December 9, 2022


Japanese electronics and smartphone maker Panasonic launched its Eluga A3 and A3 Professional at a launch occasion in New Delhi again in September. The corporate priced the A3 and A3 Professional at a aggressive worth of Rs 11,290 and Rs 12,790 respectively.

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Which means that these smartphones have been competing towards the likes of Xiaomi Redmi Notice 4, Xiaomi Redmi 4, Moto G5, Honor 6X and Lenovo K6 Energy. The gadget is offered on sale on Panasonic model retailers and different offline and on-line retail channels throughout the nation.

We received the Eluga A3 Professional, extra highly effective and costly of the 2 gadgets for assessment. The smartphone seems first rate and packs a 4,000 mAh battery. The corporate claims that it comes with the primary AI-based good assistant known as Arbo. I used it as my day by day driver for 10 days. I pushed the smartphone to its limits by way of utilization. So let’s get into the assessment.

Construct and Design: 7.5/10

The Panasonic Eluga A3 Professional comes with a metallic again with plastic caps on the highest and backside. The corporate has added a brushed metallic end on the edges, however the body is plastic. The gadget seems sturdy and strong in hand with none squeaking elements. It seems first rate and doesn’t really feel heavy regardless of the 161 gm heft. The burden, together with the metallic block on the again offers the smartphone a extra balanced feeling making certain that the consumer feels assured whereas holding the gadget.

Image: tech2/Rehan Hooda.

Picture: tech2/Rehan Hooda.

Image: tech2/Rehan Hooda.

Picture: tech2/Rehan Hooda.

The gadget comes with 148 x 72.4 x 9.1 mm dimensions making it much like most price range Android-powered smartphones on the market. One factor to notice right here is that the perimeters of the smartphone felt a little bit sharp hinting at a slight lack of refinement. Nonetheless, it’s alright for price range smartphones to not include a refined design that’s current in additional premium smartphones. Although, competitors just like the Moto G5S and Redmi Notice 4 do include comparatively higher design and refined constructed high quality.

Image: tech2/Rehan Hooda.

Picture: tech2/Rehan Hooda.

Image: tech2/Rehan Hooda.

Picture: tech2/Rehan Hooda.

Image: tech2/Rehan Hooda.

Picture: tech2/Rehan Hooda.

The entrance of the gadget packs a fingerprint sensor on the underside with an embedded house button. There aren’t any navigation keys on the edges of the fingerprint sensor. As a substitute, Panasonic has opted for digital navigation keys. This seems like a waste of area obtainable on the underside bezel. The corporate has packed the entrance digicam module, speaker grill and the proximity sensor on the highest bezel.

Image: tech2/Rehan Hooda.

Picture: tech2/Rehan Hooda.

Image: tech2/Rehan Hooda.

Picture: tech2/Rehan Hooda.

Customers will discover the rear digicam on the top-middle portion of the smartphone on the again together with the LED gentle module beneath the digicam module. The again consists of the Panasonic and Eluga branding within the center together with a speaker grill on the underside plastic cap of the smartphone.

Image: tech2/Rehan Hooda.

Picture: tech2/Rehan Hooda.

Image: tech2/Rehan Hooda.

Picture: tech2/Rehan Hooda.

The quantity rocker and the facility button are current on the suitable facet of the smartphone together with the SIM tray on the left facet of the gadget. Customers will discover the microUSB on the proper facet on the underside of the smartphone whereas the three.5mm headphone jack is current on the highest of the smartphone.

Options: 6.5/10

The Eluga A3 Professional packs a 5.2-inch HD show with ‘Asahi Dragontrail’ glass. The gadget runs Android Nougat 7.0 out of the field with ‘Arbo AI assistant’, extra on the ‘AI assistant’ within the Software program part.

Image: tech2/Rehan Hooda.

Picture: tech2/Rehan Hooda.

