Panasonic Eluga U Andriod Smartphone - First look

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Panasonic India launched its latest dual sim flagship andriod smartphone at a price range of Rs.18000. The smartphone is named as Panasonic Eluga U. This phone looks like a perfect bit in the asian market with clean designa nd looks. This should good competitions for Samsung, HTC, Micromax, etc. Here is my first impression of the phone and its features.

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Design:

Eluga U stands for "Elegant User Interface Gateway" which is quiet complicated number. The design of the phone is good and quiet as expected from a Japanese manufacturer. It has a slim unibody and a glass finish at the back. Hope the glass finish doesn't get scratches. In the left there is a microSD and dual SIM tray. On the right side there is power and volumn controls with rather big space between them. And there is not visual marks that says which key is for what, this might confuse the users. The overall build and quality is good for the price range.

Display:


Panasonic Eluga U comes witha 5" IPS display with resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The touch response and viewing angles are good. Panasonic has modified the OS to enable landscape mode view on the home screen, a feature usually not found on Android devices. The screen is protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 3, which is good to have.

Hardware:

Panasonic Eluga U runs a 1.2Ghz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 2GB RAM. There is 16GB of internal storage with the microSD card supporting up to 32GB. There is a non-removable 2,500mAh battery, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and bunch of sensors to support various apps. There is 13mp shooter at the back with LED flash.

Software:

The Eluga U runs a customised Andriod 4.4 kitkat software. Users can assess all there apps from the home screen with its its new FitHome UI on the Eluga U. This is good, but not a Wow feature. Best part for the user is it allows user to switch the UI to stock android if you dont like the FitHome UI. Apart from this everything else is standard in the software side.



Performance:

With Snapdragon 400 running at 1.2Ghz the phone has good response and also the support the processor with a 2GB Ram which makes this phone lag free and also most of the games would run smooth like butter. So running games, HD movies would not be an issue. But need to check if the phone slow downs as more apps are installed.

Cameras:

The Eluga U has a 13MP autofocus primary camera and a 2MP front camera supported by LED flash light.Camera is good, nothing exceptional. Now a days 13MP is becoming a industry standard for this range of smartphones.

Conclusion:

Phone is a good buy for first time users. But i would not prefer this if i already have a stock andriod OS. Not to forget India is becoming very competitive with smartphones with have micromax, Xiaomi, Motorola, Xolo . They are bringing in more better spec phones at a very cheap price. Xioami has a phone with a better hardware at just Rs.14K. So i would suggest you do some research before buying this phone.

Specification:

General 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100
SIM Dual SIM
Announced 2014, July
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2014, August
Body Dimensions 8 mm thickness
Weight 141 g (4.97 oz)
Display Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 720 x 1280 pixels, 5.0 inches (~294 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Sound Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
Memory Card slot microSD, up to 32 GB
Internal 16 GB, 2 GB RAM
Data GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
Speed HSDPA, HSUPA
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP
USB microUSB v2.0
Camera Primary 13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus
Video 1080p@30fps
Secondary 2 MP
Features OS Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat)
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
CPU Quad-core 1.2 GHz
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS
Browser HTML
Radio FM radio with RDS
GPS Yes, with A-GPS
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Colors Black, White

- MP4/H.264/H.263 player
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
- Organizer
- Photo/video editor
- Document viewer
- Voice memo/dial
- Predictive text input
Battery
Li-Ion 2500 mAh battery