We don’t expect BenQ to come up with a mobile phone that could match up to industry leaders such as the iPhone or BlackBerry, but if it wants to make its presence felt in the mobile market, it should at least come up with a mobile phone that has something innovative to offer. We’re not saying that BenQ’s newly launched C36 mobile handset has nothing to offer, by all means it has several nifty features. But how we wish it could offer something more.
Anyway, BenQ’s latest mobile handset, the C36 seems to be confused in what it wants to offer to the users. For one, the C36 is touting “a rocking MP3 player” with FM radio that can record on-air programs. It even has dual speakers for letting users share what they are listening to with their friends. Then it brags about a big 2-inch screen which is said to be perfect for viewing photos and video that users can take using the phone’s 1.3-megapixel camera/webcam. It even adds an e-book reader and photo editor to its line up of features as well as a microSD card slot for storage expansion.
If not for the 2.4 hours talk time and 180 hours stand by time listed on its data specifications, we would have mistaken the C36 for a portable media player. Good thing the data sheet also listed the C36 as running on GSM900 and at 1800 MHz. Now those are certainly mobile phone features.
This not-so-spectacular mobile phone from BenQ will be available sometime this month in the Malaysian market before it gets released in other countries in June.