In case there was any doubt that 5 inches is the new standard for Android superphones, Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo has removed all of it with a new hardware series. Right at the top of the list is a new device from Panasonic in their relatively young Eluga family, this one christened the ELUGA X P-O2E. The 5-inch LCD screen is naturally 1080p, and hides a 1.5Ghz quad-core Snapdragon Pro processor, and a 13.2 megapixel camera. Colors are a flat black and a more interesting teal, as seen below.
Other specifications include an increasingly pedestrian battery capacity of 2320mAh, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage (with a little over 8 dedicated to the system), LTE, and Android 4.1. Panasonic's only been back in the smartphone game for about ten months, and so far they haven't shown any indication of expanding beyond the territories of western Europe and Japan. But with the current fervor surrounding 5-inch devices, and the relatively similar LG Optimus G Pro and Sony Xperia Z, we might be seeing this one selected by a few more carriers.
Japanese consumers can pick up an Eluga X from NTT DoCoMo on January 30th. Expect to see this and other Panasonic models at Mobile World Congress.