- Battery life
- Value for money
No doubt, if you are looking for a good battery backup smartphone with an Artificial Virtual assistant, the Panasonic A4 can be your smart partner. Also in look and feel the phone is pretty much good. But if you are looking for an overall well-balanced phone in terms of both specs and performance wise, the devices offered by the Panasonic’s competitors at this price are worth to look.
Strong battery life
Average app performance
HD resolution display
Average rear camera
Tad High in Price
In the year of 2017, so far, the Panasonic has launched around 10+ smartphones in Inda and most of them are under INR 15,000. Few of them are Panasonic Eluga Ray 500 (Review), P99, Eluga Ray 700, P77, Eluga A3 &A3 Pro, P55 Max and more… The common element which we have seen in the Panasonic’s phones is the good battery life. According to the MoMagic Tech Survey, 44% Indian Mobile users are looking for a good battery backup smartphones. And it looks like this Japnese giant understands the pain point of always carrying a power bank. Tha’s why following its own trend, the Panasonic Eluga A4 has 5000mAh battery after P55 MAX and Eluga Ray 700.
The Panasonic Eluga A4 also features the Panasonic in-house developed Artificial Intelligence called ARBO. The Eluga Ray Max and Eluga Ray X were the two Smartphones by the Panasonic came with ARBO. The price of Pansonic Eluga A4 in India is INR 12,490. However, Pansonic keeps its focus on budget range smartphones with good battery life but still, it has to fierce the tough competition from Moto, Xiaomi, Samsung, and others.
Let’s see, is the Panasonic Eluga A4 manage to make itself a value for money product?
After unboxing the Panasonic Eluga A4, what we got inside the box are as follow:
- Panasonic Eluga A4 Handset
- Panasonic Eluga A4 5000mAh Battery(Non-removable)
- USB Cable
- Protective Screen Guard
- Quick Start Guide
- Warranty Card
- Sim Insert Pin
Panasonic Eluga A4 Specification:
|MODEL NAME||Panasonic Eluga A4|
|DISPLAY SIZE, TYPE & RESOLUTION||5.2” HD IPS, 2.5D curved display|
|PROCESSOR||1.25GHz Quad-core Processor, MT6737|
|OPERATING SYSTEM||Android™ 7.0 Nougat|
|MEMORY||3GB RAM + 32 GB ROM with expandable Micro SD up to 128 GB|
|REAR CAMERA||13 MP AF Rear Camera with LED Flash|
|FRONT CAMERA||5 MP Front Camera|
|BATTERY||5000mAh Lithium Polymer Battery|
|AVAILABLE COLOURS||Champagne Gold, Mocha Gold, and Marine Blue|
|CONNECTIVITY||Dual SIM (4G/3G+2G) ;VoLTE support|
|GSM- 850/900/1800/1900 UMTS- 900/2100 LTE-B3/B5/B40|
|802.11b/g/n; Wi-Fi Hotspot & Wi-Fi Direct|
|Bluetooth™ 4.0 & Micro USB 2.0|
|Light Sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, OTG, Fingerprint sernsor|
|GLOBAL POSITIONING SUPPORT||Yes, with A-GPS support|
Panasonic Eluga A4 Design and Build quality
In spite of 5000mAh battery, the Eluga A4 is not too heavy and feels comfortable while holding in hands even for small handed peoples. From its design perspective, we don’t have any complaints, moreover, it looks similar to the recently launched Panasonic P99. The Phone is available in Champagne Gold, Mocha Gold, and Marine Blue colors. The review unit which we got was in Mocha Gold color. The back side of the phone appears to be metal but it is plastic. Don’t get disappointed, the plastic is tough and of good quality. The texture of the body mimic the look and feel of brush metal and can fool anyone easily.
For receiving good signals two antenna lines given at the top and bottom of the back in grey color and looks good in contrast to the body. The rear camera setup has given at the left top side of the back with an illusion of dual camera setup, which in reality comprises 13MP camera with LED flash. The Eluga A4 contains the rear fingerprint sensor encircled in a chrome plated ring. Just below the fingerprint sensor the branding of Panasonic is given and at the bottom of the phone, the speaker grills are present for the Audio output.
