Panasonic has launched its first smartphone in India with Panasonic P51. The Android 4.2 Jellybean based phone gets 5 inch HD display (1280x720p) covered with scratch resistant Dragon tail glass, 1.2GHz quad core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of inbuilt memory.
Panasonic is giving magnetic flip cover with the phone and a stylus. The P51 also comes with Note taking apps that take advantage of the stylus. Other features of the phone include 8 megapixel rear auto focus camera with Flash, 1.3 megapixel front camera with 720p video recording and a large 2500mAH battery.
Panasonic has tied up with Jaina group, which also owns the Karbonn Mobile brand in India, for marketing, sales and service. This should enable them to have a large network of sales and service centres right from day one.
Pradeep Jain of Jaina group said, “I am sure our expertise in the marketing and distribution and customer care support will add value to an exciting proposition from Panasonic”.
While the phone has its numerous plus points like latest operating system, large battery, and overall good specifications along with a large sales, service and distribution network, the phone looks overpriced given that a similar product from Samsung with its Galaxy Win is selling for only Rs 16,900.
In contrast Panasonic will take time to build its brand. Moreover, this is not a product from their famed Japanese phone line of Eluga smartphones, which are known for waterproofing, big cameras and latest technology. In terms of specification the phone is more in line with the quad core offerings from Indian brands which are priced much-much lower.
The phone will be available in the market from next week.