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Symbian today confirmed that BenQ, the Taiwanese electronics manufacturer, is to make Symbian OS smartphones for 2.5G and 3G networks. A little thunder in the announcement was stolen when the deal leaked out last month from notoriously leaky Taiwan.

BenQ's first Symbian OS product, a "data-enabled smartphone", will incorporate the UIQ user interface, developed by Symbian's wholly-owned sub, UIQ Technology. So our inference that the company would plump for Nokia Series 60 was, err, wrong.

BenQ's first Symbian OS phone should make its debut in public in Q3, 2003. ®

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