Smartron’s t.Phone stands out with its funky colours and S-AMOLED screen

Homegrown brand also wants to set up an IoT ecosystem

Bored of rose gold phones? Lucky you, ‘cos the t.Phone comes wearing some rather snazzy clothes. And the prospect of free cloud storage has us intrigued, too

Remember the t.Book which Smartron launched a few weeks ago? The one with the snazzy orange-and-gray colour scheme? Caught your eye, didn’t it? (You can read our review in Stuff’s June issue). Then you’ll be glad to know Smartron’s launched a new phone as well and it doesn’t miss out on the colourful treatment.


Colour me good


Okay, we’ve been spoken enough about the t.Phone’s ‘hatke’ design and if you’re wondering why, here it is: It’s slim with rounded edges and at 149g, is lighter than the summer breeze on a Mediterranean beach. And then, the colours. No staid black or copycat rose gold here. You get a choice of some nice, bright (yet subtle enough), Indian-inspired colours: Blue, pink and orange.Of course, for those of you who think bright colours will clash with your Saville Row suit, there’s grey as well.


Inner crunch


But a phone’s also about the specs (duh!). You’ll be pleased to know Smartron’s using a near-stock version of Android Marshmallow 6.0.1. On the hardware front, there’s a Full HD 5.5in Super AMOLED display with ‘Assertive Display’ tech, which bumps up visibility under sunlight without needing to boost the brightness. Then there’s a Snapdragon 810, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage (along with expandable storage shared with the 2nd SIM slot). Sadly (and inexplicably), it misses out on a fingerprint scanner (insert frowny emoji here), although you do get support for DTS Premium Sound and PlayFi.

Apart from this, there’s a 13MP rear camera (which can shoot 4K video), a 4MP front camera (with ‘large’ pixels for better low-light results), USB Type-C, a 3000mAh battery and support for Quick Charge 2.0


Cloudy days


But there’s more stuff of interest here - Smartron will also be giving free (as in free beer), unlimited (like the spread at a buffet) cloud storage on their t.Cloud network. They’ve also got their own OTA servers and say users can expect regular device updates. Apart from this, Smartron’s working on new IoT products such as smart routers and while no timeline’s been announced, they do hint at ‘something big’!


The t.Phone will retail at ₹22,999 and should be on shelves and online storefronts in early June.