Panasonic Eluga i7 Price in India: Panasonic Eluga I7 smartphone was launched in April 2018. The phone comes with a 5.45-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 720 pixels by 1440 pixels. Panasonic Eluga I7 price in India starts from Rs. 6,499.
Panasonic Eluga I7, a low-end modern budget smartphone, was launched in India back in April 2018. It comes with a modern 18:9 display but the body is not completely bezel-less in nature. Apart from the looks of the Eluga I7, the hardware is just about average and not extraordinary. However, it is good to see brands like Panasonic is entering the modern smartphone era to compete with other players. So let us take a look at the Panasonic Eluga I7 review to find out if it stacks against other competitors or not. Although, you must take a quick look at its specifications first.
The Panasonic Eluga I7 runs on Android 7.0 Nougat OS and is powered by a MediaTek MT6737H quad-core processor and 2GB RAM. The phone boasts of a 5.45-inch HD+ display and packs in a 4000mAh battery under its hood. There is 16GB 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 8 megapixel camera at the back along with another 8 megapixel camera on the front. The Eluga I7 has 4G VoLTE connectivity along with Dual SIM support. Other options include 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS and GLONASS. The Panasonic Eluga I7 features a lot of sensors such as magnetometer, accelerometer, ambient light and proximity sensors.
The Panasonic Eluga I7 has a modern design and thus it looks very sleek for a budget smartphone. It has a metal build and it surely feels solid in hands. Despite of having a fairly large display, the phone feels quite compact and you can still use it with one hand easily. It may not be completely bezel-less but the full-screen display looks great. The phone is quite thick (9.25mm) and slightly heavy (168 grams) due to the metal construction and the 4000mAh battery but you will get used to it very quickly. The edges are slightly rounded and it gives a very solid grip. The metal back panel has a matte finish but it is still a bit slippery. So we would advice you to use a protective case.
Starting with the front side first, there is a 5.45-inch display along with the selfie camera, LED notification, couple of sensors and earpiece on top. The mobile comes with on-screen buttons for navigation and hence there are no capacitive buttons. At the bottom, we have the microUSB port along with the primary microphone while the 3.5mm headphone jack is located at the top. The volume rocker and power/lock button are on the right while the left side houses the slot for SIM and microSD cards. Turning towards the back, we have the primary camera on the top left along with the LED flash on its left. The fingerprint sensor is placed below the camera in the middle. The Panasonic and Eluga branding are seen below the fingerprint sensor. The back cover is non-removable but a 4000mAh battery (non-removable) sits underneath it. Overall, the Panasonic Eluga I7 looks premium as well as modern despite of being a low-end smartphone.
The Panasonic Eluga I7 features a 5.45-inch IPS display, which has a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels (HD+). It is a modern, compact display with good viewing angles. The 18:9 bezel-less display looks spectacular for a low-end smartphone. The colors are sharp and vivid. We get good brightness and contrast levels as well. The images, texts and videos look crisp but it would have looked better on a Full HD+ display as expected. The display has decent sunlight legibility as well and since it has an ambient light sensor, the brightness gets adjusted automatically according to the lighting conditions. We get a layer of 2.5D curved glass on top of the display to protect it from daily wear and tear and it does it successfully but you should not expect it to save the screen from a drop. Thus, always use your phone carefully and protect it with a proper case.
The touch response of the I7 is very smooth because of the 2.5D curved glass and fluid UI. Overall, the Panasonic Eluga I7 offers a modern 18:9 bezel-less display in budget category that is ideal for content consumption.
