Panasonic is reportedly preparing to re-enter the smartphone market with a rugged handset at MWC 2014.
The last phone Panasonic launched was the Panasonic Eluga at MWC 2012 – a waterproof mobile that really didn’t do very well at all.
In fact, the Eluga was such a disaster, Panasonic pulled out of the smartphone market completely in 2013.
However, MWC 2014 could be where it makes its smartphone comeback with a rugged, shock proof handset.
According to Japanese site, Asahi, Panasonic is preparing a shockproof smartphone for an MWC launch, but didn’t actually received much info about the device.
All we know so far from the unnamed sources is that the mystery device will have a 5-inch screen.
It is suggested that the Panasonic 2014 smartphone will be aimed at construction site workers and other similar users, meaning it may not be aimed at the general mainstream market.
Panasonic is supposedly already in talks with construction companies in the US to form partnerships for the device come launch.
Unfortunately that’s all the information we have so far on Panasonic’s alleged re-entry into the smartphone market.
The device sounds rather niche, so we expect it could potentially follow in the Eluga’s footsteps if Panasonic doesn’t manage to pull off a major partnership.
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