Panasonic ELUGA Power release date moved to next quarter
Back at MWC 2012, we got the chance to check out the Panasonic ELUGA Power, which is an Android-powered hybrid between a phone and a tablet. Later in March, pre-orders for this monster of a device kicked off with a rather optimistic release time frame pointing at a launch in late April. Well, the month of May is almost behind us, yet those early buyers are still waiting to take their new handset for a spin.
Unfortunately, they will have to sit tight and wait a bit longer as the Panasonic ELUGA Power will not be released until late June or early July, as U.K. retailer Clove reports. What is causing the delay is not clear at all, but we suspect it might have something to do with the software of the device. While doing our ELUGA Power hands-on, we noticed that Android 4.0 was installed, yet it was stock and unpolished. And who knows, the software might require even further refining before the device is ready for prime time.
For those who need a refresher, the Panasonic ELUGA Power sports a 5-inch HD display, and a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor is enclosed within its slim, waterproof body. Its off-contract pre-order price currently stands at a hefty $750 after taxes.