Benq Siemens Epitaph

I have always had a nagging respect for the Siemens Mobile. It’s a great pity for their dedicated and talented employees that the company could not be rescued.

Siemens pioneered a number of innovative handsets such as the 1999 S25 with its colour screen and WAP over SMS, the quirky Xelibri range, through to its 2006 swan song with Benq, the nearly launched SL91; still one of the smallest, best looking 3G handsets ever.

There came a point when no amount of money could rescue the slide in sales, and its innovative new products came just too late. Such a shame.