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Panasonic Eluga A3 Pro

Colours:
Gold
Features:
  • Supports Indian bands
  • VoLTE
  • 32 GB + 128 GB Expandable
  • Dual SIM: Nano + Nano (Hybr...
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • USB OTG Support
  • FM Radio

Highlights from Expert Review

Pros
  • Great battery life
  • Good cameras
  • Good build quality
Cons
  • HD resolution display
  • No gyroscope
  • Outdated processor

Specifications

General
Launch DateAugust 10, 2017 (Official)
BrandPanasonic
ModelEluga A3 Pro
Operating SystemAndroid v7.0 (Nougat)
SIM Slot(s)Dual SIM, GSM+GSM
SIM SizeSIM1: Nano
Network4G: Available (supports Indian bands)
Fingerprint Sensoryes
Design
Height148.7 mm
Width72.4 mm
Thickness9.1 mm
Weight161 grams
Build MaterialCase: Metal
ColoursGold, Grey, Mocha Gold
Display
Screen Size5.2 inches (13.21 cm)
Screen ResolutionHD (720 x 1280 pixels)
Pixel Density282 ppi
Display TypeIPS LCD
Screen Protectionyes
Touch Screenyes
Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)69.08 %
Performance
ChipsetMediaTek MT6753
ProcessorOcta core (1.5 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A53 + 1.3 GHz, Quad core)
Architecture64 bit
GraphicsMali-T720 MP3
RAM3 GB
Storage
Internal Memory32 GB
Expandable Memoryyes
USB OTG Supportyes
Camera
Resolution8 MP Front Camera
Autofocusyes
Physical ApertureF2.2
Flash
Image Resolution4128 x 3096 Pixels
SettingsExposure compensation
Shooting ModesContinuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
Camera FeaturesDigital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus
Battery
Capacity4000 mAh
TypeLi-Polymer
User Replaceable
Network & Connectivity
SIM SizeSIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano (Hybrid)
Network Support4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G
VoLTEyes
SIM 1
SIM 2
Wi-Fiyes
Wi-Fi FeaturesWi-Fi Direct, Mobile Hotspot
Bluetoothyes
GPSyes
NFC
USB ConnectivitymicroUSB 2.0
Multimedia
FM Radioyes
Loudspeakeryes
Audio Jack3.5 mm
Special Features
Fingerprint Sensoryes
Fingerprint Sensor PositionFront
Other SensorsLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer
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Expert Review

Conclusion:

The Panasonic Eluga A3 Pro is a very decent budget smartphone if we compare the overall rating but it does have some issues as well. We do not get a Full HD display here while most good smartphones in this segment have one. The processor is outdated and better ones are available. Besides that a gyroscope is also missing. If we talk about the good points, the battery life is great, the build quality is premium and the selfie camera is good. The interface looks polished and the overall performance is also fine. So if you want a decent budget phone with a HD display in this range, you can go for the Panasonic Eluga A3 Pro. However, if you want a Full HD panel in this segment, then have a look at the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Honor 6X and Coolpad Cool 1.

Introduction:

In August 2017, Panasonic had launched the Eluga A3 Pro in the Indian smartphone market to cater to the budget smartphone segment. Panasonic has been making pretty good smartphones for the couple of years now and are improving constantly but the Eluga A3 Pro is kind of mixed bag as it does not offer a lot of value for money. So let us find out in our Panasonic Eluga A3 Pro review if you should purchase this smartphone or choose some other device from this highly competitive price segment. However, do check out the specifications of the mobile first.

The Panasonic Eluga A3 Pro runs on FitHome UI based on Android 7.0 Nougat OS and is powered by a MediaTek MT6753 octa-core processor and 3GB RAM. The phone boasts of a 5.2-inch HD display and packs in a 4000mAh battery under its hood. There is 32GB of internal memory onboard but you can also expand it further up to 128GB. There is a fingerprint sensor on top of the home button below the display on the front. In the camera department, we get a 13 megapixel camera along with a 8 megapixel selfie shooter. The Eluga A3 Pro has 4G VoLTE connectivity along with Dual SIM support. Other options include 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS. The Panasonic Eluga A3 Pro features a lot of sensors such as accelerometer, ambient light and proximity sensors.

Design & Display:

The Panasonic Eluga A3 Pro has a premium built as the phone is made up of metal and glass. It has an ergonomic design but the huge bezels on top and bottom of the display does not look very good. The company should have made the bezels slimmer just like the narrow side bezels. Then it would have looked even better. You can use the phone with one hand quite easily despite of having thick bezels as it does not have a very big display. It is not the thickest (9.1mm) smartphone out there but there is a good chunk of thickness due to the massive battery. Also, the weight (161 grams) is also not on the higher side and hence you can easily use it for longer duration without causing any stress to your hands. The edges are slightly curved and the metal back cover has a matte finish. They do provide a good gripping experience.

Starting with the front side first, we get a 5.2-inch display along with the selfie camera, LED flash, couple of sensors and earpiece on top. The A3 Pro comes with on-screen buttons for navigation and we also get a home button below which doubles up as a fingerprint sensor as well. At the bottom, we have the microUSB port along with the primary microphone while the 3.5mm headphone jack and secondary microphone is located at the top. The volume rocker and power/lock button are on the right while the left side has the hybrid tray for SIM and microSD cards. Turning towards the back, we have the primary camera sitting on the middle of the top portion, followed by the LED flash below it. The Panasonic and Eluga branding are seen below while the loudspeaker is at the bottom. The back cover is non-removable but a 4000mAh battery (non-removable) sits underneath. Overall, the Panasonic Eluga A3 Pro has an ergonomic design, metal built and good hardware.

