Just when almost every smartphone company is trying to enter the budget space offering their products under 10k, Panasonic is back with their budget smartphone Eluga I2 Activ. It was launched on 16th August 2017 and the pricing starts from Rs7190.
When it comes to budget smartphones, the first thing people care about is the RAM, Storage, Camera and the Battery Life. Other specs like the Processor, GPU, Android version etc are considered secondary. So, on the existing smartphone market of 2017, can Panasonic establish itself as a worth smartphone? Let’s find out.
Panasonic Eluga I2 Activ Features:
The Panasonic Eluga I2 Activ is a 5-inch device with an HD IPS Display (720 x 1280 p). For screen protection, it has a Dragontail Glass.
The whole body is metallic, the sides are a bit curved to give you a better holding. It is available in 3 color variants, namely, Gold, Rose Gold, and Grey.
The first thing to notice on this device is that it does not have a Fingerprint Sensor, something very crucial nowadays and present in almost every device. I don’t know why a device worth 7k+ in Indian Market was launched without the Fingerprint Sensor. This might be a deciding factor for many Indian smartphone buyers whether to opt for this device in the first place.
Coming to the hardware, it is powered by MediaTek MT6737 1.2 Ghz Quad Core Processor and 1GB of RAM. (Are you serious, Panasonic?)
The internal memory of this device is just 16GB which can be extended up to 128GB using an external Micro SD Card. It supports dual Hybrid Sim. 4G VoLTE is supported.
On the camera front, the rear camera is an 8MP Shooter having Auto Focus, and the front camera is just 5MP.
Panasonic Eluga I2 Activ runs on Android 7.0 Nougat.
Lastly, the battery is just 2200mah.
Well, these are the features. Do you even need an Honest Opinions for this device? Okay, giving, but after the spec sheet.
Panasonic Eluga I2 Activ Full Phone Specifications:
Announced: August 2017
Current Status: Available
Release Date: August 2017
Build: Metallic Finish
No of Supported Sim: 2
SIM Type: Nano Sim
Colors: Gold, Rose Gold, Gray
Display Type: HD IPS Display
Screen Size: 5 inch
Screen To Body Ratio: 0
Resolution: 1280x720 pixels
Screen Density: 0
Protection: Dragontail Glass
Chipset Details: MediaTek MT6737
CPU: 1.2 Ghz
CPU Cores: Quad Core
Battery: 2200 mah
Rear Camera: 8
Rear Camera Features: Auto Focus
Front Camera: 5
Front Camera Features:
Alert Types: Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Technology: GSM / HSPA / LTE
2G Bands: GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Bands: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G Bands: LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800), 28(700), 38(2600), 40(2300)
USB: microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go
Android Version: 7.0 Nougat
Panasonic Eluga I2 Activ Honest Opinions:
Really? Do you want me to speak my mind?
Okay, this is probably one of the worst android devices of 2017.
When someone is shelling out 7k, he or she deserves much better stuff.
Even if I ignore the processor, there is 1GB RAM, 8 and 5 Camera and just a mere 2200mah battery. And if you combine the lack of fingerprint sensor along with this, I find ABSOLUTELY NO REASON TO BUY THIS DEVICE.
What will you do with just 1GB of RAM? It will lag and hang with even Facebook, Whatsapp, Messenger, Instagram, and Twitter on. Don’t even think of playing any games with this device.
The battery is below average, you can’t a whole day with that battery if you plan on running Jio sim on the device.
Camera! That’s an entry level camera you can use to take below average pictures. Forget about details in the pics.
I am sure at the current competitive market, someone can manufacture this phone and sell for Rs2999 or below. At a price of 7k, you get a lot better mobiles.
So, looking at every aspect of this device, I can confidently say nobody will voluntarily choose the Panasonic Eluga I2. Yes, someone not having proper knowledge of Android Smartphones may be convinced by shopkeepers to purchase this device.
I personally have no grudge or hatred over Panasonic, I have used their electronic products. They are all very impressive. But, this device, unfortunately, failed to give me any satisfaction. Buy this device and you are wasting your money. I am clear about it.
Panasonic Eluga I2 Activ Alternative Smartphones:
To be honest, every other smartphone released in 2017 (or probably 2016 also) is better than this. But, based on this device price and spec sheet, I will suggest you go for Redmi 4 available at a lower price with better specs.
Even you can decrease the budget further and go with Redmi 4A, which lacks a Fingerprint Sensor, but is ahead of Panasonic Eluga I2 in other aspects.
I don’t recommend a lot of alternatives, which will confuse you further. Heads Up, Xiaomi. Now, make your choice.
So, that’s all about Panasonic Eluga I2. If you hear someone buying this device or even see anyone recommending others to buy this, let them know about this and make them aware of the much better alternatives. It remains to see how many sales can Panasonic drive through this device.
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