Panasonic launches P77 as a new budget warrior
Panasonic launches P77 as a new budget warriorReuters

Owing to the growing demand for budget phones, Panasonic launched its latest ultra-affordable smartphone P77 in India on Thursday. The new smartphone comes at a time when Motorola is breaking sales records online with its Moto E3 Power, which poses a tough competition to P77.

Panasonic has priced P77 quite reasonably at Rs 6,990 and will be available in its stores across the country. The dual-SIM handset has some features that make it totally worth, but it lacks behind some existing players such as Xiaomi Redmi 3S and Moto E3 Power.

For its price, Panasonic P77 offers 4G and VoLTE support, a decent design with its 5-inch HD display and slim bezels. It is powered by a 1GHz quad-core processor paired with 1GB RAM and 8GB expandable storage.

On the camera side of things, P77 has an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash and a 2MP front snapper. It packs a 2,000mAh battery and runs Android 5.1 Lollipop out-of-the-box. If we look at its closest rivals, for instance Redmi 3S, which is priced at Rs 6,999, Panasonic P77 fails to impress.

Xiaomi Redmi 3S has the same 5-inch HD display, but everything else is much superior. Redmi 3S is powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core Snapdragon 430 CPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage and a 4,100mAh battery. Even the camera is better than P77, which is a 13MP rear-facing shooter with LED flash and a 5MP snapper in the front.

In the sub-Rs 7,000 price range, buyers have the option of LYF Water 7, which also packs better specs than P77. If customers can spare another Rs 1,000, Moto E3 Power can be a good choice, which comes with water-and-dust resistance, fast charging battery and more.