Panasonic has announced the introduction of a new Android smartphone in the market. This is a high end smartphone with a 4.7 inch screen with a full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution. It also comes with the same processor that HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 US edition come with – a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600.
Panasonic is not one of the dominant smartphone manufacturers in the market at the moment but it sure has made quite a number of impressive Android devices including the phone’s predecessor the waterproof and dustproof Panasonic Eluga launched early last year. The Eluga P-03 falls in the same performance category as the current market dominants including HTC’s One, Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and Sony’s Xperia P.
The Eluga boasts of a 1.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2 GB RAM, 32 GB of onboard memory and a 13.4 megapixel rear camera. The front camera comes with a resolution of 1.3 megapixels.
Panasonic touts the Eluga as one of the most finely designed and built smartphones today with an ultra-slim D-shape design and a 123 x 62 x 7.8mm and weighs only 146 grams . The phone is also IP57 certified to be dust and waterproof. Its build protects it from water when immersed for up to 30 minutes and dust up to 75 micrometers or for up to 8 hours.
Like most other Android smartphones of today, the Eluga comes with NFC, GPS with AGPS support and a wide variety of connectivity options including Bluetooth, microUSB and WiFi. It is powered by a 2,600 mAh battery which to me is not as impressive as some we have seen in the market of late, especially for such a powerful device.
Interestingly, the Eluga P-03 introduces Touch Assist, a new control technology that works almost like the air gestures that Samsung launched with their newest flagship smartphone the S4. Touch Assist is designed to detect touches or swipes before the user even touches the screen, therefore making it possible to control the device with a series of gestures.