Expanding its Eluga range of smartphones in India, Panasonic today announced the Eluga Ray 530. Priced at Rs 8,999, the phone takes on the popular Realme 2 and the Xiaomi Redmi 6, but it doesn’t have a single feature that makes it stand out from the crowd. And Panasonic says it will be selling the smartphone across the online portal, which makes it even a tougher option to recommend over the other phones. The Eluga Ray 530 sports a 5.7-inch HD+ display on the front and it runs Android Oreo out of the box. Panasonic has used a quad-core processor to power this handset, but it did not mention which chipset it’s.
Panasonic Eluga Ray 530: Specifications and Features
The Panasonic Eluga Ray 530 flaunts a 5.7-inch HD+ display and the company did not mention any protection used to keep the screen away from scratches. A 1.3GHz quad-core processor powers the device and it works in tandem with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage. The Japanese electronics company confirmed that the storage could be expanded up to 128GB with a microSD card. The phone measures 152.4×72.18×8.3mm and weights 141 grams.
The fingerprint scanner is placed on the rear side and sensors on the handset include- Accelerometer, Proximity and Ambient Light. On the brighter side, the Eluga Ray 530 boots Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box with the company’s AI assistant Arbo on board. Furthermore, there’s a new feature called Arbo Hub which allows users to keep their smartphones clutter free by replacing multiple apps with just one app. The device also comes with a multi-function FPS button that allows users to access their phones and applications with just a single touch and click a selfie too. The phone also ships with Face Unlock feature.
Mr Pankaj Rana, Business Head – Mobility Division, Panasonic India said, “We are delighted to make another addition to our Eluga smartphones portfolio. Created through a confluence of technology and innovation, the Eluga Ray 530 is a performance powerhouse that offers exceptional features such as high definition display, stylish looks, and the AI – Arbo Hub -our one-stop app to make life easier. The Eluga Ray 530 hosts an entire gamut of features to our consumers at an affordable price range.”
Cameras on the smartphone include a 13MP shooter on the back and a 5MP shooter on the front; Both the cameras are accompanied with an LED flash. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS and a Micro USB port. The phone comes fuelled with a 3000mAh battery.
Panasonic Eluga Ray 530: Pricing and Availability
The Panasonic Eluga Ray 530 is priced at Rs 8,999 in India and it ships in two colour options- Blue and Black. The phone can be purchased via online stores in the sub-continent.
Panasonic Eluga Ray 530: Competitors in India
The online smartphone market in India is heavily competitive right now with offerings such as Realme 2, Xiaomi Redmi 6, Nokia 5.1 Plus and so on, falling in the similar price range. The Realme 2, priced at Rs 8,999, is a way better option compared to the Panasonic Eluga Ray 530 as it sports a notched display, octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chipset, dual rear cameras, beefy 4230mAh battery and a better selfie camera.