Eluga Arc, the new Eluga smartphone was launched by Panasonic at a price tag of Rs.12490 which supports Fingerprint sensor and IR blaster. We managed to attend the launch event yesterday at Gurgaon and brought a quick hands on review for our readers of the latest Panasonic Eluga Arc.
Eluga Arc: Design & Build Quality 🙂
The most eye catching point on Eluga Arc is its build quality and design. Panasonic managed to give it a premium look with poly-carbonate body which looks like a metal body but it is not a metal. The curved back panel feels handy and comfortable while using the smartphone. The worst part which took Panasonic Eluga Arc in its grip is the front panel. While most of the smartphone manufacturers are trying to make a bezel less smartphone, Eluga Arc has a big empty space left below the screen which should have to be used for touch capacitive buttons. Eluga Arc has on screen buttons which stops you in utilizing the full screen.
On Top side, you get the 3.5 mm Audio Jack and IR Blaster which we are seeing now a days in most of the smartphones like Redmi Note 3, LE Eco Le 1S in this price segment. On back side you get the 8MP rear camera with LED flash and Fingerprint sensor. The speaker grill is on the back panel. Panasonic has given a metallic ring around the rear camera and fingerprint sensor which gives the smartphone a premium look. The phone can be easily used in one hand.
Panasonic Eluga Arc: Display Screen 🙁
Eluga Arc has just a small 4.7″ HD IPS display with 2.5D curved glass which is a major disaster since most of the smartphone manufacturers are trying to give atleast a 5″Full HD or 5.5″ Full HD display at this price point of Rs.12490. Also the On-Screen touch capacitive buttons reduce the screen size of 4.7″ further down the line.
Panasonic Eluga Arc: Processor 🙁 RAM & Internal Storage 🙂
Eluga Arc is powered by a 1.2Ghz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor with Adreno 306 GPU. We dont understand what made Panasonic to go with this chipset. We are not saying Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 is a bad processor but at the price point of Rs.12490, the buyer is expecting much more. Atleast an Octa-core processor with 616 or 650 SoC or any high MediaTek processor is what rest of the manufacturers like Lenovo K4, K5 Plus and K3, Le 1S, Redmi Note 3 and many more are providing.
It provided a 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage which is a normal norm now a days and we are happy that Panasonic has atleast provided this needed features for a smartphone. Yes you can expand the internal storage via MicroSD card upto 32GB.
Panasonic Eluga Arc: Camera & Speaker Grill 🙂
Eluga Arc has just a tiny 8MP rear camera with LED flash. This must be looking very disappointing 🙁 to you since most of the smartphone vendors are providing atleast 13MP at this price segment and that too from last 6 months. But a mere Mega-pixel count can not tell you about the picture quality. The 8MP on Eluga Arc captures decent photos on day time. Eluga Arc has a 5MP front shooter which is common and it provided a good quality selfies.
The speaker grill is provided at the back panel on the lower side just like its siblings. Though they are not as loud as we have seen from Lenovo K4 Note which comes with front firing speakers but even Eluga Arc speakers provide a decent sound output.
Panasonic Eluga Arc: Battery 🙁
The major disappointment is that it comes with just 1800 mAh battery. Common-on, 2016 is the time when everyone is looking for atleast 2500 to 4000 mAh battery. But one must note that Eluga Arc comes with just 4.7″ screen and that too with HD display and not the battery hunger Full HD display. Also one must note that the processor is just 410 SoC which is not resource hungry. So according to the company, it provided a decent battery for the configuration it has provided. But at Rs.12490, Indian customers are expecting much more.
Rest everything is fine like 4G, Qualcomm Quick Charge, Dual SIM, Bluetooth 4.0, Android 5.1 Lollipop which is common thing so we won’t go in deep for that.
Conclusion: Panasonic Eluga Arc 😐
Well, if you just want a decent looking smartphone with fingerprint sensor and do not watch too much movies nor play heavy games and are a moderate user than you can go for this smartphone. Otherwise its a complete NO for this smartphone as at this price segment you can have variety of choices.
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