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Thanks to recent certification from the FCC, the Panasonic Eluga Power has just earned its figurative passport for travel within the United States. We first met the 5-inch behemoth back at Mobile World Congress, which packs a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 and Android 4.0. At the time, it was thought that the smartphone only supported quadband GSM and 2100/900MHz UMTS connectivity. The story has changed a bit, as FCC documents reveal additional 3G support for the 850MHz spectrum. While the Eluga Power’s usefulness here in North America is still rather limited, those who’d hoped to import one can now do so with a solid pat on the back from the FCC.
Panasonic Eluga Power earns nod of approval at FCC originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 13 Jul 2012 03:15:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Panasonic’s most exciting mobile product in years is the ELUGA (and its big brother the ELUGA Power) spotted at Mobile World Congress, by the sheer novelty that it’ll actually be available outside of Panasonic’s home country of Japan. It’ll stop off there first, though: NTT DoCoMo has announced that it’ll make the phone available on March 29th as the NEXT series P-04D. (See, it’s not just US carriers that give phones new names for no reason.) After that, it’ll head for Europe in April, where the ELUGA Power is already stocked for pre-order. If you’re a European who’s miffed at the prospect of getting the phone later, take comfort in the fact that your phone won’t be colored purple like NTT DoCoMo’s.
The ELUGA isn’t just a pretty face – its waterproof, dustproof body can be completely submerged for a short time without taking any damage. The 4.3-inch OLED screen uses a qHD resolution to display Gingerbread, with a 1Ghz dual-core TI OMAP processor running underneath it. Panasonic promises an upgrade to Android 4.0 eventually. The phone is an undeniable beauty, with a curved minimalist design and a 7.8mm profile. Shutterbugs will be happy to note that it takes 8 megapixel stills and 1080p video.
There’s no mention of the ELUGA or ELUGA Power making it to North America, and for the time being that’s likely to stay true. Panasonic has zero presence in the American smartphone market, which thanks to Apple’s home turf, is even more hotly contested than Europe. While it’s possible that a carrier will be impressed and pick up the hardware for a local release (T-Mobile would be the most likely candidate) it might still be a year or two before Panasonic focuses its efforts here.
If you’re as interested in Panasonic’s return to the global smartphone game as we are, then no doubt you’re aware of the ELUGA Power, a beefed-up version of their primary ELUGA Android phone with a bigger screen and battery. The device just went up for pre-order at United Kingdom-based electronics retailer Clove, and at present it’s set to ship sometime in April. The phone is going for £399 unlocked (about $636 USD) and £478.80 after value-added taxes.
The ELUGA Power bumps up the original’s 4.3-inch screen to a full five inches, placing it squarely in the same category as the Samsung Galaxy Note and LG Optimus Vu. Its battery gets a slight bump to 1800mAh, though it must be sad that that’s nowhere near the Note (2500) or Vu (2080), and all the big-screen phones will guzzle electricity when compared to mare conservative phones. The screen is a full 720p panel. Impressively both ELUGAs are launching with Ice Cream Sandwich, and Panasonic is one of the only manufacturers we’ve seen that’s embracing ICS’s virtual navigation buttons.
Elsewhere you get a 1.5ghz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, NFC capability, just 8GB of on-board storage (plus a MicroSD card slot), and an 8-megapixel camera. To accommodate the larger size, the ELUGA Power is 9.6mm thick – not skinny, but not excessively plump, either. The phone is IP57-certified dust and water resistant, and Panasonic has crammed in some battery magic that will recharge the phone up to 50% in just 20 minutes. Currently Panasonic has no publicized plans to offer the ELUGA or any other Android smartphone in North America.
- Panasonic looking to move outside Japan with smartphones on Nov 17th 2011
- Panasonic outs new Android smartphone with 4.3-inch OLED headed to Europe on Dec 9th 2011
- Panasonic shows off Eluga smartphone for Europe on Feb 20th 2012
- Panasonic ELUGA Power hands-on on Feb 27th 2012
Fresh off of its world premier this week in Barcelona, Panasonic's Eluga Power is already available for preorder through online retailer Clove Technology. With an expected arrival of "late April", the Eluga Power will set you back a cool £399 ( that's £478.80 after VAT), a pretty reasonable price for a 1.5 GHz dual core processor, 5-inch HD display, and Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. We got our grubby hands on one earlier this week and despite a few software quirks (it was a prototype unit!), we were impressed by what Panasonic is doing.
If you're a fan of the pre-order, you can do so now at the source link. We'll keep our ears to the ground for an official release date, and we'll be sure to get you a full review once the Eluga Power hits stores stateside.
