Well, look who’s back from the dead! It’s Acer’s CloudMobile smartphone, unveiled way back in February. Doesn’t ring any bell? It’s no wonder, as the 4.3-incher had a short appearance in a June report hinting at its price, and then disappeared from the spotlight altogether.
The CloudMobile has now very quietly gone up for pre-order in the UK, where it’s very likely to start shipping in only a matter of weeks. Expansys offers you a place in front of the line for the new Acer phone, and the best thing about this listing is the price.
The phone that is now also known as the “Titane” will only be made available for £284.99 in a SIM-free “variation” without any carrier regtestrictions. That would translate into around $445, based on today’s conversion rates, but you can bet this won’t be the phone’s price point if and when hits the States. One can therefore hope that American users will be able to buy the unlocked CloudMobile for as less as $350, which would be an absolute steal.
Oddly enough, Expansys mentions nothing about CloudMobile’s tech specs and features. We did hear a while back about the phone’s (almost) full spec sheet and, while we hope that it hasn’t budged, it’s not out of the question for Acer to have tweaked a couple of things.
The CloudMobile we earlier heard about was supposed to be powered by a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor (possibly Snapdragon S4, but not confirmed) and to feature 1 GB of RAM, an 8 MP rear-facing shooter with LED flash, 8 GB of on-board memory and microSD support. With “under 10 mm thickness,” Acer’s big guy was also said to sport a 1280×800 pixel touchscreen with 351 ppi pixel density. The CloudMobile was set to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box.
That sounded pretty much as good as it could get for such an affordable phone, but we can’t help but want the envelope to be pushed a little further, seeing the CloudMobile’s spec sheet isn’t confirmed yet. Could we dream of Jelly Bean running from the release? Or a larger capacity battery to withstand the pressures of an S4 processor?
We will definitely see about that soon enough, as Expansys is currently predicting a September 5 shipping start for the CloudMobile. Anyone thinking of pre-ordering? Keep in mind that if you are, you can do so with no strings attached, no financial obligations whatsoever, including any cancellation charges.