Why? The Japanese giant isn't making any money from mobiles. Kazuhiro Tsuga, Panasonic's boss, has pledged to cut parts of the business that aren't profitable, with a restructuring plan expected by the end of March. Panasonic only launched mobiles in Europe earlier this year, with its Eluga and Eluga Power handsets. (It sold mobiles around the world previously, but stopped doing so in 2005.) Analysts estimate Panasonic has pumped around £500 million into its mobile arm, with the company aiming to sell 1.5 million smart phones this financial year. As recently as December Panasonic said it wanted to increase mobile phone sales to 15 million by March 2016, with overseas accounting for 9 million of those.
Reuters' sources have said that's probably not going to happen, Despite the tough economic climate, Panasonic estimates it'll have an annual operating profit of 260bn yen, which is lovecases marble iphone 8 / 7 case - classic white reviews just over £2bn, That might not seem that much for a company of this size, but it's still better than some, On Wednesday it'll release its results for the quarter ending 30 September, The Eluga and Eluga Power didn't set the world alight, but they are both waterproof, which should be handy considering what a typical British winter is like, The Eluga Power comes with Android Ice Cream Sandwich, and packs a 5-inch screen too, riding the trend for bigger blowers..
As you'd expect from the company that makes the ace Lumix range of compact cameras, the in-built imaging tech on both handsets is pretty great as well. Will it be a shame if Panasonic stops selling mobile phones in Europe, or wouldn't you notice? Let me know what you reckon in the comments below, or on our Facebook page. Sources have told Reuters that Panasonic could stop making mobiles for Europe to cut its losses. Panasonic could stop making mobile phones for sale in Europe in the next six months, according to sources, Reuters reports.
The good? Microsoft is offering a £50 voucher as compensation to anyone inconvenienced, So at least anyone left waiting can get some new software and accessories to beef up their machine, Surface was supposed to launch on Friday, the same day as Windows 8, A note from Microsoft reads: "As stated at the time of order, we expect customers in the UK to receive their Surface devices between Oct, 26 and Oct, 30, We apologize for any confusion caused by subsequent emails stating an earlier or later arrival date, To make up for any inconvenience, we would like to offer you a single use coupon for up to £50 off your next purchase from Microsoft online store."The offer only applies to pre-orders, If you want to get your hands on a lovecases marble iphone 8 / 7 case - classic white reviews Surface now, it's bad news I'm afraid, Both 32GB models (with and without the Touch Cover) will ship in three weeks, The 64GB version is ready to go now, but will set you back £559..
Here's a cheeky video demonstrating the process. What do you make of Windows 8? Have you got your Surface tablet yet? How do you think it compares against the iPad and Android tablets? Let me know below, or on Facebook. Pre-ordered Microsoft Surface tablets are shipping later than expected, so the big M is dishing out vouchers to say sorry. The bad news: some customers who pre-ordered a Microsoft Surface tablet PC will have to wait next week until it arrives, Engadget reports. Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic. We delete comments that violate our policy, which we encourage you to read. Discussion threads can be closed at any time at our discretion.