The folks at Panasonic have been tipped to be smartphone-bound for years; today they’ve basically confirmed the idea that they’re making a big effort in 2013 with the P-02E. The FCC listing appearing today has everything the Panasonic ELUGA had and a whole lot more, upping the ante from what was tipped this Autumn without a full confirmation from an official source – the FCC is just about as good as it gets!
What we saw from Panasonic before was the ELUGA (also seen above), a device we tossed in a dish of water at Mobile World Congress 2012. That machine was fairly neat at the time, but looks positively lacking compared to what the P-02E is being tipped as bringing to the smartphone game. Unfortunate for everyone outside of Japan is the rumor that this machine will only be hitting that small land mass, but we can dream!
What we’re seeing here is the Panasonic P-02E, complete with a massive 1080 x 1920 pixel display which we must assume will be spread across an approximately 5-inch display diagonally. This machine will be running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and will working with 4G LTE, NFC, and mobile TV. This is another indicator that it’ll only be appearing in Japan: in its current showing, it’s got a real retractable antenna.
The FCC approval generally lends itself to a USA or Euro release, but in this case given the Panasonic market share and their ability to push devices abroad in the smartphone segment, we’re almost certainly looking to see a home-terf release. We’ll quite likely be seeing this device appear at Mobile World Congress 2013 – seeya there! Hit up our MWC 2013 tag to check out all the action from here until February!