Panasonic is in talks with HTC and TSMC to sell its smartphone biz
Mar20

Panasonic is in talks with HTC and TSMC to sell its smartphone biz

According to Japanese Sankei Shimbun paper, Panasonic is in talks with Taiwanese HTC and TSMC to sell its mobile phone biz. Now, that is one wild rumor. Not so much Panasonic’s exit from smartphones – plans for which have been known and discussed for months. But who the potential buyers are. At first look neither HTC nor TSMC seem like a good candidates for the deal. With falling revenues, rising marketing costs and restless employees...

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DoCoMo announces LG Optimus G Pro, Huawei Ascend D2, Sony Xperia Z and other Android Jelly Bean phones
Jan22

DoCoMo announces LG Optimus G Pro, Huawei Ascend D2, Sony Xperia Z and other Android Jelly Bean phones

Last night, when reporting about the arrival of LG’s Optimus G in more than 5 markets, I assumed that LG won’t announce the Optimus G Pro too soon. I was wrong. The G Pro has been officially presented today in Japan, where NTT DoCoMo has included in its Spring line-up. The Optimus G Pro (model number L-04E) has all the features we told you it would have: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a 5 inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) display, LTE, quad-core...

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Panasonic Eluga Power will only arrive in the UK in late June or early July
May24

Panasonic Eluga Power will only arrive in the UK in late June or early July

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...

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Panasonic Eluga launched in the UK
Apr18

Panasonic Eluga launched in the UK

Panasonic’s first smartphone made for Europe, the Eluga, has been released today in the UK – almost one week earlier than previously expected. Expansys is currently the only British retailer that’s offering the Panasonic Eluga. Customers can buy the handset for £364.99 (€445), SIM-free. Expansys says it can deliver the device in less than 5 days. For now, only the silver version of the Eluga is available (the black one is still on...

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Panasonic Eluga released in Germany, should be launched on April 24 in the UK
Apr13

Panasonic Eluga released in Germany, should be launched on April 24 in the UK

Officially announced in February, and showcased at MWC 2012 alongside the Eluga Power shortly after that, the Panasonic Eluga Android smartphone is now available in Europe. However, for now customers can find it in only one European country, and that is Germany. While Amazon.de asks €419,85 for the Eluga, you can buy it for less (€398,90) from GetGoods – another German retailer. Germany aside, the Panasonic Eluga is about to be...

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LTE-focused mobile CPU joint-venture set up by Samsung, Fujitsu, NEC, Panasonic, and NTT DoCoMo axed
Apr02

LTE-focused mobile CPU joint-venture set up by Samsung, Fujitsu, NEC, Panasonic, and NTT DoCoMo axed

Back in December, Samsung joined quite a few Japanese companies in declaring that they’re working to create a processor joint-venture that would be focused on designing LTE-capable chipsets for mobile devices. Alongside Samsung, Fujitsu, NEC, Panasonic, and NTT Docomo (Japan’s largest carrier) were supposed to invest in this new company. NTT Docomo set up a wholly owned subsidiary called Communication Platform Planning...

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Nokia Lumia 900 and Panasonic Eluga Power with Android 4.0 ICS available for pre-order in the UK
Mar03

Nokia Lumia 900 and Panasonic Eluga Power with Android 4.0 ICS available for pre-order in the UK

Customers over in the UK can now pre-order two new smartphones: a Windows Phone one (the Nokia Lumia 900), and an Android one (the Panasonic Eluga Power). Officially announced for Europe earlier this week at MWC 2012 (alongside the Lumia 610), the Lumia 900 is Nokia’s current Windows Phone flagship device. Despite this, its specs are far from being impressive when compared to the specs of newer Android handsets (including the Eluga...

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Panasonic Eluga and Eluga Power hands-on videos and photos at MWC 2012
Feb28

Panasonic Eluga and Eluga Power hands-on videos and photos at MWC 2012

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...

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