Panasonic Eluga I9 Launched: 5-inch Display, Selfie Flash and Android Nougat

Panasonic, the Japanese electronics manufacturer has introduced a new smartphone in its Eluga series which will be known as the Eluga I9. With this smartphone, the brand has added another smartphone to its budget smartphone lineup. The latest offering by Panasonic will set you back Rs 7,499. Let’s have a look whether the phone is worth its asking price.

Design and Display

The phone features a premium metal unibody design with the fingerprint sensor located on the back. The device will come in three colour variants: Space Grey, Champagne Gold and Blue. On the front of the smartphone, the company has integrated a 5-inch HD IPS display having a resolution of 1080 x 720 pixels. Bearing in mind this is a budget offering, the phone doesn’t have the fancy bezel-less display or the dual-camera setup (although some low priced phones are offering that too). The top of the phone houses its headphone jack whereas the bottom is where the charging port is located.

Performance and Storage

Underneath its hood, the Eluga I9 is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6737 processor clocked at 1.25Ghz. To add to this, the phone also packs in a good 3GB of RAM, so multitasking should be an ease with this phone. On the storage front, this offering from Panasonic will come packed with 32GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 128GB through a microSD card.

Camera and Software

Coming to the optics on this smartphone, the phone sports two sets of cameras, one on the back and a front-facing one. The primary camera of the phone located on the back comprises of a 13-megapixel camera. This is coupled with an LED flash for low-light photography. On the front, the smartphone is equipped with a 5-megapixel selfie camera which is also accompanied by a dedicated flash for brighter low-light images. On the software front, the Eluga I9 will run Android Nougat out of the box. There is no official statement from the company regarding the phone being updated to Android Oreo yet.

Connectivity and Battery

In terms of connectivity, the phone checks all the right boxes and offers support for 2G, 3G and 4G VoLTE through its Dual-SIM slot, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. The phone draws power from a 2,300mAh non-removable battery located underneath its body. For charging, the phone is equipped with a micro-USB port on the bottom which can also be used for data transfer.

At this price point, this may be a good value for money smartphone. However, it will go against a tough competition in this price range. What are your thoughts?