Acer Iconia Smart 1 Acers Iconia Smart to launch in September

It's been very quiet from Acer's mobile division for quite some time now, but it looks like the company is finally getting ready to launch its Iconia Smart next month. If you've forgotten about it, the Icona Smart is Acer's crazy 21:9 aspect ratio 4.8-inch screen touting smartphone with 1024×480 resolution.

It's been very quiet from Acer's mobile division for quite some time now, but it looks like the company is finally getting ready to launch its Iconia Smart next month. If you've forgotten about it, the Icona Smart is Acer's crazy 21:9 aspect ratio 4.8-inch screen touting smartphone with 1024×480 resolution.

The massive handset is set to go on sale in Europe next month according to a press release sent to German media, although it's still unclear when Acer will launch the Iconia Smart in other parts of the world. Sadly this isn't as an impressive device as it was back in January when it was first unveiled at CES, mostly because the hardware is already at close to mainstream level.

Acer Iconia Smart 1 Acers Iconia Smart to launch in September

That said the massive screen is likely to appeal to those wanting something a bit more pocketable than a tablet, especially as it offers near tablet resolution in a device measuring 141.7×64.5×13.6mm (HxWxD) and weighing in at a reasonably pocket friendly 185g. So ok, it might not fit in a pair of skinny jeans, but it's unlikely that Acer had this in mind when designing it.

What's going to hold the Iconia Smart back is the 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 SoC as not only is this a single core chip, but only recently Sony Ericsson put this same processor in one of its affordable handsets, the Xperia mini. 512MB RAM and ROM isn't going to impress either, as this is pretty much standard on any Android handset today, but the extra 8GB of built in storage is at least a bonus. Even the 8 Megapixel camera with 720p video recording, auto focus and an LED flash is standard fare.

Acer Iconia Smart 2 Acers Iconia Smart to launch in September

In terms of data connectivity the Iconia Smart does at least offer support for 14.4Mbit/s HSDPA which is at least competitive, albeit not cutting edge.  HSUPA speeds are rated at the by now standard 5.76Mbit/s. Acer has also thrown in support for 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, UPnP and DLNA as well as Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR. Other bits of interest includes A-GPS, a micro HDMI port, a micro SD card slot and Dolby mobile audio. On the software side we're looking at Acer clear.fi support, Flash 10.1 and some pre-loaded games including Asphalt, Spiderman and Nova.

Price wise you can expect to pony up €499 if you live in Europe, or the equivalent of about S$720 in round figures. That's more than a Samsung Galaxy S II goes for at the moment which is going to make the Iconia Smart a though sell for Acer despite the impressive screen.

Source: Computerbase.de Acer Mobile