BenQ-Siemens unveils new phones

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The first fruits of BenQ’s takeover of Siemens have been unveiled with the launch of three dual-branded BenQ-Siemens handsets in Berlin today. 

The slim EF81 with brushed metal finish and stainless steel keypad is a high-end handset with 2.2 inch QVGA display, 2 megapixel camera with 5x digital zoom plus MP3 and video player. The 64MB internal memory can be extended to as much as 1GB of storage capacity using Micro SD Cards. The EF81 also features business applications including Microsoft Bluetooth® Remote Control and the usual selection of games.

The S88 in titanium silver also features a 2 megapixel camera, but with 16x digital zoom and built in photo editing software, along with a high performance video camera that shoots in MPEG4 format – you’ll probably have to extend that 16MB internal memory for that and the MP3 player, which comes with surround sound.

The slimline S68 in brushed aluminium is a bit more basic – no camera or video here. What it does have is a large, ‘transflexive’ display, which allows the screen to be viewed easily in bright sunlight. It also features a voice recording feature, so you can dictate and send a short voice message via MMS, plus dual speaker system and 64-tone ringtones.

You can expect to see the phones on the high street sometime in the first quarter of 2006. For more information on these models visit Shiny Shiny.

Dave Walker