I don’t know how many people recognize the name BenQ. Here in the US, the brand is synonymous with budget and cheap, despite being popular in other parts of the world. Really, most of us have never heard of BenQ making any sort of smartphones. But they have released two brand new smartphones in Taiwan that are budget focused, but not really that bad.
The higher end model is the BenQ F3, which comes with a 4.5-inch qHD display, 1.2GHz quad core MediaTek MT6589 processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of storage with a microSD slot, a 13MP f/2.2 camera with zero shutter lag, and a 2,100 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.2.2, which isn’t too old. The lower end model, the A3, has the same specs aside from the 1.2GHz quad core Snapdragon S4 Play processor, a 2,000 mAh battery, and an 8MP camera, along with Android 4.1.2 in tow. Yes, 4.1.
These seem like quite weak specs, especially the low end qHD display, but the prices are pretty reasonable. The higher end F3 goes for $270, while the lower end A3 goes for $200 in Taiwan. The prices may not be Moto G low, but they’re still low enough to catch some customers in BenQ’s home country. However, it’s doubtful that we’ll see these devices in the US. Tell us what you think!