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BenQ-Siemens EF61 Special Edition

 BenQ-Siemens EF61 Discontinued
30th July 2006

The successor to the popular CL75 and CL75 Poppy Edition, the BenQ-Siemens EF61 is a distinctly "girlie" clamshell phone.

Although BenQ-Siemens have called this version of the EF61 a "Special Edition", there is in fact no base model of EF61.. in fact the EF61 is a variation of the BenQ-Siemens CF61 which is a less "girlie" version of this handset.

A quick tour around the EF61's technical specifications show a mixed bag of features. On the plus side, the EF61 has Bluetooth, expandable memory, a 1.3 megapixel camera with a multishot function and a capable looking MP3 player. On the minus side, the screen is only 128x160 pixels which fairly basic (although the display quality should be good as it's a TFT display), the EF61 isn't particularly lightweight at a fairly average 99 grams, and the battery only offers a maximum of 3 hours talktime.

 BenQ-Siemens EF61 Special Edition There are a few interesting features - the display doubles as a mirror, the EF61 also has interactive gaming via Bluetooth, and you can also add voice tags to photographs which seems to be a useful idea.

Of course, the EF61 is really about looks and it does pretty well in this department - the design has been softened compared to the CF61 and the handset in the press photos has an attractive floral design reminiscent of the Poppy phone.

Ultimately, the BenQ-Siemens EF61 Special Edition is a fashion phone - but it's one that doesn't do too badly when it comes to technical features. BenQ-Siemens say the the EF61 should be available sometime during Q3 2006.

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BenQ-Siemens EF61 at a glance


Q3 2006


GSM 900/1800/1900




128x160 pixels, 262k colours


1.3 megapixels


Medium clamshell
88x46x23mm / 99 grams



Memory card:








Battery life:

3 hours talk / 9 days standby


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