Panasonic’s newest smartphone, called the Eluga Tapp, is meant for the audience that is more comfortable with small-screen smartphones. Priced at Rs8,990, the Eluga Tapp also has all the elements that one expects in a budget smartphone. However, the tough task will be to convince buyers to go for it instead of Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime (Rs8,999).

The Eluga Tapp is a solidly built smartphone
The Eluga Tapp is a solidly built smartphone

Design: Handy and light

Largely made of plastic with a removable back cover, the Eluga Tapp is a solidly built smartphone. The matte finish on the back and the grey coating on it almost give it the look and feel of metal. The rectangular-shaped home button on the front panel also doubles up as the fingerprint sensor. It is easy to configure and unlocks the phone almost instantly most of the times. Surprisingly, the rest of the navigation keys are integrated within the interface leaving the area around the home button blank. The phone’s compact size makes it ideal for users with small palms. The slight curve around the edges on the back panel improves the grip over it. At 8.2mm and 138g, it is thinner and lighter than the Redmi 3S Prime’s 8.5mm and 143g form factor.

Eluga Tapp offers a screen resolution of 1,280x720p on a 5-inch display
Eluga Tapp offers a screen resolution of 1,280x720p on a 5-inch display

Display: Small and smudgy

Like most budget smartphones, Eluga Tapp offers a screen resolution of 1,280x720p on a 5-inch display. It is an ordinary looking display with good viewing angles. Colours look good but the screen lacks the crispness. The lack of resolution is visible mostly in high-end games. The display also smudges a lot. Panasonic has added a few customisation options on the screen with which one can switch between vivid and natural modes. However, we didn’t notice any major boost in picture quality.

The Eluga Tapp runs Android 6.0 with a plain Android interface over it
The Eluga Tapp runs Android 6.0 with a plain Android interface over it

Software: Clean Android looks familiar

The Eluga Tapp runs Android 6.0 with a plain Android interface over it. Panasonic usually puts a layer of its custom UI over Android, but that has been done away with. For a lot of users, that is a very positive change. While it looks familiar and is easy to navigate, it doesn’t offer as many customisation options as custom UIs tend to do. The few options you get in the Eluga Tapp include the flexibility to move the position of the on-screen navigation keys from left to right.

Performance: Ideal for casual users

Powered by MediaTek’s MT6737 quad core processor with 2GB RAM, the Eluga Tapp was able to handle most mainstream tasks without any hiccups or overheating on the back. Switching between apps was smooth too. This is not a powerful device, though. It struggles a bit with heavy multi-tasking and heavy games.

Internal storage stands at 16GB and can be expanded to another 32GB via microSD card.

The phone’s battery backup is pretty good. The 2,800mAh battery lasted a whole day comfortably.The dual SIM slots support 4G networks which is good news for movie buffs.

The picture quality is not one of its strong points
The picture quality is not one of its strong points

Camera: Struggles even in daytime

The smartphone comes with an 8-megapixel camera. It is a bit slow and doesn’t offer many camera modes or filter. Barring Panorama, beauty and HDR modes, there isn’t much to offer. The picture quality is not one of its strong points either. Shots taken in proper light look washed out and noisy. Even in close-up shots, colours don’t look distinct. Low-light results are mostly blurry as is the case in most budget smartphones, including the Redmi 3s Prime. The 5-megapixel snapper on the front looks hazy.

The smartphone comes with an 8-megapixel camera
The smartphone comes with an 8-megapixel camera

Verdict

Panasonic’s new smartphone looks good, is quite handy and has adequate power for a casual user. However, the Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime has slightly better multi-tasking performance, if that is what you really need.

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