The Panasonic P31 is landing in India this week for a price of Rs 11990. It’s a 5-inch handset with a quad core processor and a few other specifications that position it at the start of the mid-range segment. So it’s basically one of those gadgets you would be buying if you were upgrading from a low-end smartphone or a plain old feature phone.
Bearing in mind the market the P31 is playing for, here’s what we think of the device and whether it’s worth your money. First off, the Karbonn Titanium S5+, Xolo Q1010 and Micromax Canvas Doodle A111 are the closest competitors to the smartphone in terms of specs and price.
In spite of having an expansive 5-inch screen, visuals can only be displayed in 854 x 480p resolution, as compared to the Q1010’s HD one. Since Google is insistent on KitKat for all devices cheap or expensive, we wish manufacturers would just launch their products with Android 4.4 onboard instead of Jelly Bean.
A 1.3GHz quad core processor (probably from the champion chip-maker of budget phones, Mediatek) sits at the heart of the device. This should lend decent smoothness to the way tasks are handled by the phone. The P31 has 4GB of internal storage which may be insufficient for entertainment buffs, hence the 32GB memory expandability.
Since the order of the day is dual SIM handsets, Panasonic obviously inserted this option. A reasonable 8MP camera is fixed onto the back panel. The integrated 2000mAh battery delivers up to 9 hours of 3G talk time. All of the aforementioned features make the gadget in question worth its Rs 11990 cost. But only just.
Panasonic P31 specifications:
– 5-inch 854 x 480p resolution touchscreen
– 1.3GHz quad core processor
– Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS
– 1GB RAM, 4GB onboard memory
– 32GB microSD card support
– 8MP main camera, VGA camera above display
– 2000mAh battery
– 13 hours 2G or 9 hours 3G talk time
– Dual SIM slots
Like we’ve already mentioned above, the Panasonic P31 will be hitting the Indian market this week.