Pansonic Eluga Mark is the latest addition in the Eluga series and the first Panasonic phone to feature a fingerprint sensor. The dual-SIM device comes with a big 5.5-inch HD display. While the fingerprint scanner might be the biggest differentiator, it isn’t the cheapest device to sport one. The Coolpad Note 3 was launched with decent specs and fingerprint scanner for Rs 8,999.
The Panasonic Eluga Mark is expected to compete with other smartphones like Lenovo K3 Note and Moto Gen (3rd gen), which have really set standards in this price segment. So, how is the overall performance of the phone? Read our review.
Specs: 5.5-inch (720 x 1280p) HD display | Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor | 2GB RAM | 16GB storage (expandable up to 32GB) | 13MP rear camera + 5MP front | 2500 mAh battery | Android Lollipop 5.1.1 | dual SIM| 4G LTE support
Price: Rs 11,990
The Panasonic Eluga Mark is a big phone with a 5.5-inch display, but despite that it will not slip out of your hand easily. The plastic back cover gives the phone a good grip and you can easily operate Eluga Mark with one hand without the fear of it falling down. I would also like to add here that the phone does not feel heavy.
The phone has a vibrant and sharp display. It allowed me to take pictures and work on it even in moderate sunlight on a winter morning.
The rear camera will surprise you with its quick auto-focus and good colour reproduction. While the pictures clicked in daylight are sharp with details, those captured in low light aren’t a big disappointment either. Also, there is a lack of detail while in dim-light, but the results can be good if you focus on a well-lit object at night.
Panasonic Eluga’s fingerprint scanner worked really well for me. The feature did not give me reasons to complaint as it was quick in unlocking the device each time. Once the phone registers your fingerprint 100 per cent, you will be easily able to open it with just a slight touch of your finger. It supports up to 8 fingerprints.
The phone did just fine on the performance front. I used it as my primary phone for two weeks during the review period and played games on it, watched videos, surfed the web, downloaded a couple of apps for review. It was easy to switch between tabs and the phone stood strong all this while. Also, the Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor did not heat up even when I played graphics heavy games or watched videos for a long time.
Eluga Mark packs a decent battery that will last for a whole day even on heavy usage. In fact, it even lasted for two days in my case when I put the device to minimal use of calling and messaging.
What is not good?
I would rate the call quality decent, but not up to the mark. I was able to listen to what the other person was saying but not with utmost clarity. I had to struggle to hear sometimes even when I was at home with the TV switched on at a moderate volume.
Panasonic Eluga Mark fails to make its mark in the design segment as look of the phone is just average. The phone looks bulky though it is light weight and there’s no innovation here.
The front camera was not really able to impress me with the picture quality. I did not feel like taking a selfie from right when looked into the camera. It just doesn’t reproduce the same colours, pictures aren’t sharp and tend to look pixilated.
Also, the battery took a really long time, close to 3 hours to get fully charged after the phone was completely drained out.
Panasonic Eluga Mark comes with a good camera, performs well and offers a decent battery life. While Eluga mark does offer decent specs for its price and also comes with a fingerprint scanner; Lenovo K3 Note and Moto G (3rd gen) are still a notch above.
The one thing that really bothers me though is the picture quality of the front camera. It does not tend to do a good job, especially in times when the front camera has increasingly become a necessity. If you really want to flaunt the fingerprint scanner and have a tight budget, you can go for this phone.