The booming Indian smart phone market continues to attract the attention of major handset manufacturers. Panasonic has today launched its first smart phone in India, the P51. The P51 is priced at Rs 26,990 and will likely face very severe competition in the market from the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy series and Sony’s Xperia series. Panasonic has ensured that its first smart phone packs the punch with all the latest features.

A Unibody design with a matte finish will not fail to impress you at first sight. P51 runs on a 1.2 GHz quad core MediaTek processor. The high powered processor will make it very easy for the phone to handle high end 3D games and other high capacity apps. A full 1 GB RAM rightly complements the processor putting it on par with segment leaders like Samsung Galaxy Grand. Panasonic P51 comes with Andriod 4.2 out of the box so you need not wait for any Android updates after buying the phone. Panasonic has left the original UI of Android 4.2 without any major tinkering. There are no custom skins for the UI of the phone which may put unnecessary load on the phone’s RAM and battery.

The 5 inch 720p display of the phone with a pixel density of 294 ppi sounds cool for viewing photos and videos. On the imaging front, an 8 megapixel rear camera with LED flash can capture videos in full HD clarity (1080p). All the connectivity features ranging from Bluetooth to WiFi are available in the phone. Like many mid range smartphones available in the market now, the phone has two SIM card slots (one for 3G access and the other for 2G). Like the Galaxy Note, a magnetic flip cover and stylus are also included in the package of the phone. An internal memory of 4 GB is a bit disappointing. But you can expand the phone’s memory by another 32 GB through a microSD card. A stunning 2500 mAh Lithium Ion battery can keep the phone running for a full day even with heavy usage.

To conclude, the first Panasonic Smartphone has all the traits of a decent mid range smartphone. The only thing that Panasonic didn’t get right seems to be its price. At Rs 26,990, the Panasonic P51is more expensive when compared with other market leaders in that price range like the Samsung Galaxy Grand and Sony Xperia L. In a price sensitive market like India this might prove to be a very costly mistake for Panasonic.