ViewSonic have announced four new Android handsets, two of which hold the accolade for being the first dual-SIM ICS phones on market. The ViewSonic 4e, 4s and 5e and 3 will be amongst the only dual-SIM handsets in Europe, making their smartphone capabilities more than welcome. Offering a range of sizes from 3.5 to 5-inches, there should be a handset to cater for the breadth of mobile users juggling SIM cards.
The smallest of the bunch, the ViewPhone 4s is, like its 4s fruity counterpart is a 3.5-inch screened device and has an IPS (in-plane switching) panel. With a resolution of 690×640 pixels, density should be fantastic so we have high hopes for the display quality in general. The ViewPhone 4s also features a 5-megapixel autofocus camera and a front facing camers for video calls.
Expected for a Q2 European launch, the ViewSonic 4s will be available for £325.
Offering a 5-inch display, hence its name, the ViewPhone 5e packs a WVGA display and also comes loaded with ICS on-board. With a host of office editing suites to choose from, ranging from Google docs to the pre-installed PicSel smart office, it should make for a decent productivity tool and comes in a striking white.
Expected in Q3 in Europe, we can expect the ViewSonic 5e to cost under £390
The entry level dual-SIM release from ViewSonic is the ViewPhone 4e. With a 3.5-inch HVGA capacitive display, it’s a pretty slender device at 10.3mm thick. Unlike the two aforementioned handsets, the ViewPhone 4e runs on Android 2.3, Gingerbread.
Other specifications include a 650 MHz processor and a 3-megapixel fixed-focus camera as well as an in-built FM radio.
As with the ViewPhone 4s, the 4e is expected to land in Q2 and should cost under £260 at launch.
Finally, the ViewPhone 3 is pitched just above the 4e for a more business-centric user. With its considerably more conservative styling, it shares the 4e’s 3.5-inch screen size. With an 800MHz processor as well as a 5-megapixel camera it should suit most basic Android needs across time-zones and network operators / carriers.
Despite packing more power, the device, expected in late Q1 will cost less than the ViewPhone 4e at £180 .
Could this usher the way for dual-SIM take-off in the UK and around Europe? Hopefully, it would certainly make our jobs easier. That said, whether these handsets are picked up by any networks will dictate how popular they are. We will bring you more from these handsets as MWC unfolds and hopefully get some into our HQ for review.