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BenQ Mobile has launched an extremely slender mobile phone - the BenQ-Siemens EF81 folding mobile. The flagship device of the young BenQ-Siemens brand is a mere 15.9 mm thin and yet does not scrimp on full UMTS functionality. This exclusive mobile boasts two large color displays and a swiveling camera for video telephony.
Apart from its ultra-slim form, the high-quality materials and straight aesthetics of this high-end mobile are an instant eye-catcher. Because of their different heat absorption properties, the various materials and surfaces can be felt when the mobile phone is held in the hand. The casing is made from exceedingly robust magnesium, while brushed stainless steel was used for the keypad and black anodized aluminum for the back cover, giving it a protective coating. In addition, especially hardened sapphire glass prevents scratches on the external display. Thus the mobile is robust enough to cope effortlessly even with the tough demands of daily life.
Even in a closed state, the BenQ-Siemens EF81 is child's play to operate. Four clear buttons are set underneath the 1.3-inch, QQVGA quality (120 x 160 pixels) external display for the most important applications and communication functions. When the phone is opened up, an extremely flat, stainless steel keypad appears along with a particularly large 2.2-inch QVGA display (240 x 320 pixels, 262, 144 colors) that shows pictures and movies with great depth and brilliance of color.
Shooting photos and movies is a pure pleasure with the 2-megapixel camera with 5x digital zoom. When opened, the camera automatically rotates with the display, thus also permitting video calls to be made via UMTS in superb picture quality. Likewise, music and movies can be transmitted directly to the mobile by video download or streaming via a fast wireless UMTS connection. The integrated media player supports all popular file formats including MP3, AAC++, MPEG4, RealVideo 8/9, h.263 and 3GPP. Moreover, to ensure sufficient space for absolutely all songs and video clips, the internal memory (64 MB) can be extended to as much as 1 GB of storage capacity using Micro-SD-Cards.
Extensive business applications such as Mobipocket Readers for e-books, Microsoft Bluetooth Remote Control, with which PowerPoint presentations can be edited from the mobile, or News2Mobile provide perfect support for discerning users in their day-to-day working life. Variety in entertainment is ensured on the move with various mobile games and a complete Star Wars package (comprising a game, video, screen theme, sounds and much more).