FCC Approves BenQ’s Second Pocket PC Phone

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved the BenQ P51, this company’s second attempt at a successful Pocket PC phone.

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Several years ago, amid great expectations, BenQ announced its first Pocket PC phone, the P50. This would have been one of the first devices running this operating system to include a built-in keyboard… if it hadn’t taken nearly two years to reach the market. By the time it did, the P50 was out of date and it met with little or no interest from consumers.

This spring, BenQ took the wraps off an updated version, called the P51. This device will greatly resemble its predecessor, but with a significantly updated feature set.

All the documents filed with the FCC on this smartphone can be found on this U.S. government web site.

More About the Benq P51

The BenQ P51 will use a fairly common shape: a tablet with a display and keyboard on one side and a camera on the other. It might be slight unusual, though, because it appears that, unlike other Pocket PC phones with a similar design, this one will have a 320-by-240-pixel touchscreen, not a 240-by-240-pixel one.

This will be a GSM/GPRS phone, but not include support for any of the faster cellular-wireless networking standards. It will, however, have Wi-Fi b/g and Bluetooth.

It will also include a built-in GPS receiver.

Rounding out the P51’s feature set will be a 1.3 mega-pixel camera and an SD slot.

It is not known at this time when or where this device will be released.

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Thanks to jkOnTheRun for the tip.

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