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Panasonic Eluga A3 Pro: for $199, you can get this 5.2-inch smartphone with octa-core and 13MP-8MP camera

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Panasonic is more well-known for other household and consumer products, but that doesn’t mean Eluga A3 Pro couldn’t make a name for itself in the smartphone industry? Let’s give them a look and see where they stand.

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To be frank, Eluga is one of their better-known lineups in their smartphone stable; but even then, I’m pretty sure there’s a lot of people out there are still unaware of it.

The last time we heard of Panasonic was when they released the Eluga I3 with the below specs:

  • 5.5-inch HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 720 x 1280 pixels or ~267 ppi pixel density
  • Quad-core 1.3 GHz chipset and 2GB RAM
  • 13MP primary camera
  • 5MP secondary camera
  • 16GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to maximum 32GB
  • Li-Ion 2700 mAh battery
  • Android Lollipop 5.1
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • May 2017 release date
  • $139 USD price tag

You can be forgiven though, as by just glancing through at the Eluga I3 – it possessed some basic stuff that looks uninteresting with entry-level specs. Surely you can spend $139 USD on other smartphones that are better off than this smartphone.

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With the recent release of Eluga A3 Pro, have they learned from their mistakes? Let’s take a closer look on the lowdown for this device:

  • 5.2-inch HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 720 x 1280 pixels or ~282 ppi pixel density
  • Mediatek MT6753 chipset, Octa-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Mali-T720MP3 graphics and 3GB RAM
  • 13MP primary camera with phase detection autofocus and LED flash
  • 8MP secondary camera
  • 32GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to maximum 128GB
  • Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery
  • Android Nougat 7.0
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • August 2017 release date
  • 12,790 Indian Rupee or ~$199 USD price tag

Things do look up for Eluga A3 Pro against the Eluga I3, but is also due to its price increase of $60 USD. Surely you would expect to get something a lot better after paying for something extra, right?

Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to be enough though, as Eluga A3 Pro only gets a 5.2-inch IPS screen with just the High definition resolution.

Turning on to the performance side of things, Eluga A3 Pro comes with a decent MT6753 chipset, a conventional octa-core processor, decent graphics and 3GB RAM. It is capable of running most apps and games, but don’t expect it to blaze through it though.

Camera-wise, here’s where there’s some joy with the 13MP primary camera that also comes with PDAF and LED flash. Quite good for taking most pictures. Elsewhere there’s the 8MP selfie camera that should be able to satisfy most of your needs.

Regarding storage, there’s probably enough with the 32GB internal storage. If it isn’t, you can then pop in a microSD card and it can provide up to an additional 128GB of space.

Eluga A3 Pro also seems to excel in the battery department with the 4000 mAh battery supplying the necessary juice to it. Going by the look of things, you can expect a day or two of battery life in between charging.

Finally, the latest Android Nougat 7.0 operating system is available right out of the box. This should elevate its performance by a little bit.

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Conclusion:

Panasonic Eluga A3 Pro might have a mid-range price tag, but it is not everything that you hoped for at this price range. But that doesn’t stop it from offering some positives, especially with its 13MP-8MP camera setup, large 4000 mAh battery and the latest Android Nougat 7.0 operating system. But for $199 USD, surely you can find better options out there.

Panasonic Eluga A3 Pro is currently available for 12,790 Rupees or ~$199 USD and comes in Gold and Silver colour.

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