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Panasonic Eluga A4

Colours:
GoldYellow
Memory:
32GB
RAM:
3GB
Features:
  • Does not support Indian bands
  • 32 GB + 128 GB Expandable
  • Dual SIM: Nano + Nano (Hybr...
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • USB OTG Support
  • FM Radio

Highlights from Expert Review

Pros
  • Two-day battery life
  • Premium metal body
  • Android Nougat OS
Cons
  • No Full HD resolution
  • No fast charging
  • No gyroscope

Specifications

General
Launch DateNovember 6, 2017 (Official)
BrandPanasonic
ModelEluga A4
Operating SystemAndroid v7.0 (Nougat)
SIM Slot(s)Dual SIM, GSM+GSM
SIM SizeSIM1: Nano
Network4G: Available (doesn't support Indian bands)
Fingerprint Sensoryes
Design
Height149.5 mm
Width74 mm
Thickness8.95 mm
Weight162 grams
ColoursMocha Gold, Marine Blue, Champagne Gold
Display
Screen Size5.2 inches (13.21 cm)
Screen ResolutionHD (720 x 1280 pixels)
Pixel Density282 ppi
Display TypeIPS LCD
Touch Screenyes
Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)67.22 %
Performance
ChipsetMediaTek MT6737
ProcessorQuad core, 1.25 GHz, Cortex A53
Architecture64 bit
GraphicsMali-T720 MP2
RAM3 GB
Storage
Internal Memory32 GB
Expandable Memoryyes
USB OTG Supportyes
Camera
Resolution5 MP Front Camera
Autofocusyes
Flash
Image Resolution4128 x 3096 Pixels
SettingsExposure compensation, ISO control
Shooting ModesContinuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
Camera FeaturesDigital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus
Battery
Capacity5000 mAh
TypeLi-Polymer
User Replaceable
Network & Connectivity
SIM SizeSIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano (Hybrid)
Network Support4G (doesn't support Indian bands), 3G, 2G
VoLTEyes
SIM 1
SIM 2
Wi-Fiyes
Wi-Fi FeaturesWi-Fi Direct, Mobile Hotspot
Bluetoothyes
GPSyes
USB ConnectivitymicroUSB 2.0
Multimedia
FM Radioyes
Loudspeakeryes
Audio Jack3.5 mm
Special Features
Fingerprint Sensoryes
Fingerprint Sensor PositionRear
Other SensorsLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer
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Expert Review

Conclusion:

The Panasonic Eluga A4 is a good-looking budget smartphone which really feels very premium in hands. We get an ergonomic design, metal build, HD display, great two-day battery life, good set of cameras, Android 7.0 Nougat OS and good overall performance. However, the phone is missing Full HD resolution, fast charging support, gyroscope and dedicated microSD card slot. Although, if you want a good smartphone with insane battery life in this price segment, then go for the Panasonic Eluga A4. In case you want to check out the competition, then have a look at the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie and Moto E4 Plus.

Introduction:

In November 2017, Panasonic had launched the Eluga A4, the latest budget smartphone in the 'A series', in the Indian market. The main USP of this phone is its 5000mAh battery under the hood, that can easily provide up to two days of battery life. So let us take a look at the Panasonic Eluga A4 review in order to find out if it offers only good battery life or excels in other departments as well. However, do take a quick look at the specifications of the mobile first.

The Panasonic Eluga A4 runs on FitHome UI based on Android 7.0 Nougat OS and is powered by a MediaTek MT6737 quad-core processor and 3GB RAM. The phone boasts of a 5.2-inch HD display and packs in a 5000mAh 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 at the back. In the camera department, we get a 13 megapixel camera along with a 5 megapixel selfie shooter. The Eluga A4 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 A4 features a lot of sensors such as accelerometer, ambient light and proximity sensors.

Design & Display:

The Panasonic Eluga A4 has a metal unibody design, which looks very premium. It has an ergonomic design but there are thick bezels on both top and bottom of the display. The company should have made the bezels a bit slimmer just like the narrow side bezels. Then it would have looked even better. However, the phone can be easily used with one hand despite of thick bezels since the display is quite compact. It is not the thickest (9mm) smartphone out there but there is a good chunk of thickness due to the massive 5000mAh battery. Also, the weight (162 grams) is 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 grip. Starting with the front side first, there is a 5.2-inch display along with the selfie camera, LED flash, couple of sensors and earpiece on top. The A4 comes with three capacitive buttons below the display for navigation. At the bottom, we have the microUSB port along with the primary microphone while the 3.5mm headphone jack and secondary microphone are located at the top. The volume rocker and power/lock button are on the right side while the left side has the hybrid tray for SIM and microSD cards. Turning towards the back, we have the primary camera and the LED flash on the top left in a circular enclosure. The Panasonic and Eluga branding are seen below while the loudspeaker is at the bottom. The back cover is non-removable but a 5000mAh battery (non-removable) sits underneath. Overall, the Panasonic Eluga A4 has a premium metal build, ergonomic design and moderately good hardware.

