Panasonic did build up a lot of scene about its new smartphone. A lot of teasing before it finally unveiled the P81 to Indian market, officially. The phone was launched at a price of 18,990 INR. This phone is Panasonic’s doorway to the world of octa-core processors. The phone hit the store shelves in the third week of May and was marked with an MRP of 19,990 INR. The 18,990 INR being the best buy!
The Panasonic P81 is a sleek smartphone designed for folk who drool over class. Available in Black leatherette finish, this phone is 7.9 mm deep which makes it just 2.4 mm thicker than the Gionee Elife S5.5, another phone powered by an octa-core processor. The chic back panel of the phone boasts a Panasonic logo, a 13MP rear camera and an LED flash. The fascia is flanked by three capacitive navigation keys on the bottom and 2MP from cam on the top. While the power button resides on the right edge of the phone, the volume rocker finds its place on the left edge. P81 rocks a 5.5 inch HD IPS display. With a resolution of 710×1280 pixels, the new Panasonic P81 proves manages to display bright and vivid colors with decent accuracy.
Said to be powered by a 1.7 GHz ‘True Octa-Core Processor’, Panasonic takes aim at other budget octa-core smartphones featuring MediaTek chips. However, the chipset in the Panasonic P81 is most likely from MediaTek. 8 GB of internal memory and expandable memory of up to 32 GB is not satisfactory for a smartphone in this segment. The Panasonic P81 combines its ‘true octa-core’ processor with 1 GB of RAM which is again a little less than one would ask for. The same ‘true octa-core’ processor in the Micromax Canvas Knight A350 is mated with 2 GB RAM which makes it furiously fast.
The Panasonic P81 operates in Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean which is rather unfortunate. The Canvas Knight A350 again takes the stage with a promised Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS. The outdated OS of the P81 is topped with the brand’s own UI called the Play Life UI. A rather disappointing attempt to veil the outmoded OS is incorporated software features like Smart Ringer and Multi Play. While Multi Play is nothing but you way to multi task on the phone, Smart Ringer is a function that lets you attend calls single-handedly. However, a 2500 mAh battery and a slow UI combine to give you a pretty decent battery life.
Panasonic plans to pump up the sales by giving away ‘freebies worth Rs. 11,900’ with this phone, which includes regular accessories like a screen guard, flip cover along with a range of digital subscriptions like Hungama, Evernote etc. However, a compromise on both the OS and the RAM could severely affect the market sales of the P81. That too when there prevail mighty opponents like the Micromax Canvas Knight A350 and the Gionee Elife S5.5, all in the similar price range.
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