After launching Eluga A4 a couple of days ago, Panasonic — the Japan-based electronics manufacturer, has today launched its new smartphone in the India market. Dubbed as Panasonic Eluga I5, the entry-level smartphone is priced at Rs. 8,990 (approx. $138).
The smartphone will be exclusively available through India’s homegrown online retailer Flipkart, in two color options — Black and Gold. The eCommerce website is also offering an exchange discount of up to Rs. 6,000 and additional discount if paid using credit card. However, these offers are not expect to last longer.
The metal-bodied smartphone features a 5-inch HD display with screen resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels along with 2.5D curved Asahi Dragontrail glass protection on top.
It is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6737 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The storage capacity on the device can be further expanded up to 128GB via micro SD card slot.
As of the camera department, the phone comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera with five-piece lens, f/2.2 aperture and an LED flash. On the front, the smartphone has a 5-megapixel camera with a three-piece lens for taking selfies.
It runs on Android 7.0 Nougat operating system and it is not clear if or when the smartphone will get Android 8.0 Oreo update. The dual SIM smartphone has a hybrid setup, allowing users to use secondary SIM card slot as a microSD card slot.
Connectivity options on the Panasonic Eluga I5 include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, FM Radio, A-GPS, Micro-USB with OTG, and a 3.5mm audio jack. The phone comes with accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, and a proximity sensor.
There is also a fingerprint sensor on the back of phone. The smartphone, which measures 143 x 71 x 7.5mm and weights 145.5 grams, is powered by a 2,500mAh battery.
The company is reportedly planning to launch more than 10 devices under the Rs. 15,000 (~$232) in India. Also, the company has said that it will be spending around Rs. 200 crore on marketing and promotions for its new smartphones.