Review: Panasonic Eluga Prim doesn’t rock the specs at this price tag

Panasonic Eluga Prim is doing well in terms of the design and the software, but falls behind rivals in terms of the specifications and the overall performance


Panasonic Eluga Prim is currently available on both Flipkart and Amazon.
Panasonic Eluga Prim is currently available on both Flipkart and Amazon.

Japanese smartphone maker Panasonic has added a new small screen smartphone to its product line-up in India. The good thing is, it looks and feels more expensive than it actually is. Dubbed as Eluga Prim, the new smartphone is priced at Rs 10,290 and is currently available on both Flipkart.com and Amazon.in.

The Eluga Prime is a good-looking smartphone with a plastic back.
The Eluga Prime is a good-looking smartphone with a plastic back.

Design: Light and good-looking

The Eluga Prime is a good-looking smartphone with a plastic back. The front panel looks a lot like the iPhone 6s due to the circular home button which also serves as the finger print sensor. The back panel is removable but made of good quality plastic with a fabric like texture on it. Not only its gives the phone a distinct look but also keeps the back clean from smudges.It weighs just 145g and is 7.5mm thick which is impressive even by the standards of a small screen phone.

The 5-inch HD display looks good enough for casual tasks.
The 5-inch HD display looks good enough for casual tasks.

Display: Handles colours well

The 5-inch HD (1,280x720p) display is not big enough for gaming or typing at length, but looks good enough for casual tasks such as checking social posts and day to day browsing. The display handles colours well, but due to the low resolution, the display doesn’t really look impressive. The wide viewing angles are likable and so is the legibility under bright light. You can tinker with the display in the phone’s display settings and switch between vivid and standard mode, enhance contrast levels and adjust colour temperature.

Panasonic has made a few changes with the phone’s interface.
Panasonic has made a few changes with the phone’s interface.

Software: Clutter-free and user-friendly

Panasonic has made a few changes with the phone’s interface. The phone runs Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) but not with the customary interface that Panasonic uses in its phones. The Eluga Prim comes with a plain version of Android and the few customisation it offers are baked in the phone’s settings options.

You can change the app icons and wallpapers in themes, switch the position of the onscreen navigation keys and some cool gestures such as sliding up with two fingers to open messaging app anytime, or sliding down with two fingers to open the call button. The finger-print sensor is another area where you can customise a different function for every finger. So with one finger, you can unlock the phone and launch a specific app right away.

Performance: Not meant for power users

Driven by MediaTek’s modest MT6737 quad-core processor with 3GB RAM, the Eluga Prim is adequately powerful to steer most everyday tasks without feeling stressed out or getting overheated. We did notice a slight lag while switching between apps and in games but by and large, Eluga Prim’s performance was satisfactory. The phone offers 16GB as internal storage and up to 128GB of expandable storage through microSD.

Battery backup isn’t one of its strong points, though. The 2,500mAh battery barely lasted a whole day on modest use.

The Eluga Prim offers a 13-megapixel camera with triple LED flash.
The Eluga Prim offers a 13-megapixel camera with triple LED flash.

Camera: The Achilles heel

The Eluga Prim offers a 13-megapixel camera with triple LED flash. The camera feels a bit slow and inconsistent. Even in daytime shots, colours look washed and the overall image looks dull. We were not impressed with the low light results either. The camera app is pretty basic with hardly any filters or exciting camera modes.

Verdict

Panasonic’s new Eluga Prim is a compact smartphone which can take care of most basic requirements well. The phone’s price does seem a bit on the higher side considering the fact that you can better devices with bigger screen, superior hardware, better camera and superior battery at much lower rice. If you are not very keen on big screen phones, Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime, priced at Rs 8,999, is a much better proposition on account of its premium metal body, superior processor, funky UI, more internal storage and better battery backup.

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