Japanese smartphone supremacy Panasonic has launched a new premium mid-tier Android smartphone in India. The Panasonic Eluga A4 is the companies latest offering to the Indian consumers, which comes with a massive 5000 mAh non-user replaceable Li-ion battery. The device will be available in the offline and online market from 5th November.
Except for the battery, the device doesn’t amaze us and for the price tag of ₹12,490, the Indian smartphone enthusiasts have many choices which offer better value for money and more superior hardware. For the design and build quality, the device offers full metal unibody design with no compromise on this aspect. However, there is nothing new to appreciate and the design feels a bit old at this time of year. The large bezels are something that we won’t appreciate at all.
Coming to the actual tech specifications, the device offers a slightly smaller 5.2-inch HD IPS LCD display with 720p resolution, making it bit obsolete on this price tag. Though the low-resolution display might show mercy on the battery, however, in the real world usage the display will not impress the audience. The display is protected by a 2.5D Curved tempered glass on the top. The MediaTek MT6737 Quad-core Mobile platform powers the device paired with 3 GB LPDDR3 RAM and 32 GB onboard flash storage with a dedicated micro SD card slot (up to 128 GB).
Coming to the camera, the Panasonic plays a safe card with a 13 MP main camera with PDAF and HD video recording capability, on the front, the device offers a 5 MP fixed focus shooter with similar video capabilities. In terms of connectivity, the device offers dual SIM card slots with 4G LTE and VoLte capability with support for WiFi and WiFi Hotspot. The Panasonic Eluga A4 offers a front-facing fingerprint scanner, which also doubles as the home button.
With respect to the Android operating system, the device offers Android Nougat 7.0 with custom UI without any clue for the Android Oreo update. Though the device does feature 5000 mAh battery, due to unavailability of fast charging, the device should take around 3 and a half hour to completely charge the device from zero to hundred via micro USB port (supports USB OTG).
If Pansonic wants to earn space in the Indian smartphoneholics heart, then they should step up their game. Ex: the 10 months old Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 feels much superior in all the aspects compared to this device. So, what is your view on this smartphone from Panasonic? Share your views in the comment box.