BenQ-Siemens SL91, new slider phone

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After we revealed Moto’s slider yesterday, today
it’s BenQ-Siemens turn with their jet-black SL91.

SL for slider? SL for sleek?

Well, whichever, this phone ‘looks and feels like smooth dark glass’,
and when it’s touched it reveals their Force Sensitive Resistor (FSR)
technology – in other words, the surface reacts to pressure and reveals
navigation keys.

They seem keen to promote its aesthetics, encouraging you to show it
off in its shell so that it becomes a ‘design object’ in your home or
office, but let’s leave that for a moment and look at the features.

OK, that shell is quite useful, functioning as a charger and a dock for
synchronising with your PC. It illuminates if you receive a call whilst
the phone’s in it, or pulsates for a text message or missed call.
Sweet. It’s also a mobile hi-fi system (show off) and can be used for
hands-free calls / conferencing.

The phone? Well, cameras, count ’em. There’s a built-in 3.2 megapixel
camera with autofocus and night shot mode, plus a VGA quality camera on
the front for conferencing.

Topped off with an MP3 player and FM radio, and able to take Micro-SD
cards for storage, plus a stereo headset thrown in. Surely it’s too
good for the office?

Available in the UK from late 2006, prices and networks to be confirmed.

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Andy Merrett

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