Panasonic Eluga Power Hands-on Review

Panasonic Eluga Power Hands-on Review
This year marks the return of Panasonic on European soil, as far as mobile phones are concerned. One of the first devices to hit Europe is the Panasonic Eluga Power – a pretty big handset featuring a 5” display with HD resolution.

As a whole, the Eluga Power has a very rectangular form, reminding us of LG's new handsets like the L line and the 4X HD. However, the phone is also pretty thin, so it doesn't feel like a brick in your hand. As we said, the Panasonic Eluga Power sports a gigantic 5” display with HD resolution, and indeed, the pixel density is very good – so everything looks pretty clean on this screen.

The handset is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, so it should be snappy enough when it comes out. We say it “should”, because the unit that we tested here at MWC was nowhere near being finished.

An interesting aspect about the Eluga Power is that it's waterproof, so it should withstand submerging in water, although we wouldn't advise you to do that. Finally, we are totally taken by surprise by the approach that Panasonic has taken with the positioning of the physical power/lock and volume keys, which are found on the back of the phone. We can't really say how convenient or inconvenient this would be, though, so we'll rather wait for a retail unit to arrive at our office, before drawing conclusion.

As we said, software-wise the phone was pretty much stock Android 4 ICS, but it was clearly unfinished, so that's remains as another mystery around the Eluga Power – whether it'll have some personalization or not. However, the normal Panasonic Eluga does have a personalized interface (although it was still running Gingerbread), so a custom UI shouldn't be out of the question. Unfortunately, neither pricing, nor availability are still announced for this device, so we'll have to wait some more before we know when we'll be able to play with a thin and ruggedized Android smartphone.

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ELUGA power
  • Display 5.0 inches
    1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 8GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1800 mAh
  • OS Android 4.0



7. hitechredneck

Posts: 103; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Doesn't look like its got a flash on the camera. But 5" screen 294 dpi qHD 1280x720 waterproof and dustproof, android 4.0, dual core 1.5 GHz and 4g LTE connectivity. Due to be released in august 2012. Its one of the 16 models for japan's mobile carrier NTT docomo with Xi their LTE network which is capable of 75 mb/s down and 25 mb/s up. Also panasonic released the p-02D Lumix which has 4" qHD with 277 dpi 960x540 equipped with a 13.2 mp camera with flash. Wow and that was released in December 2011.

5. jamrockjones

Posts: 345; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

What's with the back button.

4. twens

Posts: 1191; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

I like de screen sizes of fons lately....personally,i dont see the logic behind having such monster processors in phones with small screen estates.we need more room on the screens to enjoy better multimedia contents.5",5.3" is cool for me.dont know about other peopple ba for me it makes sense. Most iphone fans wished they had such huge screens on their fons but wont admit it till apple comes out with sumtyn huge.such hypocrates.

3. rsiders

Posts: 2058; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

But you know when you start running out of phone names when you name your phone Eluga!lol

6. smallcolabear

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 18, 2012

I know I was just mentioning to my manager at teh cell store I work at that I get they were abbreviating what it stood for however I did not see what the "A" stood for and so I mentioned that they added the "A" at the end because the Elug would just sound dumb.

2. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

This will be interesting to see as Panasonic are certainly a big game player in tvs and blu ray electronics. Seems like its way too early for us to get a proper indication of how this phone will be but seems good so far

1. x7black7x

Posts: 118; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

by looking at it i can say its compact than lg optimus vu and galaxy note but keep in mind that naoe has a bigger screen 5.3".

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