BenQ to Develop Symbian OS Smartphones

2/13/2003 - BenQ Corporation and Symbian Ltd announce that BenQ, a leading Taiwanese consumer electronics manufacturer, has signed an agreement with Symbian, the creator of Symbian OSTM, the global industry standard open operating system for advanced mobile phones. The agreement provides BenQ with access to Symbian OS source code and enables BenQ develop Symbian OS phones. BenQ will design and, subject to further agreement, manufacture and market Symbian OS smartphones for 2.5G and 3G networks worldwide.

BenQ, which shipped 16 million handsets in 2002, selected Symbian OS on the basis of its strong technology, which has earned Symbian OS its market position as the de facto industry standard operating system for advanced mobile phones. Using Symbian OS, BenQ will create innovative and highly differentiated smartphones for customers worldwide. BenQ's customers will also benefit from developers creating third party applications and services for Symbian OS phones.

BenQ's first Symbian OS product, anticipated to be available by Q3, 2003, will be a data-enabled smartphone integrating the UIQ user interface platform. UIQ, developed by UIQ Technology AB in Ronneby, Sweden, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Symbian Ltd and is designed to run on Symbian OS. UIQ provides Symbian OS licensees with an easy to use user interface for large, touch-sensitive colour displays, enabling richer data services. UIQ's flexibility helps licensees to market a variety of mobile phones using a common technology base, making it easier to bring Symbian OS feature-rich mobile phones to market.

Irwin Chen, VP & GM of Networking and Communications Business Group of BenQ Corporation said: "Symbian OS was developed in partnership with the industry, based on open standards and has a rapidly growing third party technology and software developer community. BenQ looks forward to working with Symbian OS in delivering innovative, differentiated smartphones to worldwide markets."

David Levin, CEO, Symbian Ltd., said: "BenQ has earned a strong reputation in the consumer electronics hardware industry for the quality and performance of its products. Symbian is delighted that BenQ is working with Symbian and UIQ to develop smartphone products for markets and customers worldwide."

About BenQ
BenQ is an industry leader in networking lifestyle devices with an expertise that encompasses display, storage, imaging, wireless and broadband areas.

BenQ has manufacturing plants in Malaysia, Mexico, China and Taiwan. The company has 13,000 employees worldwide, supporting a strong global sales marketing and service network spanning Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Americas. BenQ has research and development facilities in Taiwan (Hsinchu Lab), China (Suzhou Software Development Center) and California,USA (Wireless Technology Center), and has close to 1500 research and development employees in Suzhou, Taipei, Taoyuan, Hsinchu and San Diego. BenQ has amassed 928 global patents. 2002 estimated revenues exceed US$3.2 billion dollars.

Details of the company are available at

About Symbian
Symbian develops and licenses the global industry standard operating system for advanced, open, data-enabled mobile phones. The world's leading handset manufacturers license Symbian OS, including Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, Siemens and Sony Ericsson. In total, Symbian OS licensees represent over 75% of worldwide mobile phone sales. Symbian's mission is to create a global mass market for Symbian OS mobile phones by enabling its licensees to build winning products. Publicly announced Symbian OS phones include the Fujitsu F2051 for NTT DoCoMo's 3G FOMA network, Sony Ericsson P800, Nokia 9200 Communicator series, 7650, 3650 and N-Gage. As at December 2002, eight Symbian OS licensees had 20 Symbian OS phones in development. For further information about Symbian, please see

About UIQ Technology
UIQ Technology AB develops and licenses world-class user interface platforms for Symbian OS mobile phones and support bringing enchanting mobile phones to market. UIQ Technology AB, established 1998 in Ronneby, Sweden, is a fully owned subsidiary of Symbian Ltd. The company today has over 90 employees. Within the group of current UIQ licensees, Sony Ericsson officially launched their first UIQ mobile phone, the P800 in late 2002. For more information, please visit

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