MWC 2012: Dual-Sim ViewSonic ViewPhone 4e, 4s and 5e handsets revealed

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Following on from the V350 dual-SIM smartphone they released back in 2011, ViewSonic have unleashed a bevy of new dual-SIM Android handsets at Mobile World Congress 2012.

The ViewPhone 4s, ViewPhone 4e, ViewPhone 5e and ViewPhone 3 will all feature dual-SIM functionality, letting you keep two phone numbers running from a single handset. In other words, you can keep your business and personal lives separate without needing two different phones, with each SIM having their own defined messaging and contacts lists, as well as separate ringtones.

Moving on to the individual specs, we’ll first look at the ViewPhone 4s. It has a 3.5 inch, 16:9 IPS touchscreen running at a 960 x 640-pixel (326ppi). It runs Android Ice Cream Sandwich, has a 5MP auto-focussing camera and a VGA front facing camera. No word on storage space or processor details, but it’ll ship in June for £325.

Next up is the ViewPhone 4e. Lower down the specs list with Android 2.3 Gingerbread instead of ICS, it has a HVGA 3.5 inch touchscreen, run by a 650MHz processor with a 3MP fixed-focus camera. It’ll also land in June, for £260.

The ViewPhone 5e goes a fair bit larger, stretching to 5 inches. It again features Ice Cream Sandwich, with a 800 x 480 resolution screen that may look a little murky spread over an area that size. Again no storage or processor speed details, but we go have a price set at £390 for release between July and September.

Lastly, the stout ViewPhone 3. It has a 3.5 inch capacitive touchscreen, 5MP camera, a Qualcomm 800MHz processor and Android 2.3. It’ll retail for around £180 and will hit stores by the end of March.

Gerald Lynch