BenQ Siemens EF 81 UMTS

This is another heavy-duty phone from BenQ-Siemens. It is constructed of aluminum and magnesium. This clamshell has a lot of the same features of its sliding counterpart, the EL 71. It has a small, 1-inch color screen outside along with four buttons that for the camera and media. Inside there is an average-sized screen and a sleek, flat aluminum keypad. The camera is placed on the hinge of the clamshell, so the large, inner screen cannot be used for the camera unless it is self-portraits. The camera faces outwards when the clamshell is closed, but then you are restricted to using the small, outer screen. The EF81 is a flagship 3G device slimmer and lighter than e.g. the Moto RAZR V3x and built in magnezium, aluminium and stainless steel.

CNET says: We spotted the EF81 at CeBIT and we liked what we saw. It features a casing made of magnesium, anodised aluminium and hardened sapphire glass, which makes it pretty tough. There's also a MicroSD card slot, a media player that can support almost anything you throw at it, Bluetooth, a 2-megapixel camera and 3G connectivity with video calling capabilities. It's also only 16mm thin, which is 4mm thinner than the V3x and only 1mm thicker than the V3. The problem was that we weren't sure if it was going to make it to the shops, so we held our breath before we got too attached to it.


  • General Network UMTS / GSM 900 / GSM 1800 / GSM 1900
  • Announced 2006, January
  • Status Available
  • Size
    • Dimensions 94 x 51x 15.9 mm
    • Weight 110 g
  • Display
    • Type TFT, 256K colors
    • Size 240 x 320 pixels, 34 x 45 mm
    • Second external 256K colors display, TFT (120 x 160 pixels)
    • Aluminum rear cover
  • Ringtones
    • Type Polyphonic (64 channels), AAC
    • Customization Download
    • Vibration Yes
  • Memory
    • Phonebook 500 x 20 fields, Photo call
    • Call records 100 dialed, 100 received, 100 missed calls
    • Card slot microSD (TransFlash), up to 1GB, buy memory
    • 64 MB internal memory
  • Data GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps
  • HSCSD No
  • EDGE No
  • 3G Yes, 384 kbps
  • WLAN No
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • Infrared port No
  • USB Yes
  • Features
    • Messaging SMS, MMS, Email
    • Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML
    • Games 5 - StarWars, SeaBattle, SuperBomber + downloadable
    • Colors Titanium Silver
    • Camera 2 MP, 1600x1200 pixels, rotating lens, video
    • Video telephony
    • Java MIDP 2.0
    • MP3/AAC player
    • Video player
    • Photo editor
    • T9
    • Voice dial
    • Currency converter
    • Calculator
    • Stopwatch
    • Organizer
  • Battery
    • Standard battery, Li-Ion 950 mAh
    • Stand-by Up to 300 h
    • Talk time Up to 4 h 30 min

CeBIT 06: BenQ Siemens EF 81 - Gizmodo
BenQ-Siemens EF81 pictures - GSM Arena
BenQ-Siemens EF81 Specifications - GSM Arena
EF-81 discussion forum
BenQ-Siemens EF 81 Der kleine Riese (German)
A collection of live pictures and press pictures of EF-81 - Club Siemens
BenQ-Siemens EF81: Thin 3G clamshell phone - CNet
BenQ-Siemens EF81 3G Phone Review -

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