Smartron tphone Fails To Be The ‘Master Blaster’ Of High-End PhonesNovember 14, 2016
Like many other Indian new age smartphone makers, Smartron is one more company that claims to offer different than others. However, it is not as ordinary as others as its biggest endorsement comes with its ambassador and shareholder, Mr.Sachin Tendulkar.
Mr.Tendulkar is a big name in the world of cricket and god for Indians. The company is piggybacking on his popularity. It doesn’t take a genius to tell why all product names start with t.
Smartron has chosen the orange theme for everything. From its website to its products, everything is clad in color orange. The tphone isn’t an exception. There are other colors as well, but the primary theme remains orange. However, it goes for dual tone color scheme with patches of grey of on top and bottom. That completely ruins the looks of the phone, at least for me. The silver facia also manages to hide the otherwise thick bezels.
On the contrary, the phone is ridiculously lightweight.Of all the phones I tried out recently, this one felt like a feather. If it not for its dimensions, you wouldn’t feel its presence in your pocket.
The tphone has the outdated hardware. I might be exaggerating a little, but for its asking price the specsheet could have been better. It has Snapdragon 810 (v2.1) and 4GB RAM. Now to put in the perspective, Mi5 and OnePlus 3 both in same price segment come with Snapdragon 820 processor that’s better than its predecessor. Agreed, the end user will not feel much difference here. But it misses out on something as serious as a fingerprint sensor. I can’t imagine using a phone without fingerprint sensor these days. Life would be so inconvenient without it. Even the OnePlus 2 which now comes at a slashed down price packs a fingerprint sensor.
The display is an AMOLED unit with FullHD resolution. Absolutely no problem with it as it still has a pixel density of 401 ppi far more than our eyes can discern.
The battery, which is rated at 3,000 mAh had really good endurance throughout the trial period. Although I didn’t make lots of calls, I had both SIM cards active with 4G LTE on throughout the day. Even then, it would last for a whole day. Plus the fast charging takes barely one and a half hours to fully charge the battery from 0.
The tphone has Dolby DTS audio suppport, however, the headphones that came with the phone lacked the bass and sounded just about average.
Smartron tphone goes for pure stock Android Marshmallow 6.0. There isn’t any sort of customization except for few wallpapers. As a result, the phone just flies. The maker has embeded its own app suite called tronx that provides value addition to the user. Users get unlimited cloud storage with tcloud while tstore lets you buy Smarton devices and accessories. The tcare app comes in handy when you need support with your device.
On paper Smartron tphone has 13MP rear camera that can shoot videos up to 4K UltraHD videos. The key parameter it misses is the OIS (optical image stabilization).
As far as the functioning and quality are concerned, it was barely acceptable. I found that camera was often confused. It would struggle with focus despite having technology like PDAF. It had a hard time managing the white balance and exposure. I’d no option but to take multiple shots and hope it would capture it just right. That seemed more like software bug than anything else. I wouldn’t write it off immediately. Surprisingly, it takes rather good low light shots.
The tphone has dual SIM 4G LTE support and Indian readers should be happy to know that it supports Jio 4G with VoLTE. The secondary slot is hybrid one but the 64GB storage means it will be long before you would need to put in a memory card. The call quality is always subject to network conditions, but the earpiece and 4 mic noise cancellation made sure I could hear everything clearly. It also has dual-band Wi-Fi, but that’s useful only if you have a compatible WiFi router. It also gets USB Type-C connector instead of microUSB. It might be little inconvenient today, but with time it will become a standard to replace its predecessor.
Wrapping it up:
For a phone that uses the identity of Master Blaster, justifying it is indeed a difficult task. Smartron tphone fails to be the master blaster of phones by a good margin. It itself hands over that crown to OnePlus 3. There isn’t any outstanding feature on this phone that makes me go wow. Nor its price is really groundbreaking. Perhaps, the company will rethink before it uses a famous identity for its next products.