Panasonic announces Android-powered home phone for European markets

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You can literally find Android powering any type of device, from GPS units to cameras to kitchen appliances. When you think about it that way, it sort of makes sense that Panasonic would slap Android on a house phone, even if that does seem a little backwards in this market. The new phone, dubbed the KX-PRX120, is a simple landline phone running Android 4.0. It has a measly 1450 mAh battery (which I guess wouldn’t be so bad considering you would never be far from a charger) WiFi, GPS, and Bluetooth connectivity, a 3.5 inch screen and even a front-facing camera for video calling.

The device is exclusive to European markets, but it’s interesting. Would you pick one up if it was available in the States, assuming you still even have a landline?

source: Connected Digital World

Panasonic launches P51 in Indian markets, packed with 5-inch screen and stylus

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Panasonic recently decided to launch its first device in Indian markets with the Panasonic P51. The phone will come loaded up with Android 4.2, a 5-inch, 720p LCD screen, and a quad-core 1.2GHz MediaTek processor. The phone is slightly reminiscent of a lower-end Galaxy Note 3, as it ships with a capacitive stylus and a magnetic flip cover. The RAM sits at only 1GB, there are 4GB of expandable storage, and the phone includes an 8MP rear-camera, a 1.3MP front-facing camera, and support for both HSPA+ and dual SIM cards.

The phone will launch in India next week at 26,900 rupees ($517 USD) contract-free which is a little expensive but should be a bargain when compared to its competition from Samsung. Hit the break for the full press release. » Read the rest

Panasonic P-02E Smartphone Outed By FCC Listing

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NTT DoCoMo customers in Japan will have a new toy from Panasonic to look forward to in the near-future. According to a newly-surfaced FCC listing, details for a mysterious P-02E has been made available for the world’s eyes to see. According to the listing, the newly unveiled device will have NFC capability, an LTE chip and wait for it— a retractable TV antenna. In addition to the newly highlighted features of the smartphone, there have been previous rumors highlighting the new device will have Jelly Bean on-board, a 5-inch screen capable of a 1920 x 1080 resolution and a quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor.

Of course NTT DoCoMo customers probably won’t need to wait long for this puppy to hit the marketplace from this point, though those of us out here in the States will probably not want to hold our collective breaths anytime soon.

source: Engadget

The Water-resistant Panasonic Eluga is now available in Europe

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The Panasonic Eluga is now available unlocked via Expansys. Back in February right around Mobile World Congress time we posted an article about this water-resistant device. Stating that it was a very sleek, eye pleasing phone, but it left many visitors to the booth less than impressed. The Eluga is powered by a TI OMAP 4430 CPU. Specs also including a 4.3-inch qHD display, 1Gb RAM, 8Gb internal storage, and Gingerbread 2.3.5, with plans to upgrade to ICS.

This GSM device may not appeal to those state-side as it only runs on 2100MHz and 900MHz bands, which would only get you a decent 3G signal. As mentioned, it can be purchased unlocked at Expansys, at the price of £369 or $590 in the US. If you do purchase the Panasonic Eluga, let us know your thoughts on it in the comments.

source: engadget

 

Panasonic Announces Eight USB Mobile Power Supplies

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Looks like Panasonic is going full hog in the mobile power accessories market by releasing eight external USB battery packs, made to provide juice to your mobile devices on the go. The series features the QE-QL301, a 10,260 mAh monster that can charge a single handset four times, or two handsets twice. The lineup also includes three models that use Energizer’s Qi technology, allowing for wireless charging.

Portable USB power supplies are becoming a popular way to keep your devices charged on the go, especially with some newer devices coming with non-removable batteries. Those of us thinking of upgrading to, say, the HTC Evo 4G LTE with a non-removable battery can now carry a portable power supply to recharge our phone rather than swapping batteries. A non-removable battery should no longer be a deal breaker.

Full press release after the break.

