Soon after launching the P9 smartphone in India, Japanese electronics company Panasonic on Friday expanded its Eluga series of smartphones portfolio with the launch of a new budget-friendly smartphone, called the “Panasonic Eluga Ray 500” in the Indian tech market. Panasonic Eluga Ray 500 is the company’s first smartphone in Eluga series to come with dual rear camera setup. Priced at Rs. 8,999, the Panasonic Eluga Ray 500 is currently listed on domestic e-commerce platform Flipkart’s website, revealing almost everything including specifications and features about the smartphone. Carried a such an attractive price tag, the new Eluga Ray 500 will be made available for purchase in India exclusively via e-commerce website Flipkart.com in Champagne Gold, Mocha Gold and Marine Blue colour options. The sale will kick start on Flipkart from September 21 (Thursday) at 12 am IST, during its Big Billion Days Sale. The key highlights of the device are its dual rear camera setup, fingerprint sensor and a powerful 4,000mAh battery.
As far as specifications are concerned, the Panasonic Eluga Ray 500 comes equipped with a 5-inch HD On Cell display with a screen resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and a scratch resistant 2.5D curved glass protection on top. Under the hood, the device is powered by a quad-core 1.25GHz MediaTek MT6737 processor clubbed with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card slot (Hybrid Memory Slot). On the software front, the handset runs on Google’s Android 7.0 Nougat operating system out-of-the-box. The smartphone sports a full-metal unibody design and features a front-mounted fingerprint sensor that is housed underneath a physical Home Button of the smartphone.
In terms of optics, the Panasonic Eluga Ray 500 houses a dual rear-facing camera setup that comes combined with one 13-megapixel primary sensor with a 5P lens, an f/2.0 aperture, and one 8-megapixel secondary sensor with a 6P lens and an f/2.4 aperture. The rear camera setup is accompanied by a dual-LED flash module for excellent low-light photography. On the front, the handset features a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with 3P lens and an f/2.4 aperture for making video calls and capturing selfies.
For connectivity, the Eluga Ray 500 is a dual-SIM smartphone that accepts two Nano-SIM cards. Apart from this, the smartphone also offers 4G with VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS/A-GPS, FM Radio, a 3.5mm audio jack and a microUSB 2.0 port for charging and data transfer. Sensors on the smartphone include an Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, and Fingerprint Sensor (front-mounted). On the battery front, the Panasonic Eluga Ray 500 comes loaded with a powerful 4,000mAh non-removable battery. Dimension wise, the handset measures 144.26 x 71.26 x 9.2mm (height x width x thickness) and weighs 163 grams.