BenQ Launches E71, E81 and SL91 Cellphones

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As if BenQ-Siemens doesn't get enough publicity from sponsoring Real Madrid, the company is launching three more cellphones with a distinct, all-black style. Two of the cellphones, the E71 and the E81, are candy bars with similar aesthetics. The E71 (pictured here) is an EDGE device with a 1.3-megapixel camera and a 240 x 320-pixel display. There's even an FM radio built-in and MicoSD card slot. Hooray for battery life. Meanwhile, the petite 3G E81 measures just 3.9 x 1.6 x 0.6-inches and also features a 1.3-megapixel camera. BenQ has dubbed the color's name "Lucent Black," since just calling it "black" is not nearly hip enough.

BenQ's other debutante is the SL91. It's a slider cellphone that's aimed at the higher end of the market. The outer ring illuminates to indicate whether or not you've missed a call or have received a text message. The SL91's camera is 3.2-megapixels, which is getting dangerously close to being actually useful. The display is capable of displaying 16.7 million colors.

All three cellphones will be released in the major markets at different times: the E71 and E81 will hit Europe this September; the SL91 will arrive on European shores sometime on Q4. North American release dates are still unknown.


BenQ Mobile shows shiny black handset trio [The Register]

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I like the look of this. Sleek, yet "bubbly".