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Acer launches phone-cum-tablet

Acer is having another poke at the smart phone market, unveiling a new device at its shindig yesterday in New York.

The as-yet-nameless hardware sports a large 4.8-inch screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio and screen resolution of 1024x480 pixels. The screen size is claimed to make the device a decent web browser and Acer reckons the gadget is '100 per cent smart phone, 100 per cent tablet' which may be a bit meaningless but we thought we'd pass it on. It will run Android OS and is powered by an ARM-based Snapdragon processor clocked at 1GHz.

It sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 2-megapixel front-facing lens for video calls.

It will support Flash Player 10.1, is optimised for JavaScript and supports multiple page opening. Other specs include 802.11n Wi-Fi, HD recording, HSDPA, Bluetooth 3.0, DLNA, a six-axis motion controller, and Dolby Mobile compatibility.

The phone is expected to be launched at the beginning of Q2 2011 worldwide and come with an enhanced version of Acer's existing user interface.

It remains to be seen what price the networks will stick on the device.