BenQ Siemens has launched its latest music phone equipped with its 'Q-Fi' music system: a ten-band equaliser hooked up to a pair of built-in 3D surround-sound speakers, fed by the company's own music playback app and activated with dedicated controls.
The EF71 sports a brushed aluminium clamshell casing. There's a 2.2in, 176 x 220, 262,144-colour main display and a white, 128 x 64 OLED screen used when the case is closed. The phone has a two-megapixel camera with 9x digital zoom which can also be used as a webcam when the phone's hooked up to a PC's USB port. The EF71's battery can also be charged this way. Bluetooth connectivity is part of the package too.
The tri-band GSM/GPRS phone can play MP3, AAC and WMA songs. It has 24MB of memory on board and has as MicroSD card slot for extra storage - BenQ said it will bundle a 256MB card with the handset.
The EF71 measures 9 x 4.7 x 1.9cm and weighs 100g. It ships with a 750mAh battery which when charged provides up to three hours' talk time and up to 225 hours operation in stand-by mode.
BenQ said the EF71 will come to Europe in September, but it will debut in Asia in July.