Panasonic isn’t a company many of us readily associate with smartphones, but a good portion of that might attributed to the fact that the company hasn’t been selling its phones on a global scale. Last fall, we heard that Panasonic was planning to finally spread its wings and start getting its phones into the hands of North American and European customers. Specifically, we heard about plans for bringing an Android to Europe this March, and then later saw the company announce its Eluga handset right before the Mobile World Congress. What we didn’t have were many other details on launch plans; today, we get a more complete picture of things, only it seems that Panasonic may not be keeping to its original schedule.
Despite this big push for an increased presence in the West, Panasonic is still launching the Eluga in Japan. The nation will see the Android arrive late this month, on March 29. Europe, on the other hand, now won’t get the Eluga until sometime in April; just when hasn’t been revealed yet, but the phone certainly won’t be squeezing-out before the end of March.
The Eluga has a 4.3-inch qHD display, runs a dual-core OMAP at 1GHz, has a gigabyte of RAM, supports NFC, and as we shouldn’t be surprised to see on a phone that’s launching in Japan, it features water and dust resistance.