Feeds

First 'Super 3G' phones coming July?

BenQ's HSDPA device gains carrier approval, report claims

Remote control for virtualized desktops

BenQ Mobile has brought forward the release of its first mobile phone to support the HSDPA data speed boosting extension to 3G technology. According to online reports, BenQ's EF91 will ship in Europe in July courtesy of a deal struck with T-Mobile.

The claim comes via "market sources" cited by DigiTimes. How much earlier the phone is coming is open to question: the report points to an original launch date in Q4, but at the EF91's announcement in February, BenQ said the phone would ship in the "summer".

benq mobile benq-siemens ef91

In addition to HSDPA, EF91 sports a 2in, 240 x 320, 262,144-colour screen to show downloaded content at is best, 3D surround sound to enhance audio playback and is fitted with a Micro SD slot for media storage. BenQ didn't say much else about the phone's specifications, but Bluetooth is certainly in the mix. It has a 3.2 megapixel camera.

The report also claims HTC will ship its 'Muse' HSDPA handset in Q3, initially under the Qtek brand as the S300. HTC said in November 2005, its HSDPA handsets would ship in H2 2006, with the specific launch window presumably dependent on carriers launching commercial HSDPA services. That's expected to happen sooner rather than later, so a Q3 release seems reasonable.

HTC has a second HSDPA device in the works, codenamed 'Breeze'. Last year, it was claimed the candybar Breeze offers a 320 x 240 display, 1.3 megapixel camera, 64MB of RAM and 128MB of Flash. Muse is said to have 4GB of Flash and integrated stereo speakers - it's essentially HTC's bid for iPod market share. It also has an FM radio, 240 x 240 display and a 2.1 megapixel camera, according to online reports. ®

htc muse and breeze hsdpa handsets

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Nexus 7 fandroids tell of salty taste after sucking on Google's Lollipop
Web giant looking into why version 5.0 of Android is crippling older slabs
Heyyy! NICE e-bracelet you've got there ... SHAME if someone were to SUBPOENA it
Court pops open cans of worms and whup-ass in Fitbit case
SLURP! Flick your TONGUE around our LOLLIPOP – Google
Android 5 is coming – IF you're lucky enough to have the right gadget
Official: European members prefer to fondle Apple iPads
Only 7 of 50 parliamentarians plump for Samsung Galaxy S
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode
Frontier cops an epic kicking in its own forums ahead of December revival
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
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?
Reducing the cost and complexity of web vulnerability management
How using vulnerability assessments to identify exploitable weaknesses and take corrective action can reduce the risk of hackers finding your site and attacking it.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.