Acer has been putting together a major push into the smartphone market for some time now, and now the company has revealed its strategy for accomplishing this: it plans to make very inexpensive devices.
“We want to put in front of the customer a smartphone that they can move up to for the same price as a feature phone,” said Aymar de Lencquesaing, the head of Acer’s Smart Handheld Business Group.
It’s hoping to make models cheap enough that carriers can offer them for free with a new contract.
Although no U.S. wireless phone companies have announced plans to offer Acer’s latest models yet, de Lencquesaing is confident that AT&T and T-Mobile USA will eventually release smartphones developed by his company.
Four New Windows Mobile Models
Acer recently unveiled no less than four new Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphones that will debut later this year.
The Acer M900 will be a slider with a 3.8-inch WVGA touchscreen and a QWERTY keyboard. An embedded fingerprint sensor will help set this model apart from its competitors. Other features will include 3G, GPS, FM Radio, memory card slot, and a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with flash.
The Acer F900 will also have a a 3.8-inch WVGA touchscreen, but leave off the hardware keyboard and fingerprint scanner. Acer is pushing it as a mobile web browser, and the F900 will have the 3G standards HSDPA/HSUPA and Wi-Fi. In addition, it will have 3G, a 3.2-megapixel camera, GPS, and memory card slot. (See image)
The Acer X960 will be a navigation-oriented smartphone, and naturally includes a GPS receiver. It will also sport a 2.8-inch, VGA touchscreen plus a 3.2 MPx auto-focus camera with flash. (See image)
The Acer DX900 will support two SIM cards at the same time, allowing users to use their smartphone for both work and personal life. It will also have a 2.8-inch, VGA touchscreen, and a 3.2 MPx auto-focus camera with flash. (See image)
It isn’t going to use a single operating system in its drive to become a big player in the smartphone market.
In addition to its recently-announced Windows Mobile models, it is going to unveil two Android-based devices later this year.
Currently, no additional details are available on these, such as their design or possible release dates.