It's been two days since Panasonic's debut Android smartphone stood up and said hello to European and US mobile enthusiasts, and as promised we have a few more specs to fill you in on.
We also have an explanation as to what Eluga actually stands for, though sadly it hasn't stopped the name sitting at the back of our throats like the advance guard of a particularly nasty cold.
For what it's worth, Eluga stands for “ELegant, User-orientated GatewAy”, which really doesn't leave us much better off than when we though it was just a word. But someone at Panasonic seems to think it all makes sense, so who are we to argue?
Anyway, forget all that, let's talk specs: we already knew about the 4.3in OLED screen, but now we can report that the Eluga is also just 7.8mm thick, with the 8-megapixel camera's lens lying flush with the surface of the chassis and combining with the D-shaped profile having been designed “not to ruin the line of clothes” – man, does Panasonic know what we want from our phones or what?
Moving on, we're not quite blown away by the 1GHz TI OMAP 4430 dual-core processor, and we'll have to wait and see how good that 8MP autofocus camera really is before commenting on its photographic skills.
Other notable points worth mentioning include the presence of NFC support, 8GB of internal storage, and Swipe and Share, a cloud-based service that lets you “throw” images to a compatible TV or another cloud device, or even stream video wirelessly.
Last but not least is IP57 water- and dust-proofing, which certifies that the Eluga will happily survive 8 hours in fine dust, or half an hour in up to a metre of water without being any the worse for wear. That's not likely to make or break an ultimate buying decision for too many people, but Panasonic does deserve credit here for delivering a degree of ruggedness without compromising on size or weight.
We're told to expect the Eluga around June, which – Panasonic may discover to its discomfort – is rather a long time to have to wait. Especially since it'll still only launch with Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread on board, with an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich only coming in the summer.