Panasonic is hoping to take on the likes of Nokia, Samsung, HTC and Motorola by making a big splash in the European and global smartphone markets. The Japanese company has detailed its first global model smartphone for the European market that will go on sale in March 2012.

The, as-yet, unnamed smartphone will pack a 4.3-inch 960 x 540 OLED display and is described as "ultra-slim D-shaped". There's no mention of the OS or any other features, but we're hearing murmurs of Android and NFC capabilities.

What we do know is that Panasonic has some lofty aims for its European venture. It's forecasting sales of 1.5 million phones next year and hopes to be reaching 15 million worldwide (with 9 million outside of Japan) sales by 2016. To put things into perspective, Samsung has recently boasted of 10 million sales of the Galaxy S II handset - a hugely popular device.

Will it succeed? We're not too sure really. The company is well respected in certain tech areas but, outside of Japan, its mobile devices are virtually unknown. Getting the networks on board will be a key factor.

Let's just hope its smartphone doesn't take a walk into the Jungle....

ee.co.uk - PAY MONTHLY PHONES The Samsung Galaxy S10+ is now available on EE who have been awarded the UK’s best network for the fifth year running. RootMetrics tested the four UK networks and EE was faster and more reliable than all of them, with better data performance. Their network has come a long way since they launched in 2012. Back then they had 11 UK cities covered by 4G. Today they cover most of the UK’s land mass, thanks to 19,000 state-of-the-art 4G sites. They’ve got faster, too – from 50Mbps to a maximum speed of 400Mbps. And they’re soon to experience even greater possibilities with the launch of 5G.

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