Acer is a very popular name in the laptop and computer displays market. It had made an attempt at introducing its own line of mobile phones way back but although the devices were pretty good, they did not make that much of an impact and the company kind of just went easy on the project. Now Acer believes that its entry into the smartphone market may turn around its fortunes in the world of mobile communication gadgets and this time it is serious about introducing their new CloudMobile S500 Android smartphone.
The Acer CloudMobile S500 is a decent smartphone that the company announced back in February during the 2012 MWC but Acer somehow sabotaged itself somewhere along the way and the smartphone was not released on time. The handset is elegantly designed and decent in specs but it faded into the background because the company just went quiet about this project. Acer seems to have managed to produce the CloudMobile and is getting ready to ship it in Europe. Their earlier plan was to ship the phone to the European market by September 5th.
CloudMobile was put up for pre-order a month ago in the UK but the Expansys UK listing is currently still stuck on the pre-order status a full week after the expected date of shipping. Acer is getting ready to launch CloudMobile, this time for real, and the phone’s full specs sheet has been posted on the company’s website. Since February, there has been all kinds of rumors on the specs and features of CloudMobile and if the name is anything to go by, then this is a smartphone that focuses more on Cloud services and storage than most other smartphones.
Going by the specs, this is a mid-range smartphone that delivers high performance with its dual core Qualcomm 8260A processor, I GB RAM and 8 GB inbuilt memory. The phone comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich off the box and will feature a 4.3 inch high Definition 720p IPS capacitive multi-touch with a resolution of 1280 X 720 pixels resolution. The most disappointing factor about this phone though is its battery – a 1,460 mAh Li-Ion battery which I am not sure is sufficient to run the dual core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm processor. You cannot compare this battery with Motorola Razr Maxx HD’s battery which is a 3,300 mAh monster – Acer could have done better, at least 2,000 mAh.
The 1.5 GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 processor is certainly impressive for a mid-range smartphone but what will this mean for the phone’s pricing? It is the same processor that HTC One S has but not as powerful as the chip that the international version of HTC One X, Galaxy S3 and the Droid Razr HD comes with. This phone also focuses on the AcerCloud service which enables users to enjoy music, photos and videos online and store their documents online.
For now, we just have to wait and see if Acer will come through with releasing the Acer CloudMobile anytime soon. The phone is available in the UK for now at Expansys for pre-order for £290 (about $470), a steep price for a decent gadget with only 8 GB of onboard memory but it wouldn’t be surprising for Acer to bring it to the US market for a much lower price because the competition over here in the smartphone market is much steeper.
Processor: Qualcomm 8260A Dual Core, 1.5 GHz
RAM: 1 GB
Storage: 8 GB Onboard memory, microSD support for up to 32 GB additional storage
Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Display: 4.3 inch HD720 IPS multi-touch capacitive screen 1280 X 720 pixels resolution
Cameras: 8 MP rear camera with LED flash and Auto Focus and VGA front camera
Battery: 1460 mAh Lithium-ion high density replaceable rechargeable battery
Connectivity: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 /1900 MHz, UMTS 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz, HSPA+ / GPRS / EDGE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, Micro USB connector, USB client
Build: 127 mm high, 65.8 mm wide, 9.9 mm thin.