Acer Marks Comeback With Four New Windows Mobile Smartphones

Taiwanese Tech giant Acer has released four new smartphones at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona as it re-enters the crowded mobile market after the purchase, last year, of smartphone specialist E-Ten.

The four models target the upper hand of the market under the Tempo brand and are all based on Microsoft's Windows Mobile Professional 6.1; they should in theory be upgradable to Windows 6.5 when the latter becomes available.

The F900 has the largest screen of them all at 3.8-inch and can display a spectacular 800x480 pixels, matching the Toshiba TG01 and the HTC Touch HD smartphone and comparable to the screen resolution found on early Asus EEE laptops.

It has a virtual keyboard and a widget-based home screen. It comes with a camera but no flash. Also onboard is WiFi, GPS and HSDPA compatibility.

The M900 on the other hand adds a sliding QWERTY keyboard, a better camera (5-megapixel vs 3.2-megapixel), a flash and a fingerprint reader to the spec list of the F900.

The X960 can be used as a dedicated GPS device with a dedicated antenna. Surprisingly, it uses a 2.8-inch screen capable of displaying 640x480 pixels. The iPhone in comparison has a 3.5-inch screen and displays 320x480 pixels.

The last model is the DX900 which has the same screen as the X960 and support both 3G and 2G SIMs simultaneously.

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Acer has also confirmed that it will be releasing Android-based mobile phones but no Symbian. It is likely that Acer uses the same hardware and simply shove a new operating system, in a way similar to Netbooks for example. All the models will be shipped this year but no dates or pricing have been announced.

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