September 28, 2009
Acer A1

Acer A1

Back in March we attended a UK Press Launch for Acer’s up-coming smartphone range. At the time it seemed to focus a lot on Windows Mobile, and this was justified because Acer believed there to be a good level of synchronisation between Windows computer and Windows mobile devices. This is clearly a priority for them. However, during the event I asked some probing questions into the likelihood of Android on an Acer device, and the responses were both agreeable and enlightened. Acer were not too cagey about the matter and since then we’ve reported on how the Philippines based Business Mirror believes that Acer plans to release an Android powered smartphone known as the A1 in September of this year.

Well, with time having passed by and the month of September nearly over, eXpansys are now offering the A1 from Acer on pre-order for €389,99. The odd thing is that it is listed in many countries – other than the UK or USA. Check out this link for all the countries eXpansys are offering the Acer A1 to. Either way, the Acer A1 looks like a sleek device, and is one I saw personally at their UK press conference. With that said, it wasn’t working, and we were unable to get a hands on with the device, probably because it was just a demo unit. The best news from eXpansys is that it will offer Android 2.0 (Eclair). We do not have an exact day for release yet but the specifications for the A1 are after the break:

  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
  • Tri-band HSPA (850/1900/2100 MHz)
  • 3.5 inch WVGA touchscreen display
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • 5MP autofocus camera
  • 512MB ROM, 256MB RAM
  • MicroSD card support
  • Talk time: up to 300 minutes
  • Standby time: up to 400 hours
  • 115 x 62.5 x 12.5 mm
  • 135 grams
James Tromans
Contributing editor of, based in the U.K.
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