ASUS launches PadFone mini for Rs 15,999 in India; Panasonic Eluga I available for Rs 9,390
Panasonic has made an addition to its 'Eluga' family in India with the launch of a new device. Christened Eluga I, the smartphone sports a 5 inch display runs on the Android operating system. It is available for purchase for Rs 9,390 in the country. Earlier this month, the company had launched a 'selfie' smartphone called Eluga S for Rs 11,190. Other Eluga smartphones by the company include Eluga U and A that are available for Rs 18,990 and Rs 9,490 respectively.
In addition, ASUS has also further expanded its PadFone series of smartphone + tablet hybrids with the launch of PadFone mini. As its name suggests, PadFone mini can double up as a 4 inch smartphone as well as a 7 inch tablet. The device was first unveiled at the Consumers Electronic Show (CES) 2014 earlier this year, and has been priced at Rs 15,999 in India.
Here is a look at the specifications of the devices.
The smartphone sports a 5 inch HD IPS capacitive touchscreen display (720Ã—1280 pixel resolution) and runs on the Android 4.4.2 operating system. It is powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor and has 1GB of RAM. The internal memory of the device is 8GB that can be further expanded up to 32GB with a microSD card.
Panasonic Eluga I has an 8 megapixel autofocus rear camera with LED Flash that can also record full HD (1080p) videos at 30 fps, and a 2MP front facing camera for video calling. On the connectivity front, the device has Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, 3G, as well as a microUSB port and a microSD card slot.
The dimensions of the device are 147 mm x 73.6 mm x 9 mm and its weight is 155 gm. The company has provided a 2,000 mAh battery in the device, which also comes with dual-SIM capability, FM radio, and GPS (with A-GPS support). It is available in silver and white colours.
It is powered by a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 processor, and runs on the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system (upgradable to Android 4.4 KitKat) with ASUS ZenUI user interface. It has 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded up to 64GB with a microSD card.
Both the 4 inch (800 x 480-pixel resolution) and 7 inch (1280 x 800-pixel resolution) TFT LED backlit displays use IPS+ (in-plane switching) technology. In addition, to ensure a seamless experience when switching between smartphone and tablet modes, PadFone mini's DynamicDisplay technology resizes apps according to the display being used.
The device sports an 8MP autofocus rear camera (with BSI sensor) comes with ASUS PixelMaster technology, which includes many easy-to-use options including High Dynamic Range (HDR), PanoSphere, Smart Remove and All Smiles. The camera can also record full high-definition videos (1080p) and capture still photographs while shooting video. PadFone mini also comes with a 2MP front facing camera for video calling.
On the connectivity front, the device has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 3G, as well as a microUSB port and a microSD card slot. The dimensions of the smartphone are 124.42mm x 61.44mm x 6.3-11.2 mm, while the tablet station measures 199.85mm x 119.43mm x 13.91mm. PadFone mini's combined weight is 376gm (116 of the smartphone and 260 of the tablet station). It also comes with dual-SIM capability and ASUS has provided a total battery capacity of 3,270mAh in the device (1,170mAh in the smartphone and 2,100 in the tablet station). This one is available in black and white colours.