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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.