FCC says: bring in the P51 with GPS, BenQ!


Way back in March, some folks saw the BenQ P51 smartphone at CeBIT, but we’ve heard nary a peep about it here in the United States. Until today, that is. The "peep" was heard from the FCC who just approved the P51; for some reason I thought we’d never see the device here.

Judging from the filings, the P51 is a GSM/GPRS device (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) armed with the following:

  • Windows Mobile 5 Pocket PC Phone Edition with MSFP installed
  • 2.8-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth, WiFi (802.11b/g) and integrated GPS
  • Full QWERTY keyboard
  • 1.3 Megapixel camera
  • Preloaded with the standard Office mobile app
  • Other software of note: Skype, Sprite Backup, Java Manager, Webaroo and a Digital Media Server app to connect to UPnP media devices
  • Mini-USB port, extra SIM storage slot, and SD slot

There’s no mention of the memory capacity but with all of those pre-installed apps, I’m thinking there’s not much left for user-installed programs. A little 3G love like HSDPA (or even EDGE) would be nice too, but maybe BenQ plans that for the P52? Oh and for you dock and cradle lovers, you’re SOL. There’s no docking interface on the bottom as one might expect; that’s where the SD card slot is since the GPS radio is on the top. The manual specifically covers the whole ActiveSync action by discussing the USB cable.

Aside from the memory, some other outstanding questions are price and carrier, I’d expect we’ll just see unlocked P51’s for sale…..thanks anonymous tipster for the FCC treasure-hunting!

More pics after the jump…

P51_3 P51_1 P51_4 P51_5



I hope they’ve fixed the software issues that took the P50 down to mediocre. I bought a P50 back in june, and overall its been okay. I like the larger screen (than treo’s) and the keyboard, but the lack of WM5 and software flaws were dissapointing. And i hope benq fixed that stupid keyboard hum!

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