Panasonic is a Japanese largest electronics manufacturing company. Although it is not primarily a smartphone manufacturer, Panasonic has been known to make some amazing smartphones from time to time. Their latest smartphone, the Panasonic Eluga Prim was launched recently. The phone which was launched in the entry level price range has a lot cool new features that include a full metal body and a fingerprint scanner. The phone will be launched with two color variants: gold and silver. In this review, we check out some of the other features of the phone.
The phone will be launched along with entry level smartphone heavyweights like Xiaomi, Moto, and LeEco. To make sure that the Eluga Prim sells, Panasonic had to come up with unique design and specification. This includes a 5 inch HD IPS display. The display has a 2.5 D curved Asahi glass. The display will have a resolution of 720x1280 which translates into a pixel density of 401-ppi. The curved screen is definitely one of the first in the entry level smartphone arena and will increase the popularity of the phone. The phone has a fingerprint sensor in the home button with capacitive touch buttons on its sides. Below the rear camera, there is a speaker grille. The display will be bright as expected from an IPS display but the colors will be a bit off, and it will lack the vibrancy of a LED display. However, the 2.5D curve will make watching movies, playing games and surfing the web a treat. Overall, the screen shouldn’t disappoint.
The phone will have a quad-core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz. It won’t provide the best of performance but will breeze through regular tasks and also perform well when multitasking. However, when it comes to playing heavy duty games, the phone will lag a little. The processor is accompanied by a 3 GB RAM which will further help in the smooth running of the phone and is much more than what most smartphones offer in the same price range. The internal memory will be 16 GB, and that can be expanded through dedicated microSD slot up to 128 GB.
This is one of the first outings of Panasonic with a fingerprint sensor. It will provide additional safety, but it won’t be the best or the fastest. However, they do deserve credit for putting it in the home button while most manufacturers are struggling to put it in the back. The phone will run on Android Marshmallow out of the box.
The phone will have a 13 MP rear camera with triple LED flash to help you get the best out of low light images. While Panasonic isn’t particularly known for its camera’s, in this case, they have done it right. The camera takes good images with good accurate colors. The images also look great on the curved Asahi HD screen. Video recording is at 720p. The front camera is a 5 MP shooter perfect for taking selfies and video calling.
Panasonic has disappointed us a bit in terms of battery. The phone has an average 2500 mAh battery. It won’t win any endurance test but should run for a whole day if you spend your power wisely. In terms of connectivity, the phone will come with Bluetooth, WI-Fi, GPS and USB OTG support. The phone has dual SIM 4G VoLTE support which is another added advantage. However, running both will mean that it is a huge drain on the battery. We don’t know if it has QuickCharge support.