Panasonic Eluga gets German release, UK end of month
Japanese phone-maker pushes forward with its European plans
Published: 17 April, 2012
First revealed at the MWC earlier this year alongside the Eluga Power Panasonic has now released its Eluga handset in Europe. For anyone outside of Germany it's a bit early to get excited but it should mean the smartphone is going to reach other nearby markets soon. The handset marks Panasonic's first smartphone offering outside of Japan and though it faces considerable competition the company has released some impressive handset in its home market, and the Eluga is no exception.
With a 4.3" qHD display the Eluga packs a dual-core 1GHz processor backed up by 1GB of RAM under its hood. Internal storage weighs in at 8GB, though unfortunately there's no microSD card slot for expansion, and it's powered by a 1150mAh battery. As for Android it ships with 2.3 installed with an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich to follow later in the year.
In addition to this the handset is also waterproof and dustproof with IP57 certification and features NFC connectivity. While the name might not be the prettiest in the world, it stands for elegant user-oriented gateway, the handset is not bad looking at all and is just 7.8mm thin. Aside from a few minor short comings the Eluga looks set to be a decent first step for Panasonic into Europe.
Prices for the handset in Germany are around €400 and it's available from retailers including Amazon.de and GetGoods. It shouldn't be too long before the UK gets it as well and it's expected to land there on April 24.
There's still no word on when the Eluga Power is going to be released but it should be worth the wait for anyone after a larger and more powerful phone as it's going to offer a 5" display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor and Android 4.0 straight out of the box.