“The Panasonic Eluga Arc 2 is a full metal body smartphone, sandwiched between two layers of 2.5D curved glass”
We have nothing new to write to about how crazy the Rs 10,000 – Rs 15,000 segment is right now in the smartphone market. Almost every second smartphone launch we cover adds a new device to the segment. Although, not all devices bring something new to the table. We recently attended the Panasonic Eluga Arc 2 launch, and played with the smartphone for a bit to see if it offers something out-of-the-box, or simply conforms to the standards.
The Panasonic Eluga Arc 2 is the successor to the Eluga Arc (first impressions), which was launched only a few months ago. One of the key aspects the company marketed the Eluga Arc on was its 2.5D curved glass display. Upping its game, Panasonic has now offered a full metal body smartphone, sandwiched between two layers of 2.5D curved glass, in the form of the Eluga Arc 2. Needless to say, it looks rather stunning, and is definitely one of the better looking smartphones in the segment. Unlike most phones available in the competition of the device, the Eluga Arc 2 come with a white body, with just a pop of colour on the edges. You can choose from Gold and Rose Gold hues. Due to the presence of glass on the back as well, the Eluga Arc 2 feels slightly slippery in the hands. The 5-inch display, and a 7.6mm thin frame does improve the grip, though. The build quality is impressive, and overall, we liked the design. Here’s a quick look at the port and button placement on the Eluga Arc 2.
The phone sports HD resolution on its display, and as a result, the screen looks sharp enough. We thought the colours popped on the screen, however, the screen brightness didn’t seem adequate for the screen to be used under bright lights, given that the screen is quite reflective as well. The Eluga Arc 2 uses a MediaTek MT6735 processor, which is a quad-core chip ticking at 1.3GHz. The chip works in tandem with 3GB of RAM, and while this RAM capacity sounds sufficient for smooth operation, the SoC in the Arc 2 is something you can find on a smartphone priced at Rs 5,000 as well, and that is not something good, is it? That said, our short usage session with the phone was decently smooth.
The device runs Android Marshmallow out of the box with near stock UI, and ships with a bunch of pre-loaded third party apps, including, Amazon Shopping, Flipkart, Hotoday, Paytm, Saavn, Truecaller, Asphalt Nitro, Midnight Pool, and Real Football.
The Arc 2 offers 32GB of built-in storage, out of which approximately 25GB is usable. On top of that you get a microSD card slot, and USB OTG support as well. As the company included the USB OTG support among the “additional features”, we must tell you the other ones. There Arc 2 boasts an IR blaster as well, and it comes with a software feature called Turbo Download, which adds up your Wi-Fi and mobile data speeds, for faster downloading.
In the camera department, you will find an 8MP primary camera with an LED flash, and a 5-meg front-facing shooter. We saw the same default camera app UI as we did on the Eluga Arc, and the Eluga Note – a few toggles to switch to shooting modes like HDR, Beauty, and Night, a few live filters, and the usual camera settings. We clicked an image and found that the camera focussed decently fast, but there was a slight shutter lag. We’ll bring you more on the shooting capabilities of the phone after reviewing it.
The phone is backed by a 2,450mAh battery. Considering the specs, you could somehow scrape by with that, through the day. Thankfully, there’s a power saving mode, and a battery saver as well. The Eluga Arc 2 is a dual-SIM device, with 4G VoLTE support on its primary SIM slot. The rest of the connectivity options remain standard.
The Panasonic Eluga Arc has been launched with a price tag of Rs 12,290, and at this price point, we have the usual competitors to list. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (review) and the LeEco Le 2, both offer better all round specs, and a fingerprint sensor. However, the offline availability of the Arc 2 in retail stores across India is a huge advantage over these online-only models. We’ll have more to say on the standing of the Arc 2 in the market once we put it through our review grind, so keep watching this space.