|Launch Date||November 2, 2018 (Official)|
|Model||Eluga Z1 Pro|
|Operating System||Android v8.1 (Oreo)|
|SIM Slot(s)||Dual SIM, GSM+GSM, Dual VoLTE|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Micro|
|Network||4G: Available (supports Indian bands)|
|Build Material||Case: Metal|
|Colours||Black, Blue, Gold|
|Screen Size||6.19 inches (15.72 cm)|
|Screen Resolution||720 x 1500 pixels|
|Pixel Density||269 ppi|
|Display Type||IPS LCD|
|Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)||80.45 %|
|Chipset||MediaTek Helio P22|
|Processor||Octa core, 2 GHz, Cortex A53|
|Internal Memory||64 GB|
|USB OTG Support||yes|
|Resolution||8 MP Front Camera|
|Image Resolution||4128 x 3096 Pixels|
|Shooting Modes||High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)|
|Camera Features||Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection|
|Network & Connectivity|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Micro, SIM2: Nano (Hybrid)|
|Network Support||4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G|
|Wi-Fi Features||Mobile Hotspot|
|USB Connectivity||Mass storage device, USB charging, microUSB|
|Audio Jack||3.5 mm|
|Fingerprint Sensor Position||Rear|
|Other Sensors||Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass|
The Eluga Z1 Pro from the house of Panasonic is a fairly good smartphone. It has a nice, modern design but it consists of a large chin below the display. The display panel looks good but Full HD+ resolution is missing. The overall performance is good, battery life is solid and there is smooth interface. However, fast charging is missing. The camera department is also good. If you want to purchase a good smartphone in this segment, the Panasonic Eluga Z1 Pro is a good choice for offline customers but the Eluga X1 Pro is much better, which is an online exclusive. If you want to check out other smartphones, then have a look at the Realme 2 Pro, Honor 9N and Redmi Note 6 Pro.
Panasonic Eluga Z1 Pro, a premium mid-ranged smartphone, was launched in India back in October 2018. It is a modern smartphone with a notch display. We also get dual rear cameras along with Artificial Intelligence. However, the Eluga Z1 Pro is a smartphone for the offline market and hence the price is on the higher side when compared to other Panasonic smartphones available online. So let us check out the Panasonic Eluga Z1 Pro review in order to find out if it is worth the money or not. Do check out the specifications of the mobile first before reading the complete review.
The Panasonic Eluga Z1 Pro runs on Android 8.1 Oreo OS and is powered by a MediaTek Helio P22 octa-core processor and 4GB RAM. The phone boasts of a 6.19-inch HD+ display and packs in a 4000mAh battery under its hood. There is 64GB of internal memory onboard and 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 secondary camera at the back along with a 8 megapixel selfie shooter on the front. The Eluga Z1 Pro has 4G VoLTE connectivity along with Dual SIM support. Other options include 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0 LE and GPS/A-GPS. The Panasonic Eluga Z1 Pro features a lot of sensors such as magnetometer, accelerometer, ambient light and proximity sensors.
The Panasonic Eluga Z1 Pro is a premium looking smartphone as it is made up of metal and glass. It has an ergonomic and bezel-less design but it gets a thick chin at the bottom. The back is made up of brushed metal with a matte finish. You might not be able to use the phone with one hand as it comes with a massive display and is quite bulky (168.8 grams) as well. It is quite sleek (8.05mm) though. The edges are slightly curved. It is not very slippery but you should use a protective case since it is a fairly large phone.
Starting with the front side first, we get a 6.19-inch display along with the selfie camera, LED flash, couple of sensors and earpiece inside the notch. The Z1 Pro comes with on-screen buttons for navigation. At the bottom, we have the microUSB port along with the primary microphone and the 3.5mm headphone jack is found 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 dual rear cameras sitting on the left of the top portion, followed by the LED flash below it. The fingerprint sensor and the Panasonic branding are found in the middle while the loudspeaker cutouts are placed at the bottom. The back cover is non-removable but a 4000mAh battery (non-removable) sits underneath. Overall, the Panasonic Eluga Z1 Pro is a good looking phone and it comes with capable hardware.
The Panasonic Eluga Z1 Pro rocks a 6.19-inch IPS display, which has a resolution of 1500 x 720 pixels (HD+). It is a modern, bezel-less display that has an aspect ratio of 18:9 and also comes with a notch. The colors are quite sharp and vivid but we do not get Full HD+ resolution here. We get good brightness and contrast levels as well. The images, texts and videos look crisp. 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 Dragontrail Pro 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 Z1 Pro is very smooth due to the fluid interface and good quality display. Overall, the Panasonic Eluga Z1 Pro rocks a good display but Full HD+ resolution is missing here.
In terms of performance, the Panasonic Eluga Z1 Pro is powered by a MediaTek Helio P22 octa-core processor along with 4GB RAM. This chipset from the house of MediaTek is new and powerful, which is also capable of handling all of the day-to-day tasks with ease. Most of the popular apps and games load up fairly quickly and the heavy apps also do not show much lag or stuttering. The 4GB 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 and heavy games smoothly but the graphics intensive games will only run in medium or low settings. The Eluga Z1 Pro comes with 64GB of internal memory, out of which around 52GB of free space was available after first boot. You can also choose to increase it up by another 128GB by adding a microSD card. There is a fingerprint sensor at the back, which is accurate and works fairly quickly as well.
Talking about connectivity, the Eluga Z1 Pro 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. There is a 4000mAh battery (non-removable) under the hood but it does not support fast charging. However, you will get up to one and half days of battery life with moderate usage. Overall, the Panasonic Eluga Z1 Pro is a very good performer.
The Panasonic Eluga Z1 Pro features a dual camera setup at the back - a 13 megapixel primary camera and a 5 megapixel secondary camera. It is a good camera setup and it can take good pictures in bright natural outdoor lighting. The photos look sharp and they have a lot of details. The color saturation is neutral and hence the images look quite natural. We also get bright and vivid colors. Now coming to the low light performance, the photos have a little noise and grain but they are decent. As usual, the second lens is able to click portrait images and they come out very well in decent lighting conditions. 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 can also take some good pictures. 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 Z1 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. The primary cameras can shoot Full HD videos and they look quite decent. Overall, the Panasonic Eluga Z1 Pro has a good set of cameras.
The machine drilled speaker cutouts of the Panasonic Eluga Z1 Pro are present on the back bottom. In terms of audio quality, the phone produces very good sound. There was no audio distortion, even at the highest volume levels. If the phone is kept on a flat surface, the audio will get muffled a bit since the speaker is at the back side. 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 Z1 Pro, it can play both Full HD and 4K videos quite easily. We get a bundled earphone but the quality is average, so you need to purchase a good pair of earphones for the best audio experience. Overall, the Panasonic Eluga Z1 provides a good audio and video experience.
The Panasonic Eluga Z1 Pro runs on Android 8.1 Oreo OS out of the box. It will be interesting to see if it gets any major Android OS update in the future as no Panasonic smartphones have ever got any update but this is a premium mid-ranged device so we can expect one update atleast. Now coming to the features of the interface, 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 Pro comes with some pre-installed apps (bloatware) but you can easily delete 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 Z1 Pro comes with a very fluid interface.