Panasonic announced that it was re-entering the smartphone market in Europe this spring, and now the company has officially taken the wraps the Eluga, a 4.3-inch smartphone with a 960 x 540 resolution and NFC onboard. The phone was unveiled at the Panasonic Convention 2012, is headed to Europe in March, and will be waterproof, dustproof, and "very light." The company hasn't posted any other details or specs yet, but said it would be officially releasing information on its website tomorrow. Visually, this phone appears identical to the prototype the company showed off back in December, and it also bears a striking resemblance to the recent Disney phone unveiled for NTT Docomo earlier in the month. We've reached out to Panasonic for more details and will update with any more specs or information we can find.
Update: Panasonic has sent us the official specs: the Eluga is indeed super thin and light, weighing only 103 grams with a thickness of 7.8mm, making it just a bit thicker than the Droid RAZR. There's 8GB of onboard memory, an 8MP camera, and a dual-core 1GHz processor. Unfortunately, it'll only have Android 2.3, not 4.0, though Panasonic says that updates to Ice Cream Sandwich will come in the summer of 2012.
Mr. Abadie announces the new ELUGA smartphone for the European market! #Panasonic12 #Panasonic— Panasonic Corp. (@panasonic) February 20, 2012
New ELUGA smartphone is waterproof, dustproof and very light! #Panasonic12 #Panasonic— Panasonic Corp. (@panasonic) February 20, 2012