The Panasonic Eluga smartphone has been teased by the Japanese company for about two months now. It finally received that name earlier this month, and now it looks set to take the world by storm (or at least Europe).
We got hold of the Eluga at Panasonic’s booth at Mobile World Congress and a photo shoot ensued, as you’d imagine. The Eluga has a nice design, blocky on the front (a la Sony’s new Xperias), but the way the back side is constructed means that the phone feels incredibly slim and doesn’t appear to be bulky at all (unlike Sony’s designs). It’s certainly easily recognizable from afar, and that will help Panasonic a lot if this manages to sell well.
The Eluga has a 4.3-inch qHD (540×960) touchscreen, a dual-core 1 GHz TI processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of built-in storage space, HSPA+ support, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, an 8 MP camera, NFC, DLNA, and a really disappointing 1,150 mAh battery.
The Eluga is waterproof according to the IP57 spec, and it runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It will be out for an unspecified price sometime in April. An update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is promised for this summer, but that should have been the version of the OS preinstalled at launch.
Panasonic’s first smartphone to come to Europe has a good enough (and different enough) design, decent specs, but unfortunately will be let down by that nano battery.
Here’s a quick hands-on video:
For those of you who think that a 4.3-inch smartphone is just too small, Panasonic had another waterproof Android-powered device to show us – the Eluga Power. This has a 5-inch HD touchscreen and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Though the prototype we saw didn’t seem really optimized for that resolution yet, as all the icons were too small and centered. We’re sure that will get fixed until release, which should take place this summer.
The Eluga Power has a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core 1.5 GHz processor under the hood, 8 GB of built-in storage space, microSD card support, and the same camera as the ‘vanilla’ Eluga as well as NFC support. It does however come with a bigger, 1,800 mAh battery thankfully, though that’s still not exactly breaking any capacity records in this day and age. However, the Eluga Power does allow you to charge that battery up to 50% in just 30 minutes, and to 80% in one hour.
Here’s a video showing the Panasonic Eluga Power in all its glory:
And here’s a full image gallery with Panasonic’s new Android smartphones:
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