Panasonic has announced they’ll be launching their super high-resolution camera phone hybrid, the CM1, on North American shores. The device has already launched in a few global markets, so if you’ve been waiting for US availability, this is good news.
The CM1 features a 20 megapixel camera with a full 1-inch sensor, and it’s capable of shooting 4k video. The phone has a pretty slim frame and a 4.7-inch display, so on paper, it seems like a pretty great choice for photography enthusiasts. Unfortunately, the device only runs Android 4.4 with no concrete plans on upgrading to Lollipop, and the early reviews aren’t stellar. You’ll also only be able to snag an unlocked GSM version for about $1000, so it’s priced well above other flagships.
Point and shoot cameras have slowly fallen to the wayside thanks to the rising popularity of smartphones, so manufacturers have had to take a different approach to keeping their camera businesses alive. Many companies, like Samsung, have pursued “smart” camera options that run Android, allowing users to take pictures with decent camera specs and quickly get their photos on Facebook and Instagram.
Koushik Dutta has done it again. His popular app, AllCast (which doesn’t require root access), has been released to the Play Store. The app will let you stream pictures and video to pretty much any device. This includes Xbox 360, Xbox One, Roku, Apple TV, Samsung and Panasonic TVs, Google TV, and all DLNA-enabled devices.
Unsurprisingly, Chromecast is not supported because it’s still heavily restricted by Google. You can download the application for free, but you’ll get ads, splash-screens, and a limit on length of videos you can watch. To remove the limitations, you’ll have to pay a $4.99 fee for the unlock key— a price well worth it when you consider what you’re getting from the app.
Hit the break for the link to the app in the Play Store.
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 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.
Japanese telecom giant NTT DoCoMo has revealed their portfolio of devices for the summer months which includes a new Sony Xperia A device. The Japanese version seems to be a bit different from the device carrying the same name that recently slid through the FCC on its way to U.S. carriers. The Japanese version sports a 4.6-inch screen, 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, and runs Android 4.1. This seems to put it as more of a mid-tier device whereas the U.S. version mirrors the top-tier Sony Xperia Z, only with a removable battery.
In addition to the Xperia A, NTT DoCoMo is also adding Sharp’s Aquos Phone Zeta and Aquos Pad, two devices that incorporate new, thinner displays. The Zeta device comes with a 4.8-inch full HD screen while the Aquos Pad is a 7-inch tablet that is approaching a full HD display resolution. Other manufacturers got their devices added to the portfolio, like the Panasonic Eluga and the 5.2-inch Fujitsu Arrows NX. All of these devices from Sharp, Panasonic and Fujitsu will come with Android 4.2.
source: NTT DoCoMo
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.
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.
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.”
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.