BenQ-Siemens has produced their first batch of jointly-branded cellphones. Described as a “music device with an integrated mobile phone”, the new EF51 music phone has music-functionality keys right under the main 1.6-inch TFT screen, rather resembling a portable music player. Features include FM radio, support for MP3, WMA, AAC and AAC+ formats and radio recorder. With voice-activated track search, forget the hassle of sifting through your music collection. Also includes 1.3 MP camera and SD card slot. Look out for it in Q2 2006 Via Tech Digest
BenQ to release Android tablets
Yes, you read it right – another manufacturer has decided to foray into the world of Android tablets. This time, it’s none other than BenQ. The Taiwanese electronics manufacturer has announced that they will be releasing a new Android tablet in Taiwan, China and possibly the rest of the world. The BenQ R100 tablet is slated for a Q1 2011 release and will probably be revealed at CES 2011 or MWC 2011. The Android tablet will pack a 10.1″ (1024 x 600) LCD touchscreen, an 833MHz Samsung ARM-based CPU, 8GB of internal storage, WiFi, an SD card slot, mini HDMI, mini USB and a 3.5 mm audio jack. Judging from the specs, it looks like it’s not going to be a high-end offering, seeing how it’s lacking in the dual-core/storage department. The tablet looks like it’s just going to be another face in the crowd, your thoughts?
BenQ Royal Smartphone Wins Design Award
You might not be too familiar with BenQ’s mobile phones, but one of the phones that was recently showcased by the Taiwanese company has reportedly won the iF Product Design Award 2009. The BenQ Royal, as it’s called, is a candybar phone, but has a touch-sensitive area behind the main screen (supposedly the back-cover) which allows users to turn the pages of an ebook or browse photos and music files with ease. There isn’t too much technical information on this phone yet, but we do know that the Royal will have a 3.2-megapixel camera with autofocus.
BenQ E55 Leaked Specs
The BenQ E55 has successfully passed the certification of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group. Though there are no official details, and gossip around the net is vague, these are some details that have surfaced (unofficially):
- GSM 900/1800/1900 MHz
- WCDMA 2100
- Clamshell form factor>
- Bluetooth (Headset, Hands-Free 1.5, FTP, AVCTP, AVRCP, Dial-Up, Object Push, GAVDP , AVDTP, A2DP)