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Panasonic Eluga drops March 29th in Japan, Europe in April

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For those of you who didn’t catch the announcement of Panasonic’s Eluga at MWC, what we’ve got here is a 4.3″ device with a TI OMAP 4430, the very same of which resides inside the Motorola RAZR. From the hands on impression at MWC, however, it seems it may not be as fluid as the RAZR, despite the similarity. You’ll also find 1GB of RAM inside as well as 8GB of embedded storage. Unfortunately this one will ship with Gingerbread and a relatively small 1150mAh battery. It’s been a while since MWC, though, so maybe Panasonic has had time to retool the onboard software for enhanced performance. Plus it has dust and water resistance certification going for it. That’s pretty awesome, right? Expect the first wave of them to hit Japan in March, followed by Europe in April. Pricing and US availability are yet to be seen.

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Panasonic’s New ‘Smart’ Camera Showcases Possible Future for Digital Cameras

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As Android further takes over most of our lives the idea that Android-powered digital cameras is looking to become a reality. Samsung is playing around with a camera of their own and back at CES this year we saw Polaroid’s 16MP concept camera device revealed. After Polaroid revealed their “smart camera,” as they are being dubbed, a Panasonic UK spokesperson mentioned that their company has also discussed the possibility of using Android to run its cameras in the future. As Barney Sykes told the folks at TechRadar, “We had a little bit of a discussion around having Android as the operating system.” » Read the rest

Panasonic Shows Off The 4.3-inch qHD “Eluga” at MWC

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MWC is well under way and the latest company to reveal a flagship device is Panasonic.  The company has shown off their new “Eluga” device housing a TI OMAP 4430 CPU and 4.3-inch qHD display.  On paper this device sounds like a power horse but it seems like those who’ve stopped by the booth for a demo experienced something a little unimpressive.  Though the device has a pretty high-end CPU it performed less than par, rendering page scrolls slowly and sluggishly.  The handset also comes with 1GB of RAM and 8GB’s of storage so we’re not sure where the sluggish performance is coming from.  It appears that Panasonic has a lot of work to complete with the software before the device’s final release.  Check out the video hands-on demo below from our friends over at Android Police and let us know what you think.  Aside from the performance, the device is extremely aesthetically pleasing and one of the thinnest devices on the market.  And did we mention that it’s certifiably dust and water resistant?  Well, it is.  However, on another more distasteful and negative note, we regret to mention that the device will be accompanied with an 1150 mAh battery and that’s all we’ll say about that for now.  Expect Gingerbread 2.3.5 as the device’s choice of OS version.  We should see the handset hit the market some time in Q2 of this year.  Now, is there also a tablet in the works?  For more MWC coverage be sure to check out our link here.

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Panasonic Set To Unveil New Device At MWC, Will Possibly Follow-Up With New Tablet

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MWC is finally here next week and Panasonic is out to reveal more at the event, but first it wants to tease us a little. According to Pocket-lint, Panasonic is set to unveil a new device. The mysterious device will be a premium toy— perhaps more premium than that sexy Eluga smartphone and feature a dual-core processor, a bigger screen, front-facing camera and have a display featuring a Panasonic-designed technology. One other noteworthy feature is the smartphone will also utilize Panasonic’s Lumix technology in some sort of way.

Word on the street is a second mysterious device may be launched, which will be a tablet. There are little details and information about this except we do know that it won’t be a Toughbook tablet or similar to their other attempts at making tablets. Pocket-lint reports the device will be more consumer-orientated. This likely means Panasonic is finally ready to take a bigger bite into the Android pie.

 

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Panasonic announces the Eluga smartphone for Europe, P-04D and 102P for Japan

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A few months ago Panasonic made it clear they wanted to sell smartphones outside of Japan, and shortly after, a water/dust proof device was revealed for this spring. Panasonic just made it official with the unveiling of the Eluga (pictured above) for Europe.

Panasonic also just announced the P-04D for NTT DoCoMo and 102P for Softbank which are both the same device as the Eluga, but is also the same device as the P-05D Disney Phone for NTT DoCoMo we showed you a couple of weeks ago. The only difference (other than colors) we know of is the Eluga gets NFC while the Japanese models get the Felica chip. All models should be available in March.

The big news is they’re going to be only 7.8mm thick and weigh 103 grams. To achieve this, Panasonic is putting in a 1150mAh battery, which is pretty small based on today’s standards.

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