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BenQ Unveils New NFC-enabled Smartphone at Mobile World Congress 2008

BenQ Unveils New NFC-enabled Smartphone at Mobile World Congress 2008


Users can pay for transportation or access home security systems with this all-in-one smartphone

Taipei, Taiwan, February 12th, 2008- BenQ today announces that it will showcase its T80, the latest next-generation NFC (Near Field Communications) smartphone, at this year's Mobile World Congress. Not only does T80 feature all the capabilities of a smartphone, it is also an all-in-one device that users can carry to pay for transportation or access private security systems at home.

According to IDC's latest findings, the demand for mobile communications broadband is rising and ABI Research estimated by year 2010, approximately 0.6 billion NFC mobile phones will be shipped. This indicates a growing popularity of NFC technology and the vast business opportunities it can bring.

To address this trend and meet consumers' various demands, BenQ strategically extends NFC applications to its mobile devices.  BenQ collaborated with Taipei Smart Card Corporation, the operator of Taiwan's first integrated contactless transport card initiative scheme, to embed NFC technology into T80, making applications such as electronic ticketing for public transportation, parking payment and adding or checking account value possible.  T80 can also be configured to access private security systems for homes.

BenQ T80 is also the world's first NFC-enabled smartphone to feature Windows Mobile 6 operating system. This simulates a PC-like user environment for users to manage their mobile lifestyle with ease and familiarity.  T80 is also the world's first NFC-enabled phone to feature dual storage options for NFC data, meaning that users can either store transaction or security data on the microSD card or on the SIM card, providing convenience and portability when users change to another NFC-enabled phone. T80 also supports Chunghwa Telecom's Combi SIM card, the world's first SIM card to provide highly secure e-wallet services with a massive memory to keep transaction records and other application service content. Chunghwa Telecom is Taiwan’s largest integrated telecommunication operator.

T80 shows the brilliance of BenQ's unique Flash user interface on a 2.2-inch screen and houses a 3.0 mega pixel built-in camera. Users can time automatic wallpaper changes according to their preferences. It is also DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance)-compliant, meaning that it can be integrated into a family’s DLNA-compliant home entertainment system and be used as a remote control for any other DLNA-compliant devices. T80 is the ultimate device to best fulfill consumers' digital lifestyle.

The other device to be showcased at Mobile World Congress is BenQ's latest, affordable T60 mobile phone that boasts the largest screen in the market for phones less than 10mm thick. T60 measures only 8.9mm thick, and is equipped with a 2.2-inch big screen, a 2.0 mega pixel built-in camera, and a high-quality audio player.  With a size of name card holder, T60 is light, easy to carry.  It also has an extended battery life powered by MediaTek's creative platform. BenQ will soon roll out a NFC-enabled T60 as an attractive alternative to the NFC mobile phone market.

"BenQ understands that consumers have increasingly sophisticated technology needs and we strive to fulfill them," Dr. James Lee, Associate Vice President, Mobile Product Management Center, BenQ said. "As the first local mobile phone manufacturer to participate in the Proximity Mobile Transaction Service Alliance (PMTSA), driven by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) Taiwan, we have continuously sought partners in other industries to co-develop NFC-compatible devices. We hope to extend the uses of NFC technology in more devices to bring convenience to our consumers."

2008 GSMA Mobile World Congress will be held in Barcelona, Spain from the 11th to 14tth February. BenQ will showcase T80 and T60 at Microsoft’s booth (Hall 1, Booth 1D19) and MediaTek’s booth (Hall 1, booth 1C58) respectively.