Fast on the heels of its first UK smartphone, Panasonic has announced another top of the range mobile device. The Panasonic Eluga Power looks set to be one of the biggest smartphones on the market once it is released and Eluga Power mobile phone deals become available to buy. Running Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of Android, the device has a 5 inch HD LCD screen – almost the size of the Galaxy Note. It has a 1280 x 720 pixel resolution, possibly unsurprisingly for a technology firm like Panasonic one of the main selling points will be the camera on its back. An 8 megapixel camera that comes complete with autofocus, auto scene recognition and an 8 x zoom feature it also records video at 1080p HD quality. Under the bonnet the Panasonic Eluga Power smartphone has a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor running at 1.5 GHz. Its internal memory is 8GB but this can be increased thanks to a microSD card. For connectivity there is Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi and a USB. There is also NFC capability. The mammoth Eluga Power comes quickly after the announcement of the Panasonic Eluga. Slightly smaller with a 4.3 inch screen it has a 540 x 960 pixel resolution It runs with a dual core 1GHz processor making it a solid mid to top range phone, if the UK market is taking quad-cores as standard now. It means it will be quick for browsing and opening apps. On the back it has an 8 megapixel camera and an LED Flash. The main selling feature for the Eluga is that it’s waterproof up to a depth of one metre for 30 seconds. While it’s unlikely you plan to make any calls underwater, it’s good for those who have noted that touchscreens tend to become unresponsive in the inclement British weather so this will be a nice touch for those who use their device on the go and don’t want to be afraid of a few raindrops. While the Eluga power will be shipped with Android 4.0, instead the Eluga comes with Android 2.3 gingerbread. It is however expected to get an update to the latest version of the operating system at some point after its launch in early spring. Launched before the Eluga Power, some UK users might have been tempted to look at the Eluga and think “so what?” but to launch two devices so quickly and for one of them to have the impressive specs of the Eluga Power suggests Panasonic is joining ZTE and Huawei in trying to make a real splash in the smartphone market in 2012. Offering choice is a good way of getting brand recognition out there, particularly for those who think Panasonic only do TVs or cameras, having two devices rather than one makes it look like we can expect more from the technology giant in the coming months. It is also worth noting that Panasonic is a London Olympic sponsor so perhaps we could expect app tie ins and technology crossover once the Games begin in July.
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