The SRT.phone is the company’s second smartphone and the company is targeting the mainstream customers. With a starting price of Rs.12,999, the T.phone is a very affordable smartphone. We will be testing the more powerful version of this phone which has more RAM and storage but it costs less than Rs 15,000.
We think the SRT.phone will be loved by many initially, as Smartron says the phone is inspired by Sachin Tendulkar. But is it justified to buy the phone for this reason? Let’s find out in the review.
Smartron SRT.Phone Design and Build Quality
The SRT.phone comes with a standard candlebar design but has curved edges and edges for a comfortable grip. The plastic body feels sturdy. The battery is non-removable but the two nano SIM slots can be accessed by removing the rear cover of the phone, though doing so is a bit tricky. The gray color does not look very good but due to the matte finish, fingerprints are not very much.
On the front, the phone flaunts a 5.5-inch full-HD IPS display with Gorilla Glass 3. The brightness level of the display is very good, which makes it easy to use the phone in daylight. Viewing angles and color reproduction are also good. Below the display are three backlit dots that act as Android navigation buttons. You have the option to enable the onscreen button by going to the Settings Apple. On the top, there is an ambient light and proximity sensor but no notification LED.
The volume rocker button on the right side of the phone is convenient to operate, but the power button on the top is a very awkward place and it is also difficult to use. The good thing is that you will mostly use the fingerprint sensor to unlock the phone, but even then it would have been better to have it on the left side. Apart from this, there is also no ‘double tap’ gesture to activate the screen.
The camera on the rear of the phone is flat and the Smartron’s signature orange branding can be seen everywhere on the device. The fingerprint sensor is easy to use and quickly identifies fingers. We never had trouble unlocking the phone with the sensor during our use. Like many other smartphones, you can’t use the fingerprint sensor to lock apps and files. There is a USB Type-C connector along with the speaker grille on the bottom edges of the phone.
In the retail box, you get an 18W adapter with the phone which comes with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge Standard support. Apart from this, a Type-C cable and some guidebooks are also available. Smartron has also given some launch offers. Customers will also get an additional cover featuring Sachin Tendulkar.
Overall, the SRT.phone has a good build and fits snugly in the hand. The phone weighs 155 grams and is easy to carry in a pocket despite its 8.9mm thickness. The phone does not look very beautiful and due to the awkward placement of the power button, the user will have to get used to it, but apart from this, there is no big problem with the phone.
Smartron SRT.Phone Specification & Software
Better specifications have been given in SRT.phone. This phone has Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor and we reviewed the variants with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage. The lack of expandable storage option in the phone is disappointing but the phone has enough space for most uses. Talking about other specifications, there are features like Bluetooth 4.1, dual-band Wi-Fi ac, USB OTG, FM radio and GPS. The SRT. The phone supports NFC which can be said to be a great feature in this price segment. The phone also has many sensors including a gyroscope. The phone supports 4G with VoLTE on all Indian bands.
Smartron hasn’t tampered with Android and we really liked it. The phone runs on Android Nougat (7.1.1) and the phone is claimed to get the Android O update. The stock launcher given in the phone looks similar to the Pixel phone. But this phone has an app drawer button. Swiping to the right opens the Google Now page and Google Assistant is also provided. In the app drawer, recently installed apps appear first but there’s no way to change app icons to alphabetical order.
Smartron offers an Office suite of Microsoft apps that cannot be uninstalled. The good thing is that there are not many apps in the phone. The phone also has a custom gallery and Tron.X app. Tron.x is a handy security feature that is required to login in case the phone is reset or stolen.
The TrondotX app has three sections – tStore, tCloud and TKare. You can buy products like other Smartron products and accessories from Teastore. And Smartron’s cloud storage service from TCloud provides unlimited backup space to store contacts, messages, photos and videos. It syncs automatically from time to time but you can also sync manually if needed. As of now, only DCIM folders created for photos and videos are synced in the phone and we could not find any way to sync any other folders. Last, with TCare you can chat with and call or email a representative with any questions.
There is a section for gestures in the Settings app, but only one option is available right now. And by pressing the power button twice, the camera app opens.
Smartron SRT.Phone Performance, Camera & Battery Life
SRT.phone got good performance in almost all the tests. In Antutu, we got 80,790 points from the phone while in GFXBench, we got a score of 35 frames per second. 3D games like NOVA in the phone. Legacy and Asphalt 8 ran smoothly without any problems. Due to the stock Android phone, the performance of the phone was good and the interface is also clean. Multitasking is also done well in the phone. The quality of calls coming through the earpiece was good and we did not face any heat issue in the phone. The edges of the frame heat up quickly while shooting videos or using the camera, but there is no such problem during normal use.
Media playback was an enjoyable experience due to the large display on the SRT.phone. The single speaker at the bottom makes for decent sound, but the sound is weak when there is extraneous noise. The audio coming from the headphones is good but there is no audio enhancement feature.
The camera disappoints the most in the SRT.phone. The 13-megapixel rear camera comes with PDAF and aperture F/2.0, so focusing is not too bad in daylight and the wide aperture gives a bokeh effect in macro shots. However, the quality of the pictures remains very average. Depth is lacking in landscape photos taken in daylight. Closeup shots come out very flat and look overexposed in sunlight. Focus speed is poor. Selfies come well with the 5-megapixel sensor in daylight, but the quality is not very good in case of poor lighting.
The camera app is well designed and the user has Auto HDR, Scene Mode, Filters and Ratio controls on the left. While the shooting mode is on the right. You can control shutter speed and ISO with manual mode, but this setting is not visible in real time in the view finder. Apart from this, Auto HDR also does not work always, so it would be better to manually select HDR mode if needed.
Video recording up to 4K (up to 10 minutes at a time) can be done from the phone and the quality is really good. The slow motion mode helps and the timelapse video mode is also useful.
The phone packs a 3000 mAh battery, but it didn’t perform very well in our HD video loop test. We were able to run the phone only for 8 hours and 43 minutes. During actual use the phone could last for a whole day. The good thing is that the phone’s battery supports Quick Charge 2.0, so the battery does not take much time to charge.
Smartron has done a good job for the second time as well. The SRT.phone is a very good performing handset, except for the camera performance. Spending Rs 14,000 for a phone that’s more powerful than the Honor 6X and Moto G5 Plus (Review) isn’t bad. The SRT.phone has a good screen, strong build quality (despite being plastic) and app performance is excellent. On the other hand, it is not the best looking phone in its price segment and the battery life of the phone could have been better.
SRT.phone is a good option, Honor and Moto smartphones also have their own merits, due to which they are also good options. But, if you want a much better UI then the Honor 6X could be better and the system performance is also expected to improve with the rollout of the Nougat update. If you like stock Android but want a good camera, then the Moto G5 Plus (Review) will be the better one for you. If you go for the Smartron SRT. phone, then you should pay more for the 64 GB variant, as there is no expandable storage option in the phone.