Panasonic is one of those really well-known brands, but definitely not the first brand that you think of when you hear the word "smartphone". The company released their high-end Lumix CM1 Android smartphone which boasts a 1-inch camera sensor during CES (Consumers Electronics Show) in Las Vegas last month, a device which will be available in a couple of months in the U.S. The company has now released yet another smartphone, this one is much more affordable though, let's check it out.
Panasonic Eluga U2 is a mid-range device which features a 5-inch 720p (1280 x 720) IPS display along with 2GB of RAM for all your multitasking needs and 16GB of internal storage. This handset offers 4G LTE connectivity and ships with a 2,500mAh battery on the inside. Qualcomm's Snapdragon 410 64-bit quad-core processor powers on this device along with an Adreno 306 GPU for graphics. 13-megapixel camera is located on the back of this device, and a 5-megapixel snapper can be found up front. This is at the same time the company's first device that comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. Android's operating system comes with Panasonic skin on top though. The Eluga U2 measures 141.5 x 71 x 7.95mm and weighs 131 grams.
This handset has been released in Taiwan by this Japan-based company and is priced at $254, you can purchase one here. This handset is unlocked and already available in Taiwan, we still don't have any information regarding availability in other markets though, hopefully Panasonic will give us some information soon. It seems like this Japanese smartphone manufacturer really wants to make an impression in the smartphone market, we haven't exactly hear much from them for a while now (aside from the Lumix CM1 and a new device here and there). The Eluga U2 is a rather solid offering and it will be interesting to see if Panasonic intends to release this thing internationally. Who knows what's next for Panasonic, what do you think? Do you think that this company has a chance in the mobile market considering the fierce competition, or not? Let us know what you think in the comments.