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About the Phone
- Good quality body, making it rather sturdy
- Good camera quality
- Fingerprint sensor which works pretty fast
- In spite of a sturdy body, the model is bulky and has fat bezels surrounding the screen
- Unattractive look
- Below average battery life
- Low screen brightness
Launched in February 2018, the Panasonic P100 comes in two kinds of models. The models are available with a 1 GB RAM and a 2GB RAM which was priced at Rs. 5,299 and Rs. 5,999 respectively. As of 2019, the price of the model has fallen and is available at a starting price of Rs. 4,299. The phone was launched in four colours: Blue, Black, Gold and Dark Grey.
In an effort to make the model sturdy, the phone has become bulky and unattractive. Not much effort has been poured into the design of the phone. This small 5 inch phone weighs 174 grams and has an added 2.5 D curved glass. The entire body is made of plastic and has a glossy back in an attempt to make it look a little bit better. It is of a small and compact size, with rounded corners and smooth sides.For the price and configuration at which the model is on the market, there are phones with better designs which are more lightweight and comfortable to use.
Panasonic P100 has a 5 inch touchscreen display with a 720 x 1280 pixels resolution. It has an aspect ratio of 16:9 and is protected by a Gorilla Glass cover and the display has a good colour resolution. However, the brightness of the display screen is inherently lower than normal, pulling down the display feature of this model. There are manual hardware capacitive buttons at the bottom of the display screen, which are not backlit. The display of the model is pretty average for a phone in this price range and fails to stand out. Adding to the average display of the model, the phone has large bezels surrounding it on all sides.
Panasonic P100 has a 1.25 GHz quad core MediaTek MT6737 processor and has either a 1 GB or 2 GB RAM, along with 16 GB internal storage. The storage is expandable up to 128 GB and 256 GB for 1 GB and 2 GB models respectively via an external micro SD card. It runs on the previous Android version 7.0 Nougat, and is not upgradeable to Android 9.0 Pie. The configuration on this phone is pretty basic and the phone should function without glitches and much lagging if it is only used for basic needs like calling, web browsing and a few basic games. Beyond that, heavy usage will cause the phone to lag and hang pretty often. On top of that background apps will need to be cleared way too frequently in order to keep the phone to run smoothly. According to user reviews, after clearing background apps, the phone works without a hitch.
This model has a front camera of 5MP and a rear camera of 8 MP. The camera stands out as a feature in this phone because it is one of the few phones in this price range which offers a 1.4mm pixel size. This enables the photos to have a natural sharpness to itself and can capture images even in low light. The front camera offers a wide angle lens which is good for clicking selfies. The front flash for dim light also works well for the front camera. In this price range, this model offers one of the best cameras.
The battery becomes one of the features which makes the entire model look bad and may also make many change their minds regarding buying this phone. It has a 2200 mAh removable battery which needs to be charged twice a day if the usage is normal to high. The battery performance is less than average even for a phone in this price range. With heavy usage, the phone may need to be charged every 6 hours.
In its price range, this model of Panasonic has the best camera, and above average performance. It loses its foothold when it comes to its battery performance and display. If looking for a better battery performance and a sleek phone with a better display screen, other options are also available in the same price range on the smartphone market.