The Panasonic Eluga A3 Pro rocks a 5.2-inch IPS display, which has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels (HD). It is a generic, compact display with good viewing angles but the resolution is on the lower side as we get Full HD panels in this price category. However, the colors are sharp and vivid. We get decent brightness and contrast levels as well. The images, texts and videos look quite crisp but it would have looked better on a Full HD display as usual. The sunlight legibility is good and you do not have to adjust the brightness manually as it comes with an ambient light sensor. There is a layer of glass on top of the display to protect it from daily wear and tear and it is quite successful in doing that but do not expect it to protect it from any drop. Hence, always use a protective case with your phone.

The touch response of the Eluga A3 Pro is very smooth due to the fluid interface and good quality display. Overall, the Panasonic Eluga A3 Pro has a decent display and the size is quite compact as well but it should have come with Full HD resolution.

Performance:

In terms of performance, the Panasonic Eluga A3 Pro is powered by a MediaTek MT6753 octa-core processor along with 3GB RAM. This chipset from the house of MediaTek is very old and we should have got a better one but it is also capable of handling most of the day-to-day tasks with ease. Most of the popular apps and games load up quite quickly but heavy apps and games face some stuttering here and there. The 3GB RAM onboard delivers a good multitasking experience and you can perform intense multitasking by running a lot of apps in the background. There were no visible UI lags in day-to-day usage but a few frame drops here and there was seen. In terms of gaming, you can play all the casual games smoothly but the graphics intensive games will only run in medium or low settings. The Eluga A3 Pro comes with 32GB of internal memory, out of which around 25GB of free space was available after first boot. You can also choose to increase it up by another 128GB by adding a microSD card but you have to sacrifice on a SIM card as it comes with a hybrid slot. There is a fingerprint sensor in the front on top of the home button and it is accurate and works fairly quickly as well.

Talking about connectivity, the Eluga A3 Pro from the house of Panasonic supports Dual SIM (micro + nano) and is of course 4G VoLTE enabled. Both the slots are 4G enabled but simultaneously only one slot can be used for 4G while the other will work on 3G. There is a massive 4000mAh battery (non-removable) under the hood but sadly it does not support fast charging. You will get up to two days of battery life easily with moderate usage.

Overall, the Panasonic Eluga A3 Pro is a good performer but a better processor would have made it one of the best in this segment.

Cameras:

The Panasonic Eluga A3 Pro features a 13 megapixel primary rear camera. It is a generic camera to say the least that can take good pictures in bright natural outdoor lighting. The photos look very sharp and they have a lot of details. The color saturation is neutral and thus the images look quite natural. We also get bright and vivid colors. Now coming to the low light performance, the photos have little noise and grain but they are decent. The focusing mechanism is accurate and it locks the subject quite quickly as well. HDR photos have high dynamic range and macro shots look very good too. There is a 8 megapixel selfie camera on the front and it is capable of taking some good images. You can also make use of the beauty mode and a set of filters to make them even better.

The camera app of the Eluga A3 Pro has a generic interface like most other smartphones and it is very easy to use. There are various shooting modes including a pro mode but we liked the Auto Mode as it can take good shots in most lighting conditions. Both the cameras can shoot Full HD videos and the quality is also very decent. Overall, the Panasonic Eluga A3 Pro comes with a good set of cameras but they are not the best in their segment.

Audio & Video:

The machine drilled speaker holes of the Panasonic Eluga A3 Pro are present at the bottom of the backside. In terms of audio quality, they are moderately good but are not the loudest in the segment. There was no sound distortion, even at the highest volume levels. If you put the phone on a flat surface, the audio will get muffled a bit. There is a native music app and it comes with all the basic features, so you do not need to download any third-party app. However, if you wish to stream online music, you can download an app like Saavn.

Now coming to the video watching experience on the Eluga A3 Pro, it can play both HD and Full HD videos very easily but it does struggle a bit with 4K videos. We get a bundled earphone but it is average in quality, so purchase a good pair of earphones for the best audio experience. Overall, the audio and video quality of the Panasonic Eluga A3 Pro is quite good.

Software & Ui:

The Panasonic Eluga A3 Pro runs on FitHome UI based on Android 7.0 Nougat OS out of the box. It may or may not get updated to Android 8.0 Oreo OS in the future but in our prediction it will not get updated like any other Panasonic smartphone. Now coming to its features, the interface mostly looks and feels like stock Android. We can customize the UI a bit as we get a custom skin on top of vanilla Android. It is quite fluid and smooth in day-to-day activities but we experienced some stuttering here and there. There is an in-house smart AI assistant named Arbo which was originally introduced with the Eluga Ray X and Ray Max. It understands the usage of the phone and makes it more intelligent based on time and location. It is not as useful as Google Assistant for now but it has the potential to get better in future. The A3 Pro comes with a lot of pre-installed apps (bloatware) but you can easily remove them if you do not want to use them. If you do not like the interface of the FitHome UI from the house of Panasonic, then just download a third-party theme such as Pixel Launcher to give it a makeover.

Overall, the user interface of the Panasonic Eluga A3 Pro is really fluid for most of the times and looks quite sleek.

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