Panasonic is getting aggressive with its smartphone business In India by the day and is gearing up to launch a whopping 11 new smartphones before the onset of Diwali festival season. At the frontier are Panasonic Eluga A3 Pro and Eluga A3 that come integrated with the new Arbo assistant.
We have been testing Eluga A3 Pro for a while to ascertain if this is a phone we could recommend to consumers looking forward to buying affordable phones this festival season.
Key Specifications of Panasonic Eluga A3 Pro:
|Model||Panasonic Eluga A3 Pro|
|Display||5.2 inch HD IPS display with Asahi Dragon Trail Glass protection|
|Processor||1.3 GHz Octa Core Mediatek MT6753 processor|
|Camera||13 MP rear and 8 MP front camera|
|Software||Android 7.0 Nougat OS|
Design and Build
The Eluga A3 Pro has a metal back that curves towards the edges to facilitate a firm grip. On the front, you will find a 2.5D glass that’s, by now, a staple design element in this budget. The phone is quite compact and is reasonably slim and light considering that a 4000mAh battery is housed inside.
All buttons and ports are fairly accessible. Navigation buttons are present on-screen and right below the display, you will find a home button that also doubles as a fingerprint sensor. The audio jack is present on top and the regular MicroUSB port is present on the bottom edge, along with the speaker grills.
The handset follows the standard metal unibody design, but it’s compact and manageable form factor plays to its advantage.
Panasonic is using a 5.2-inch IPS LCD display with 720P HD resolution on the Eluga A3 Pro. The display can get bright enough for comfortable outdoor usage, has wide viewing angles and well-calibrated colors. The display is at par with what other manufacturers offer in this budget.
Camera and Imaging
The Panasonic Eluga A3 Pro has a 13MP rear camera with PDAF and an 8MP front selfie camera. On paper, that’s a very standard configuration for a 13K phone as of today. When it comes to performance, the Panasonic Eluga A3 Pro can shoot sharp images in good outdoor lighting. The camera can lock focus quickly and can handle tricky exposures well.
While indoors, the camera performance stumbles, but not by much. Even the images clicked indoors are pretty decent and good enough for basic usage like sharing moments on social media apps. The 8MP selfie camera too does a good job in day light. Indoors, the front camera performance is average.
Performance and Software
Panasonic is using MediaTek MT6753 chipset on the Eluga A3 Pro. The entry-grade chipset is paired with 3GB RAM (out of which around 1.8GB is free) and 32GB of storage (out of which around 24GB is available to users).
This is a basic chipset that can handle regular usage without stutters but isn’t well suited not for heavy gaming. To the phones advantage, Panasonic follows a minimalistic software approach here.
The handset is running almost stock Android Nougat based OS that’s efficient and light. There are a few nifty additions including the Arbo assistant which like other existing smart assistants should evolve for the better as you continue using it. The performance should suffice for basic and moderate users.
Battery, Price, and Verdict
The Panasonic Eluga A3 Pro has a 4000mAh battery that can easily last for one and a half day of heavy usage. We had two accounts synced in, watched a couple of hours of videos, had some social media interactions, played some music sporadically and browsed stuff through our day and still managed to retain enough juice for some bed time entertainment and unwinding. Priced at 12,790 INR, Panasonic Eluga A3 Pro is a fair deal for both online & offline buyers with basic user needs.