The Panasonic Eluga A4 rocks a 5.2-inch IPS display, which has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels (HD). It is a good, compact display but it is quite generic in this segment and also the resolution is on the lower side since we get a lot of smartphones with Full HD displays in this category. However, the colors are quite sharp and vivid. We get decent brightness and contrast levels as well. The pictures, texts and videos look quite crisp but as usual they would have looked far better on a Full HD display. The sunlight legibility is decent and also there is no need to adjust the brightness manually as we get an ambient light sensor. The display is protected by 2.5D curved glass (NEG2) and it does help in protecting the screen from daily wear and tear. However, do use a protective case and do not drop the phone to keep the display scratch free.

The touch response of the Eluga A4 is very fluid mainly because of the 2.5D curved glass and smooth Nougat interface. Overall, the Panasonic Eluga A4 has a good display but Full HD resolution would have made it great.

Performance:

In terms of performance, the Panasonic Eluga A4 is powered by a MediaTek MT6737 quad-core processor along with 3GB RAM. This chipset from the house of MediaTek is low-end in terms of power but it can handle most of the day-to-day tasks with ease. Most of the popular apps and games load up fairly quickly but heavy apps and games face some lag here and there. The 3GB RAM onboard helps in some intense multitasking and you can easily run a lot of apps in the background simultaneously. There were no visible UI lags in day-to-day usage but we saw few frame drops here and there while using heavy apps. In terms of gaming, most of the games will run smoothly but high graphics intensive games will lag a bit. The Eluga A4 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 at the back of the phone, which can quickly unlock the device and it also works accurately most of the times.

Talking about connectivity, the Eluga A4 from the house of Panasonic supports Dual SIM (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 5000mAh battery (non-removable) under the hood but sadly it does not support fast charging. You will easily get more than two days battery life with moderate usage and close to two days with heavy usage. However, it will take above four hours to completely charge the phone from 0-100%.

Overall, the Panasonic Eluga A4 is a good performer but a more powerful chipset would have made it even better.

Cameras:

The Panasonic Eluga A4 features a 13 megapixel primary camera at the back. It is nothing special and very generic in nature, thus it can click good images in bright outdoor conditions like most other smartphones. The pictures look quite sharp and they offer a lot of details. The color saturation is neutral and hence the photos look natural. We also get bright and vivid colors. If we talk about the low light performance, the images have a lot of grain and noise. In terms of focus, the camera is able to focus quickly most of the times but it has a slight problem in capturing moving images. HDR mode is capable of producing great images with high dynamic range while macro shots have a decent amount of background blur. Now coming to the front camera, we get a 5 megapixel shooter that is capable of clicking decent selfies. You can add some filters and use the beauty mode to enhance the selfies as well.

The camera app of the Eluga A4 looks very simple and it is very easy to use as well. There are various shooting modes including a pro mode but you should stick to Auto Mode if you are not a professional photographer as it helps in clicking the best images in most lighting conditions. The primary lens can shoot Full HD videos and they are decent in terms of quality. Overall, the Panasonic Eluga A4.

Audio & Video:

The machine drilled speaker holes of the Panasonic Eluga A4 are located at the bottom on the back. In terms of sound quality, the loudspeaker is quite good and is audible but not the loudest in its segment. There was no audio distortion, even at the highest volume levels. The sound will however get muffled and distorted if you keep the phone on a flat surface. We get a native music app and it has all the basic necessary features, so you do not need to download any third-party app. Although, if you want to stream online music, you can download an app like Saavn.

Now coming to the video watching experience on the Eluga A4, it can play both HD and Full HD videos smoothly but 4K videos might cause some lag and stuttering as the processor is not very powerful. 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 Panasonic Eluga A4 provides a moderately good audio and video watching experience.

Software & Ui:

Out of the box, the Panasonic Eluga A4 runs on FitHome UI based on Android 7.0 Nougat OS. It is one of the latest OSes from the house of Google but do not expect it to get updated to Android 8.0 Oreo or later as in general budget smartphones do not get any major OS updates. Now coming to its features, the interface more or less looks like stock Android as Panasonic has kept it simple. However, we can customize the UI a bit as we get a custom skin named FitHome UI on top of vanilla Android. It is very fluid and smooth while performing day-to-day activities but there was slight lag here and there since it is a budget phone. We get an in-house smart AI assistant named Arbo that was originally introduced with the Eluga Ray X and Ray Max. It understands the usage of the device and makes it more intelligent based on time and location. Although, it is not as useful as Google Assistant for now but it will get better with time. The A4 comes with a lot of pre-installed apps (bloatware) but you can easily uninstall them if you do not see any use for them. In case do not like the look of the interface, then you can install third-party themes such as Pixel Launcher for a pure stock Android look or Nova Launcher for a sophisticated and modern look.

Overall, the Panasonic Eluga A4 has a very fluid interface based on Nougat OS.

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