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BenQ Mobile announces two no-frills phones for Siemens

BenQ Mobile has announced two new phones made for Siemens, the A31, a candy-bar phone and the clamshell AF51. Both look pretty good, but they are decidedly for the lower end market. They’re actually curiously under-equipped for a phone these days, but they still look good.

Both phones are GPRS friendly and can handle MMS. They both feature Life Manager software, which includes an event reminder, calendar, calculator, address book, stopwatch and alarm. Neither phone supports Bluetooth.

The A31 gives you an ergonomic keyboard and 300 minutes of talk time. It uses Java MIDP 1.0, which is a bit strange, but it does give you a few games. Storage is an anemic 1.5MB, but with no MP3 player or camera you shouldn’t need any more than that, anyway. It does feature hands-free talking.

The AF51 also gives you Java. The 96×64 pixel external screen and the 130×130 pixel internal screen offer 65k colors, which, like the rest of the phone, is less than cutting edge. It measures in at 79 x 41 x 20 mm.

They will come out in the first quarter of next year and are definitely not high-end units, but then neither are the prices, likely. More details are sure to come closer to release.

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