Panasonic Eluga Z (Android Kitkat/Octa Core /2GB RAM/16GB Memory/OTG/13MP/2050mAh)
Panasonic has brought out a new smartphone in the Indian Market, expanding its ‘Eluga’ series further, The Panasonic Eluga Z. The phone has been launched at a price of Rs. 13,490.
The company says that the USP of the phone shall be its ‘Metal Blade’ design as well as the support for an amazing 21 regional Indian languages. This is a dual- SIM phone comes with a 5 inch AMOLED display and a 1.4GHz quad-core processor.
Super Slim Metallic Built and Design
Panasonic Eluga Z is available in three colour options, namely Champaign Gold, Ivory White and Midnight Blue. The phone looks well-built and shows that some amount of time has been spent at designing front. It does not look like a standard budget smartphone rather the phone is only 6.8mm thick and is surrounded by a Metal bezel, which renders a good and robust look.
On the front you shall find the 5 inch AMOLED display screen, front camera, in call speaker and a few sensors. The back houses the rear camera, LED Flash along with some ‘Panasonic’ and ‘Eluga’ branding. The volume rocker and power key is located on the right. On the top you will find 3.5 mm headphone jack, while Micro USB slot is located at the bottom.
The Eluga Z supports a 5 inch AMOLED display with a 720×1280 pixel resolution along with 294 ppi pixel density. It does not have a full HD resolution, which is a huge letdown as at this price bracket that is expected from devices these days. Nonetheless, the screen is vibrant and bright and will provide you a good viewing experience while watching videos or playing games.
Underneath the hood is an Octa-core 1.4GHz MediaTek processor with Mali-450MP4 GPU along with 2GB of RAM. With the Octa-core processor and 2GB RAM the company is giving the end users the ability to enjoy a lag free experience and execute effortless multitasking. The Mali-450 MP4 is a good GPU that will give you a good gaming experience, but you should stick to the low graphic mode for HD games to avoid any lags.
Disappointment with 4G LTE support
In the connectivity department the phone includes Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth, A-GPS & OTG. Panasonic Eluga Z does not have LTE connectivity, which is huge letdown.
Operating System, Upgrade and User Interface
The company is offering the Panasonic Icon UI interface with the phone, which is a fairly feature rich and responsive UI. Icons are all displayed on the home screen/panels with a pop up style display. But there is now App Drawer, but you won’t miss it much. Only down point here is that right now Panasonic is offering older Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system, but plans to roll out an Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade soon.
The phone includes a 13MP Auto focus main camera with LED Flash and a 5MP Fixed focus front camera. Rear camera of Panasonic Eluga Z can record full HD videos @30fps. The camera performance is similar to the other members of the Eluga family. Both camera offers good color reproduction and minimal noise when used in bright light conditions. In fact, noise levels do increase substantially when used in low light conditions. The front camera won’t disappoint you while taking Selfies or during video calling.
I am still not able to get logic behind a low capacity battery for a real multitasking driver. The company has provided a really small battery, 2050mAh. Panasonic claims that the battery can last you up to 15H of talk time thanks to really improved Panasonic UI. But we believe that the phone will be able to get you through the day with moderate usage, but not beyond that.
- Metal Blade design
- Super AMOLED screen
- Vivid Display
- Supports 21 Indian languages
- Booted OS Android Kitkat 4.4.2 is upgradable to Android Lollipop 5
- Decent performance from 13MP rear camera
- Excellent Panasonic user interface
- Lag free HD gaming only in low graphic settings
- Poor Battery backup
- Indian 4G LTE network is not supported
- Over priced
Japanese corporation Panasonic has been trying to make a name for itself in the smartphone department. Panasonic Eluga z has some good things going for it with a good design, decent camera and the Panasonic UI. But missing full HD resolution and no LTE connectivity can be a deal breaker.
The biggest drawback of this phone has to be its pricing. The phone is kept in the 10,000-15,000 INR price bracket, in which companies such as Motorola and Xiaomi rule the segment. The Panasonic Eluga Z is not able to compete with these brands in terms of specification and hence might be left behind in the race.
|OS||Android v4.4 (Kitkat), Dual SIM|
|Processor||Octa core, 1.4 GHz, MediaTek MT6592M, Mali-450 MP4|
|Memory||2GB RAM, 16GB Memory, 32GB SD Card Support, USB OTG|
|Screen||5.5 inch, 720 x 1280 pixels, 267 PPI, Super AMOLED|
|Camera||13MP[P], 5MP[F], Auto Focus, Digital Zoom, FHD Recording|
|Battery||2050 mAh, Li-ion|
|Connectivity||FM, BT 4.0, 1G, 2G, 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS (A-GPS), USB 2.0, OTG|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Light, Proximity|
|Body||120 gram [W], 6.8 mm [Th]|
Panasonic Eluga Icon
There was a time when smaller cell phones were preferred over big clunky ones (a really long time ago). But the times have changed cell phones are getting bigger and smarter. Big screen smartphones are really popular among Indian masses and every company wants to bring out their own big screen display.