Source: Clove Technology
Panasonic has been largely silent on the smartphone front for the last few years, at least outside of Japan. That changes at Mobile World Congress, where they’re showing off the Eluga smartphone - not to mention its bigger brother, the ELUGA Power. This model differs from its smaller version with a full 5-inch screen, putting it squarely in “phablet” territory. If Panasonic wants to make a splash with the new hardware, that’s certainly a way to get people’s attention.
The screen is a full 1280×720 panel, an improvement upon the 4.3-inch qHD screen on the regular Eluga. Despite the larger size, the phone is still relatively slim at 9.6mm. Inside it gets the same 1.5Ghz dual-core Snapdragon, and based on what we saw, the performance is impressive if not outstanding. Like most of the new phones here at MWC, it’s running Ice Cream Sandwich, and may need a little more time in the oven as far as software is concerned. They’ve got some time to work on it – neither phone is set to land in Europe for a few months at least.
As far as styling goes, the Eluga is a little bland. Not awful, just understated in a way that’s likely to get it overlooked next to more ergonomic competition. When comparing it with other large-screen phones like the Galaxy Note and Optimus Vu, it’s definitely a little behind the times – though in both cases, it’s got the advantage of mostly stock Ice Cream Sandwich. Currently, Panasonic has shown no intention of releasing the phone outside of Europe.
For a look at the standard Eluga taking a dunk (to show off its water-resistant capabilities) check out SlashGear’s write-up. And make sure to keep an eye on the Mobile World Congress portal this week for more breaking news.
Fresh from announcing its first Eluga Android model, Panasonic already has an update planned in the shape of the Eluga Power. And it’s a whopper, coming with a 5″ display running atop a 1.5Ghz Snapdragon S4 processor, the same mighty dual-core brain that’s inside HTC’s new One S.
As well as that high-end combo, the Eluga Power will arrive with Android 4.0 as its OS, running the 5″ display at 1280×720 resolution, plus there’s an NFC chip and 8megapixel camera onboard, while Panasonic says its 1,800mAh battery can reach 50% charge in 30 minutes. Here’s the latest:
Terrible photos, Panasonic, but a very lovely phone on paper and a definite contender for 2012′s upgrade list. Here’s the full release, with tech specs at the end:
Panasonic unveils new smartphone ELUGA power
5.0 inch HD screen, dual-core 1.5GHz processor smartphone bolsters
Panasonic’s offering in Europe
Barcelona, Spain (27 February 2012) – Panasonic today revealed its latest smartphone for the European market, the ELUGA power, featuring a 1.5GHz processor and Android TM 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).
The stylish ELUGA power arrives with Qualcomm’s SnapdragonTM S4 dual-core processor, a stunning 5.0 inch HD LCD screen (1280×720) and 1080p Full HD video capability. With Android 4.0 on board, the ELUGA power also boasts near field communication (NFC) technology, allowing you to pay and transfer data wirelessly.
At just 133g, the ELUGA power combines lightweight portability with big-screen usability to deliver the ultimate blend of form and function. With a 9.6mm chassis, the ELUGA power’s slender, pocket-friendly dimensions and very thinly framed 5.0 inch display mean it’s equally at home whether being used for leisure or out on the road for business.
The ELUGA power also offers superfast charging, making it one of the most convenient smartphones on the market. In just 30 minutes Panasonic’s big-screen, big-battery smartphone can reach 50% charge capacity – and with its 1800mAh battery the ELUGA power is perfect for those who need their phone to work as hard as they do.
· A 1280×720 HD, 5.0 inch LCD screen with a 9.6mm thin frame.
· Slim form factor – 136x70x9.6mm.
· Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.0.
· International standard IP57 water and dustproofing.
· NFC – allowing for contactless payment and data transfer.
· Main camera with 8MP autofocus and 1080p Full HD video recording, including auto scene recognition and 8x digital zoom, as well as a front-facing camera.
· Superfast charging – 50% charge takes just 30 minutes, and 80% takes 57 minutes (provided it starts charging from a 10% charged status).
· 8GB of internal memory, with Micro SD Card Slot supporting a further 32GB.
Toshiya Matsumura, General Manager, Head of Mobile Communications, Panasonic System Communications Europe, said: “The ELUGA power is a real landmark for us as it redefines everything a modern smartphone should be. For too long, smartphones have either compromised on looks to embrace new features or dropped functionality in the pursuit of the perfect form. The ELUGA power marks a true turning point – delivering both high performance and high-end style.”
“In developing the ELUGA power, we refused to compromise and remained ambitious. That’s how we’ve managed to deliver the convenience of a 5-inch HD screen and superfast charging, make it water and dustproof, as well as add impressive features like NFC and a 1.5GHz processor. All in a slim, pocket-friendly and stylish smartphone.”
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