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Panasonic's 4.3-inch ultra-thin Android smartphone headed to Europe in March

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Panasonic confirms European smartphone expansion plans and introduces a 4.3-inch Android phone built for Europe.

Panasonic 4.3-inch Europe
Panasonic 4.3-inch Europe

Panasonic said it will launch smartphones in Europe starting this March, five years after abandoning the international phone market. The move confirms earlier Nikkei reports that the Osaka-based company would be expanding its global footprint with a European launch of its Android handsets sometime in the spring, followed by an eventual launch into North America. Panasonic is targeting a global sales tally of 15 million units by March 2016, six million from its overseas operations.

The company also unveiled the Android reference model above, featuring a 4.3-inch OLED with qHD display resolution purposely built for the European market. It's waterproof, dustproof, and features an NFC chip based upon that logo on the back. The company says it will initially target businesspeople in their 30s and 40s.