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BenQ M7

 BenQ M7 Cancelled
16th October 2007

One of the things that BenQ inherited from the remains of their collapsed BenQ-Siemens division was the Siemens range of M-Series ruggedised phones, such as the M75, M81 and many others.


Although the Siemens name is gone, the M-Series lives on with this latest incarnation, the BenQ M7.

The BenQ M7 is a 3G phone with built in A-GPS (Assisted Global Positioning System), a 2 megapixel primary camera plus a secondary one for video calling, a 2" 240x320 pixel display, Bluetooth and microSD expandable memory.

It labels itself as a "dust-and-splash-resistant" device - everything is designed to be as seamless as possible, and the BenQ M7 is covered in a waterproof film. There's a rubber cover on the USB port, and a large screw secures the battery door in place. In addition, rubberised grips mean that the BenQ M7 is easy to hold onto. Previous M-Series devices also had a shock-resistant chassis, but there's no word of this on the M7.

The other interesting feature is the M7's builtin A-GPS. Here we find that BenQ are somewhat vague about it's capabilities, saying that it has "handy features like a speedometer, compass, and route recording." There's no word of any navigation or mapping software included in the BenQ M7, and if these features aren't available then it will seriously reduce the appeal. After all, would you sooner know if you were standing at 51º30'27.46"N 0º07'40.03"W, or would you prefer to know that you were in the middle of Trafalgar Square? (As a bit of trivia, the screenshots of the M7 include a trail view of the path up Brokeback Mountain).

As you would expect, the BenQ M7 has a multimedia player, which in this case can deal with MP3, AAC and XMF audio types. It can also play back MPEG4 and 3GP video, and comes with a web browser and email client.

It's fairly light for a 3G phone at 93 grams, with a maximum talktime of 5 hours and a standby time of up to 16 days - we assume that these battery life figures related to 2G GSM operation only.

There's no word of pricing or availability at present.

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BenQ M7 at a glance




GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900
UMTS 2100




240x320 pixels, 262k colours


2 megapixels (main)
0.3 megapixels (sub)


Medium monoblock
105 x 48 x 17mm / 93 grams



Memory card:








Battery life:

5 hours talk / 16 days standby


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