Review: Panasonic Eluga Mark Leaves a Mark With its Performance

Panasonic has packed a competitive edge among the budget smartphones by including a fingerprint scanner in Eluga Mark

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The stand-out feature on the Panasonic Eluga Mark is the inclusion of a fingerprint scanner at a very affordable price. (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)

Panasonic, the Japanese consumer electronics giant, is a brand well known for the quality it offers. With the company now focusing heavily on the smartphone segment, it’s interesting to look at the aggressive pricing on really well-built devices.

Panasonic Eluga Mark retails at Rs 11,400. Does it justify the investment? Read on.

What’s Good?

Panasonic Eluga Mark offers a metallic-finish smartphone that is slim and looks quite premium, especially in the Gold colour. The back panel is plastic which provides a firm grip on an otherwise large phone. Eluga Mark has a 5.5-inch HD IPS display, offering vibrant colours and clear images.

Panasonic Eluga Mark (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)
Panasonic Eluga Mark (Photo: The Quint)

The design looks minimal on the front, but the back of the phone is where it changes the game. Below the embellished camera at the back lies a square frame that houses the fingerprint scanner, a nifty feature which gives this smartphone an edge over the competition. The scanner is quick and five different fingers can be programmed to start different applications.

Panasonic Eluga Mark (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)
Panasonic Eluga Mark (Photo: The Quint)

The Eluga Mark is only the second phone that offers a fingerprint scanner under Rs 15,000, after Coolpad’s Note 3, which retails at Rs 8,999.

The dual-SIM 4G smartphone carries a 13 megapixel snapper at the back and a 5 megapixel shooter at the front. The cameras produce natural colours and captures neat details in well-lit conditions.

Back camera sample on Panasonic Eluga Mark (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)
Back camera sample on Panasonic Eluga Mark (Photo: The Quint)

Eluga Mark runs on Android 5.1 (Lollipop) with a custom skin ‘Fit Home’ overlaid, where the app drawer has icons placed closely on the lower half of the phone. This makes it easier for one-hand operation.

Panasonic Eluga Mark (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)
Panasonic Eluga Mark (Photo: The Quint)

Under the hood, the phone packs a quad core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon 615 processor with 2GB RAM. Gameplay on the smartphone was smooth, and the device didn’t heat-up either.

GT Racing 2 on Panasonic Eluga Mark (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)
GT Racing 2 on Panasonic Eluga Mark (Photo: The Quint)
Snapshot

Key Specifications: Panasonic Eluga Mark

  • Display: 5-inch 1280x720 pixels
  • Operating System: Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • Processor: Quad-core Snapdragon 615
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB expandable up to 32GB
  • Rear Camera: 13MP
  • Front Camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 2,500mAh
    Price: Rs 11,400

What’s Bad?

The Eluga Mark has packed in a serious list of specification, but we wish it could have had supplied a battery to match. The smartphone has a 2,500mAh battery that lasted just around 5-6 hours with moderate usage. In fact, in our review device, the charge count dropped from 100 to 99 as soon as it was unplugged after a full charge.

Panasonic Eluga Mark (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)
Panasonic Eluga Mark (Photo: The Quint)

The camera, disappointed us on the clarity despite producing nice colours. The pictures were often grainy, and the situation worsened with lowering light conditions.

Panasonic Eluga Mark (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)
Panasonic Eluga Mark (Photo: The Quint)

There was often a lag between registering the fingerprint and the home screen appearing, which was also seen while switching between applications.

Panasonic Eluga Mark (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)
Panasonic Eluga Mark (Photo: The Quint)

Why Buy It?

Panasonic Eluga Mark competes with the likes of Lenovo K3 Note, Xiaomi Mi4 and Motorola G 3rd Gen. The one thing that sets it apart from the other phones is the fingerprint scanner.

Panasonic Eluga Mark (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)
Panasonic Eluga Mark (Photo: The Quint)

If a fingerprint scanner is your priority, then we advise you to ‘mark’ this budget phone as your choice.

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