Panasonic Eluga released in UK ahead of schedule
Previously expected at the end of the month, the handset is now available online
Published: 20 April, 2012
Earlier this week the Panasonic Eluga was released in Germany and was believed to be hitting the UK by the end of the month. However Expansys has jumped the gun and is selling the device a week early online. Only the silver version is currently available (a Black one is going to be released as well) and the retailer says it can deliver the handset within five days. The Eluga is the first smartphone to make it out of Japan and despite some average specs should find itself a few fans in the European market.
Key features of the Eluga include a 4.3" display, a dual-core 1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. There's a reasonable 8GB of internal storage built-in but the handset suffers from the noticeable lack of a microSD card slot. Initially it's going to ship with Android 2.3 installed but an update to 4.0 is promised for later this year.
While it lacks a microSD card it goes some way to making up for it with NFC connectivity and IP57 certification meaning that it's both waterproof and dustproof. In addition to this it's a good looking handset which is just 7.8mm thin.
Currently Expansys is offering the Silver version of the device for £364.99 SIM-free, the Black variant is up for pre-order as well but doesn't have a price attached to it yet. For anyone who prefers their phones with a bigger screen and with Android 4.0 already installed the Eluga Power is set to be released before the end of the month. With a 5" display and 1.5GHz dual-core processor it should appeal to the same crowd who like Samsung's Galaxy Note. Though it has yet to appear anywhere for pre-order it's expected to sell for around £480 SIM-free.