P50 Z2 / U700 / P31
The big news from BenQ was the P50, the company's first branded device running Windows Mobile. This impressive device has nearly every feature you could want, including a QWERTY keyboard, a megapixel camera, and an SD card slot. It's also super-connected, with triple radios: quad-band GSM, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi.
The P50 was first shown nearly nine months ago, but it was only an early prototype then. The version I tried was fully functional, including the camera and wi-fi:
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The press release this week claimed the P50 would be out next month, but a BenQ rep I spoke with admitted that was probably optimistic, and the P50 would most likely hit shelves around March or April. A U.S. release is planned for May, but it will realistically be more like June or July.
In by brief time with the P50, I found it thin and light, and very responsive. The keyboard is a bit cramped, though, and the joystick absolutely terrible. Hopefully that will be tweaked before final release.
Best of CES 2017
CES is the world's big consumer tech show. Every year we head out to Vegas to check out everything in person.
Liveblog of LG at CES
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