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Feb
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When Panasonic announced the original ELUGA for the European smartphone market, we were a little underwhelmed. Today the ELUGA gets a new, awkwardly-capitalized older brother, the ELUGA power. True to its name, the device is considerably more powerful than its predecessor. Which is good, because this series needs all the help it can get.

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Here's the rundown on the new hardware:

  • A 1280x720 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.

On paper, the device hits all the important high notes. It's even sporting Qualcomm's drool-worthy Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz dual-core processor. Not to mention whatever "IP57 water and dustproofing" is. Still, after seeing what Panasonic did with TI's dual-core processor, we're hesitant to use the word "exciting" to describe this device until we can see it in action.

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • Dan

    IPXY Code is an ingress protection rating system of solid particles rating of X and liquid resistance of Y, IP57 means:

    Solid particles get a cat 5: Dust protected Ingress of dust is not entirely prevented, but it must not enter in sufficient quantity to interfere with the satisfactory operation of the equipment; complete protection against contact

    Liquid ingress at cat7: Immersion up to 1 m Ingress of water in harmful quantity shall not be possible when the enclosure is immersed in water under defined conditions of pressure and time (up to 1 m of submersion). Test duration: 30 minutes
    Immersion at depth of 1m - just FYI if you are interested

  • Kath

    Only 8GB of internal storage and a dual core are not up to the latest standards for a phone to be realeased over the next Quarter(s)

    Looks are very nice btw, so is it's protection like Dan explaines in the previous post.

    • http://androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft Eric Ravenscraft

      The 28nm architecture on the S4 actually makes it pretty comparable to the quad-core Tegra 3 in terms of performance. It's not quite as simple as "dual vs. quad core".

      That being said, I'm still less than optimistic about a Panasonic phone. Our team was unimpressed with what they managed to do with a dual-core device. Just about every device with a dual-core processor can pull off silky smooth animations on a phone. If the ELUGA experienced lag, I'm skeptical that the ELUGA power will be a powerhouse.