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Panasonic Unveils 4.7-inch Eluga P-03E Android Smartphone

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.

Panasonc Ea-03

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 Specs

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.

Source: TheNextWeb Via AndroidCommunity.

Panasonic Eluga Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update rolled out via Google Play Store

Financially troubled Japanese technology titan Panasonic rolled out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) update for Eluga, the only smartphone it marketed outside the Japanese market, a couple of days ago. It was pushed following reports that the company will pull out from the European market to turn the losing company into a more profitable state.

This dual-core handset was release in April running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. While it may not fall short when it comes to specs, not too many people were convinced to purchase it. Nonetheless, the recent ICS update is necessary especially for people who might not want to use GB forever. If you are one of the few people to have an Eluga in their possession, here are a few requirements before you can commence the update process;

  • Make sure your phone is running the latest Gingerbread version (07.5315).
  • You must have, at least, 30MB of space in your phone’s internal memory. If not, move some apps into your external storage.
  • You must check that your external storage has, at least, 150MB of space; delete some files if you need to.
  • Make sure you have enough battery to complete the process or, at least, near a power source because the update may take up to 100 minutes to finish.

The Android ICS update for Panasonic Eluga was not pushed over the air but owners can download them from the Google Play Store. The process is somewhat bizarre especially for people who may be used to downloading OTA update, however, the process is not as difficult as it may seem.

How to update Panasonic Eluga to Android ICS 

Panasonic, actually, posted a step-by-step guide on how to flash the official update to your device. But to make things a little easier for you, here’s the simplified version of that tutorial. But if you must, feel free to visit the website; you can find the link at the end of this post.

Step 1: Launch the Google Play Store app and search for “eluga ics update” without quotes. This process is no different from installing common apps you can find from the app store.

Step 2: Once found, tap on the “Install” button to the right to automatically download the app and commence the update process.

Step 3: When the app is installed, launch it and agree to the terms and conditions and continue.

Step 4: Wait for the phone to finish searching for the update. Once found, the basic information about the update will be displayed. You need to tap on “Yes” to start the download. Basically, the app you downloaded from the Play Store does not really contain the package but you need it so that your phone will be given access to do queries on Panasonic’s servers. It is only after you tap on that “Yes” button that the download process will start.

Step 5: Once the download process is done, tap on “Update Now” button.

Step 6: You can see the update status by pulling down the notification bar but then you must be prepared to stay up for 100 minutes because the process may just take that long.

Step 7: Once the update is successful, your phone will reboot automatically. You can check the version of the firmware to confirm.

The ICS update for Panasonic Eluga is a major one and there could be hundreds of new features owners can enjoy. Some reports from people who claim to own this device suggest the update brings huge improvement for the overall performance of the device. The battery is reportedly among the many aspects to have received a considerably noticeable change.

[source: Panasonic | The Wall Street Journal]

Panasonic Eluga Android Phone Released In Germany

The Panasonic Eluga (which sounds like ugly) is an absolutely gorgeous phone. It’s made extremely well and it’s water resistant and dust resistant. We doubt we’ll see it in the United States but it has been released in Germany.

It’s also being reported that the device will be available in just a few days in the UK.

The Panasonic Eluga features a waterproof body design and a 4.3″ qHD screen at 960 x 540 resolution. Panasonic’s sleek curved design is ergonomic and Panasonic promises that it makes it easy to operate the phone with one hand.

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