Go el-cheapo with BenQ-Siemens A38

Go el-cheapo with BenQ-Siemens A38


We already reported on the entry-level BenQ-Siemens A58 candybar earlier today, but if even that is too techie (or too expensive) for your tastes, the cellular phone partnership has another option for you: the budget-minded A38.

As expected with an el-cheapo, there aren’t a heck of a lot of features here that will set the A38 above the competition (other than the likely close-to-free price tag with a contract). The display is tiny at a mere 96 x 64 pixels (1.4-inch), but they’re reporting “outstanding legibility.” No hard info on internal storage, but there’s enough room for up to 300 phonebook entries, 300 stored text messages, and a few 32-chord polyphonic ringtones.

The standard mobile phone fare also applies, including an alarm clock, a calendar and a calculator. They’ve even included a few games. What will catch your attention is the reported 286 hours (almost 12 days) of standby time.

Look for the A38 in “Bold Charcoal” and “X-treme Gray” to launch in Europe in July, Asia in August, and Latin America in August. No word on a North American release.