Smart Move by Acer: Iconia “Smart” Phones In from MWC

February 14, 2011 - Written By Maddi Hausmann Sojourner

Hey, did you remember Acer was a phone company too?  They’ve just announced an Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread) smartphone, and we’re happy to pass on the details to you.

The Acer Iconia Smart is pushing the limit of phone screen size by going long instead of wide.  Boasting a tremendous multitouch 4.8 inch display at 1024 x 480 resolution, this smartphone has more of a candybar than slab profile found in the other big-screen Android handsets.  The aspect ratio is 21:9 rather than the typical slab’s 16:9.  By making it longer rather than fatter, Acer gives you more screen real estate without a phone too big for your hand to hold.  The only downside is the wasted space when watching video, but for web surfing or looking through your files and icons, it’s more than welcome.

As you can see from the image above, the device has the four usual Android buttons (Home, Search, Back, and Menu) in yet another order, just to keep you thinking when you try it out.  You’ll also find Acer’s own Breeze UI on top of the yummy Gingerbread, so this isn’t a pure experience.

Besides the latest and greatest OS (for phones, anyway), the Smart also features a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, two cameras (8 megapixel rear with LED flash, and 2 megapixel front-facing), HSDPA 14.4, Wi-Fi 802.11n, and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, GPS, HDMI-out, DLNA and a six-axis motion sensor suitable for gaming.  The whole long, long, long package is wrapped up in a metal unibody casing.

Pricing not known yet (Phandroid says $499), with an expected availability under dispute: I am hearing April or May for Europe and June-July for the US.  The radio is set for AT&T’s preferred spectrum rather than T-Mobile’s.

Have a look, courtesy of Android Central:

And another hardware walkthrough from Phandroid.

Plus some large and lovely pictures from Android Central.   Just click the thumbnails to enjoy.

Here is the official press release and the full specs.

Acer ICONIA SMART the next generation smartphone
100% Smartphone. 100% Tablet

Barcelona, February 14th 2011 – Acer ICONIA SMART perfectly combines the capabilities of a tablet in a smartphone format: a huge 4.8″ widescreen with a 21:9 aspect ratio and a super cool chassis.

Its revolutionary design1, characterized by a stretched out, thin and slightly curved shape, makes it a fascinating device that will not go unnoticed. Its full metal body, enriched by subtle wavy patterns, conveys a sense of timeless elegance. What’s more, it offers a perfect fit in your hand thanks to its smoothly curved back and minimal width (64.5mm).

The front is entirely dominated by the extraordinary, multi-touch, high resolution 4.8″ screen, with 4 keys: Home, Search, Back, and Menu. While on the back there is an 8MP camera, complete with LED Flash. It’s equipped with the latest release of the Google operating system, Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

This truly innovative device is perfect for fashion addicts or tech savvy people looking for the latest and cutting edge technology available ensuring superior browsing and excellent multimedia entertainment.

This latest Android smartphone is extremely powerful, guaranteeing long-lasting fun. It will also be able to wirelessly control all the multimedia content of your home environment, thanks to the integrated media sharing system.

– No limit in assessing any web sites with the same user experience as using a traditional PC, so web sites don’t need to be resized and adjusted, thanks to its exceptional resolution of 1024—480 and a very large 4.8″ screen (12.2cm diagonal), there is no need
to zoom in on web pages, or to scroll left & right. The only thing you need to do is scroll up & down, just like on your PC.
– Fast and fully featured, the Android browser offers: multi-touch, Java script optimization, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 support, and multiple page opening.
– Ultra-fast high-speed connectivity via HSDPA @ 14.4 and WiFi N for data connection.
– Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR

On the 21:9 screen you can watch a movie in its original format, for an engrossing cinema-like experience. What’s more the LED edge-lit display uses the same technology as TV showing super bright and vivid images; to top it off, Dolby Mobile technology delivers vibrant, immersive sound. Not enough for you yet? Thanks to DLNA technology or the HDMI cable, you can connect it to your TV to view your content on an even bigger screen!

Inside Acer ICONIA SMART beats the powerful 1GHz Snapdragon processor, which, in addition to the large screen, turns this smartphone into a perfect game console. Together with 6-axis motion sensing (Gyroscope + accelerometer), this smartphone will exceed any gaming expectation.

Equipped with an 8MP camera and LED flash, and a 2MP front camera for high quality IP video calling.

With a screen resolution of 1024—480, more content can be displayed on screen, in all regular apps, such as, Contacts, Google Maps, Email, Instant Messaging conversations, etc.

100% Smartphone, 100% Tablet. ICONIA SMART a revolutionary experience for people who want it all!