Panasonic Officially Fires the Eluga Into Europe

By Sam Gibbs on at

We got its name earlier today, the Eluga, but now we’ve got all its sordid details and those hoping for a spot of Ice Cream Sandwich will be sorely disappointed.

We already knew that it was a good looking chap, but we didn’t know it was only 7.8mm thin, and is apparently shaped like a D not to “ruin the line of clothes”, whatever. It’s actually, genuinely waterproof and will survive for up to 30 minutes in one-metre of water without issue. Panasonic's gifted it with NFC as we knew before, an eight-megapixel shooter, and 8GB of storage. The Eluga has a dual-core 1GHz OMAP processor backed up by 1GB of RAM at its core, and has Bluetooth; Wi-Fi; GPS, and microUSB for connectivity.

The screen is a qHD 960×540 OLED, which apparently takes up some 66 per cent of the phone -- one of the largest screen-to-phone ratios available according to Panasonic. Unfortunately, the Eluga’s not running Ice Cream Sandwich from launch though – only Gingerbread, but an update is promised for “Spring 2012”.

Although the Eluga looks good in renders, it’s saddled with a relatively weak processor; a pokey 1,150mAh battery; only 8GB of storage, and no ICS on launch – it better be cheap if Panasonic wants to ship lots of these out the door, which is a shame. Still, we’ll have to wait and see what this thing is like in the flesh before we set our lusting eyes on something else. [Panasonic]