BenQ has been keeping quiet for a while, at least as far as the smartphone sector goes. The company, which is known mostly for making monitors, TVs, digital projectors, cameras, and optical drives has decided to make a serious move towards smartphone business and recently launched two budget-friendly phones, the BenQ F3 and A3. At this moment, both devices are available only in Taiwan. The BenQ F3 costs NT$7,990, which roughly translates to $270. The BenQ A3 retails for NT$5,990, which is around $200.
BenQ F3 vs. BenQ A3
Both phones are mid-range offerings bringing decent specs for their value. The BenQ F3 features a 5-inch display with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels and is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad core MediaTek MT6589 processor boosted by 1 GB of RAM is on board along with 4 GB of internal memory expandable via microSD slot.
The phone is equipped with a 13-megapixel main camera with f/2.2 aperture, HDR and zero shutter delay. There is also a 2-megapixel front-facing camera and a 2,100 mAh battery keeps the lights on. The F3 runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
The BenQ A3 is very similar to its sibling F3, though is arrives with somewhat more modest in certain aspects. The capacity of the A3’s battery is slightly lower at 2,000 mAh. The rear camera is also a tad slimmed down compared to F3’s unit weighing in at 8 megapixels.
Under the hood the phone has a 1.2 GHz quad core Snapdragon S4 Play processor and runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Other than that, the BenQ A3 is identical to the F3, coming with the same screen size and resolution, RAM and storage.