Panasonic has recently come up with a new 5 inch smartphone running on Android operating system at an affordable price in the market. The unique thing about the new gadget is that it takes you back into the generation of flappable back panel mobiles as the company provides a couple of exchangeable back panels in different colors inside the box itself. The glossy dual SIM smartphone is all set to compete against other local companies like Micromax, Lava, etc. and also with mid segment devices of big firms like Samsung Galaxy Grand, Sony Xperia SL, Nokia Lumia 720 and HTC Desire V.
The 5 inch Panasonic p11 display packs an HD IPS display with native resolution of 1280 X 720p which is quite acceptable given the price point of the gadget. The processing jobs are looked after by a 1.2 GHz quad core processor. The phone weighs only 160 grams and is just 9.7 mm thick. The dual SIM facility helps it support two independent GSM SIM cards. The phone runs on Android 4.1, which might be a bit disappointing as this is not the latest version available in the market, and given the company’s reputation, an update cannot be expected in the near time too.
The primary camera of the device has an 8 MP sensor, and supports autofocus feature. There’s also a single LED flash for low light photography. For video calling, it comprises of a 1.3 MP front facing camera. There’s a universal 3.5 mm headphone jack on the top of the device. The device features 1 GB RAM, and 4 GB internal memory which can be extended up to 32 GB by using a standard micro SD card. Connectivity options in the gadget include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, HSDPA 7.2 Mbps, Bluetooth, and GPS.
The 2000 mAh battery powering up the device is enough to keep you going all day long. Panasonic is offering 2 exchangeable back panels within the mobile box, one black, and other yellow with a fluorescent matte finish. The affordable smartphone seems to be well designed but the overall built quality fails to meet the expectations. A removable battery might be useful for users who are always power hungry and prefer to keep a spare battery in their pocket.
The final verdict about the device is that it has been developed for a special class of people who need the premium type of features within a limited budget. The company has directly targeted this class and has prepared itself to compete with Micromax Canvas 2, Intex Aqua series, and a few Lava models. Though the phone seems to be lacking in a lot of terms, but given the price point here, everything you are getting is just a grab away rate. The device might not be available on every local store, but you may easily get it from online portals like Flipkart. The final judgment on the gadget however lies with the public, and only they will decide if this new device has enough potential to fight with one of the most emerging Canvas series by Micromax which seems to rule this segment.