Panasonic’s P31 smartphone to hit Indian store shelves this week

Panasonic’s P31 smartphone to hit Indian store shelves this weekIn a bid to take advantage of growing middle class in India, consumer electronics giant Panasonic has launched mid-ranged P31 smartphone in the country.

To be available for purchase starting this week with a price tag of Rs 11,990, the Panasonic P31 features a 5-inch FWVGA display that offers resolution of 480 by 854 pixels. It has two cameras - an 8 megapixel camera on the rear side and a VGA camera on the front. The rear-facing camera comes with auto-focus and full HD video recording capability.

The new smartphone is powered by a quad-core processor that is clocked at 1.3GHz. It offers 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage that you can expand using a microSD card.

It runs on Google's Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS, which comes skinned with the manufacturer's Play Life user interface (UI), which includes features like Music Cafe, Ultimate Saver, Gesture Play and Pop-I Player.

The list of the P31's other notable features includes dual-SIM support, 3G support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 2,000 mAh battery that is capable of providing up to 9 hours of talk-time on 3G and roughly 600 hours of standby time. The handset's "Ultimate Saver" feature switches battery use modes to save power.