Panasonic may have withdrawn from the European smartphone market more than half a year ago, but it's back today with a different kind of Android device — a "smart" home phone using Google's mobile OS. The Panasonic KX-PRX120 incorporates a base station and handset based on the DECT wireless standard. It's running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on a 3.5-inch HVGA (480x320) display, though the spec sheet doesn't specify a processor type or RAM amount.
Besides the ability to make calls (obviously), you're looking at a device with Wifi, Bluetooth and GPS capability, an 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, microSD expandability and a 1450mAh battery. There's also a 40-minute answer machine.
We've seen Android DECT phones before, most notably Archos' abysmal 35 Smart Home Phone, but Panasonic's offering seems a little more fleshed out, not to mention better looking. Google Play certification and the use of a capacitive, not resistive touchscreen give Panasonic the edge over the year-old Archos device.
We're still unsure as to whether the right place for Android is on a landline phone. On the other hand, if the OS can find a home on ovens and cameras, we're willing to give Panasonic the benefit of the doubt. Full spec sheet's after the break.
Panasonic KX-PRX120 specifications
- 3.5-inch TFT Colour LCD (HVGA)
- Stylish Compact Design
- Android Operation System 4.0
- Google Play Support
- Wi-Fi / Bluetooth Connection
- 0.3M Front Camera for Video Call
- 3.5 inch TFT colour LCD (HVGA) with capacitive multi touch screen
- Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS
- 0.3M pixel Front Camera
- 1450mAh Li-ion Battery
- microSD / microSDHC Card Slot on Handset
- micro USB Charging Port
- Incoming/Outgoing Call Barring to help minimise unwanted or nuisance calls
- Answering Machine (For KX-PRX120, 40min)
- Key Finder accessory (Optional)
- Advanced Alarm-clock
- Up to 6 handsets (Optional handset or GAP supported DECT handset) can be registered
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