BenQ-Siemens E71, curvy mobile inspired by water

Mobile phones

From a jet black phone in its shell, to a phone inspired by water, the BenQ-Siemens E71 has curves designed to fit the hand, with a special coating that’s supposed to minimise fingerprints and other grubbiness.

It has a 1.3 megapixel camera with 5x digital zoom – maybe a little meagre by today’s mobile standards but not bad – which can also shoot 320×240 video in Mpeg4 format. There’s an MP3 player, FM radio, and ability to take micro-SD cards. The battery gives 400 minutes of play time, though no word on how much talk time that gives you.

It comes with the SyncStation DSC-100 dock for charging and connecting to PC and stereo headset.

The keys are slightly raised above the handset body, and there’s a 5-way navigation key.

Though it’s not explicitly stated, I presume this is a Bluetooth-enabled phone as there are optional Bluetooth accessories for it.

It’ll be available in two colour variations, ‘Dark Silver’ and ‘Onyx Black’, from late 2006, prices and networks to be confirmed.

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Andy Merrett
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