Panasonic Eluga Ray 500 Review

  • Overall Rating

  • Performance

  • Features

  • Price

Price: ₹ 8,999

Key Specs

    5 inches, 1280 x 720 pixels resolution, 163 grams, 9.2mm thick, 4G, VoLTE (work on both SIM), WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth, 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM, Android Nougat 7.0

Pros: Good build quality
Strong battery life

Cons: Average app Perfromance
Average Camera

Bottomline: The good thing about the Panasonic Eluga Ray 500 is the battery life. The dual camera setup quality is an average but overall the phone is good for normal usage.

Panasonic playing around the budget smartphones series and Eluga Ray 500 Dual camera smartphone is a new edition in that. In the month of Sep 2017, the Panasonic has launched the two new Panasonic smartphones, the Panasonic Eluga Ray 500 and Eluga Ray 700. The Panasonic Eluga Ray 500 focuses on photography and sports a dual-lens camera setup. It sells at an attractive price point of Rs. 8,999. Here is the review of Eluga Ray 500 that will give you an idea how the handset performs.

Panasonic Eluga Ray 500 features, specifications

Inside the box:  Handset, user manual, SIM Tray ejector PIN,  screen guard, standard quality earphone and travel charger 5V/2A
SAR Value: 1.18 head and 1.57 body
Body: Good build and finishing, Plastic body, curvy design, comfortable to hold
SIM Type : Nano + Nano/  micro SD slot (hybrid)
Weight and Dimensions: 163 grams, 9.2mm thick
Screen:  5 inches, 1280 x 720 pixels resolution, viewing angles, touch response and color reproduction are good, 2.5D curved glass
Connectivity:  4G, VoLTE (work on both SIM), WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth
Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity, light – just 3 sensor
LED Notification: Yes
OTG: Yes supported
RAM: 3GB (about 2.1GB free on first boot)
ROM: 32GB (about 22GB free on first boot)
OS: Android Nougat 7.0

Compact Design and 5-inch HD Display

Panasonic Eluga Ray 500 is quite compact as the smartphone sports a 5-inch HD screen. The device measures 144.26 x 71.26 x 9.2 mm and weighs 163 grams. You can use the handset with one hand without any struggle and the screen felt pretty responsive. The HD IPS display offers a resolution of 1280×720 pixels and also has a 2.5D curved glass for better viewing angles. There is nothing innovative in terms of design, at the back side it has dual camera setup in the same format most of the smartphones have today. The single flash LED sits near the dual camera setup while the middle back portion has Panasonic branding.

The micro USB 2.0 port is flanked between two speaker grills but only right side grill has the speaker and other is just for the showcase. The 3.5mm audio port resides on the top of the phone.

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If we talk about the display quality which is good in terms of viewing angle and brightness. Due to its good viewing angle, three persons can easily share the screen while watching videos or gaming. The downside of the display is the color appeared a little bit washed out and also not much sharp. To enhance the picture quality the phone has pre-installed Miravision engine software to tune the display picture mode.

Dual Camera Setup

The smartphone features a 13MP+8MP dual-lens rear camera setup that comprises of one standard and one wide angle lens. The 8MP secondary camera at rear lets you capture 120° wide-angle frame while the 13MP primary lens captures standard frame. W tested the camera indoors and outdoor. The wide-angle lens captures a wide frame and will come handy to capture landscape shots.  Low light shots are just about okay not that great. Moreover, the dual camera setup on the back does not function like a dual camera for bokeh. This handset can shoot HD videos.

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As far as the front camera is concerned, Eluga Ray 500 has a 5MP front camera and we don’t have any complaints about its selfie camera and one can easily use its capture selfies for their social media accounts.

Performance

The Phone comes with Quad-core MediaTek chipset and stock Android Nougat. The Panasonic Eluga Ray 500 is backed by a quad-core MediaTek MT6737 chipset paired with 3GB of RAM. There is a 32GB internal memory that can be expanded by up to 128GB via hybrid SIM card slot. The smartphone also features a fingerprint scanner which is embedded into the home button on the front. The interface Panasonic Eluga rAY 500 is quick with no discernible lag creeping in. The screen is responsive too. The thing which we liked personally is that the Panasonic hasn’t added any extra software layer that most of the times hamper the user experience. The handsets run on latest version of stock Android to give smooth lag free mobile user experience. We used the phone for more than three weeks and enjoy several games and did multitasking as well. We played several high-graphics intensive games on it including WWE, NFS, Asphalt 8 Airborne and Mortal combat, etc. The phone manages all the games without any major problem or heat but we not going to recommend it to heavy gamers. Even while switching between them there was no glitch.

Panasonic Eluga Ray 500 Benchmark

Antutu : 30136 / 2419
NenaMark3 :  54.5fps (1-0)
Multi-Touch: 5 points

Battery

The phone is supplied with a 4,000mAh battery unit. In our battery test in which we ran Full HD video on YouTube at full volume, the phone lasts for 7 hours 40 minutes. If you are a regular user the phone can give more than a day backup under 4G VoLTE usage. There is no fast charging option so, the phone takes around 2 hours to get a full charge.

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