Few days back we covered the arrival of Panasonic T31 as an upcoming smartphone and this phone has now been listed on the official Panasonic India website. This phone is the third phone launched in the T series after Panasonic T11 (Full Review) and Panasonic T21 last month. The phone has been priced at Rs. 7,990 which is 2k less than the quad core Panasonic T11. Though the price difference isn’t much, let’s see to what extent Panasonic has trimmed down the specs.

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Camera and Internal Storage

The primary camera comes with a 3.2 MP sensor which has been downgraded from 5 MP in Panasonic T11. A front VGA camera is also present for video calling. The primary camera is capable of recording VGA videos at 30 fps.

The camera is not great considering the price range and is similar to what Samsung is offering with its Samsung Galaxy Trend. Domestic phones like Micromax Canvas Fun A74 will offer you better 5 MP camera. You won’t notice much difference in quality on your 4 inch smartphone screen.

The Internal storage is standard 4 GB and can be extended to 32 GB using a microSD card. Out of the 4 GB internal storage 1.9 GB will be available at users end.

Processor and Battery

The Phone comes with 1.3 GHz Dual core processor whose make has not been specified. Most probably this is the MT6572 chipset which is very common in recently launched budget android phones in India.

The processor will be backed by a 512 MB RAM which is most that can be expected at this price range. Out of this free RAM will be only 211 MB, which implies your device will lag over a period of time, but there are ways to deal with it. The chipset will perform well in day to day operations and basic usage.

The battery capacity is 1300 mAh which is not much. This will give you a talk time of around 4 hours which is not much.

Display and Features

This smartphone has a 4 Inch WVGA display which will offer you pixel density of 233 pixels per inches which is not bad considering the display size. The display type is TFT LCD which is one step below IPS LCD offered by Quad core Panasonic T11. If you want a bigger display in this price range you can opt for phones like Micromax Canvas Fun A74, which has a 4.5 Inch FWVGA display.

The phone supports dual SIM connectivity and runs on Android 4.2 jelly bean operating system which is according to expectations and will provide you with good Android experience.

Looks and Connectivity

The phone has body dimensions of 122 x 64.4 x 11.95 which makes it quite thick. The phone is thicker and taller than similar size display phone from Panasonic, the T11. The speaker is present at the back next to the camera sensor with Panasonic branding below it. There are no hard buttons on the front panel of this plastic body smartphone. The phone weighs an adequate 120 grams.

Connectivity features include 3G, 3.5 jack stereo audio jack, Bluetooth 4.0 A2DP, Wi-Fi, GPS with A-GPS support.

Comparison

This Phone will compete with domestic brand smartphones like Micromax Canvas Fun A63, Micromax Canvas Fun A74, Xolo A500S and Spice Stellar Glamour all priced below it and featuring similar or better specifications on paper.

The phone will also compete against phones like Samsung Galaxy Trend and Samsung Galaxy Star pro from tier 1 manufacturers. The Quad core devices available in almost the same price range like Panasonic T11 and Xolo Q700 will also mark a dent in its sales.

Key Specifications

Model Panasonic T31
Processor 1.3 GHz Dual Core
Display 4 Inch WVGA
RAM 512 MB
Internal Storage 4 GB
Operating System Android 4.2 Jelly bean
Camera 3.2 MP/ 0.3 MP
Battery 1300 mAh
Price Rs. 7,990

Conclusion

Panasonic has come up with a Simple smartphone with standard hardware specifications. The battery of the phone is a limitation and we expect the phone to be available at a lesser price in the market. The USP of the phone will be the brand name of Panasonic. The quad core T11 priced slightly higher, seems like a better option

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