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Acer To Launch £400 Stream Smartphone In August

Acer has announced that the follow-up to its Liquid Android based smartphone will come up next month in the UK and will carry the sweet name of Stream (not to be confused with StreaK from Dell).

The handset will run on Android OS 2.1 (with Acer's own user interface on top) and is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 512MB RAM and 2GB internal memory (expandable to 32GB via a microSD card).

Other specs include a 3.7-inch capacitive touchscreen AMOLED display which can display 800x480 pixels, a 5-megapixel camera with HD-ready video recording capabilities and Dolby Mobile audio.

As for the connections, you get the usual range of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HSDPA and even a mini HDMI port. As expected the phone comes with a range of social networking apps and the ability to connect to Android Marketplace.

Acer has also decided to throw in Spinlets, a third party streaming service that allows you to access "hundreds of songs, videos and tv programming streamed free, wherever you go".

The Stream is apparently built with shock resistant materials although we're not sure about the screen and will go on sale exclusively from the 9th of August for £399 from Expansys (opens in new tab) where it will meet the Milestone XT720 which costs £40 less and the Galaxy S, which is £40 more expensive.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.