Given Acer’s rather lackluster smartphone line, we were just about to say the leaked V360 looks decent enough to be called the company’s next flagship device. Fortunately, we’re now finding out that the V360 might have a handsomer brother, going by the V350 model number.
Though we don’t have any pics with this V350 yet, we’re referring to inner beauty when we say it might be “handsome”, given it’ll most likely be powered by the very popular dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 CPU.
Sure, that’s still one or two steps behind the processors expected to make Samsung, HTC or Sony’s upcoming flagships to purr. Then again, the SoC can at least make the V350 fit in the gap between mid-range and high-end, and that’s more than we can say about other Acer smartphones.
Besides that decent chip, the V350 will have another couple of features recommending it for an upper mid-ranger status in the Android world of tomorrow – a 1,280 x 720 pix res display and Android 4.1.2. Sadly, that’s about all the insight the GLBenchmark listing could provide on this puppy’s spec sheet, so we’re left with a ton of questions.
What size will this bad boy be, first off? Will it come with 1 or 2 gigs of RAM (though we’re guessing one)? Will it have a microSD slot? A decent enough battery? An 8 MP rear-facing snapper? And most importantly, where and when is Acer planning to release it? We’re guessing the V360 is to be a China-bound device, but does that mean the V350 will hit the international stage?
There’s no way to fully answer those questions yet, but fret not, because we have a hunch we won’t have to wait but for CES or MWC to be put at ease.
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Acer might not push the envelope when it comes to new technology, but that isn’t really their goal, is it? They have always taken existing tech and made it cheaper, to my knowledge. I suppose that isn’t really news to write about, but as a consumer I prefer to spend as little as possible. I can’t say I did that when I bought my Note II, but I’m happy with all of the bells and whistles, even though, as my DISH coworker points out, I don’t really need them. I know that even though I watch a lot of TV with my phone and DISH Remote Access app that I can get along with a much less powerful phone, but I like the large screen. The Sling Adapter I have at home sends the TV through the internet and I pick it up on my Note II or iPad at work or on the go, which helps me watch more TV than I used to watch.