Panasonic announces Android handset that is actually a landline phone

Panasonic announces Android handset that is actually a landline phone
In a world where landline phones are gradually being replaced by their increasingly ubiquitous cellular counterparts, Panasonic has chosen to release an unusual handset. At a glance, it looks like an affordable Android smartphone, but the KX-PRX120, as it is called, is actually a cordless fixed-line phone. 

Running the now-outdated Android 4.0 ICS, the phone is definitely smarter than your typical landline unit, although it comes with low-end specs compared to today's mobile handsets. It offers a 3.5-inch display with resolution of 320 by 480 pixels, a 0.3MP front-facing camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a microSD card slot, while the rechargeable battery has a fair capacity of 1450mAh. 

Panasonic announces Android-powered landline phone

Panasonic announces Android-powered landline phone

Standard phone features, such as caller ID and blocking of incoming or outgoing calls are present. Panasonic has also included an answering machine with a 40-minute capacity. Of course, users are free to install Android applications on the device, although it isn't clear how much the phone's hardware can handle. 

So is having the Panasonic KX-PRX120 a good idea or not? Well, the device is surely more capable than today's typical landline phones, especially when it has access to Google Play's library of applications. But given the fact that more and more people in developing markets now don't have fixed phones at all, the demand for a premium landline unit like this is likely to be pretty low. Folks who do want one of these anyway will have to set aside over $250.

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11 Comments

1. JojoGo101

Posts: 211; Member since: Dec 17, 2012

Innovative but.. unnecessary.

11. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

edited because I said stupid things.

2. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 910; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

SWEET! I'll order mine for 3 years ago..

3. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Super overpriced. Best phone for $250 http://www.etotalk.com/iocean-x7-plus_p4211.html

4. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

we have a similar concept introduced by our biggest mobile network here. it's a tablet landline though. it can make calls and browse the internet.

5. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I was thinking that someone gonna make this too.

6. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

Landline phone with the ability to browse the internet, play games and what not! :o :P

7. Remmy

Posts: 187; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

In the Philippines, we have the TelPad from PLDT, a tablet and landline phone in one. It has its own dock connected by a cord like an ordinary telephone. They have 2 models, one made by Huawei and another by ZTE I think? :)

8. gymguy224

Posts: 12; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

This would be cool for parents to get their young kids who want cell phones. Its cheap, free data bc of wifi, and it can't leave the house so it won't get them into trouble at school. Not sure if it can act as an actual cell phone with text messaging and such which could be a deal breaker for a kid nowadays.

9. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Archos had one of these but I don't think they ever released it.

10. xoxoGeorges

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Good idea. It looks so much like the Galaxy Ace though

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