A description of the Android-powered Acer A1 that has come out ahead of the formal unveiling shows that this model will have features not included in any current Android-powered model.
Acer’s first smartphone running Google’s mobile operating system is expected to debut in the near future, but the online retailer eXpansys has jumped the gun a bit and posted a fairly complete overview of it.
The A1 will be among the first using this OS with a 3.3-inch WVGA (800 x 480) touchscreen. The not-yet-released Android 1.6 will bring support for this resolution.
It is going to be based on a 768 MHz Qualcomm processor, above average for a smartphone, and 256 MB of RAM.
This Acer model will also sport a 5 MPx camera with auto-focus.
The A1 will be a quad-band GSM phone with tri-band (850, 1900, 2100 MHz) HSPA running a 7.2 Mbps.
It will also have Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 with stereo support, and a GPS receiver.
In addition, this smartphone is going to have a microSD memory card slot, a 3.5 mm headset jack, and a 1,350 mAh battery, which Acer says is good for up to 300 minutes of talk time or 400 hours of stand-by time.
Overall, it will be 4.5 inches tall, 2.5 inches wide, and 0.5 inches thick (115 x 62.5 x 12.5 mm). it will weigh 4.8 ounces (135 grams) with battery.
Pricing & Availability
eXpansys has already begin talking pre-orders for the Acer A1 at €390 (~$570), but doesn’t yet have a release date.
Acer said this summer that the A1 would be its only Android-based model for this year, but it is bringing out three other smartphones running Microsoft’s Windows Mobile.