Panasonic released its first handset, the Eluga Note, as a mid-range dual SIM phablet for July just a few days ago.
Competing with its competitors from Lenovo, Xiaomi and Motorola, the device offers some really good configuration for its price. Available only in champagne gold color option, the gadget will be made available more through offline retail stores than online sources. This is following a statement made by the manufacturer in a recent press release. Almost all normal features found in any smartphone or phablet are present, barring a few aspects like a fingerprint sensor. As you continue reading, you will get an opportunity to learn more about this Japanese offering.
Size, Weight and Body Material
The Panasonic Eluga Note comes in a neither too big nor too small size of 146 x 74.5 x 8.10 mm and weighs just a little above 140g. Like other mid-range devices, the handset makes use of plastic as the primary material for its body construction. The rear removable panel has a textured finish. Although not very bulky, it must be said that there are other phablets in the market that are thinner than this phablet. But, the lightweight factor makes it quite comfortable to operate using just one hand or stay compact in your pocket without bulging out. The choice of plastic also contributes towards making the gadget really light.
Screen Size and Display, Pixel Resolution and Density
Offering a standard aspect ratio of 16:9, the Eluga Note sports a 5.5-inch IPS LTPS (low temperature polycrystalline silicon) screen. The full HD screen has a decent pixel resolution of 1920 x 1080 with an equally good pixel density of 403ppi. Because of this, you can be assured that the handset offers really acceptable crispness and clarity for its images and texts. Added to this, the IPS screen ensured good viewing angles. The screen size makes the gadget suitable for gaming, browsing and viewing movies. All in all, the manufacturer does not let you down as far as the screen is concerned.
Rear and Front Cameras
As is almost always the case, the rear shooter has a bigger camera than its front counterpart in terms of numbers. The primary snapper is a 16MP camera with triple LED flash and f/1.9 lens aperture apart from housing a CMOS sensor. This camera offers an image resolution of 4608 x 3456 and a video resolution of 1920 x 1080. Videos get recorded at a rate of 30 fps. Even as the numbers appear promising and deliver satisfactory results, the features supported are just about what you will find in any other device. In other words, the Panasonic Eluga Note does not have any specific feature that serves as the key highlight for its rear shooter. However, the manufacturer claims that the f/1.9 aperture will do good justice when capturing low light shots.
On the front, the Panasonic Eluga Note has a 5MP secondary camera with a four-element lens for selfies. This snapper also provides support for gesture based and smile shots apart from the ability to capture voices. Images and videos have resolutions of 2592 x 1944 and 1280 x 720 respectively. Like the rear shooter, this camera also records videos at 30 fps.
Hardware, Software and Memory
The Eluga Note comes packed with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. The latter can be expanded still further by another 32GB using the dedicated memory card slot. Talking of the chipset and processors used, the phablet accommodates a MediaTek MT6753 chipset along with an octa core (two quad cores) 64-bit 1.3GHz ARM Cortex-A53 processor and a three-core 450MHz ARM Mali-T720 MP3 graphics processor. The gadget also uses an infrared port and sensor for connecting it to and taking control of other home appliances.
Functioning on Android, the device comes with one of the recent versions of the operating system installed – Android 6.0 Marshmallow. This is topped up with the manufacturer’s own FitHome UI. This UI assists in offering access to apps on the home screen using a single thumb flick.
Battery and Battery Life
Interestingly, the Panasonic handset sports a removable 3,000 mAh battery. The Li-Po battery offers fairly decent talk time of close to 13 hours on both 2G and 3G networks. Standby time is nearly 330 hours on these networks.
Although the overall price of the Panasonic Eluga Note does not burn a hole in your pocket, there are talks that the handset by itself has nothing new to offer for its cost.