While the Panasonic Eluga has been made available for a short while in Europe, the company’s 2nd Android-based smartphone, the Eluga Power is keeping tech users waiting, thereby decreasing its chances to become successful.
Initially planned to hit the UK back in April, the smartphone (or is it a phablet?) will not start shipping for at least a month more. Clove, the British retailer that put the 5-inch beast up for pre-order in March, has not officially announced the reasons behind the delay. Also, there’s no word on whether people who’ve pre-ordered the phone will be allowed to cancel their orders and get a full refund.
The guys at PhoneArena are suspecting the delay to have been caused by software glitches of some kind, but that’s merely speculation. As for the device’s release in the rest of the Europe and the US, we have nothing to report right now, but we should find out something soon.
If you missed the Eluga Power’s introduction at the February MWC, you should know that, at least on paper, it looks astounding. Sporting a 5-inch LCD screen with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution, Panasonic’s flagship will be powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and will feature 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal memory, an 8 MP rear-facing shooter, NFC and the running of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
The Eluga Power is also set to be waterproof and dustproof, which are not exactly standard features in most markets. Now all Panasonic has to do is release the thing already and end the waiting game!