Acer seems to be ready to launch on the market about all the handsets that it has already promised or were rumored to come from the company. Following the rumors of four Windows Mobile 6.5-powered handsets Acer should deliver on October 6, news on the company's Android-based A1 smartphone emerged, showing that the device is already listed for pre-order on Expansys' website (French and German).
The phone hasn't been seen in the news for quite some time now, but it seems that it is there waiting to make its debut on the market in the near future. There are great chances that Acer A1 will become available for purchase before 2009 is gone, while featuring a price tag of $568 (€389) unlocked. Considering the specification list of the device, it sounds like a good deal for any Android fan out there.
The Acer A1 is reportedly powered by a Qualcomm 8250 768 MHz processor and sports 512 MB of ROM and 256 MB of RAM. At the same time, it also comes with a 3.5-inch touchscreen display that boasts a WVGA resolution, and a 5-megapixel photo snapper with auto focus capabilities, as well as the Donut flavor of Android on board (Android 1.6).
Other specifications of the phone also include Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR and A2DP and Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 b/g connectivity features, along with a 3.5 mm headset jack, a MicroSD memory card slot for additional storage space, and a 1350 mAh Lithium-ion battery that can deliver up to 300 minutes of talk time or 400 hours of standby time.
The new Android phone measures 115 x 62.5 x 12.5 mm and weighs 135 grams with the battery included. It comes to the market with support for HSPA/WCDMA: 850/1900/2100 MHz (up to 2 Mbps up-link and 7.2 Mbps down-link speeds) and for quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE:850/900/1800/1900 MHz frequencies. There are no exact details on when the device will become available for purchase, yet things should become official in the near future, so stay tuned to learn more on it.
Acer A1 with Android Up for Pre-Order