Smartron t.Phone P price and release date

With more and more smartphones filling up the sub-Rs 10,000 segment, users are now confused more than ever. Companies like Xiaomi and Moto have filled the market with affordable options. Smartron, the Hyderabad based electronics company, has also launched the t.Phone P under this budget. But is the t.Phone P just another smartphone masquerading as an inexpensive entry level phone, or does it stand up to the tall claims? We find out. 
The Smartron t.Phone P was launched in India on 11 January at Rs 7,999. It is exclusively available on Flipkart.

The t.Phone P comes with a 5.2-inch HD (1280 x 720 pixels) display with 2.5D curved glass atop. It’s a gently curved glass that fits the plastic frame of the phone, unlike curved designs on Samsung's flagship devices.
If you're coming from a phone with an 18:9 display, the bezels of t.Phone P will look huge. They did to me. But I did get used to them eventually.
For its price, the display is good. It isn’t the best one and surely isn’t the brightest one when you look at the competition. When indoors, the display is well-lit and bright. However, sunlight legibility is far too low. 
The colour reproduction on the screen is decent, something matching the standard on phones in this price bracket. Images are sharp and the phone can be used to watch videos easily, as long as you're indoors.

Interface and reliability

One of the major highlights of the t.Phone P is its near stock Android experience. The smartphone comes with Android 7.1.1 Nougat, topped with Smartron experience apps, including the, and Along with this, Smartron has loaded a bunch of apps like Microsoft's Office suite, Skype, Forums app and Google Duo, which unfortunately cannot be uninstalled. This is a bummer and gets in the way of what could have been a clean user experience. Smartron should have allowed users to uninstall them. 
Otherwise, the UI is slick and we didn’t face any lags during our use. It’s as stock as they come, except for the aforementioned issue. It runs on Android Nougat right now, and there's no word on when it will get Android Oreo.

Specs and Performance

The t.Phone P is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 435 octa-core chipset, which is generally what powers every second smartphone in this budget. Paired with 3GB of RAM, the phone performs well. It was able to run games like Clash of Clans flawlessly and even graphics hungry games, such as Shadow Fight 3. Though the phone did get warm while playing the latter one.
When it comes to multitasking, the phone is able to switch between 4-5 apps simultaneously, accompanied by frame drops and lags.
The dual-firing speakers at the bottom are possibly the worst part of the smartphone. They sound just plain bad. If you are going to watch videos or listen to music, we recommend using earphones.
The performance of the t.Phone P isn’t groundbreaking. Smartron has played it safe with the hardware that they have put together and frankly, it’s not bad to use at all.


The Smartron t.Phone P comes with a 13-megapixel primary snapper, which has an aperture size of f/2.2.and a 5-megapixel selfie camera on the front. The images coming out of the rear camera are decent, but the front-facing camera needs a lot of work.
From the rear camera, images shot often look washed out. There seems to be a whitish tone over the photos, which make them underwhelming. The phone also overexposed when shooting in outdoor sunlight, while low light shots were filled with noise and blurs.
There’s a manual mode as well which feels gimmicky. It doesn’t let you adjust anything except ISO and white balance.