BenQ enters the smart phone market

BenQ has announced that it is developing a smart phone based on the Symbian operating system that will be available in the Middle East by early 2004.

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By  Andrew Picken Published  October 2, 2003

BenQ has announced that it is developing a smart phone based on the Symbian operating system that will be available in the Middle East by early 2004.

The P30 smart phone will feature File Viewer software from the Scottish firm Picsel, which utilises minimal processor and memory footprints to allow resource heavy applications to be loaded onto the smart phone.

"Picsel's market leading software platform powering BenQ's innovative hardware design will enable unprecedented flexibility and freedom to smart phone users and network operators," claims Harrison Chang, BenQ's senior associated vice president of BenQ Networking and Communications Business Group.

The Picsel File Viewer software on the P30 smart phone will support the entire suite of Microsoft Office applications, Adobe PDF's, plain text and also standard image formats. "Our partnership with BenQ is further evidence of Picsel's continuing commitment to provide best of breed mobile solutions to world leading technology brands," said Imran Khand, CEO of Picsel Technologies.

The collective of mobile phone manufacturers that make up the Symbian group will be boosted by BenQ's decision to adopt Symbian, particularly in light of Motorola's recent decision to defect to the rival Microsoft operating system for its next generation of smart phones.

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