Panasonic Eluga Power Smartphone Unveiled at MWC 2012 – First Impressions

Maybe Tablets and Phones have reached a convergence where most new phones being launched boast more than 4.5 inches of screen area to play with. The Galaxy Note, the phone/tablet hybrid from Samsung maybe kindled the idea, but it has paced up! These phones/tablets are now being given a new terminology, Phablet (PHone+tABLET). Cool!

One of the newest additions to this category of phones is the humongous sized Panasonic Eluga Power, unveiled at the Mobile World Congress 2012 going on in Barcelona, Spain. The device features a 5 inch screen to our amazement, along with specs and looks to die for.

Although in the field of smartphones, Panasonic has been relatively quiet, contrary to many of the Japanese companies. But this changes at the Mobile World Congress this year. The Eluga Power can hold a candle to many of the latest phones available today. Lets take an in-depth look at the specs.

Panasonic Eluga Power Specifications

  • A  5-inch 720p HD (1280×720) screen
  • Dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor clocking at 1.5Ghz
  • 8 MP camera with 1080p HD video recording
  • Quite thin at just 9.6mm
  • Certified Waterproof and dust proof
  • NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G
  • An 1,800mAh battery that can reportedly quick-charge to 50 percent in half an hour
  • 8GB storage and a microSD slot, expandable to 32GB
  • Android 4.0 out of the box (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • Quite light at 133g, considering its great screen size and battery

The phone is a successor of the original Eluga which ran on Gingerbread, had a smaller screen but was irresistibly thin at 7.8m.

The phone looks great, much like the Acer Liquid phones and the Galaxy Note. Its not that Panasonic has copied some design, but instead it has stuck to the basics of mobile phone designing where emphasis is more on sleekness and lightweights.

There has been no word on pricing and availability yet. Once it comes, we’d update this article. Expect this device to break records, although tough competition may even blow it away!