The Panasonic Eluga is an ultra slim and ultra thin android smartphone that is dustproof and waterproof. This handset has all the features you will find on an android phone with an extra bit of protection.
The Eluga is light weight or should we call ultra light at just over 100 grams (103 grams). This makes it easy to carry around and the ergonomic shape and slim design (Thickness 7.8 mm) nicely fits in your hand with a comfortable grip. This handset can survive even when immersed in water (1 meter) for up to 30 minutes. The Samsung Rugby Smart is another gingerbread powered phone that is dust and waterproof.
Panasonic Eluga Features / Specifications
Basic Specifications: The Eluga comes powered by dual core 1 GHz processor with 1 GB RAM, more than enough to rock and roll. This handset is available in Black / Silver colour. The Eluga Eco mode helps the battery last longer by saving energy. This smartphone reduces display timeouts and automatically terminates any process that is running in the background and not being used. Eluga also comes loaded with the following sensors Ambient light, Accelerometer and G-Sensor.
OS and Display Screen: The Eluga runs on Android 2.3 gingerbread OS, yes it is a bit outdated but the good news is it is upgradeable to ICS (Android 4.0). The full touchscreen capacitive display is 4.3 inches supporting 16 M colours with 960 by 540 pixels (qHD) resolution perfect for watching movies on the phone.
Connectivity: This is a 3G phone (HSDPA Up to 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA Up to 5.76 Mbps, HSPA+ Up to 21.1 Mbps) that also supports EDGE and GPRS networks. Other options supported are Wi-Fi, DLNA, Bluetooth 2.1, microUSB port, built in GPS and NFC which makes life simpler.
Camera: The Panasonic Eluga sports an impressive 8 MP camera with auto focus but without LED flash light which some may find disappointing. Another disappointing factor is that there is no front facing camera. Video recording is possible with H.263, H.264 and MPEG4 supported format.
Memory and Battery: There is an 8 GB integrated memory of which 4.2 GB is available for user. The 1150 mAh integrated battery powers up this phone with a standby time of 300 hours and a talktime of 240 minutes.
Price and Release Date: The Panasonic Eluga Waterproof and Dustproof handset price in India is unknown (Expected Price: Under Rs. 30,000). This handset will hit the European markets this April, no word about when it will be available in India. Stay Tuned.
Box Pack: Phone, AC adapter, micro USB cable, headset, quick start guide and warranty card.