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Panasonic Eluga Power smartphone announced with Android 4.0 and a huge 5-inch HD display

February 27, 2012 | by Adrian Diaconescu

Android News, Android Phones

Panasonic Eluga Power

The guys at Panasonic were reported as coming back to the European and American Android market this year, which made us fairly excited, but the truth is we weren’t exactly expecting what we just received.

After the 4.3-inch Eluga official announcement just a few days back, another good-looking Android-based smartphone has been unveiled and might draw serious attention from you technology geeks.

This second smartphone is actually the more powerful of the duo and is set to sport a humongous 5-inch display with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution. Running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box (yay!), the handheld comes with a couple of already classic Japanese functionality touches, including a waterproof and dustproof body.

The Eluga Power is not only larger than the Eluga, but also a bit thicker, measuring 9.6 mm (0.37 inches) in depth. However, you shouldn’t think that this is a bulky or overly robust phone, because at a 133 grams (4.69 ounces) weight it’s actually very compact and elegant.

Under the smartphone’s hood there’s a pretty snappy 1.5 Ghz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, but also 1 GB of RAM. The 8 MP rear-facing camera should itself be pretty impressive, as well as the large 1800 mAh battery which supposedly could reach 50 percent power capacity after only a half an hour of charging.

There are also all the connectivity options you could need, including WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, USB, HSDPA, HSUPA and UMTS, as well as NFC support, but unfortunately the 5-inch beast from Panasonic only comes with 8 GB of internal storage space. Also, as far as we can tell from looking over the spec sheet released by the manufacturers, there’s no SD card slot for expanding the memory, which kind of puts me off.

All in all though, it’s pretty obvious that Panasonic is set to make a very interesting return to America and Europe and, even though we know nothing about the Eluga Power’s price and release date, the 5-incher looks like one of the Android-based gadgets to watch in 2012.

Via Gizmodo UK