Panasonic getting back in the game with a waterproof Android phone likely to hit Europe in March

Panasonic getting back in the game with a waterproof Android phone likely to hit Europe in March
Not content to sit on the sidelines while everyone plus dog are making Android phones and tablets for the global market, Panasonic decided to make an exception to its move from consumer electronics to environmental and energy technologies.

It announced plans to start selling an Android handset in March - first in Europe, and then with hopes to expand to the US and Asia, with the goal to sell 15 million handsets by 2016, 9 million of which overseas.

Panasonic was a player in the global phone market before the smartphone era really took off, and now some of this expertise will go into an Android handset for overseas markets with specs yet unknown, but the design render of which was outed, and it looks good.

The handset is apparently "ultra-thin", will sport a 4.3" qHD OLED screen, NFC, and will be waterproof in the best traditions of the art of Japanese smartphone making. No word yet on the silicon that will be powering it, or what camera it will have.

source: Panasonic via Reuters

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12 Comments

1. Netolic

Posts: 152; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Cant wait. My first phones in my life are nokia and panasonic. And both were equally strong back then

2. OSFantasma

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

I got to say this phone looks stylish i want one lol...

3. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Well, it certainly looks nice

4. jubbing

Posts: 150; Member since: Aug 20, 2008

It looks sexy, unless it has Gingerbread and not ICS.. then fail.

5. SleepingOz unregistered

Who told you that it won't get ICS?

6. jubbing

Posts: 150; Member since: Aug 20, 2008

I said 'unless' it has Gingerbread. ICS hasn't been confirmed for the phone yet.

7. nastynaps

Posts: 93; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Buttons could be eliminated for ICS that would be cool. Considering this Nexus is never coming out maybe I can wait til May or June for this one.

8. ryq24

Posts: 874; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

hope it will not follow sony ericsson's mistake like not placing a secondary camera on the arc.

9. Rayzin

Posts: 83; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

looks too slippery, I'd drop that thing.

10. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

Wow, I wish my phone was waterproof, just this morning I set my Motorola atrix 2 on the side of my bath tub, and just the back barely got wet,(The battery cover), and somehow it got under it, and got to my battery, lifted my battery out, and it was slightly wet behind my battery... Dammit, now I think my battery is messed up, it wont turn on without being connected to the charger, and I think my phone might've took a little damage too...

12. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Time to stick that baby in rice!

11. CrackedJassim

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 09, 2011

Those buttons make me crazy!!! Otherwise, Waterproof??? AWESOME!

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