panasonic eluga
Last Updated: January 21st, 2013

Panasonic is set to enter the high-end smartphone market in Europe and Japan in the coming weeks with the waterproof and dustproof Eluga.

We first saw the Eluga at Mobile World Congress last month, and although it looks like a great phone on paper, with a dual-core CPU and qHD display, it disappointed us when we went hands-on. Nevertheless, this is still big news for the European market, where Panasonic isn't known as a smartphone brand at all. The waterproof feature is sure to give the phone a head start against its competitors; in case you didn't know, it tends to rain a lot in England...

The Eluga will see the light of day in Japan first, with a March 29 launch on NTT Docomo. A European release, which was originally slated for March, has been pushed back to April and there is no official word on what carriers will offer the device just yet.

At launch, the Eluga will ship with Android 2.3.5, but Panasonic says that we can expect an upgrade to Android 4.0 this summer.

Sources: NTT Docomo, Panasonic via The Verge

John Thompson
John's been addicted to technology ever since he tinkered with his first custom built PC when he was 10 years old. He's also the proud owner of seven Amazon Kindles, but only because he destroyed the first six.

  • Kyle Atrus

    They should make a version of this with a smaller form factor and call it the Baby Eluga.

    • ParanoidAndroid

      top lel

  • http://www.torikomix.pl Adam Szopa

    Not releasing with ICS?! There is no excuse for this.

  • Inspektor Gadget

    Eluga.....why not just call it Panasonic snott bubbles......great name Panny.....Eluga........