Japanese electronics giant Panasonic is making a serious push into India, eroding the dominant position achieved by the likes of Samsung and Sony over a course of time.
The Osaka-based company, known for its Plasma T.Vs, is slowly and gradually making a small yet impactful impact with its immersive handsets. Seeing the response its new Android-powered phones are getting in India, the firm has launched the Eluga A at Rs. 9,490.
Notably, the Eluga A is the second handset that has been added to its Eluga series. In July, Panasonic unveiled the Eluga U flagship device featuring a 5-inch HD display and a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor.
Panasonic Eluga A - Highlighted Specifications
Panasonic's new Eluga A should be seen as a budget phone. It has a 5-inch 5-inch FWVGA (480x854 pixels) IPS display, and is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, paired with 1GB of RAM.
In the imaging department, the handset sports an 8-megapixel Auto Focus rear-facing camera with a single LED flash. Also, add a 1.3MP front-facing shooter.
The phone offers a modest 4GB of ROM which can be later expanded up to 32GB via a microSD card slot. The makers have added a 2,000mAh battery fitted inside.
Connectivity options on the Panasonic Eluga A include 3G, Dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, and GPS with A-GPS. The device is now available in Black and White colors.
Can Panasonic Beat New Age Handsets Makers in Indian Handset Market?
Of late Panasonic is facing tough competition from its Chinese counterparts. More than Samsung or HTC, Panasonic should be threatened by the increasing status of Chinese players. Xiaomi, a Chinese handset maker little known outside its native market, has been getting rave reviews for its Mi 3.
The company has managed to sell a close to 55,000 units of Mi 3 in India since the device first went on sale a few days back. Other than Xiaomi, there are a couple of Chinese handset makers that have been doing really well in India; Gionee is one among them.
Meanwhile, we've prepared a list of top 5 smartphones that could pose threat to the Panasonic Eluga A. Take a look into sliders below!
Nokia Lumia 530
Microsoft recently launched the Nokia Lumia 530 Dual SIM in India at Rs. 7,349. The device is now available to buy from the company's official online store for India. The budget handset has a 4-inch FWVGA (480x854 pixels) LCD display. It is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 alongside 512MB of RAM.
It offers a 5-megapixel fixed focus rear camera. The handset comes with a 4GB of on-board storage and a microSD card slot. The dual SIM handset packs a 1430mAh battery. Other connectivity options are as follows: GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth (4.0), and GPS. It runs on the latest Windows Phone 8.1 OS.
Asking price - Rs. 7,349
Motorola Moto G
Moto G has now received Rs. 2,000 price cut on both the 8GB and 16GB model. This means that the 8GB Moto G can now be bought at the price of Rs. 10,499, and the 16 GB variant will cost you Rs. 11,999. Moto G comes with a 4.5-inch HD (720 x 1280 pixels) display with a pixel density of 329 ppi. It is powered by 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, coupled with a 1GB RAM and runs on Android KitKat OS.
You will get a 5MP rear camera with LED flash, auto-focus which is capable of shooting picture at 2592х1944 pixels quality and a 1.3MP front-facing snapper which is sufficient for making video calls and taking selfies.
The smartphone comes in 2 variants depending on the on-board memory which is 8GB and 16GB. Other specs include: Dual SIM (GSM + GSM), 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and non-removable Li-Ion 2070 mAh battery.
Asking price - Rs. 10,500 upwards
Karbonn Titanium Octane
The Karbonn Titanium Octane sports a 5-inch HD IPS display, and is powered by a 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor, paired with 1GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage and a microSD card slot. It offers a 13MP rear-facing camera and a 5MP front-facing shooter. The makers have added a 2000mAh battery fitted inside. Other connectivity options on the Titanium Octane include 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS with A-GPS and Bluetooth 4.0. The device runs on Android 4.4 Kitkat.
Asking price - Rs. 11,990
The new Xolo A1000s supports dual-SIM capabilities (GSM+GSM) and is powered by a dual-core MediaTek (MT6572M) processor clocked at 1GHz coupled with a Mali 400 MP GPU and 1GB of RAM. This new budget smartphone features a 5-inch (480x854 pixels) TFT display and sports a 5-megapixel autofocus rear camera with LED flash alongside a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera.
It includes 4GB of inbuilt storage which is further expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB). Recommended: Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro Launched with 6 Inch QHD Display, Snapdragon 801 CPU and More. The A1000s also packs a 2000mAh battery which is rated to deliver up to 29 hours of talk time and up to 650 hours of standby time on 2G network. The smartphone comes with GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and Micro-USB connectivity options.
Asking price - Rs. 7,799
Micromax Canvas Fire A093
The Canvas Fire A093 is yet another budget-friendly smartphone, which will rival against several KitKat flavored handsets available onto market.
Going through the specs of the device once more, the Canvas Fire handset features a 4-inch WVGA display. It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor coupled with a very less RAM of 512MB.
It uses a 4GB of internal memory complemented with a microSD card slot for further memory expansion up to 32GB. Micromax Canvas Fire also comes with 5MP rear camera with LED flash, a VGA front camera, HSPA+, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, dual-SIM support and 1750 mAh battery.
Asking price - Rs. 6,999