Panasonic launched a new budget smartphone, Eluga Arc, in India, expanding its product portfolio in the world's second largest smartphone market. The new smartphone packs some interesting features, such as a fingerprint scanner, 2.5D curved display and Quick Charge technology by Qualcomm for Rs. 12,490.
At this price range, Panasonic Eluga Arc competes against some popular in-demand smartphones such as LeEco Le 1s, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and Lenovo K4 Note. The company is highlighting some unique features such as VoLTE and Android for Work support to target on-the-go professionals, Gadgets360 reported.
Panasonic Eluga Arc, however, is not a total charmer when it comes to core specs. The handset is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC with Adreno 306 GPU, 2GB RAM and 16GB expandable storage. There is an IR sensor integrated inside the device to control IR based smart home electronics.
The Eluga Arc features a 4.7-inch IPS display with HD 1280x720 pixel resolution, an 8MP primary camera with LED flash, a 5MP front snapper and 1800mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 1.0. The handset also packs dual SIM card slots, supports 4G LTE bandwidths among other standard connectivity options.
Panasonic Eluga Arc runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop-based FitHome UI. The handset comes only in black. Android for Work support allows the Eluga Arc to work seamlessly with high-security IT security corporate networks. The fingerprint sensor is placed at the back of the phone and can be configured to take selfies, calls, launch apps and lock individual apps.
"For smartphone users, a major concern is the confidentiality and security of the highly volatile data, with cloud storage usage growing rapidly across segments," Pankaj Rana, business head, Mobility Division, Panasonic India, said, according to Gadgets360. "This control-sensitive device, which achieves complex tasks with a single fingerprint is personalised for the user and protects the smartphone investment. Our first curved display device in the 4G/LTE series, the Arc is rich in technology innovation, including an inbuilt sensor to operate home automated appliances."