Panasonic's Second Eluga, the Eluga Power, Has a Better Battery and Ice Cream Sandwich

By Kat Hannaford on at

It may not be Lumix-branded as we'd hoped, but Panasonic's second Eluga phone has a 5-inch 1280x720 HD screen so photos shot with the 8-megapixel camera should look crisp and bright. Theoretically. Inside, a dual-core 1.5GHz processor ticks away, powering the Ice Cream Sandwich flavour of Android.

Along with many phones announced at MWC this week, the lightweight (it weighs just 133g) phone also squeezes in NFC tech for wireless payments. Battery life is fast becoming one of the most-touted "features" of phones this week, and the Eluga Power's 1800mAh promises to reach 50 per cent of the charge capacity after just 30 minutes' charging.

If you're scratching your head and wondering what the difference between the original Eluga and the Eluga Power is, join the club. All we can pinpoint at this moment is the Power is a tad thicker, at 9.6mm compared to the original's 7.8mm body, but has a far-superior screen, considering the original's display has a resolution of 960 x 540. There is, of course, the larger-capacity battery to contend with too -- a better spec to reach for than a few shaved millimetres, if you ask me. If you're looking for an Ice Cream Sandwich experience out-of-the-box, it also sounds as if the Power will have the latest version of Android, whereas the original Eluga will update at a later stage.

Stay tuned for photos of the Eluga Power.