Meet Panasonic's first 64-bit, Android Lollipop smartphone: the Eluga U2

Meet Panasonic's first 64-bit, Android Lollipop smartphone: the Eluga U2
Not long ago, Panasonic surprised us with the Lumix CM1, a unique Android smartphone that packs a 1-inch camera sensor. While the CM1 is a high-end, expensive device (it will be released this summer in the US, possibly for around $1,000), Panasonic also has a new affordable smartphone. Called Eluga U2, the affordable handset that we're talking about was released this week in Taiwan.

Priced at around $254 (unlocked), the Panasonic Eluga U2 is the Japanese company's first smartphone to run Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box, as well as the first to be powered by a 64-bit, quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor.

The new handset sports a 5-inch IPS display with 720 x 1280 pixels, and has LTE connectivity. Other features include a 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of expandable internal memory. The U2 measures 141.5 x 71 x 7.95 mm, weighs 131 grams, and comes with a 2500 mAh battery. Overall, this seems to be a very nice device for its price, wouldn't you agree?

We don't know if Panasonic is planning to launch the Eluga U2 outside of Asia, but we will let you know when we find out.


sources: Yahoo Taiwan (translated), Kocpc (translated)

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12 Comments

1. joeboxer

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

Nice battery for that thickness and pretty cool design, love to see this verse the iPhone 6 or 5c

2. Rydsmith unregistered

That is an ugly UI...looks like Sense 2 all over again.

3. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

They could have used stock android or CM. It would make it more appealing.

4. Sharky

Posts: 259; Member since: Jun 24, 2008

Not bad for the price.

5. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

but there are better offerings namely the Zenfone 2 which costs only $199 and had a score on antutu of 50k.

11. Tooluka

Posts: 66; Member since: Nov 27, 2014

Zenfone 2 is a tablet while this one can still be considered a usable phone.

6. dchamero

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 25, 2015

I don't understand why companies keep releasing so many mid-range phones... that ultimately all look the same and have similar specs... what is the point? Do we really need that many mid-range phones? Who is buying them??

8. mixedfish

Posts: 1551; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Have you considered that Panasonic could be launching in Japan to specific carriers? And that not all 'mid-range' phones appearing on PhoneArena are available in every region, especially Japan?

7. Mube007

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 24, 2013

no zenphone 2 is not so cheap at all now asus wants 400$ for 4gb version

12. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

That's $400-ish for the top end Atom Z3580 SoC, 4GB RAM model. I'd say that's still a helluva deal for the whole package buddy.

9. rlatkddn124

Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

UI looks like the one on Gingerbread....

10. Predator1701

Posts: 130; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

I can honestly say that Snapdragon 410 is not bad at all. My wife has the galaxy Ace 4 LTE which has that SoC and it runs like butter. Not to mention excellent LTE reception. For mid-range phones it's a great chip.

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