Panasonic Eluga smartphones – SA launch in the works

Panasonic is in talks with South Africa’s mobile networks to bring its Eluga range of smartphones to the country, retail sales manager Thomas Matthews told MyBroadband.

Matthews was manning Panasonic’s smartphone display at its South African relaunch event on 20 April 2015.

The company showed off four smartphone models which it wants to bring to SA: the Eluga I, L, S, and S Mini.

All of the devices run on Android and use a custom skin with an app tray that looks different to the stock version of Google’s mobile operating system.

Rather than taking up the whole screen, the Panasonic UI app tray displays four rows of icons, which the company said makes it easier to reach icons when using devices one-handed.

Panasonic Eluga I showing app tray
Panasonic Eluga I showing app tray

The key specifications of the Panasonic Eluga I, L, and S are summarised below.

Specifications Panasonic Eluga I Panasonic Eluga L Panasonic Eluga S
Dimensions 147.1 x 73.6 x 9 mm 141 x 71 x 9 mm 141 x 71 x 7.9 mm
Weight 155g 150g 135g
Operating system Android 4.4.2 Android 4.4.2 Android 4.4.2
Display 5″ 720p (720×1280) IPS 5″ 720p (720×1280) 5″ 720p (720×1280)
Rear camera 8MP 8MP 8MP
Front camera 2MP 2MP 5MP
Storage, internal 8GB 8GB 8GB
Storage, expandable microSD microSD microSD
RAM 1GB 1GB 1GB
Processor 1.3GHz quad-core 1.3GHz quad-core 1.4GHz octa-core
Battery 2,000mAh removable 2,000mAh non-removable 2,100mAh non-removable
Cellular data HSPA HSPA HSPA

Local pricing has not been confirmed, as Panasonic’s discussions with local operators are still in the early stages.

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