Panasonic outreach has been slowly growing in the smartphone industry. The company seems to be more concentrated in manufacturing budget segment of smartphones and their strategy seems to be working well. Panasonic recently launched its “Eluga Mark 2” smartphone in the markets.
The phone offers a lot of utility and comes with an affordable price tag. The Eluga Mark 2 works on the Android OS. The display seems to be well balanced and bright enough to provide a decent viewing experience.So, let’s see how this phone works in real life.
Even though the phone comes with a budget price tag, the phone has been provided with a full metal design. The phone’s body has been manufactured using aircraft-grade aluminium, thus making it stand among the rest. Not only the use of aircraft grade aluminium makes the phone have an aesthetic appearance but also makes the phone light, durable and have three times more heat dissipating capacity. The phone comes with 5.5 inches 2.5D curved IPS LCD screen that provides a screen resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. The phone's large, curved display is further strengthened by the Japanese Asahi Dragon Trail Glass, which makes the Eluga Mark 2 resistant to scratch and smoother than other smartphones that are present in its price segment. The display seems to be well balanced and bright enough to provide a decent viewing experience. The viewing angles, as well as the sunlight legibility, is decent too.
The phone features a 1.3 GHz Cortex A53, Octa-core processor that is backed by a MediaTek MT6753 chipset and a Mali-T720 MP3 GPU. The processor handles multi-tasking easily and offers a seamless experience. The octa-core processor can handle a lot of stress and can play heavy apps. Games and videos can be played without any problem, however, some frame drop could be observed when playing heavy games. However, at the price tag on which one gets to have this phone, the processor works great. The phone offers an internal storage of 32GB which could be further expanded up to 128GB using the hybrid SIM card slot provided in the phone. A 3GB of RAM is also provided in the phone, which according to us is fantastic for a budget segment phone. The Eluga Mark 2 works on the Android OS, i.e. Android version 6.0 (Marshmallow). The phone has been equipped with a fingerprint Scanner, which is provided on the back of the phone. The phone offers dual SIM support and back 4G networks.
The phone features a 13 MP primary camera with 5P lens element. The rear camera is backed by autofocus and LED flashlight. The camera settings include Exposure compensation and ISO control. Shooting modes include Continuous Shooting and High Dynamic Range mode (HDR). Camera features also include digital zoom, auto flash, digital image stabilisation, face detection, touch to focus, etc. The front shooter features a 5MP 88Degrees wide camera. The videos are expected to be recorded at 1920x1080p@30fps. The primary camera works well enough to capture decent images; though the images look a little brushed up, one cannot complain much. The low light photography is impressive too, compared to the fact that it is a budget segment smartphone. The front shooter boasts a wide angled lens that lets its user take group selfies easily. A loudspeaker and a 3.5mm audio jack have also been provided in the phone.
The Panasonic Eluga Mark 2 is powered by a 3000 mAh Li-Polymer battery, which is non-user replaceable. The battery has enough juice to make the smartphone work for a complete day with heavy usage. The best part about the battery is the fact that it supports quick charging too. Talking about connectivity options, the phone supports Wi-Fi 802.11, b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Mobile Hotspot, Bluetooth version 4.0, A-GPS and USB OTG. An IR blaster has also been provided in the phone that lets its users control TV, ACs through the mobile itself. Talking about the other sensors provided in the phone, the phone is also installed with Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer and Compass.