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Panasonic Eluga Ray Max – The Phone With Arbo AI Assistant

Contrary to what the name might suggest, the Eluga Ray Max is a compact smartphone with a 5.2-inch display. What’s really special about the phone is the integration of Panasonic’s own smart AI assistant Arbo, which can understand, learn adapt according to your smartphone usage habit over time. Let’s take a closer look to at this new Eluga series handset.

Panasonic Eluga Key Features:

MODEL NAME Eluga Ray Max
DISPLAY SIZE, TYPE & RESOLUTION 5.2 IPS(13.2cm) FHD (1080×1920 pixels), Corning Gorilla Glass 3
PROCESSOR 1.4GHz 64bit Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor
OPERATING SYSTEM Android 6.0 Marshmallow
MEMORY 4GB RAM (Available in 64GB & 32GB Internal memory variants)
REAR CAMERA 16MP Rear Camera
FRONT CAMERA 8MP Front with Selfie-Flash
BATTERY 3000mAh with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
DIMENSIONS 148 x 73 x 9.5mm
CONNECTIVITY 4G VoLTE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS
GLOBAL POSITIONING SUPPORT Bluetooth, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct, Global Positioning System (A-GPS), FM with RDS
INBOX ACCESSORIES Handset (Inclusive of Battery), Special Adaptive 5V-9V Charger, Data Cable, Ear Phone, Screen Guard, SIM Insert Pin and Quick Start Guide
Price 11,499 INR/ 12,499 INR

Design and Build

The Panasonic Eluga Ray Max sports a premium metal design. The phone looks quite elegant thanks to its metal rear, and 2.5D Glass covered front.

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A fingerprint sensor is thankfully present on the front, integrated with the home button, which is something still quite rare in this budget (since most affordable phones have it positioned on the rear). Speaker grill and micro USB port are present on the bottom, and the audio jack is present on top.

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Panasonic Eluga Ray Max will appeal to anyone who prefers compact phones. The design is ergonomic, and one hand usage won’t be a problem. There are no flexes or creaks in the body, and the Eluga Ray Max feels perfectly solid.

Display

The 5.2-inch display on the Eluga Ray Max has full HD resolution. The high resolution makes text and images crisp and colors are also quite vivid. The display has high contrast and is bright enough for comfortable outdoor use.

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All said and done, Panasonic is using a good quality IPS LCD panel here. And it’s also protected by Gorilla Glass 3.

Camera and Imaging

Panasonic has been quite generous with camera hardware. On the rear, the Eluga Ray Max includes a 16MP camera sensor that can shoot detailed images in good lighting. Even in low light conditions, the images are decent.

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On the front, there is an 8MP selfie camera with LED flash. We managed to shoot some decent selfies even in less than perfect lighting. The camera performance feels good enough for the price.

Hardware, Software, and Performance

Panasonic Eluga Ray Max is powered by Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor paired with ample 4GB RAM. You can buy the 64GB storage variant for 12,499 INR and the 32GB variant for 11, 499 INR. So, unless you are on a real tight budget, we would recommend you to go for the 64GB variant.

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The performance is good enough, and the phone can perform all regular tasks without breaking a sweat. Apps take some time loading, especially when you are running multiple Apps simultaneously, but we didn’t encounter any stuttering or UI lag. That is to say, if you are a basic or moderate user, you won’t face any performance issues with Panasonic Eluga Ray Max.

We didn’t face any call quality issues on the handset, and the audio output from the speakers is quite loud as well.

Panasonic is using a light software skin based on Android Marshmallow, and the primary highlight here is the smart assistant Arbo that will get smarter with time. Arbo’s radial interface can be maneuvered with a single hand.

You can push location-based prompts (for instance suggest you turn Bluetooth on when you leave your home or enter your car), suggest apps based on your usage pattern, or remind you of making important phone calls.

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Battery life, Price, and Verdict

The 3000mAh battery on the Eluga Ray Max can last for one full day of moderate to heavy usage. The battery also supports Qualcomm quick charge 3.0 fast charging.

Overall Panasonic Eluga Ray Max is a good option for basic and moderate users. Conveniences like good quality display, the fast fingerprint sensor on the front, and elegant design work in its favor. We would recommend that you spend the extra 1,000 INR and go with the 64GB storage variant priced at 12,499 INR.

Author: Pooja

Pooja is passionate about blogging and Tech which makes life easier and interesting. While she is not exploring tech trends, you can find her devouring epic fantasy adventure literature and movies from across the globe.

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25 Comments

  1. Does it have an IR Blaster in it?

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  2. I want to buy this mobile. so please help me by providing some information about mobile, here is the list

    1, What is the ppi of the display
    2, Is it supporting all games and what about heathig
    3, The clarity of the camera does it produce real colors
    4, do you feel the Panasonic Eluga Ray Max durable

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    • 424 ppi, yes didnt face any major heating issues, color reproduction is nice. build quality is good

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  3. Excellent mobile one of my favorite smartphone………..

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  4. Full HD display 16mp camera and magnificient device worth buying

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  5. It is gaining so much limelight due to it’s amazing Arbo feature.

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  6. Will take up the entire market really soon.

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  7. Really impressed with the 16 mp camera quality.

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  8. The 16 mp camera quality is so good.

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  9. It is so nice to see Panasonic’s comeback.

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  10. Such amazing features which so low price. WOW.

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  11. I am going to buy this.

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  12. this is amazing i love the concept

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  13. very impressive arbo

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  14. wow arbo works like magic

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  15. stunningly beautiful design

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  16. panasonic is transporting us to the future right now

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  17. great feature to have in device

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  18. definitly going to get panasonic for myself and my family

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