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Panasonic has been fairly active in the Japanese phone market, but until today it'd stayed out of the European smartphone fray. That changes with the announcement of the Panasonic Eluga, the company's first smartphone for Europe, with a super-thin chassis and dust and water resistance.

Hardware-wise, it's a standard black slab with a 4.3-inch display at qHD (540x960) resolution. Internally, it's powered by a 1GHz TI OMAP dual-core chip, with 1GB of RAM and 8GB internal storage. Imaging needs are taken care of by the 8MP rear camera, and there appears to be no front-facing shooter on the Eluga. The device runs a lightly-skinned Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, and is due an upgrade to Android 4.0 from "Spring 2012." NFC is also included, which will allow European buyers to use Google Wallet (when it's launched), smart tags and other services.

So it's running fairly standard mid to high-end gubbins. Panasonic's bringing some interesting hardware features to the table, though. We already metnioned water and dust-proofing, and the device looks like it's going to be surprisingly thin and light too, weighting 103 grams and measureing 7.8mm thick. That's within a hair of the Huawei P1S, the thinnest smartphone around at the moment. We're a little concerned that the battery is a mere 1150 mAh, though time will tell how that pans out.

Given the timing of today's release, we'd expect to see the Panasonic Eluga at Mobile World Congress next week. If it's there, we'll track it down and bring you full coverage.

Source: Panasonic; via: SlashGear

 

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Panasonic announces first smartphone for Europe - the Eluga

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Those battery stats can't be right. If they are then it's a definite no go, unless it comes with 2 or 3 of them in the box.

I like Panasonic. A low key company for sure but they make a lot of great quality stuff, from shavers to drills to TVs. Good to see them getting more involved in the phone market.

Panasonic has been out of the mobile market, usually their a dynamic company with great products. But, this basically is no more then what is available right now from other more established vendors. Nothing wow.

Why are you guys so diplomatic?

It's common knowledge that even 1700 maH batteries today cannot handle a workday's load. In that context, 1150 mAh seems RIDICULOUS. No amount of software optimization can create current out of thin air. With every Android version we hear how it will be easier on the battery, with every single new piece of tech (AMOLED screens, I am looking at you) comes glowing promises of reduced battery consumption. Yet...

There we all are, staring at disbelief as our phones run down by 6 pm every day. Those phones have Android 2.2 , 2.3 and 4.0, and they run the gamut from S LCD to IPS to Super AMOLED. The only thing they have in common is sucky battery life.

Please call a spade a spade and tell the manufacturers that consumers won't be fooled anymore. It is no coincidence that Motorola have started to build phones with monster batteries after acquisition by Google. Google realizes the problem and is nudging the other manufacturers to see the light. Too bad everyone else's obsession seems to be 6mm thickness. Pity.