The latest offering from Panasonic the ‘Panasonic Eluga Icon’ follows the same philosophy. With a 5.5 inch display the phone is priced competitively at Rs. 12,300. But does it stand out or is it the same book with a new cover? Let’s find out.
With a 5.5 inch display the Eluga Icon is surprisingly light weight at just 147 grams. The handset is available with two color options, Slate & Gold. The Eluga Icon feels and look quite compact, probably because of thin bezels on both sides of the screen. Other than that the phone has a simple uni-body design with matte finish on the back.
The front of the phone includes three capacitive touch buttons, so you will not be getting the on-screen buttons. On the left, you will find SIM 1 and Micro SD card slot, while on the right are volume rocker, Power button and SIM 2 slot. SIM and Micro SD slots are covered by flaps that feel like it can break off easily. On the back, you will find ‘Panasonic’ and ‘Eluga’ Branding and also an ‘LTE’ logo thus indicating that the phone has the 4G LTE connectivity. But the biggest design flaw on this smartphone might be the rear camera, which is protruding out thus it will be prone to scratches.
Phablet HD Screen
The Eluga Icon comes with a 5.5 inch IPS LCD Capacitive display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels with 267PPI pixel density. The display has a 71.7% screen to body ratio, which makes the front body almost completely occupied by the screen thus making it look compact. The display is sharp with good brightness levels.
The company has also added a helpful color temperature adjustment level and night mode to give the users a personalized viewing pleasure. Under the display are three capacitive touch buttons which strangely are not backlit, considering the price.
Octa Core Hardware
Under the hood the smartphone is powered by an Octa-core 64 bit 1.5GHzMediateck processor, along with 2GB of RAM. In the storage department the phone comes with 16 GB internal storage and Micro SD support up to 32 GB. Panasonic Eluga Icon performs well in day to day usage and multitasking as well as for gaming. You won’t encounter much lags or frame drops while playing your favourite games.
Indian 4G TD/FD Connectivity
The phone comes with 4G LTE support along with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, GPS/A-GPS, OTG support, Micro-USB, and Bluetooth.
Operating System and User interface
The phone runs the older Android 4.4 KitKat. The user interface is customized via Panasonic’s new Icon UI which shows apps on home screen panels and there is no App Drawer (Similar to the MIUI interface).
The Operating System includes folder support, gesture support, auto call answer, flip to mute, among other features. Panasonic has made the running OS highly customizable including the option to customize the status bar icons, customize the volume keys to control music playback, multiple transition effects for the launcher, and much more. Overall user interface looks nice and has been tweaked to support various features. However, it is based on previous Android version and no word yet from the brand if it will receive an update to Android 5.0 Lollipop.
13MP Auto focus Camera and 5MP Selfie Camera
The phone supports a 13MP auto focus rear camera with LED Flash and an 8MP Front facing camera. The rear camera can shoot full HD videos @30fps. Panasonic has given the camera interface a lot of tweaks to give the user added functionality and better images. Shooting modes include HDR, face beauty, and PIP (Picture in Picture). There is also an added feature to control the camera via voice commands.
Output picture quality offer good color reproduction and minimal noise when used in bright light conditions. The noise levels do increase substantially when used in low light conditions. The front camera offers sharp images in indoor and can accommodate 4-5 people easily in a photo.
The power the big screen display the company has included a massive 3500 MAh battery. The battery provides power to last more than a day on moderate to heavy usage on the phone.
- Slip and cool look
- Lightweight device
- Sharp and decent brightness level in 5.5 inches HD screen
- Maximum use of the front
- Negligible lag while playing HD games
- Super user Interface from Panasonic
- Super selfie camera
- Decent rear shooter
- Mighty battery backup
- Lag free performance from Octa core processor
- Front camera Pop up
- Noisy photography in low light condition
- Panasonic has not update about Android Lollipop update
The Panasonic Eluga Icon is definitely packed with features and looks. With a sleek design, a new user interface packed with features and an impressive battery life the phone definitely checks all the right boxes. But a missing full HD display and older Android version the phone does loose some points.
At the price point the phone is definitely an impressive device, but it does have some strong competition cut out for it in the form of devices that are cheaper that the Eluga Icon including the YU Yureka Plus which comes with a full HD Display.
|OS||Dual SIM, Android v4.4.2 Kitkat|
|Processor||Mali-T760 MP2, Octa core, 1.5 GHz, MediaTek MT6752|
|Memory||2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, 32GB SD card support, USB OTG|
|Screen||5.5 inch, 720 x 1280 pixels, 267 PPI, IPS LCD|
|Camera||13MP[P], 8MP[F], Auto Focus, Digital Zoom, FHD Recording|
|Battery||3500 mAh, Li-ion, Non-removable|
|Connectivity||FM, BT 4.0, 4G, 1G, 2G, 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS (A-GPS), USB 2.0, OTG|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Light, Proximity|
|Body||145 gram [W], 8.0 mm [Th]|