Having played with the ToughPad at CES, we asked Panasonic if they’ll ever release any smartphone here in the U.S. and their answer was that they didn’t know. However, it looks like Europe may get first dibs at the Viera manufacture’s first Android smartphone outside of Japan. Panasonic announced today that Eluga will be that device.
The Panasonic Eluga is basically a mid-level Android phone that will weigh 103 grams and measure 7.8mm thick. Here are its main features:
- 4.3-inch 960 x 540 qHD display
- 1GHz TI OMAP dual-core processor
- 1GB of RAM
- 8GB of internal storage
- Android 2.3.5 (ICS upgrade due in Spring 2012)
- 8-megapixel rear camera
- No front-facing camera??
- Wi-Fi connectivity
- 1150 mAh battery
- Waterproof and dustproof
The Eluga certainly has some very attractive features and as much as we want to get it here in the U.S., we’ll probably have to wait for it to release in Europe first. We do expect Panasonic to showcase the phone at the World Mobile Congress next week. Stay tuned!