March 22, 2012 | by Adrian Diaconescu
It won’t run Android Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, it won’t be powered by a quad-core processor and it won’t feature an unbelievable 41 MP rear-facing camera either. However, the Panasonic Eluga smartphone will hit Japan and Europe in the coming weeks, trying to make an impression with great looks and a water and dust-resistant body.
Unveiled less than a month ago, the Eluga will be coming to Japanese carrier NTT Docomo on March 29th (that’s just one week away, for those of you who haven’t checked the calendar lately) and should be made available all over Europe starting at the beginning of April.
Unfortunately, we still have no news about the smartphone’s US release (or its pricing, for that matter), which could mean one of two things, in my opinion. Either the guys at Panasonic are not very sure of the gadget’s success and they want to test the waters in more familiar markets or they will wait until they will be able to update the device to ICS (sometime in summer, according to manufacturers’ ‘’estimates’’) so as to really have something interesting for the regular American technology enthusiast.
You shouldn’t understand however that there aren’t interesting things at the Eluga smartphone right now, because, as I already mentioned, the design is great and the device should also be very functional. The 3.63 ounces (103 grams) weight and the 7.8 mm (0.3 inches) thickness are not necessarily world records right now, but certainly make this one of the slimmest and most fashionable devices out there.
The 4.3-inch screen is itself more than decent, featuring a 960 x 540 pixels resolution, while in terms of performance things should also at least be ok, as the smartphone will be powered by a dual-core 1 GHz TI OMAP processor and will come with 1 GB of RAM.
Don’t forget to look for the Eluga in the Japanese and European online and offline stores as soon as next week and please check back to our website and let us know what you think of Panasonic’s latest Android-based smartphone.
Via NTT DoCoMo