The launch of the Panasonic Eluga Power Android smartphone has been delayed. It will only arrive in the UK in late June or early July. Initially, it was supposed to start shipping in April, but that obviously didn’t happen. And today well known UK-based retailer Clove has received word from the Japanese company about the new release time frame for its second Android-powered handset to be launched outside of Japan.
Both the Eluga Power and the Eluga, which is already available in Europe, were first shown during MWC in February. They represent one more Japanese phone maker’s bid to become successful outside its home market. Yet aside from Sony (which arguably isn’t doing extraordinarily well in mobile either), none have managed that before. We’ll have to see if Panasonic will be the one.
The Eluga Power is an IP57-rated waterproof and dustproof device which has a 5-inch 1280×720 HD touchscreen, a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, an 8 MP camera, and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Perhaps the processor may be responsible for this delay, as there have been rumblings in the past about Qualcomm having Krait core shortages. Regardless of the reason, the delay is real. So if you’ve been waiting for this smartphone to launch, you’ll have to somehow find some more patience unfortunately. In the meantime, you can still pre-order one from Clove for £478.80, if you want to make sure that when it does eventually get released, you’ll be among the first people to get one.
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