Panasonic on Tuesday officially announced the launch of the Eluga Ray 500 and the Eluga Ray 700 in India, although the smartphone were listed on Flipkart for a few days now. The newest pair of smartphones in the Eluga Ray series offer stock Android experience and a fingerprint sensor, among other things, at a budget price point. Notably, the cheaper Eluga Ray 500 also offers a dual rear camera setup. The smartphones will be available from Thursday exclusively on Flipkart.
Panasonic Eluga Ray 500 price in India is Rs. 8,999 and will be available in Champagne Gold, Marine Blue, and Mocha Gold colours. The Eluga Ray 700 priced in India is Rs. 9,999 and it will have the same colour options as the former smartphone. The two can be purchased online via Flipkart starting Thursday September 21 at 12am IST. This also coincides with Flipkart's Big Billion Days Sale that kicks off on Wednesday. Flipkart is also offering an extra 5 percent off on Axis Bank Buzz Credit Cards.
Both the Eluga Ray 500 and Eluga Ray 700 sport fingerprint sensors on the front under the home button. The smartphones will also offer a stock Android 7.0 Nougat experience which means you won't find a lot of bloatware.
One of the main differences between the two smartphones are its camera configurations. The Eluga Ray 500 comes with dual rear cameras comprising of a 13-megapixel sensor and an 8-megapixel sensor with dual LED flash. On the other hand, the Eluga Ray 700 gets a single 13-megapixel rear camera sensor. However, while the former features a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, the latter gets a 13-megapixel selfie camera.
Moving on the rest of the specifications, both the smartphone come with dual-SIM support and run on Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box. The Eluga Ray 500 sports a 5-inch HD (720x1280 pixels) IPS On Cell display while the Eluga Ray 700 gets a larger 5.5-inch HD (1080x1920 pixels) IPS On Cell display. The former is powered by a 1.25GHz quad-core MediaTek MTK6737 SoC, while the latter has a more powerful octa-core MediaTek MTK6753 SoC clocked at 1.3GHz .
In terms of memory and storage, both the smartphones will offer 3GB of RAM and 32GB of inbuilt storage, which is further expandable via a microSD card (up to 128GB). The Eluga Ray 500 packs a 4000mAh battery while the Eluga Ray 700 is fitted with a larger 5000mAh battery. The former measures 144.26x71.26x9.2mm and weighs 163 grams, while the Eluga Ray 700 is surprisingly slimmer, measuring 153.75x75.35x8.9mm and weighing 182 grams. Both offer the same connectivity options including 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Sensors for both include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and proximity sensor.