Although we haven’t heard much at all from Panasonic in the past year, the Japan-based company is still well and truly alive. As a matter of fact, they just finished working on a new addition to its line of DECTs or digital cordless phones. Landlines, to the layperson.
And what are we doing, talking about a landline on this news report? Well, it just so happens that Panasonic’s newest home phone, called the KX-PRX120, comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Basically, the Panasonic KX-PRX120 is a regular phone in a smartphone’s clothing. Its main distinction from other landline phones — apart from the fact that it comes with a rather old but still useful version of the Android OS — is that it has a built-in 3.5-inch HVGA (320×480 pixels) display, as well as a front-facing camera for video calls. And how exactly will it work as a video phone? Easy: just get Skype on it through the Google Play Store.
The KX-PRX120 from Panasonic proves two things. That companies still have the audacity to use cryptic and boring names with its latest products in 2013, and that modern-day landlines don’t have to be the “one trick pony” type devices that they’ve always been.
The price for one Panasonic KX-PRX120 should fall at around $259 or £169. Read the full press release with more info below.
Panasonic, the worldwide number one brand of cordless telephones for 10 consecutive years*, has today announced a new product in its premium range of Digital Cordless Phones (DECT): KX-PRX120, which has a smartphone style handset. Exclusive in Design, Smart in Function
The KX-PRX120 digital cordless phone will run on the Android™ operating system allowing users to enjoy various options for communicating in addition to conventional voice communication via the landline. The Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich offers an advanced telephone experience at home.
In addition to the DECT interface, there is a Wi-Fi® / Bluetooth® interface on the handset. The KX-PRX120 is available with an answering machine and has been designed to be lightweight, compact and easy to carry. One can receive incoming landline calls in and around the house as far as the DECT signal will reach. The comfortable size of the touch screen also enables a more intuitive and comfortable operation of the device.
Access to Google Play™ with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
The KX-PRX platform is based on Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich and supports Google Play which enables users to download their favourite applications, access their social networks, or share a photo album with family and friends.
Panasonic’s new KX-PRX120 can be used as a video phone thanks to the built-in front camera enabling users to enjoy video communication by Skype™. In addition to voice communication, users can enjoy other types of communication –such as E-mail, SNS, video, or schedule sharing (Google Calendar™).
Packed with Features
Don’t be fooled by the small, slim, yet stylish design, the KX-PRX120 is packed with a host of innovative features that make managing calls easier than ever, including:
· 3.5 inch TFT colour LCD (HVGA) with capacitive multi touch screen
· Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS
· 0.3M pixel Front Camera
· 1450mAh Li-ion Battery
· microSD / microSDHC Card Slot on Handset
· micro USB Charging Port
· Incoming/Outgoing Call Barring to help minimise unwanted or nuisance calls
· Caller ID, Caller ID memory
· Answering Machine (For KX-PRX120, 40min)
· Key Finder accessory (Optional)
· Up to 6 handsets (Optional handset or GAP supported DECT handset) can be registered
Trademarks and registered trademarks
· Android and Google Play are trademarks of Google Inc.
· Skype is a trade mark of Skype.
· The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by
· Panasonic Corporation is under license.
· Wi-Fi® is a registered mark of the Wi-Fi Alliance.
· All other trademarks identified herein are the property of their respective owner.
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I haven’t used ordinary home phones since I lived with my parents, but Panasonic just made the home phone more interesting. If I ever get a home phone, this will be it.
Also, Panasonic is an awesome brand. It’s a shame they don’t pump out more Elugas (haven’t seen one for sale here in Sweden by Swedish carriers).
I am not a big fan of their UI, since it is downright confusing. There is always more launchers though.
Holy sh&t! What will they think of next?
a reason the call from home again.
Oh , never mind…they want $260.00 for a house phone.
It says that it has the Android play store, I wonder if I would be able to get all of the apps I have on my phone? INRIX traffic, no lock etc?
If it didn’t cost so much, I’d buy since I keep a landline for internet use.Panasonic makes good electronic products for the home..