look unless you want to install 3rd party apps to theme the U.I the way you want. There is 3GB of RAM out of which around 1.81GB is free on first boot. Since the interface is close to stock, there is not much lag in the interface even when multitasking or scrolling through Chrome browser. We didn’t notice any stutters or lag in the U.I. The company has been a bit wonky about the software updates, which makes us think if the tphoneP would get the Oreo update anytime soon. It’s good to have a stock interface, but after using it for quite some time, you might get bored with the regular interface and no customization features. Overall, the software department of the Smartron tphoneP is exceptionally smooth and clean and does a fair job of handling the interface animations and multitasking capabilities.