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Hands on: Panasonic Eluga smartphone

updated 12:50 pm EST, Mon February 27, 2012

Modern design but midrange hardware

Many of the Android handsets unveiled this week at Mobile World Congress have maintained similar aesthetics, however Panasonic's Eluga and Eluga Plus bring a unique design. The basic Eluga is not among the many unveiled this week with a quad-core processor, though it does bring a dual-core chip that runs at 1.0GHz. Electronista has taken a closer look at the new device, which is one of the more attractive phones at Mobile World Congress.

Performance was lacking on the basic Eluga, which integrates a dual-core 1GHz OMAP chip and runs Android 2.3--Panasonic is one of the few companies that failed to make the jump to Android 4.0 before bringing its latest phones to Barcelona. We were impressed by the 960x540 AMOLED display, however, which presented extremely vibrant colors despite its lack of a native HD resolution.

Aesthetically, the phone is arguably one of the most attractive phones that we have had a chance to take a look at this week. The jet-black facade is mostly consumed by the gigantic five-inch display, though the bezel is so thin that the overall size feels closer to that of a 4.3-inch phone. The matte-black back of the device is also curved for a comfortable grip. Overall, it reminds us of Sony's Xperia P that we inspected yesterday.

The company also brought along a second phone, the Eluga Power, that upgrades to an 1800mAh battery, an 1280x720 display and a 1.5GHz dual-core S4 processor. All of the specs are clearly more competitive on the Power, though the extra thickness may be a turn off for some potential buyers.

Panasonic has yet to nail down a specific launch date for either device. It is difficult to make a final judgement on the device until we can try it out with Ice Cream Sandwich, but that update will not arrive until later in the year.

by MacNN Staff



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