Acer has entered the smartphone market with a rebadged version of the E-Ten DX900 "Glofiish"mobile phone and is currently available for pre-ordering from mobile phone specialist Clove Technology for £454 SIM Free/Unlocked.
The device, which will almost certainly be presented at the forthcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in a few weeks' time, is one of the first to support dual SIM (only one of them is 3.5G compliant) and dual Standby Windows mobile phones.
It sports HSDPA, WiFi and EDGE compatibility but still depends on Windows Mobile 6.1 to power it. The 533MHz Samsung CPU is expected to be paired with at least 128MB memory. There's a microSD slot and a 2.8-inch VGA touchscreen display to play with.
The smartphone also comes with a 3.0-megapixel camera, a front facing VGA camera, GPS and TV Out functionality.
The real kicker though is that, according to Boy Genius Report, the DX900 has a pivotable keyboard that turns into a mini QWERTY appendage and reminds us of old school foldout input devices that used to come with some PDAs (remember those?).
The DX900 is one of many phones that Acer is mulling to unveil and given that the DX900 has mostly mainstream features, one can expect Acer, to line up better, specced-up smartphones at MWC.
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In 2008, Acer acquired mobile phone manufacturer E-ten so a smartphone was expected sooner or later. Acer's resurgence means Dell is expected to launch come to the market sooner rather than later. Out of the top PC manufacturers, only HP and Fujitsu Siemens have yet to disclose plans for a smartphone. Lenovo will roll out an Android phone in 2009 and Toshiba has already demonstrated its gorgeous TG-01 4.1-inch marvel.