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Panasonic Eluga Arc

Panasonic Eluga Arc

Phone manufacturers these days are investing heavily on the design element of smartphones. In many countries , where the look and feel factor can easily overshadow a spec sheet, everyone is trying to make their phone stand out from the crowd.  Panasonic has been counting on design to give it the edge over better specced competition and the Eluga Arc is a prime example of this ambition – it comes with a compact size and stylish looks.

Panasonic Eluga Arc

Sleek design and good display

First thing that strikes one on seeing the Eluga Arc is its sheer compactness coupled with metal design. The smartphone comes with a 2.5D curved glass display with glossy  finish on the front which gives it a shiny and stylish look. The Arc sports a unibody design and on the front you will find a secondary camera lined up with earpiece and sensors on the top while at the base there are on-screen navigation buttons. On the right there is a volume rocker and power on/off button while on the left you will find the dual SIM slot.

Moving on to the back panel, the device has an ergonomic design which makes it easier to hold. There is a primary camera coupled with a LED flash with chamfered silver edges round the camera module. Right beneath the camera sits a fingerprint sensor and the company’s name while at the base there is a speaker grille. On the top you will find an audio jack and an IR blaster, while at the base is a microphone and microUSB port. The smartphone looks compact and stylish although this is marred to an extent by the thick bezels around the display. The glossy finish also means that the device is a bit on the slippery side.

On the display front, the Panasonic Eluga Arc comes with a 4.7-inch HD display with a screen resolution of 1280×720 pixels. It might not be full HD but the display still delivers good output in terms of colour reproduction and watching movies or reading was easy, although the text does appear a little small at times. Once again, we must admit to feeling a twinge of disappointment at not seeing a full HD display at this price point, considering the fact that competing devices are offering this feature.

Average performer

The Panasonic Eluga Arc is powered by a 1.2 GHz quadcore Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage which can be furthered expanded up to 32GB via micro SD card. The device comes with connectivity options like 4G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, IR blaster and GPS. A spec monster this ain’t, alas. The device handles daily tasks like surfing, streaming, browsing and the like very smoothly, but having too many apps running in the background can slow it down.  On the gaming front, the Eluga Arc handles casual games like Temple Run 2  and Subway Surfer without any noticeable lags or frame drops, but the same cannot be said for more graphics heavy titles.

The Eluga Arc sports an 8.0-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 5.0megapixel front shooter. Although the device was quick to focus and took good photos in broad daylight, it lagged in terms of detailing. In lowlighting conditions, the camera is off the pace with a lot of noise coming in. The camera UI is simple and we like the fact that you can add filters like during video recording.

The Eluga Arc runs on Android 5.1 with company’s FitHome UI running on of it. The interface is easy to use and works smoothly. Interestingly, it can be used in any orientation. The smartphone comes with a 1,800mAh battery which sees off a day with normal use. The fingerprint sensor works well and so does IR blaster.

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