Panasonic have announced today that they are re-entering the European Smartphone Market. They were last seen in 2005 with the X800 and X700, the latter of which I owned personally.
Very few details have been given at present, there are several non-descript photos of the Global Model Prototype.
More details are available after the break.
Panasonic have also advised the model will have the following characteristics:
- An ultra-slim D-shaped design for easy portability
- Slim bezel with high viewing quality Quarter HD 960x540 (QHD) 4.3-inch large organic light emitting diode (OLED) screen
- Waterproof and dustproof for ease of handling
There is also mention of the possibility of NFC being offered in future models. Panasonic are aiming to sell 1.5 million devices in the next financial year, which is fairly bold for a vendor who hasn't sold a phone in Europe for so long.
I will be checking the FCC and Bluetooth SIG for further information, Panasonic have given a release date of March 2012 and confirmed an agreement with a large European operator.