Acer jumps into the smartphone market

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The DX900 for people who can't make up their mind

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February 27, 2009 Perhaps realizing that consumers really don’t have enough choices when it comes to mobile phones, Acer has decided to jump into the market with the introduction of a new line of smartphones aimed at both home and business users. Acer unveiled the first set of phones to make up their Acer Tempo Smartphone series at the Mobile World Congress held recently in Barcelona. Let’s have a look see at the specs.

First up is the M900 for business types. It sports a full keyboard, a 3.8-inch WVGA touchscreen, comes with Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, Outlook Mobile email and Office Mobile (Word, Excel and Powerpoint) preinstalled and it allows you to keep track of your activities and access your contacts and files through synchronization with your PC. The unit also comes equipped with GPS, FM Radio, voice recorder and voice-command, as well as expandable memory, and a 5-megapixel autofocus camera with flash. An embedded fingerprint sensor gives that little bit of extra security while HSDPA connectivity enables fast data transfer.

Next up is the Internet focused F900, which features a widget-based user interface provides quick access to all your contacts, emails and messages, browser and bookmarks, calendar and events, date and time, world weather and music player and was designed to allow easy one-hand navigation. High speed data connection comes courtesy of 3.75G HSDPA/HSUPA and WiFi connectivity. The F900 also features a 3.8-inch WVGA touch screen and touch keyboard, integrated 3.2-megapixel auto-focus camera with flash, GPS, FM Radio, voice recorder, voice command, and expandable memory.

The X960 features a 2.8-inch VGA touchscreen and five-way navigation button for maneuvering around the widget-based interface. The unit comes with embedded GPS functionality but will apparently have to shell out extra for software to make proper user of it. The X960 comes with a VGA 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera with flash as well as a front-side camera for video calls.

Finally we have the DX900 designed to give users the best of both worlds by being the world’s first Dual-SIM Smartphone to support both 3.5G (HSDPA) and 2.75G (EDGE) SIM cards. The 2.8-inch VGA touch screen display has once again been designed to enable one-hand use with an interface boasting large finger-friendly buttons. For easy management of two phone lines and multiple wireless connections, the DX900 is equipped with a communication manager including a Flight Mode button to instantly turn off all wireless connections while each individual function can also be activated or disabled with the press of a button. The DX900 also features a front-side VGA camera for video calls, voice recorder, voice-command, 3.2-megapixel autofocus camera with flash and expandable memory.

Acer have definitely seem to have all their bases covered with each smartphone serving a niche, so it will be interesting to see how this latest entrant in the already competitive mobile phone market does.

Smartphones in the Acer Tempo series will be released at different times throughout the year with prices yet to be announced.

Darren Quick

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