BenQ returns to smartphone market with quad-core F3 and A3 budget Android handsets

3 December 2013, 10:06 am EST By Alexandra Burlacu Mobile & Apps

BenQ has decided to return to the mobile phone business with two new budget Android smartphones: the A3 and the F3.

The company has a solid presence when it comes to projectors, monitors, and cameras, but it said it planned to pull away from the mobile phone and laptop markets, where it wasn't very successful.

It now looks like BenQ is ready to give it another shot at the mobile phone market with its brand new Android smartphones. The company is targeting the mid-range, budget-friendly segment of the market, offering two handsets with 4.5-inch touchscreen displays and sleek form factors.

The BenQ F3 is the higher-specced of the two, sporting a 4.5-inch qHD display with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. Under the hood, the handset packs a 1.2GHz quad-core MedaTekk MT6589 processor, 1GB of ROM and 4GB of internal storage capacity, expandable up to 32GB via microSD cards. Other specs include a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.2 aperture, HDR mode and zero shutter lag, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 2,100 mAh battery. The smartphone ships with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean out of the box.

The BenQ A3, meanwhile, comes with the same 4.5-inch screen with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, packs a Snapdragon MSM8225Q quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, has 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage capacity, expandable up to 32GB via microSD. So far it seems very similar to the F3, but there are a few key differences between the two. This model has an 8-megapixel rear camera instead of the F3's 13-megapixel shooter, has a smaller 2,000 mAh battery and runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, not the newer 4.2.2 version. The smartphone also has a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.

According to an Engadget report, the BenQ F3 is now available for purchase in Taiwan for NT$7,990 (about $270) off-contract, while the BenQ A3 sells for NT$5,990 (about $200). It remains unclear at this point whether BenQ plans to launch its new smartphones in other markets worldwide in the future, but we'll keep you up to date as soon as we learn more. In the meantime, check out BenQ's press release for more information about the handsets.

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