BenQ's Symbian phone coming in December

BenQ's Symbian phone coming in December

The first cellular handset from Taiwan's BenQ to be based on the Symbian operating system will be launched at the end of this year, according to one of the company's partners.

The P30 handset will be launched worldwide in December, according to Picsel Technologies which is providing the Web browser software for the telephone.

Version 7.0 of the Symbian operating system would be installed in the phone running on an OMAP (open multimedia applications processor) from Texas Instruments, Picsel said.

The latest launch schedule represents a small delay on the company's original plan.

BenQ took the wraps off the P30 at this year's CeBIT trade fair in Hanover, Germany, and at the time said it was planning to launch the handset in Asia in the third quarter and in the rest of the world shortly afterwards.

Picsel didn't provide any further details of the handset but BenQ provided some specifications of the handset when it was shown at CeBIT.

It has a thin film transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD) capable of showing 65,536 colors and with a 320-pixel by 208-pixel resolution.

There is an integrated VGA-resolution camera, support for Java, Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS), Bluetooth, Universal Serial Bus (USB) and also a Secure Digital (SD) memory card slot.

The tri-band GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) handset measured 118mm x 52mm by 17mm and weighs 100gm, the company said this year at CeBIT.

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