Panasonic said that its first Android smartphone for Europe, Eluga, will hit the old continent at some point in April. Unfortunately the Japanese giant failed to be more specific like which markets will get it first and how much the device will cost unlocked. Moreover, they’re still quiet about carrier partners, hinting us negotiations are still underway.
Meanwhile, users in Panasonic’s own backyard will be able to purchase the sexy smartphone from March 29th, with the country leading operator NTT Docomo offering it under the name of P-04D. Of course, this model also comes with support for some Japan-specific services like mobile TV. Both European/global and Japanese version will ship with NFC capabilities allowing for contactless payments.
As a reminder, the Panasonic Eluga boasts a 4.3-inch qHD touchscreen, water- and dust-resistant body, 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, HSPA+ and Wi-Fi connectivity, 8GB of built-in storage, while Android 2.3 Gingerbread is running the show with ICS update coming later this summer.