Panasonic has announced the pricing and availability of its 2012 lineup of Blu-Ray players, which were first introduced at CES. The lineup includes four Full HD 3D models and two Full HD 2D-only models, most of which have begun shipping already. Only two models will begin shipping later in May. Pricing for the new lineup ranges from $90 to $350.
Pre-orders have started today for Panasonic's latest beast of an Android smartphone, the ELUGA Power. The 5-inch device debuted at Mobile World Congress 2012, where we spent some hands-on time with it and its smaller 4.3-inch sibling, the ELUGA. Despite the prototype seeming a bit rushed with Android acting glitchy during our time with the ELUGA Power, UK electronics retailer Clove is already set to take pre-orders for the device with a ship date set for late April.
At what must be one of the most beautiful venues on earth to have a conference such as this, we've got Mobile World Congress 2012, a yearly event which takes the whole world's mobile device market and gathers it up into one big week-long masterpiece. Of course it's not as perfectly simple as that, and if you've never been to the event or have never tried to follow along with the news that spills forth from it before, you may very well have a hard time fitting all the pieces together. That's why we've got this easy to read, easy to decipher guide for you to work your way through all of the devices and services announced, displayed, and teased during the events - have a look!
The original Panasonic ELUGA gained a bigger sibling this morning in the shape of the ELUGA Power, an oversized, faster version of the slimline Android smartphone. We grabbed some hands-on time with a very early prototype, and while Panasonic wouldn't let us dunk it underwater as we did with the ELUGA, it was still enough to get an idea of where the company's smartphone strategy is headed.
Panasonic isn't taking any chances with its smartphone expansion plans; its ELUGA phone line-up promises speed, style and useful ruggedness, so we grabbed an ELUGA and gave it an impromptu bath. Waterproof, along with dustproof, the ELUGA can survive in up to a meter of water for a 30 minute period; we didn't leave it that long, however, as the 4.3-inch qHD OLED display was asking to be played with.
Panasonic unveiled its latest smartphone in Spain called the Eluga Power. The smartphone is a big five-inch HD resolution screen and packs in a dual core 1.5 GHz processor. The processor is a QUALCOMM Snapdragon and the official screen resolution is 1280 x 720. The smartphone can also record 1080p HD video and runs Android 4.0.
Panasonic has unveiled a new speaker in Japan today called the SC-AP01. This is an Apple AirPlay speaker designed to play high-quality music wirelessly from your smartphone or tablet. The official launches date for the device April 20. I particularly like the interesting design, the case of the speaker appears to be very thin.
Panasonic's oddly named Eluga smartphone will be just one of at least two Android smartphones the company brings to Mobile World Congress it has confirmed, ahead of more ambitious consumer tablet plans in 2012. The company had never been shy about its European ambitions for the next three to four years - aiming for 1.5m sales in Europe this year alone - and there will be at least two devices to help carve out a place in the Android marketplace, Panasonic told Pocket-lint. However, details on the second phone are limited.
The folks at Panasonic have released information about an Android smartphone that'll be as slim as it is waterproof, with full high specifications in tow. This device goes by the name Panasonic ELUGA and is another way of saying "elegant user-oriented getaway." With a massive 66% of the phone's body dedicated to display, the entirety of the device being waterproof, and the whole unit weighing in at 103g total, we've got to expect that this will be a force to be reckoned with in 2012.