The recently launched Panasonic Eluga Switch is right in the middle of some seriously good packages, one such phone is the Meizu MX5. Read on to see how these new entrants do against each other. The Eluga Switch is priced at Rs 19,990, while the Meizu MX5 costs Rs 19,999.
It seems that Panasonic spent a lot of time designing the Eluga Switch. The phone, finished in gun-metal grey, measures 152.7 x 75.1 x 7.4 mm, and weighs 141 grams. The Switch features JBL powered 1.2W dual front speakers topped off by HiFi sound quality.
The Meizu MX5 has a full metal body. The rear of the phone is dominated by the 20.7 megapixel lens, and looks much like the iPhone 6. It has slim bezels on the side and measures 149.9 x 74.7 x 7.6 mm, and weighs 149 grams, making it marginally thicker and heavier than the Eluga Switch. However, Meizu MX5 has additionally a finger-print sensor.
The Meizu MX5 is armed with a 5.5 inch full HD AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution (full HD), resulting in a pixel density of 403 ppi. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
The Panasonic Eluga Switch too is equipped with a 5.5 inch full HD IPS display.
Processor & Memory
The Panasonic Eluga Switch is armed with the Snapdragon 610 chipset. It has a 1.5 GHz octa-core processor, which runs with 2 GB of RAM. The internal memory stands at 32 GB.
The Meizu MX5 has a 2.2 GHz octa-core processor, the MediaTek MT6795, along with 3 GB of RAM. The internal memory stands at 32 GB.
The Meizu MX5 is far superior in terms of processing ability, as it has a top range processor and 3 GB of RAM.
The Meizu MX5 runs on Android Lollipop, with FlyMe 4.5 UI on top of it. The Panasonic Eluga Switch too runs on Android Lollipop, with a customised UI.
Since both the phones offer custom UIs, based on Android Lollipop, we cannot call a winner in this round.
The Panasonic Eluga Switch is armed with a 2910 mAh battery, while the Meizu MX5 has a 3150 mAh battery. Unfortunately, neither Panasonic nor Meizu have revealed how long their battery lasts.
The Meizu MX5 is armed with a 20.7 megapixel shooter with laser auto-focus, dual-LED flash, panorama, HDR, geo-tagging, and face detection features, and can record videos at 2160p at 30 fps, 1080p at 30 fps, and 720p at 100 fps. In the front of the Meizu MX5 there is a 5 megapixel selfie taker which too can record videos at 1080p.
The Panasonic Eluga Switch has a 13 megapixel rear camera and an 8 megapixel selfie taker with an 84 degree wide-angle lens.
Since the specs are currently incomplete, it is difficult to call a winner in this round, but we feel that the sheer hardware capability of the MX5 will overpower the Switch in this round.
The Panasonic Eluga Switch is a single-SIM phone with 4G, dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS with A-GPS, and NFC.
The Meizu MX5 is a dual-SIM 4G phone with WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, and GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS, and an IR Blaster.
The Switch has NFC, while the MX5 has an IR Blaster. And IR Blaster will be more useful in India, as you can use your phone as a universal remote, while NFC has very limited capability. Hence the MX5 is the winner of this round.
Both these phones have things going for them. The Meizu MX5 might tempt those looking for a premium looking package, which is an all-rounder. Priced at Rs 19,999, it could really do well in the segment, as it offers excellent value for money. The Panasonic Eluga Switch offers less value for money, thanks to its midrange processor, RAM, and camera.