We have the sneaky feeling that Panasonic may be in for a bit of a surprise when it launches its big European smartphone comeback and discovers that a quirky name isn't actually enough to keep people interested for long enough to actually buy your products.
That's just us, though, and if you feel differently you'll be interested to hear that Panasonic has announced that the Eluga era will officially kick off in April, not March as we were originally expecting.
That's not to say the Eluga is sub-standard: it certainly isn't. But last time we checked there were already a fair few slim 4.3in Android handsets on the market, and not all of them doing too well either. Yes, it's waterproof but we don't quite share Panasonic's opinion of just how important that is. Maybe we're missing something.
Panasonic could deliver a surprise on price, of course, though debut offerings seldom do (unless you're Amazon). Anyway, the point is that Panasonic is launching the Eluga in Japan next week, and the Eluga microsite is now promising that the European launch is in April – which is just a few days away now, to be fair.
Of course, you could go for the bigger 5in screened Eluga Power instead, which is much the same in other respects aside from its supersize dimensions. Both will launch initially with Android 2.3 Gingerbread on board, to be updated to Ice Cream Sandwich over the summer.
Via The Verge