BenQ and Siemens announced their partnership some time back, but now the merger is official with the first dual-branded set of mobile phones, all of which are targeting the premium side of the market. The three new BenQ-Siemens handsets are the EF81, S68, and S88.
Considered by some to be a potential RAZR killer, the super slim EF81 clamshell sports a 2.0 megapixel swivel camera and 3G technology. Look inside the 16mm thick magnesium body, and you’ll find 64MB of internal memory and a microSD expansion slot. You’re going to need that extra memory if you’re going to make use of the integrated multimedia player. The EF81 is due for Europe in March.
The 79-gram S68 is an ultra thin candybar, 13mm in fact. Not as many bells and whistles are found in this offering, but you can expect to find Bluetooth connectivity and utility suites. A mere 8MB of onboard memory can be had, with no explicit mention of expansion possibilities. Come February, the S68 will hit shelves throughout Europe.
A 2-inch OLED display can be seen on the S88 candybar. No 3G here, but there is a 2.0 megapixel digital camera, 16MB of memory, and microSD expansion. Other nifty features include an integrated media player (with video support), Bluetooth connectivity, and PictBridge support. Europe can expect the S88 sometime this quarter.