BenQ Is Back In The Smartphone Business With Two Midrange Models


Taiwanese electronics maker BenQ has today re-entered the smartphone business with two midrange devices announced in Taiwan. They’re called the A3 and the F3, and they’re largely identical when it comes to internal specifications, but both sport different designs, cameras, processors, and price tags.

Both devices have 1.2GHz quad-core chips, but the F3’s is a MediaTek MT6589 processor, while the A3’s is a Snapdragon MSM8225Q. They also have 4.5-inch IPS displays with 960×540 resolutions, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, and 2-megapixel front-facing cameras.

But the F3 is a little more high-end. It has a 13-megapixel rear-facing with an f/2.2 aperture, which is capable of shooting HDR images and boasts zero shutter lag. It also has a slightly larger 2,100mAh battery. The A3 has an 8-megapixel camera instead, and a 2,100mAh battery.

The F3 is already available in Taiwan, and it’s priced at NT$7,990 off contract, which is around $270. The A3 will be priced at NT$5,990, which is about $200. There’s no word on whether these devices will come to the U.S. or Europe yet, however.