February 20, 2012 | by Adrian Diaconescu
Even though dual-core smartphones running Android 2.3 Gingerbread are starting to seem pretty obsolete here in America, over in Japan devices like this are thrown into the market pretty much every week.
This week’s medium-range Japanese smartphone is the Panasonic P-04D, a 4.3-incher with a waterproof and dustproof body. With a very slim profile (just 7.8 mm thick), the P-04D looks pretty nice and might satisfy the thirst for portability and power of a regular Joe with a not-so-generous budget available.
Powered by a 1 GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4430 processor, the P-04D sports a pretty decent 960 x 540 pixels resolution display. The smartphone also comes with an 8 MP rear-facing camera that should come up with some nice pics and with the usual connectivity options, including WiFi, Bluetooth and optional 3G.
What you might not be so comfortable with is the fact that the 4.3-incher runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and doesn’t have an Ice Cream Sandwich update scheduled for now, as far as we can tell from NTT DoCoMo’s press release. On the other hand, I guess it’s not impossible for the smartphone to get an Android 4.0 upgrade sometimes in the not so distant future, so the P-04D might be a good enough gadget after all.
The Panasonic P-04D is set to come with an included 2 GB microSD memory card, while the battery should hold for around four hours in talk time. The smartphone will be released on the Japanese market on March 31, but we still have no information about a possible launch in the United States or Europe.
All in all, the P-04D looks like a pretty elegant and functional smartphone and should draw some interest, at least in Asia, even though it does not feature the same amount of power we are expecting from several 2012 Android-based gadgets.
Via NTT DoCoMo