Panasonic Eluga Arc is the latest mid-range smartphone from the Japanese electronics giant. Priced at Rs 12,490 the Eluga Arc isn't the most power packed smartphone in its price range, but Panasonic has tried their best to differentiate it from other players available in the market.
In fact, when compared to LeTv Le 1S and Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, the dearth of power in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 powered Panasonic Eluga Arc can be easily felt. However Panasonic is providing a number of nifty features that helps to differentiate itself from its competitors.
In the features front the Panasonic Eluga Arc packs an 8MP rear camera with LED Flash and 5MP front facing selfie snapper. Besides that the smartphone is powered by an 1800mAH battery and runs on a custom build of Android Lollipop 5.1. It's worth noting that the handset comes with support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 1.0.
Commenting on the launch, Pankaj Rana, Business Head, Mobility Division, Panasonic India, said, "For smartphone users, a major concern is the confidentiality and security of the highly volatile data, with cloud storage usage growing rapidly across segments. This control-sensitive device, which achieves complex tasks with a single fingerprint is personalized for the user and protects the smartphone investment. Our first curved display device in the 4G/LTE series, the Arc is rich in technology innovation, including an inbuilt sensor to operate home automated appliances."
So without further ado, let's find out why Panasonic is claiming that their smartphone is rich in technology innovation!
2.5D Curved IPS display
The Panasonic Eluga Arc mayn't have the sharpest display around, but its surely does provide wide viewing angles thank to the 2.5D Curved Glass on top. The 5 inch HD (1280x720p) IPS display however is flanked by painted black bezels that will fool your eyes in believing that the smartphone really boasts of high screen to body ratio.
Supports voice over LTE (voLTE)
Just like the recently launched Reliance Lyf smartphones for their Jio network, the Panasonic Eluga Arc comes with support for voLTE i.e. voice over LTE. For those unaware, this feature allows you to make call over LTE networks using your mobile data. It's worth noting that the Xiaomi Mi5 which was launched in India a few days back at Rs 24,999 too comes with support for voLTE.
Compatible with Android for Work
Panasonic claims that their latest mid-range smartphone is aimed at professionals who like using their phone on the go. For the same, the company has enabled support of Android for Work on their Panasonic Eluga Arc smartphone.
IR Blaster for controlling your smart appliances
As you all are aware, Panasonic is more popular for their consumer electronics offering than for their smartphones. Thus to provide an integrated experience Panasonic has included an IR Blaster in their smartphones. Thanks to this IR Blaster you can now control a number of smartphone home appliances directly via your Panasonic Eluga Arc.
Fingerprint Sensor on the rear for added security
Just a few years back, Fingerprint Sensor was a feature that was restricted to flagship smartphones. But now even mid-range devices are coming with the same, much of the credit however goes to the decreased pricing of the TouchID modules. Panasonic Eluga Arc to come with a Fingerprint Sensor on the rear, just below the 8MP camera module.