The Eluga A3 Professional is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MTK6753 processor clocked at 1.3 GHz together with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of inside storage that may be expanded to as much as 128 GB microSD card. The corporate has added a 4G-enabled nano-SIM slot and one other 4G-enabled hybrid slot together with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0, 3.5 mm headphone jack and micro USB 2.0 port for connectivity. It contains a fingerprint sensor on the entrance, ambient gentle, proximity, accelerometer sensors, and FM Radio help to enhance the feature-set of the gadget.

Image: tech2/Rehan Hooda.

Picture: tech2/Rehan Hooda.

Shifting to the digicam part, the Eluga A3 Professional comes with a 13 MP digicam sensor on the again and an 8 MP digicam sensor on the entrance for higher selfies. Panasonic has added a 4,000 mAh battery to make sure lengthy battery life. The gadget will are available in three color variants which can be Mocha Gold, Gold and Gray.

Show: 7/10

Panasonic A3 Professional packs a 5.2-inch HD IPS LCD panel with 1280 x 720 decision with ‘Asahi Dragontrail’ glass for defense. The show panel comes with 282 PPI pixel density and 69.2 % screen-to-body ratio. The show seems vivid and vibrant together with good viewing angles. The color and brightness do take a success if seen from excessive angles. However contemplating that it’s an HD show, the show performs effectively.

Image: tech2/Rehan Hooda.

Picture: tech2/Rehan Hooda.

Nonetheless, Panasonic wants to enhance the light-reflectivity of the display screen. The show doesn’t carry out as desired in direct daylight as there may be a variety of reflection making it troublesome to learn the contents on the display screen.

Software program: 6.5/10

The corporate has opted for inventory Android Nougat 7.0 with the Eluga A3 Professional to make sure snappy efficiency. The working system comes with Android 5 June safety patch stage out of the field. The gadget didn’t obtain any replace on the time of testing. Regardless of the presence of inventory Android, the gadget doesn’t carry out as snappily as I used to be anticipating it to be. There was a slight but noticeable lag whereas navigating the working system, be it whereas regular actions like opening the app drawer or little extra demanding like opening apps.

Panasonic Eluga A3 Pro (1)

One factor to notice right here is that the working system doesn’t come clear as you’d count on from a inventory Android set up. As a substitute, Panasonic has added a lot of pre-installed apps.

Image: tech2/Rehan Hooda.

Picture: tech2/Rehan Hooda.

The pre-installed apps embrace Amazon Buying, Amazon Prime Video, Dailyhunt, Cupcake Dreamland, PhonePe, Xender, DataBack, Ok-Gallery, Uber, and V-PayQwik. Panasonic has modified the digicam interface to a custom-designed interface, extra about that within the digicam part. The working system additionally comes with Arbo, one of many key highlights for the corporate with Eluga A3 Professional and A3. The corporate claims that Arbo is an AI-powered ‘good assistant’ that helps customers to trace their day by day utilization and make solutions to them accordingly.

Panasonic Eluga A3 Pro (2)

The corporate has pushed the ‘Arbo’ AI Sensible Assistant as one of many key options of Eluga A3 Professional. The best way this ‘Sensible Assistant’ works is that it retains a monitor of all of the apps that you simply use each day together with the time. After a number of days of utilizing, the Arbo good sssistant learns your app utilizing habits after which begins suggesting apps to you in accordance with the time within the day. The assistant will not be actually good or intuitive by way of the interface when in comparison with its competitors, Google Assistant, Microsoft’s Cortana, Amazon Alexa, or Apple’s Siri. Final however not the least, Google Assistant can be supported on the gadget along with Arbo.

Efficiency: 6.5/10

The efficiency of Eluga A3 Professional was underwhelming at finest as there was a slight, but noticeable lag throughout the system and every part was not as easy as one would count on from a inventory Android set up. I ran the smartphone via a lot of benchmark exams and the scores mirrored the comparatively weak efficiency by the MediaTek MTK6753.

