Panasonic, the company known to make some high-quality electronics has launched a new smartphone for first-time buyers, dubbed as the P95. This phone will carry a price tag of Rs. 4,999, however, as an introductory offer, the company is offering a discount of Rs. 1000 and it will be available for Rs. 3,999. Let’s check out what the phone has to offer.
Design and Display
In the design department, the device feels pretty sturdy and durable. This is impressive for a phone costing this cheap. Panasonic is known to make some durable electronics, and this trait reflects with the P95 as well. On the front, the phone has a clean look with some substantial bezels on all sides. Despite the bezels, the phone still has a 5-inch display rocking a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. This brings its pixel density up to 294 PPI, which isn’t a super crispy one but is fairly decent if you’re looking to consume content from YouTube or watch videos. It may not be able to justify high definition content or heavy games, though. Right below the display, the phone features three hardware navigation keys as well. On the back, the phone appears very plain with just a camera module. It does not have a fingerprint scanner.
Performance and Storage
Underneath the P95’s hood, Panasonic has equipped the device with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 SoC. This is an entry-level chipset that offers just enough bandwidth to get you through your daily tasks, but if you’re looking for heavy multitasking or gaming, you might be disappointed. This is further worsened by the fact that the phone packs in just 1GB of RAM. On the storage front, the phone ships with just 16GB of inbuilt memory which is expandable up to 128GB through a microSD card.
Camera and Software
In the camera department, the Panasonic P95 features nothing fancy like a dual-rear camera setup but sticks to the conventional single sensor on the back and one on the front. The rear-facing camera comprises of an 8-megapixel autofocus snapper which is coupled with an LED flash. On the front, it has a 5-megapixel camera for capturing selfies and video calling purposes. Since the phone lacks a fingerprint sensor, its front camera also doubles up to aid in face unlocking. This is a nice addition to see in an entry-level smartphone. The phone also has voice recognition as a feature to unlock it. However, if these features fail to work, the fallback option is the conventional PIN/Password option.
On the software front, the smartphone ships with Android 7.1.2 Nougat out of the box. Considering how this phone is priced, we’d cut it some slack for not shipping with Oreo yet. It is likely though that the phone will receive an update to the latest version of Android, although there isn’t an official word yet.
Connectivity and Battery
The Panasonic P95 offers all the standard connectivity options including WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, a 3.5mm headphone jack and micro USB port at the bottom. It will also allow users to pop in up to two SIMs, both of which can support 4G VoLTE, however, care must be taken if you use two Jio SIMs as the phone can’t run them simultaneously. In the battery department, the smartphone is equipped with a 2,300 mAh unit which is not user removable. This battery is considerably small according to 2018 standards, but we must remember that this is an entry-level phone. In addition to that, it runs a mere HD display which draws less power and should help its case.
Unlike the Panasonic P101 which was launched prior to this smartphone was only offline, the new P95 will be available for purchase on both online and offline. The phone will be up for grabs for Rs 3,999 for three days through Flipkart’s Big Shopping Day Sale, which will run through May 13th till May 16th.