Dec 02 AT 7:40 PM Dima Aryeh 4 Comments

BenQ releases two budget phones, surprisingly not that bad

BenQ F3 A3

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!

Via: Engadget
Source: BenQ F3, BenQ A3

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things car and tech. His time is split between gaming and fixing his racecar. He also does photography in his spare time.

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  • brightfuture

    looks cool

  • ashok pai

    but, in taiwan this is going to be definitely old – they already had a ton of phones with the same SoC, and around the $200 mark without the fancy camera. I think they are a bit slow to move

  • E-man

    They look like pretty attractive phones. I like how slim they are.

  • renyo

    How do the Mediatek processors stack up against Qualcomm?