Feeds

BenQ preps Symbian phone

Nothing official

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

BenQ, the company which used to be Acer's contract manufacturing arm, is prepping a Symbian OS phone for Q3, 2003 -"or later", says Digitimes. The newswire notes that BenQ is the first Taiwanese phone maker to commit to Symbian.

Which is nice, if true. It probably is, but Symbian itself will tell us only that the report is "speculation". Ah, so we have a leak then? Possibly not: Irwin Chen, BenQ's head of wireless ops, is quoted - OK, paraphrased - in the Digitimes piece.

But certainly, nothing official has been announced, which may explain the lack of BenQ Symbian detail in the article. There's no UI and no hardware spec, although these days it is reasonably safe to infer that the former is based on Nokia Series 60.

BenQ's Chen has nice things to say about Symbian, telling Digitimes that the platform delivers more application support than Microsoft (Smartphone 2002). But the company, Taiwan's biggest mobile phone maker may also join rivals HTC, Compal and Asustek in developing an MS Stinger handset. But not yet. It is not likely to make a decision before 2004, Chen says.

This should give it enough to time to side-step the teething troubles experienced with the Orange SPV. Made by HTC this is the world's first Windows Smartphone 2002-powered device. ®

Related stories

MS seeks malware, bust phones after SPV security crack
Microsoft preps software for CDMA handsets
Microsoft's masterplan to screw phone partner - full details
Taiwan flocks to MS Smartphone standard
HTC, T-Mobile to launch Orange-like MS smartphone

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills
BT and Co: Independence vote likely to mean 'increased costs'
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Google+ GOING, GOING ... ? Newbie Gmailers no longer forced into mandatory ID slurp
Mountain View distances itself from lame 'network thingy'
Vodafone to buy 140 Phones 4u stores from stricken retailer
887 jobs 'preserved' in the process, says administrator PwC
Bonking with Apple has POUNDED mobe operators' wallets
... into submission. Weve squeals, ditches payment plans
Drag queens: Oh, don't be so bitchy, Facebook! Let us use our stage names
Handbags at dawn over free content ad network's ID policy
Comcast exec: No, we haven't banned Tor. I use it. You're probably using it
Keep in mind if, say, your Onion browser craps out on Xfinity
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.