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Panasonic Eluga Z1

Colours:
Memory:
32GB
RAM:
3GB
Features:
  • Supports Indian bands
  • VoLTE
  • 32 GB + 128 GB Expandable
  • Dual SIM: Micro + Nano (Hyb...
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • USB OTG Support
  • FM Radio

Highlights from Expert Review

Pros
  • Modern design
  • Good overall performance
  • Solid battery life
Cons
  • No Full HD+ resolution
  • No fast charging
  • Hybrid slot

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Specifications

General
Launch DateNovember 2, 2018 (Official)
BrandPanasonic
ModelEluga Z1
Operating SystemAndroid v8.1 (Oreo)
SIM Slot(s)Dual SIM, GSM+GSM, Dual VoLTE
SIM SizeSIM1: Micro
Network4G: Available (supports Indian bands)
Fingerprint Sensoryes
Design
Height157.2 mm
Width76.25 mm
Thickness8.05 mm
Build MaterialCase: Metal
ColoursBlack, Blue, Gold
Display
Screen Size6.19 inches (15.72 cm)
Screen Resolution720 x 1500 pixels
Aspect Ratio19:9
Bezel-less displayyes
Pixel Density269 ppi
Display TypeIPS LCD
Screen Protectionyes
Touch Screenyes
Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)80.45 %
Performance
ChipsetMediaTek Helio P22
ProcessorOcta core, 2 GHz, Cortex A53
Architecture64 bit
GraphicsPowerVR GE8320
RAM3 GB
Storage
Internal Memory32 GB
Expandable Memoryyes
USB OTG Supportyes
Camera
Resolution8 MP Front Camera
Autofocusyes
Flashyes
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-ion
User Replaceable
Network & Connectivity
SIM SizeSIM1: Micro, SIM2: Nano (Hybrid)
Network Support4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G
VoLTEyes
SIM 1
SIM 2
Wi-Fiyes
Wi-Fi FeaturesMobile Hotspot
Bluetoothyes
GPSyes
USB ConnectivityMass storage device, USB charging, microUSB
Multimedia
FM Radioyes
Loudspeakeryes
Audio Jack3.5 mm
Special Features
Fingerprint Sensoryes
Fingerprint Sensor PositionRear
Other SensorsLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass
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Expert Review

Cameras:

The Panasonic Eluga Z1comes with a combination of 13 megapixel and 5 megapixel cameras at the back. 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 have some noise and grain. The focusing mechanism speed is decent and accurate. HDR photos look good and is the best mode for clicking landscape images. Macro shots offer some depth of field effect as well. The secondary lens is able to shoot decent portrait images in very good lighting conditions but they do not look good in bad lighting environments. On the front, we get a 8 megapixel selfie camera and it is able to click good selfies. You can also use beauty mode and other filters to make the selfies look better.

The camera app of the Z1 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. The rear camera setup can shoot Full HD videos and it is decent in terms of quality. Overall, the Panasonic Eluga Z1 has a good set of cameras on both sides.

Conclusion:

The Panasonic Eluga Z1 is a decent smartphone in all departments. The design looks beautiful along with the immersive display. The overall performance is good and the battery life is solid. The interface feels smooth and the camera department is good. However, we do not get Full HD+ resolution and fast charging to name a few cons. If you want a decent smartphone in this segment, you can go for the Panasonic Eluga Z1. In case you want to check out the competition, then have a look at the Redmi Note 6 Pro, Realme 2 Pro and Motorola One Power.

Performance:

In terms of performance, the Panasonic Eluga Z1 is powered by a MediaTek Helio P22 octa-core processor along with 3GB RAM. The CPU is a mid-level chipset and 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 3GB RAM provides a good multitasking experience and you can easily perform some multitasking by running more than five or more apps simultaneously. There were 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 bit and will run in low or medium settings. The Eluga Z1 comes with 32GB of internal memory, out of which around 25GB 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.

Talking about connectivity, the Eluga Z1 from the house of Panasonic supports Dual SIM (nano + micro) 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 one and half days with moderate usage but there is no fast charging support. Overall, the Panasonic Eluga Z1 is a very decent performer in most departments.

Introduction:

Panasonic Eluga Z1, a mid-ranged smartphone, was launched in India back in October 2018. It has a modern design that also comes with a notch display. We also get dual rear cameras along with Artificial Intelligence. However, the Eluga Z1 is specifically made for the offline market and thus the price is on the higher side when compared to other Panasonic smartphones available online. So let us find out in our Panasonic Eluga Z1 review if you should spend your money on this phone or not. Also, check out the specifications of the mobile below.

The Panasonic Eluga Z1 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo OS and is powered by a MediaTek Helio P22 octa-core processor and 3GB RAM. The phone boasts of a 6.19-inch HD+ display and packs in a 4000mAh battery under its hood. There is 32GB of internal memory on-board 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 primary camera and a 5 megapixel camera at the back along with a 8 megapixel camera on the front. The Eluga Z1 has 4G VoLTE connectivity along with Dual SIM support. Other options include 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0 LE, GPS and A-GPS. The Panasonic Eluga Z1 features a lot of sensors such as magnetometer, accelerometer, ambient light and proximity sensors.

Audio & Video:

The machine drilled loudspeaker cutouts of the Eluga Z1 are located at the bottom of the back side. There is no audio distortion even at the highest volume level. The speakers are loud and is good in terms of quality. Since the speaker is placed on the back side, audio gets blocked when the phone is kept on a flat surface. 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 Z1, you can play both Full HD and 4K videos without facing any issues as it comes with a capable processor. Overall, the Panasonic Eluga Z1 gives a good audio and video playback.

Software & Ui:
Out of the box, the Panasonic Eluga Z1 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo OS. It is one of the latest OS versions from Google but we do not expect any major update in the future because Panasonic is not known for the same. However, we would be happy to be proven wrong. 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 Z1 comes with some pre-installed apps (bloatware) but you can easily delete them if you do not want to use them. 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 Z1 has a fluid interface based on Oreo OS.
Design & Display:

The Panasonic Z1 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 having a fairly large display, the phone feels quite compact and you can still use it with one hand most of the times. It may not be completely bezel-less but the full-screen display looks good. The phone is not too thick (8.05mm) and it weighs 168.8 grams. 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 6.19-inch display along with the selfie camera, LED flash, couple of sensors and earpiece inside a notch. 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 dual rear cameras on the top left followed by the LED flash. The fingerprint sensor and Panasonic branding are found in the middle. The loudspeaker cutouts are seen at the bottom. The back cover is non-removable but a 4000mAh battery (non-removable) sits underneath it. Overall, the Panasonic Eluga Z1 has a modern design and comes with decent hardware.

The Panasonic Eluga Z1 features a 6.19-inch IPS display, which has a resolution of 1500 x 720 pixels (HD+). It is a modern display with good viewing angles and it also has a notch. The 18:9 bezel-less display looks great for a premium mid-ranged smartphone but Full HD+ resolution is missing here. The colors are quite 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 Dragontrail Pro 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 Eluga Z1 is very smooth because of the protective glass and fluid UI. Overall, the Panasonic Eluga Z1 comes with a good display that is meant for content consumption.

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