Panasonic Eluga Ray 700 Review

Highlights

Rs. 9999

Pros

    • Decent Performance
    • Snappy Multitasking
    • Loud Audio Output
    • Long Lasting battery life

Cons

    • Heavy Build
    • Average touch response
    • Mediocre Camera Performance

Panasonic Eluga Ray 700 is a mid-priced smartphone from Panasonic launched recently. It features decent hardware including a massive 5000mAh battery that helps the device last as long as 2 days in one charge.
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Introduction

Panasonic has been in the smartphone market for quite some time now, however the phones manufactured by the company hasn’t held up against the Chinese counterparts. While the Japanese tech giant is trying to build its market in the Indian Sub-continent, it feels like the tricks aren’t rolling well.

Panasonic recently added another mid-priced Android device to its arsenal priced at sub 10K price tag, the Eluga Ray 700. In terms of hardware the device packs a solid metallic finish that could easily handle most of regular accidental bumps. On the front side of the smartphone its features a 2.5D Gorilla Glass covering its 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display. Powering the smartphone is an Octa core 1.3Ghz SoC which is coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. You can further expand the storage via a micro SD card slot. On the optics front, there’s a 13-megapixel sensor at the rear as well as a 13-megapixel sensor at the front. Let’s start with the design before we talk about performance and camera quality.

Design

Panasonic announced two smartphones at the same time in India, the Eluga Ray 500 and the Eluga Ray 700, both the devices featuring massive batteries.

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In terms of design, the Panasonic Eluga Ray 700 looks simple with no exceptional bumps or edges. At the front side of the smartphone, it features a camera sensor located adjacent to the earpiece along with a couple of sensors. There are two touch sensitive buttons located on the bottom of the smartphone housing the fingerprint sensor and home key in the centre. An LED notification light is located on the top of the smartphone at the right corner.

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The right side of the Panasonic Eluga Ray 700 packs volume rockers and power key. The keys are easy to use and are in proximity of the thumb.

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The fingerprint sensor is embedded inside the home button. Its snappy and worked all times during our testing period. The front LED flash is located at the top and lightens the photos properly in low light conditions.

At the bottom side of the smartphone, there’s a micro USB port located in between the loudspeaker.

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The Panasonic Eluga Ray 700 packs a vertical camera placement at the rear with the LED flash located below it.

As far as overall design is concerned, there’s nothing too impressive to boast about on the smartphone. The smartphone weighs about 182grams and is heavier than most of the other budget devices.

Performance

There was a time when only MediaTek chipset was preferable for budget devices, however now that Qualcomm has also started manufacturing economical processors, the competition has taken a major shift. Both the chipset makers are now manufacturing processors for the similarly priced smartphones and the users are getting the best out of this competition. But for the end user, it’s not the SoC or OS that matters, rather the actual performance of their smartphone in day-to-day use is all what the user cares about.

We tested the Panasonic Eluga Ray 700 for roughly a week and tested the smartphone to its limits during the period. The smartphone comes with loads of pre-loaded applications including- chillx, dailyhunt, databack, cupcake dreamland, k-gallery, phonePe and more. Some of you may call them basic applications, to others it’s just junk and bloatware that consumes RAM.

In our regular use the Panasonic Eluga Ray 700 played most of the applications without breaking a sweat. All the regular applications like Facebook, Camera, Instagram and YouTube worked well. Multitasking was fun on the smartphone and the performance never disappointed us. For the casual gamers, the Eluga Ray 700 will work in a usual manner. However, don’t expect much out of the device. The device may lag or even heat up with graphic intensive games.

In case you love watching videos and playing music on smartphone, the Panasonic Eluga Ray 700 will be best suited for you. The smartphone offers long lasting battery life and the audio output from the speaker is loud and clear that amplifies your movie watching experience.

Camera Performance

Chinese smartphone makers has certainly raised the bars for budget smartphones. And if we compare the Panasonic Eluga Ray 700 to its budget counterparts, the camera performance of the Eluga is just mediocre. In daylight conditions the camera captures sharp images with proper details. The Images look over saturated, and in some cases the photos are inclined to warmer tones. The details in the images look sharp and the camera may not disappoint you in daylight conditions. In low light conditions the camera performs just average. The images may get blur during low light scenarios and the shutter may also not respond instantly.

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Battery Life

The Panasonic Eluga Ray 700 packs a massive 5000mAh battery. And with such a gigantic battery capacity, the Eluga Ray 700 also delivers a fantastic battery life of roughly 2 days. In our case the phone even lasted for 3 days, as we were only using it for calling and social media. The battery life of the Eluga is fantastic and we loved the performance. However, the handset takes time while charging in comparison to other budget devices.

Final Verdict

If you’re looking for a robust smartphone that could easily handle regular applications along with offering great multitasking experience and a long-lasting battery life, the Panasonic Eluga Ray 700 could a decent choice for your investment. However, with better options available at the same price, the Eluga Ray 700 is still not the most recommend smartphone by us.

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Bikram Singh Negi

Bikram Singh Negi

Holding camera at extreme destinations or playing games in metro train his love for tech never ends. Phones, Apps, Updates, Cameras and Tech gossip all in one roof, he’s a complete tech-package. Travelling or sampling new cuisine nothing would distort him from his passion.