Panasonic is far from being the first brand you think about when you think of smartphones. The company was completely off the radar until recently when we started getting some info on their devices. The company has launched a mid-range T40 smartphone in India last month and now they’re pushing yet another product to Indian market, Panasonic T9. This is an extremely affordable low-end smartphone. Panasonic T9 features a 3.5-inch HVGA (480 x 320) display along with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of expandable internal storage. This handset is powered by a 1.3GHz dual-core processor and it ships with Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box. On the back of this device you’ll find a 2-megapixel camera flanked by an LED flash while there’s a VGA shooter on the front of the device. Dual SIM support is also here but this device doesn’t come with 3G connectivity, 2G is the best you’ll get out of this thing. 1300mAh battery comes along with the device while the handset measures 179 x 63.7 x 10.1mm. Panasonic T9 comes in Black and White colors and it’s available at Indiatimes Shopping for INR 3,750 ($61).
I don’t even know what to say to this. It’s been a while since i covered a 512MB handset without 3G connectivity. I really don’t know what type of consumers is Panasonic targeting with this considering that regular smartphones are really cheap these days. This handset is cheap, but I’m not sure we can consider a 2G handset a smartphone these days. To tell you the truth this got me intrigued, I’m really interested to see the sales numbers from Panasonic when it comes to this handset. It seems to me like the company wants to push this handset out as a dumbphone, even though it’s technically a smartphone. Company’s T40 smartphone they launched last month is a major improvement over this device and it costs INR 5990 ($98), not to mention you can get a ton of affordable smartphones around that $100 mark these days. I’m looking forward to your comments on this one. I’m pretty sure most of you will agree with me and won’t see the point here, but I’m really looking forward to the comments, who do you think Panasonic hopes to sell this handset to?