Japanese electronics company Panasonic is reportedly due to enter the mobile phone market in Europe, where handsets could be arriving as early as spring next year.
Japan based financial news website NIKKEI (opens in new tab) has published a piece surrounding this news, which notes that Panasonic is to re-enter the international mobile market with a goal to sell 7.5 million units - half of its overall shipments.
It has also been stated by Reuters (opens in new tab) that the company is in talks with a major telecommunications firm operating in European countries, with plans to bring its smartphones to North America and Asia.
The news service has gone on to note that: ‘Panasonic Mobile Communications Co will develop and sell smartphones running Google Inc's Android operating system, and the phones will be assembled at a group factory in Southeast Asia or by an electronics manufacturing service'.
Panasonic notably withdrew from the overseas market around 2005, but a still thought to have one of the largest market shares in Japan for smartphones.
ITProPortal believes that we could be seeing the Panasonic mobile phones at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at the end of February, where this would be the ideal stage to launch their renowned Lumix Android 13.2 megapixel camera phone for Europe.