Coming to the front side, the round edges corner of the phone smoothly tapered and slightly bulging out the 2D Glass to enhance the side look of the phone. Thanks to Panasonic they haven’t used onscreen navigation button because in that case most of the space below the display is complete crap. The phone uses capacitive touch navigation buttons and above the display, it has Notification LED, Front camera, Light Sensor at the left side of the Ear Speaker grill.
The 3.5mm headphone port on the top, micro USB at the bottom, volume and power buttons on the right side. To accommodate the two Nano-SIM or a microSD card on SIM slot 2, the Hybrid SIM card tray is on the left side.
Panasonic Eluga A4 Photos
Panasonic Eluga A4 Display Review
The Eluga A4 appeared to has a bezel-less display when the screen off. However, the 5.2 HD display of the Eluga A4 has black borders around its edges. The HD resolution of the phone little bit disappointed at the price it comes. The color produced by the phone are punchy and viewing angles are decent, thanks to the IPS panel. Legibility of the display is good and at full brightness, the phone can operate easily under the direct sunlight. The pixel density of the Display is 320 PPI. The Display picture quality of the phone is optimized by the MiraVision. The black levels are not great and there were no uneven lighting around the edges or any light bleeding issue at least in our review unit.
Panasonic Eluga A4 Camera Review
The Panasonic Eluga A4 for capturing the life moments, it has 13MP autofocus rear camera with LED flash. For selfies, it uses the front camera of 5MP. The photos captured by the camera are decent both in terms of color accuracy and details. For more information, please see:
Panasonic Eluga A4 Performance
Under the hood of the Eluga A4, you will SOC MediaTek MT6735 Quad-core processor clocked at 1.25GHz with Mali-T720 GPU. For multitasking, it has 3GB RAM. There is 32GB of inbuilt storage in addition to which users can store all their additional data, music, videos through an expandable storage up to 128 GB using the Hybrid slot. While our usage, the phone does a decent job in terms of regular operations. We didn’t find any major lag while multitasking but you may see some intermittent lags. Heavy apps take some time to load and the performance of the gaming is average. Also, there was no heating issue except normal warmth while using the camera and playing heavy games. The phone is not meant for hardcore gamers because heavy CPU and graphics consumption games are not going to perform well on this phone. However, all you regular moderate tasks such browsing, YouTube, WhatsApp and other stuff works really fine without any issues. The overall performance of the phone is average.
Panasonic Eluga A4 BEnchmark scores
On the software front, the smartphone runs on Android Nougat 7.0 OS that really helps the phone to run smoothly. Moreover, the Eluga A4 not has any customized layer of software which another good thing. The third party apps bundled with the Eluga A4 are the Daily hunt, Gaana, hike, UC News, Xender, Prime Video, PhonePe, K-Gallery, and Swalek. The K- Gallery allows you to download different genre HD free wallpapers.
Panasonic’s Arbo virtual assistant programme
The Smartphone also has the inbuilt Arbo virtual assistant program developed by Panasonic to understand the user interaction and usage behavior. To use the Arbo just sign in it with your Google account and it starts monitoring your behavior. On the basis the user interaction with the apps, it shows the apps suggestion when you unlock the phone. You can’t compare it with Google Assitant or Apple’s Siri but it comes handy as it gives direct shortcuts to the apps you use regularly. Apart from the apps it also tracks the calls and gives you relevant suggestions.
Panasonic Eluga A4 Battery Review
The best part of the Panasonic Eluga A4 is its battery life. The 5000 mAh battery performed very well in our battery test. To test the battery, we used it in real-world scenarios and played a 1080p video at full volume and brightness. The result we got was 10-hour video playback. The moderate usage under 4G connectivity while using common apps such as Whatsapp, YouTube, Chrome and more, it can easily stand for 1.5 days. One more thing as the phone has a 5000 mAh huge battery but no fast charging support, result, it takes approx. 2 hours to get fully charged.
No doubt, if you are looking for a good battery backup smartphone with an Artificial Virtual assistant the Panasonic A4 can be your smart partner. Also in look and feel the phone is pretty much good. But if you are looking for an overall well-balanced phone in terms of both specs and performance wise, the devices offered by the Panasonic’s competitors at this price are worth to look.