Acer confirms a Windows 8 smartphone
Acer is now on the same track as HTC, Samsung, Nokia and Huawei. The Taiwanese MNC has confirmed a the launch of Windows 8 Phone during the “second half of the next year” or by the start of Q3 of 2013.
HTC, Samsung, Nokia, Huawei, and Qualcomm were the partners announced during the at the Windows Phone (WP) summit held last year. The list excluded some of the major players like Samsung and Motorola. And now Acer has announced a foray into this platform. A company representative has confirmed iMobile about the launch of Windows Phone 8 during the “second half of the next year” or by the start of Q3 of 2013.
According to a business representative of Acer, the manufacturer is more interested in a mixture of Android and Windows phones. Windows phones cannot be neglected now especially due to the Windows 8 platform arriving and the ecosystem it is supposed to bring along with it. And to start off, Acer has made a decent entry this year with the Android 4.0 phone Acer Liquid Gallant Duo with dual SIM support and flaunts an affordable price tag of £148.99 ($230). The device features a 4.3-inch display with qHD resolution running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. A 1GHz dual core processor along with 1GB of RAM lends power to the device. There’s a 5MP camera with LED flash at the back, while the 4GB of internal storage is expandable up-to 32GB via micorSD.
This is again experiementaion after the not so successful Acer W4 announced in late October 2011. It was priced at €299 which couldn’t stand much against the Nokia Lumia 710 which was then priced at €230. Deliberately this time, the Liquid Gallant Duo has been priced lesser.
It can be predicted that few more players will foray into the WP8 platform or a new version in case Microsoft choses to release.