Panasonic recently added 2 new phones to their product portfolio in India namely the Panasonic Eluga Ray and the Panasonic P85. Both the phones are Flipkart exclusives and come with Arbo, a built-in AI software which monitors the usage pattern and offers recommendations based on it. The Arbo AI can help you with daily activities like setting an alarm and wake you up at the usual time or book a cab to make life simpler.
As far as the specifications are concerned, the Eluga Ray comes with a 5-inch HD (720p) display with IPS technology. Under the hood, there is a Quad-Core Mediatek chipset clocked at 1.3GHz along with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage which with the help of a microSD card can be expanded up to 64GB.
For the shutterbugs, the Eluga Ray sports a 13MP rear camera along with a 5MP front camera with LED flash for video calls and selfies. A 4000 mAh battery powers the device which should be more than enough to last through a full day of heavy usage with ease. The connectivity options on the device include 4G with VoLTE support, USB OTG, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS. are present. There is a fingerprint sensor present on the phone.
The phone runs on Android 6.0 marshmallow and the possibility of it getting updated is slim. The Sensors present in the Smartphone are Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Fingerprint Sensor, Compass/Magnetometer, and Hall Sensor.
The Eluga Ray is priced at Rs. 7,999 and at the price it competes against phones like the Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime and the recently launch Xiaomi Redmi 4 both of which have better hardware but the inclusion of Arbo the Smart virtual assistant is the USP of the Eluga ray.
The Panasonic P85, on the other hand, sports a 5 inch HD (720p) Display with a 1GHz Quad-Core chipset powering it from inside along with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage which again can be expanded via the help of a microSD card.
The P85 comes equipped with an 8MP rear camera with LED flash for the shutterbugs and a 2MP front camera at the front for selfies and video calls. A huge 4000mAh battery powers the device which should easily last for 2 days on a single charge and standard connectivity options like 4G with VoLTE support, Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS are present. The P85 too runs Android 6.0 marshmallow and the possibility of the future software upgrade is almost none.
Both the smartphones are quite mediocre and have pretty low powered hardware inside them and with the amount of competition in the market it will be difficult for the Eluga ray or the P85 to make a mark but everything hinges on Arbo their Smart AI which could draw in the consumers to their phones.