At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today, ViewSonic announced the arrival of a few new smartphones that look to lead the way in the Dual-SIM field. These phones are all compatible with two different SIM cards, ideal for someone who wants different lines for business and personal use, those who want to use multiple carriers, or those concerned about roaming charges.All of ViewSonic’s Dual-SIM smartphones come with SRS TruMedia, which enhances the audio capabilities of the phones, PicSel Smart Office, an editor for Microsoft Office documents, a business card reader that uses the phone’s camera, and Ignition Remote Access, which allows users to control their desktop or laptop over 3G or Wi-Fi using their smartphone.
The ViewPhone 4s, which hopefully doesn’t result in a lawsuit thanks to its name, is a 3.5” smartphone running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The resolution on that 3.5” display is a little low, at 960 x 460, and the phone features a 5 MP camera with a VGA front-facing camera. The 4s will launch in Europe in Q2 of this year, and will sell without a contract for $499.
The ViewPhone 5e is a 5” smartphone with a 800 x 480 resolution WVGA display. Most of the specs and features are the same as the 4s, and the phone can be used to edit documents in the cloud using services like Dropbox and Google Docs. The 5e will see a Q3 launch in Europe with a $599 price tag.
The ViewPhone 4e is the low-end offering from ViewSonic, featuring a 3.5” display and running on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) with a 650 MHz processor. It will launch in Q2 in Europe for $399. The 3.5” ViewPhone 3 aims even lower, with a Qualcomm 800 MHz processor and Android 2.3 Gingerbread for just $279. That will be available in Q1 of this year.
The dual-SIM feature is nice, but the specs on these phones are way behind comparable smartphones at that price. Having said that, if the prospect of simple switching between SIM cards is tantalizing to you (it certainly could be an easy way to save money on phone bills), keep an eye out for these phones if you’re living in the Old World. No word on whether or not these phones will ever come to the United States.
Chance Kinney contributed to this report.