Virtually all of the apps that I used displayed the lag at launch. Prolonged gaming periods of heavy obligation video games like Trendy Fight 5 ran alright with considerably uneven efficiency in advanced scenes. I encountered comparable efficiency ranges have been seen in video games like Asphalt 8: Airborne and Useless Set off 2 as effectively.

Panasonic Eluga A3 Pro (3)

The telephone did warmth up reasonably throughout prolonged gaming periods. There was no difficulty whereas putting mobile or web calls utilizing the Eluga A3 Professional because the connectivity and voice readability was spot on. The bundled earphones with the gadget didn’t pose any issues because the sound was clear with first rate noise cancellation.

Digital camera: 5.5/10

The Eluga A3 Professional comes with a 13 MP digicam sensor on the again together with part detection autofocus and LED flash and an 8 MP digicam sensor on the entrance for higher selfies. Customers can shoot 1080p video at 30 fps from the again digicam within the video division. The digicam interface comes with three modes, the primary mode is a panorama mode the place the digicam guides you to take a number of pictures after which stitches them into one giant image.

Panasonic Eluga A3 Pro

The second mode is the PiP (Image-in-Image) mode the place the digicam takes a photograph from the again digicam and a photograph from the entrance digicam. It takes the again digicam picture because the background and overlays the picture taken from the entrance digicam on the background with Polaroid-like borders to imitate a PiP-like last picture. The third mode is the conventional picture mode. Customers don’t have to vary the display screen to shoot video because the video recording and picture seize button are current on the identical display screen, simply above the fingerprint scanner on the entrance.

The photographs shot from the digicam weren’t the most effective with noise creeping in pictures together with a hit and miss focussing system. The digicam takes significantly longer to focus than standard with a big 0.5~0.75 second lag from the time the shutter button was pressed and the ultimate shot was taken. The photographs changed into a grainy mess in low gentle or dimly-lit situations. The standard of pictures marginally improved in vivid daylight however it was nonetheless missing the crisp noise-free pictures.

Panasonic Eluga A3 Pro (2)

Shifting away from the picture readability and focus points, the digicam sensor has a dismal dynamic vary with pictures coming underwhelming and darkish in most conditions. HDR mode did assist the digicam seize the scene higher and convey out the main points. Nevertheless it additionally got here with elevated sharpening within the photographs giving it a man-made look. Final however not the least, last footage lacked any texture or particulars and seemed like flat work.

Once more, this isn’t restricted to pictures shot in low gentle however extends to the pictures shot in ample daylight. To its credit score, the HDR mode is good-enough to carry a variety of element and hues within the scene when in comparison with a standard shot.

Battery: 8/10

Panasonic has added an enormous 4,000 mAh battery to make sure that the telephone has a formidable battery life. The smartphone lasted a day for me on average utilization, which included gaming for an hour or so, three e-mail accounts syncing, fixed emailing, WhatsApp messages, 10-20 pictures and listening to music for 30-45 minutes at a stretch.

Panasonic Eluga A3 Pro (1)

The gadget lasted 9 hours and 45 minutes through the PCMark for Android Work 2.0 battery check, reaffirming that the battery efficiency within the gadget is nice.

Verdict and Value in India

Panasonic has created a good telephone which wants enchancment in digicam division. The efficiency is less than the identical stage as competitors on this worth vary. Nonetheless, regardless of its try to compete within the price-segment, the competitors merely gives a lot better {hardware} with higher software program optimisation. The corporate wants to enhance its providing to determine as an actual competitor and enhance its stand-out options like Arbo as a result of Google Assistant beats it hands-down on the subject of smarts.

Image: tech2/Rehan Hooda.

Picture: tech2/Rehan Hooda.

In case you are searching for a superb smartphone on this vary, you’ll be able to have a look at Xiaomi Redmi Notice 4 for those who like a forked Android expertise, in any other case, you’ll be able to search for Xiaomi Mi A1. If you wish to search for different corporations than Xiaomi then you’ll be able to have a look at Moto G5S Plus or Moto G5 Plus.

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