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Panasonic Eluga Now Available From £365

Panasonic's first smartphone in Europe is now on sale at Expansys for £365. The Eluga comes with a dual core processor clocked at 1GHz, 512MB RAM, an eight megapixel camera, NFC capabilities and a 4.3-inch 960 by 540 pixels display, Android 2.3 Gingerbread (upgradable to Ice Cream Sandwich) and is only 7.8mm thick and weighing 103g.

The phone - which was launched in February - adheres to the IP57 certificate which means that the phone can be immersed into water to a depth of up to 150cm for 30 minutes and is dustproof. That said, it does have some weak points. There's no flash at the back. It comes with only 8GB onboard with no microSD card slot and there's no front facing camera.

Panasonic has also unveiled a more upmarket handset, the Elura Power which comes with a five inch HD display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor. You can read our hands-on preview of the Eluga as well as a quick look at the Viera Remote App and a look at the Viera Connect apps.

How competitive is the Panasonic Eluga? Well given that you can now get the Galaxy Nexus for £390 and the Samsung Galaxy Note for marginally more, Panasonic has a massive challenge. If you're after an upmarket waterproof handset though, it's either the Eluga or the Motorola DROID RAZR Maxx

Source : Expansys (opens in new tab).

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.