Smartron SRT phone review after using it for more than a month.
Soon after the launch of t.phone and t.book, Sachin Tendulkar backed Smartron company announced Srt Phone, a device exclusively for the Sachin Tendulkar fans. The Smartron SRT phone was announced on May 3, 2017, and it's a budget smartphone which takes on popular Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. But is it worth the price? Let's find out in our exclusive Smartron Srt Phone Review.
Smartron Srt Phone Review
We have used this device for more than a month and here is what I feel about the handset -
In terms of design, it has a standard candybar design and the round edges and corners makes the device look extremely good. It comes with a plastic body on the back with SRT phone clearly written alongside "Designed and Engineered in India". That's something to add to "Make in India" campaign although most of the internal parts of the device are manufactured in China. That's ok because not all the smartphones parts are manufactured in India and in order to keep the device price competitive, the company has to opt for Chinese providers. Still pretty much truly 'Make in India' smartphone.
Talking about the hardward button placement, the volume rocker keys are located on the right side bezel and they are convenient to use unlike Power button which is located on the top. That's inspired from older iPhone models. Along with Power button, we also have traditional 3.5 mm headphone jack and mic for noise-cancellation.
At the bottom, we have the USB Type-C port for charging and PC connectivity in between the two speaker grills. It has a thickness of 8.9 mm and weight 155 gram.
Overall, it feels nice to hold the device in hands.
It's the display that you see all the pictures, videos and stuff on smartphones. In terms of display, the SRT. phone packs a 5.5-inch LCD IPS display with greater viewing angles. The screen is bright, colors output is vivid and delivers a great graphics output while gaming.
The trends in the past couple of years have changed and 5.5-inch is now the ideal size of a smartphone.
The display on SRT phone TA5511 provides a screen resolution of 401 PPI pixel density. Further, the device has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection on top and it prevents the display from normal scratches, that keeps the device fresh as a new handset.
It has got three capacitive touch buttons for recent apps, Home, and a back button. These buttons stand on the black bezels that run on the phone and they are backlit, helps to use the phone in dim or no light environments. It would have been great if those buttons showed what they represent. A consumer coming from Motorola or Samsung phones will need to adapt with the touch buttons.
This ends the display specs are great, infact its more than decent and perfectly fits in the price tag of the device.
SRT Phone Camera Review
In terms of camera, we have a 13 mega pixel sensor on the rear side and it comes with PDAF, f/2.0 aperture, BSI sensor and a single flash. All these help in giving a decent picture quality during the day but eventually, we found that the camera quality is just sub par(average).
For all the moving images that we took, none of them came up perfectly, so the camera is suitable for still pictures.
If you have used Nexus or Android phones in the past, then you will love the nice and simple camera user interface. It's well designed for easy access to Auto HDR, Scenes Mode, filters, aspect ratio and Camera settings options on the left side and we have the LED flash toggle, panorama, Self Time and Camera Toggle switch. There is on screen camera capture button in between.
The rear camera can record 4K UHD at 30 fps, full HD video and HD videos. Watch the 4K video recording sample.
Talking about the 5 mega pixel front facing camera, it gives decent quality during the daylight (both indoor and outdoor) but just like most phones affordable phone, it's just OK in the non-ideal lighting conditions.
Check out SRT phone camera samples
Under the hood, the SRT phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 Mobile Platform offering support to advanced features like X8 LTE modem support, excellent connectivity, top-tier graphical and multimedia performance. It's a 64-bit architecture with Octa core CPU clocked at 1.8 GHz.
Couple with Adreno 510 GPU and 4 GB dual Channel LPDDR3 RAM in tow, helps to achieve above par performance. SD 652, in comparison with it's predecessor, offers 30% faster performance than last year launched Snapdragon 625 chipset.
The device is available in two different storage models of 32 GB and 64 GB inbuilt memory. Lack of external storage is bit disappointment but the company has beaten most phones in the price to include 32 GB storage. That's enough for a normal user and if you think it's less, then go for 64 GB model, for which you just have to pay Rs 1,000 extra. I got the 64 GB model which provided me a total of 53.63 GB.
SAR Value mentioned on the device is 0.559 w/kg @ 1g(Head) and 0.632 w/kg @1g(Body). It also receives BIS and RoHS certifications.
Gaming & Benchmark scores
We played Clash Royale, Asphalt 8 and NFS No Limits games on the device and it passed all the test with no hiccups. While it didn't lag, there was a bit of heating issue during the gameplay. But that's almost the same experience as of Xiaomi Redmi Note 4.
We did AnTuTu on the device and it scored 61984 and got at GFXBench test.
I am a big fan of Stock Android because it includes all the essential smartphone features, why would one need more customizations or features. If you want, you are free to do it with apps and root but take it at your own risk because once you get your device rooted, your device warranty also gets void.
Coming back to SRT phone, it runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS. The user interface is pretty much similar to any Moto phone because it runs the stock Android version and that's a positive thing. Quite surprisingly, Smartron has announced that they will update the device to the latest Android Oreo version.
The Smartron team has done their home work very well to keeps the GUI simple. Unlike Samsung's TouchWiz or Xiaomi's MIUI 9, company has avoided the use of heavy UI and unwanted bloatware apps.
SRT phone has no bloatware Apps - That's The biggest Advantage of the phone
While setting up the device for the first use, there is a great option to restore your old device data or start a fresh. This makes migrating to a new phone easier.
Additionally, it packs Microsoft Office(Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote and Skype) built-in to suit professionals.
Although the device has a removable back cover, the battery isn't removable. The 3000 mAh battery is decent enough to provide more than a day's normal usage easily. I was able to run the device for one day with Wi-Fi turned ON, few calls and gaming/video playback. Screen-on time was close to five hours on average.
Added to that, I think Smartphone has added a great functionality of Quick Charge 2.0, that allows you to charge your device faster than normal charging. From 5% to 100% full charge it takes nearly 90 minutes using the Quick charge 2.0. It also comes with most advanced USB Type-C port.
Given the phone is not small in size, we believe that Smartron could have added a bit more mAhs to the battery. That would have given users a complete device we would have helped SRT phone to bag the best Android phone under Rs 15K in India award.
Smartron proudly adds a tag of unlimited storage just like Google Pixel phones. Practically it's possible for photos on any Android phone with Google Photos but the company is adverting their own cloud service called TCloud. That provides seamless data backup.
There are certain this where SRT phone excels. Most of the phones under Rs 15,000 are dual SIM but with only one SIM support 4G VoLTE connectivity. SRT for many reasons has both SIM supporting VoLTE connectivity i.e., insert Reliance Jio SIM in any of the SIM card slots.
Google Assistant comes out of the box on the devices and it works perfectly. It does have a Gesture control but only one here - Double Press the Power button to directly jump to Camera.
It features a fingerprint sensor with a response time as mentioned officially to be 0.09 and comparatively it's blazing fast at authentication compared to other phones.
Apart from Fingerprint sensor we also found Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor and Digital Compass on the device.
Smartron SRT phone is available in two different variants -
- 4 GB RAM with 32 GB priced at Rs 12,999
- 4 GB RAM with 64 GB storage priced at Rs 13,999
- NFC Supported
- Fast Fingerprint Sensor
- Removable back cover
- USB Type-C Port
- Camera performance could have been better
- Heats during High graphical games
Smartron SRT Alternatives
We have gone through every bit of a phone dedicated to Sachin, it's a great phone at this price but I felt like why not include this section. Here are few alternatives that this device will compete with -
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
- Huawei Honor 6X
- Lenovo K8 Note
- Motorola Moto M
So, that was all about the Smartron SRT smartphone. What do you think about the device?