2 Acer finally launches the Iconia Smart

Sometimes waiting for something good can take too long and in the case of the Iconia Smart from Acer, which was first announced back at the Mobile World Congress in February has finally launched, well, at least in Taiwan. That said, the company did deliver on its September launch date, although judging by the fact that no hardware changes were implemented, it feels like the phone is about six months late.

Sometimes waiting for something good can take too long and in the case of the Iconia Smart from Acer, which was first announced back at the Mobile World Congress in February has finally launched, well, at least in Taiwan. That said, the company did deliver on its September launch date, although judging by the fact that no hardware changes were implemented, it feels like the phone is about six months late.

We got some hands on time with the Iconia Smart at Acer’s low key launch event in Taipei and not much has changed since February. The only really good news is that Acer has put Android 2.3 on the Iconia Smart which does at least put it at level playing ground with the competition. To be fair, the Iconia Smart doesn’t have a ton of direct competitors thanks to its 4.8-inch screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio and 1024×480 resolution and this is the saving grace of what can only be described as something of a hybrid tablet.

3 Acer finally launches the Iconia Smart

Despite its fairly large size at 141.7×64.5×13.6mm, it’s surprisingly slimmer than the Samsung Galaxy S II with its 4.27-inch screen as it’s 66.1mm wide. That said, at 185g the Iconia Smart is bordering on obese when you’re talking phones, but if you consider it a competitor to say the Dell Streak for example, then it’s actually quite light and pocket friendly.

10 Acer finally launches the Iconia Smart

Kudos to Acer for hosting the entire presentation from an Iconia Smart thanks to its micro HDMI port, this is a first to us, as we haven’t seen any other company brave enough to host an entire presentation including demos from the device being launched.

Sadly the tech specs are a bit long in the tooth now with a single core 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 SoC, 512MB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage the Iconia Smart is pretty average in terms of spec today, no matter if you compare it to other smartphones or to tablets. Other features include 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, A-GPS, an 8 Megapixel camera that can shoot 720p video, a micro HDMI and USB port and finally HSDPA speeds of up to 14.4Mbps and HSUPA speeds of up to 5.76Mbps.

7 Acer finally launches the Iconia Smart

Overall Acer has come up with a unique form factor, but we don’t think this on its own is going to be enough considering all of its competitors are now offering dual core devices on their high-end devices. Luckily, Acer has priced the Iconia Smart at a reasonable NT$14,800 (S$615/US$510) which does at least make it competitive price wise and we’d expect actual retail pricing to drop lower than this quite quickly.

We’ve added a few more pictures from the event on the next page.