In terms of performance, the Panasonic Eluga I7 is powered by a MediaTek MT6737H quad-core processor along with 2GB RAM. The CPU is a low-end chipset but it can handle most of the basic day-to-day tasks without any issues. Most of the popular apps and games load up fairly quickly but high-end apps and games might cause some lag. The 2GB RAM provides a decent multitasking experience and you can easily perform some multitasking by running more than three or more apps simultaneously. There was no visible UI lags as well but occasionally there was some stuttering here and there. In terms of gaming, you can play all the normal 3D games without breaking a sweat but high-end games will lag a lot and will run in low or medium settings. The Eluga I7 comes with 16GB of internal memory, out of which around 10GB of free space was available after first boot. You can increase it up to 128GB by adding a microSD card. The fingerprint sensor located at the back and it works very accurately and is quite fast as well. You can also use Trusted Face recognition and Trusted Voice to unlock the device by glancing at the phone or by simply speaking into the phone. Talking about connectivity, the Eluga I7 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. The 4000mAh battery (non-removable) under the hood provides a battery life of up to two days with moderate usage but there is no fast charging support. Thus, a 0-100% full charge can take up to 3.5 hours depending on the charger you use.
Overall, the Panasonic Eluga I7 is a very good performer and is one of the best in its segment for sure.
The Panasonic Eluga I7 comes with a generic 8 megapixel primary rear camera. It clicks decently good images in natural outdoor lighting and we get some amount of details. The color saturation is on the higher side but the photos quite look sharp. The colors are bright and vivid. Now coming to the low light environments, the pictures look a lot of noise and grain. The focusing mechanism speed is slow but accurate. HDR photos look good and is the best mode for clicking landscape images. Macro shots offer some depth of field effect as well. On the front, we get another 8 megapixel selfie camera and it clicks good selfies. You can also use beauty mode and other filters to make the selfies look better.
The camera app of the I7 is very simple and easy to use. There are various shooting modes including a pro mode for mobile photography enthusiasts. However, we would suggest you to use the Auto mode as it works well in most lighting conditions. Both the cameras can shoot HD videos and they are decent. Overall, the Panasonic Eluga I7 packs in a decent set of cameras but they are not the best in the segment.
The loudspeaker cutout of the Eluga I7 is present on the left bottom back. There is no audio distortion even at the highest volume level. The speaker is quite loud and is good in terms of quality. The native music app has most of the necessary features and thus you do not have to download any third-party app. Although, you can download any music streaming app like Saavn to stream music online.
Now coming to the video watching experience on the Eluga I7, you can play both HD and Full HD videos without facing any problem but it will struggle a bit with Ultra HD or 4K videos. There is no bundled earphone with the phone and hence you should purchase a good pair of earphones. Overall, the Panasonic Eluga I7 offers quite a good audio and video watching experience.
Out of the box, the Panasonic Eluga I7 runs on Android 7.0 Nougat OS. It is one of the latest OS from the house of Google but the I7 will not be getting updated to Android 8.0 Oreo OS in the future for sure as other budget smartphones never get any major OS update. However, we would be happy to be proven wrong by Panasonic. Now talking about its features, it more or less feels like stock Android and has similar functionality. We can customize the UI a bit as there is a skin on top of vanilla Android. We found it to be mostly fluid and smooth in basic day-to-day activities but there were slight frame drops here and there. There is Arbo Hub and it helps in adapting to user specific needs, interests and also provides information to users w.r.t. services such as cricket, news, payments, cab booking and more on a single platform. The I7 comes with some pre-installed apps (bloatware) but you can easily uninstall them and save up on some internal storage. In case you do not like the look of this interface, then you can download any third-party theme such as Pixel Launcher or Nova Launcher to get a different look and feel.
Overall, the Panasonic Eluga I7 has a stable interface based on Nougat OS.
The Panasonic Eluga I7 is a wonderful low-end budget smartphone that is ideal for the bezel-less smartphone era. It is heartening to see smartphone manufacturers incorporating the bezel-less design language in budget smartphones. The Eluga I7 comes with a gorgeous display, ergonomic design, stable interface and good battery life. The camera department is also good and the overall performance is on par with other smartphones. We also get Facial and Voice Recoginition for unlocking the phone beside having a fingerprint sensor. However, we miss out on fast charging and gyroscope. Anyway, if you want to purchase a good budget smartphone at this price point, then go for the Panasonic Eluga I7. In case you would want to check out the competition, then have a look at the Xiaomi Redmi 5A, iVooMi i1 and Infinix Hot 4 Pro.
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