Panasonic Eluga formally announced ahead of the MWC 2012

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The phone didn’t have a name when we first heard about it last December, but now it has officially been christened as the Panasonic Eluga. For a change, the name has no random or artistic foundation, but is rather an acronym for ‘elegant user-oriented gateway’, the company’s way of describing this device.

We already know that the Eluga, which will mark the Japan based conglomerate’s first step towards expansion into the smartphone market, is designed with a 4.3-inch OLED touchscreen and an unusual D-shaped form factor. Back then, it was also disclosed that the slim handset would possess dust-proof and water-proof qualities.

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After the official announcement, the company has revealed several other specifications about the device. It will measure 123 x 62 x 7.8 millimeters and is expected to adhere to the international IP57 standards for protection from elements like water and dust.

Also, the 10.9cm screen will display images in a 960 x 540p QHD resolution. Although the phone will originally operate on the Gingerbread OS, an ICS upgrade can be expected by summer. In addition to this, the Panasonic Eluga has been integrated with an 1150mAh battery, 8GB user memory and a 1GHz OMAP4430 dual core processor.

Panasonic P-04D

From what the company has stated, the Eluga is expected to ship only to Europe in the coming months. However, Engadget hints that its cousin might be trotting into Japan soon, as a part of the docomo Next series. Known as the P-04D, the Asian variant shows off strikingly similar specs, and has also been developed by Panasonic. But while the docomo variant will be painted in a deep purple hue, the Europe edition will flaunt more sophisticated shades like black or silver.

Precise details about the Panasonic Eluga release date and price are not known yet. However, it is expected to be made available in Europe by April this year. The tentative shipping date for the docomo Next series P-04D is March 31.