by Stephen Schenck | March 7, 2014 7:20 PM
Last year brought us news of a couple smartphone OEMs hanging up their hats, deciding that they were no longer interested in releasing any new handsets. First we saw NEC say goodbye over the summer, followed a few months later by Panasonic. In the case of Panasonic, the company said that it would still make feature phones, and that it might release some specialty smartphones (like ruggedized devices for police or the military) but that it was done with regular mass market smartphones. And indeed, back in January we learned that Panasonic was doing just that, coming out with an ...
by Stephen Schenck | January 16, 2014 10:47 AM
Is 2014 going to be the year of fresh starts for companies that previously turned their backs on the smartphone market? After the shuttering of webOS, HP bowed-out for a couple years, but this week we saw the company step up to face the industry again, announcing its extra-large VoiceTab models running Android. Today we get word that another company that we though was done with phones may be sticking around for an encore, with rumors that Panasonic could be preparing to introduce a new handset at the MWC. As you may recall, we heard rumors about Panasonic leaving smartphones last summer, ...
by Stephen Schenck | November 8, 2013 4:12 PM
Samsung may be stretching its tablet lineup to new sizes with the Galaxy Note 12.2, but compared to some models from other manufacturers, even that's comparatively tiny. Remember all the way back in January, when we were still drooling over everything CES had to reveal? One of the boundary-pushing products we saw announced was a massive twenty-inch tablet from Panasonic, with a 4K 3840 x 2560 panel that put everyone else to shame. We went hands on with the Windows 8 device at the time, and learned that Panasonic aimed to get this behemoth selling before the end of 2013. We'd practically ...
by Anton D. Nagy | September 26, 2013 9:31 AM
Panasonic's smartphone story is an interesting, agitated, and sad one. The Japanese company has left the European market in 2005, and, six years later, in 2011, has returned with plans of presence on the American market too. One year later it planned its departure again, and, one year later, counting as present, we've heard it was planning on abandoning the smartphone business altogether. Sadly, the reports turned out to be true. Today, The Wall Street Journal published a company confirmation, as Panasonic "plans to stop development of smartphones for the mass market in order to reallocate ...
by Stephen Schenck | August 5, 2013 5:32 PM
Less than a month ago, we learned that NEC, though never a major player in the smartphone game, was dropping-out entirely. Despite new hardware like the NEC Terrain exposing the brand to larger audiences, it apparently didn't make sense to continue down that road, so the manufacturer elected to cut its losses. Today we're hearing what sounds like the beginning of the end to the smartphone story for another big-name OEM, with Panasonic getting ready to put a halt to some of its own efforts. We've talked about Panasonic tablets from time to time, but rarely do we mention a Panasonic phone. ...
by Anton D. Nagy | July 31, 2013 4:51 AM
Android is now powering all sort of consumer electronics -- yes, we're still waiting for the Android dishwasher (Tony), alongside the webOS toaster (Michael) -- and Panasonic has announced a DECT (digital cordless) phone running on Google's operating system. The Panasonic KX-PRX120 looks like a smartphone, and also acts like one. Don't hold your breath for specs though: 3.5 inch TFT HVGA screen, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS (like you'd take it outside the base range), .3MP webcam, 1450mAh battery, microSD card slot, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. No mention of internal storage, RAM, or ...
by Stephen Schenck | January 9, 2013 9:41 PM
We told you about one of Panasonic's ruggedized Toughpad Windows 8 tablets overnight, but when browsing around the CES showroom floor we got the opportunity to check out a similar version instead, though this time for Android: the Toughpad MA1. The MA1 runs on Verizon's LTE network, and features some serious security features to help secure your data. Sadly, this one's not going to show up in your local Verizon store anytime soon, and will instead be targeted at corporate and government clients. We're a little jealous, considering just how reliable this guy looks.
by Anton D. Nagy | January 9, 2013 2:00 AM
The 20-inch monster Panasonic 4K UHD Windows 8 tabletwith a resolution of 3840 × 2160 is not the only tablet announced by the company at this year's CES in Las Vegas. Still Windows 8 but this time the selling point isn't the enormous screen but the words "world's thinnest and lightest" ruggedized tablet (2.4 pounds and 0.75 in thin). The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 runs full fledged Windows 8 and has a 10.1-inch screen with 800 nits of brightness and Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution. Specs also include a 1.9GHz Intel Core i5-3437U processor Ivy Bridge CPU, 4GB of RAM, and either 128GB or ...
by Stephen Schenck | January 8, 2013 4:42 PM
We just told you about the stunningly-high-resolution 4K tablet Panasonic unveiled today at the CES. Now we get to spend a little time with the tablet ourselves, and see just what the fuss is all about. The 20-inch prototype sports a massive 3840 × 2160 resolution and runs Windows 8 Pro. It's got a viewing angle of over 170 degrees, and Panasonic envisions it being used by the likes of architects or designers. With a screen this big, though, you've got to expect that battery life will take a hit, and Panasonic says you could hope to get about two hours out of it. The tablet is less than ...
by Stephen Schenck | January 8, 2013 2:21 PM
When it comes to televisions at the CES this year, 4K Ultra HD is king. It seems like every serious TV manufacturer has arrived with some of these incredibly high-res screens to show off, pushing pixel counts well past the now-commonplace 1080p displays. Back when we were covering Sony's press conference last night, we mused that it would probably be some time, if ever, before we saw these same kind of out-of-the-park resolutions come to tablets. It looks like we'll have to eat our words already, as Panasonic just pulled out a 20-inch 4K UHD Windows 8 tablet at its own press event today. ...
by Anton D. Nagy | October 27, 2012 2:23 AM
In 2005 Panasonic has left the European market because of fierce competition just to make its plans to return public at the end of 2011, followed by the actual return to the market this March, after the MWC, where they showed off the Eluga Android-powered phone, as planned. It looks like the company is preparing to leave the European market again, and we have a feeling that, if true, this time for good. Reuters claims sources informed them of Panasonic's plan to retreat at the fiscal year's end on March 31. The company was planning on selling 1.5 million phones in Europe but said anonymous ...
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