Panasonic, the Japanese conglomerate has launched an all-new device in Taiwan dubbed as the Eluga C. The phone sports a rather unconventional design, albeit similar to what we have seen on the Mi Mix from Xiaomi. The phone is the first offering by the company that features a bezel-less design. Let’s have a closer look at what the device has to offer.
Design and Display
The smartphone seems like a decently ergonomic device with a glossy back. The back provides real estate for a dual-camera setup, an LED flash and some branding by Panasonic. Up front is where most of the action is at. The phone has an unusual looking 3-sided bezel-less display with a large chin. The chin houses its front-facing camera and a home button that doubles up as a fingerprint scanner. Speaking about the display, the phone rocks a 5.5-inch HD panel having a screen resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.
Performance and Storage
Underneath its skin, the Eluga C is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6750 SoC ticking at 1.5GHz. To add to that, the phone also packs in 4GB of RAM to breeze through all the installed apps and multitasking. The smartphone will ship with 64GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 256GB externally through a microSD card. Out of the box, the phone will run Android Nougat and may see an upgrade to Oreo in the coming months.
For the shutterbugs, the phone has a set of dual-rear cameras oriented vertically one below the other. The setup comprises of a 13-megapixel and 5-megapixel combination which combined with some software enhancements should be able to click some decent images. On the front and below the screen is the 8-megapixel selfie camera. Interestingly, to click a selfie, the phone must be inverted so that the camera is oriented on the upper side, which is also very similar to the Mi Mix’s camera.
Connectivity and Battery
In terms of connectivity, the Eluga C supports 2G, 3G, 4G with VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and a micro-USB port. The micro USB port, however, doesn’t allow for fast charging and charges rather sluggishly with the 7.5W charger that will come bundled. To keep the show running, the phone is packed with a 3,000mAh battery module.
The phone saw its launch in Taiwan and will set you back TWD 6,000 which translates to roughly about Rs. 13,000 putting it in the budget smartphone segment. The phone is currently up for pre-orders and will be out for sale in Taiwan soon.
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