Panasonic ELUGA X1 Pro
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About the Phone
- Qi wireless charging (although it comes at the cost of almost double the time a normal charge takes)
- Rapid fast fingerprint scan
- Android 8.1
- Stainless steel frame and premium glass.
- Video recording limited to a mere 1080p quality
- No 3.5mm jack
- Hybrid SIM slot
- A bit overpriced as per its features
- Camera and battery not worth the price
- Heats up while playing games
Well, the idea of wireless charging sounds super-fun and that’s exactly how Panasonic wants to lure its customers into buying their new phone that comes with a lot of remarkable features that make it a competitive phone in its price range.
Launched at an introductory price of 26,990, Eluga X1 pro packs a great diversity of features like Facemoji, Wireless charging, Timelapse and last but surely not the least, the AI assistant called Arbor. Although the phone’s underwhelming colour performance, absence of 3.5 mm and a few other things are advised to be taken with a pinch of salt.
So, keeping the price tag and the features in the mind, it all boils down to the yay or nay end of the matter—is it worth your money?
Well, Panasonic have done a splendid job in this area—kudos to the designing team. The built is although a good ol’ curved design, central rear fingerprint and a vertical dual camera but the material for sure could raise the eyebrows of the person looking at the phone. The stainless steel frame—yes, something that is rarely seen in the smartphones—gives it a classy and sleek look that itself has luxury written all over it.
In terms of display, the Japanese firm has done a decent job rendering a notch display over a 6.18-inch frame. The phone won’t disappoint you in delivering clear and sharp images on its 2.5D curved screen that comes with Gorilla glass. The pixel density of the screen is ~403 ppi and it is equipped with a Full-HD+ resolution.
The colours are okayish—if not really great—and the temperature is more inclined towards the cooler side (which is something that could invite some backlash).
stainless-steel beauty. Although it comes with MediaTek Helio P60 octa-core SoC which is good per se, but it isn’t a hardware setup the brand would take a lot of pride in, as it comes in a lot of budget phones as well. Its competitors like Asus ZenFone 5Z and Poco F1 offer a CPU and GPU setup that is miles ahead of this.
One good thing about this is that the phone isn’t riddled with bloatware and its 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage do a decent job in keeping the phone afloat smoothly. But, a little time given to gaming could get the better out of the phone and could get it warmed up within 30 minutes or so. The hotness won’t become unbearable but it won’t go unnoticed either.
The features are progressively getting lacklustre and here’s another addition to the mix. Is a 13-megapixel camera a rarity among the flagship phones? Yes! Is it rare in a good way? Well, sadly no.
You can’t expect much of the camera in all honesty. It’ll capture good images in the daylight with a little compromise made with the noisy shadows and blurry edges. The quality drops with the amount of light in the environment and so does your experience.
The 3000 mAh battery is surely a disappointing thing to see in a phone of this price range. It’s doubtful that the phone would stay alive from the time you leave your bed till you come back to it. It takes near about 2 hours to fully charge the device with the bundled charger. However, the Qi charger would double the charging time to near about 4 hours.
To be fair, there are some features that you can find in this phone which aren’t usually seen in the phones under the Rs. 30,000 mark. On the contrary, some of the offerings of this phone are bang average. So, recommending this device depends upon the expectations the buyer has under the price. If the case is about looks and a few glossy specs you could flaunt, this phone might be a good fit for you.