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Acer Presents Mockup Of W4 Mango Handset

Acer had a cute little mockup handset on display at Computex, the W4, which will be its first Windows Phone 7 smartphone, one based on Mango, the latest iteration of the Microsoft mobile platform which was unveiled last month.

The hardware specs for the phone have been set by Microsoft which means that they are very much set in stone. There's a 3.6-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen, a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 SoC, up to 8GB storage, a five megapixel camera with AF and flash, DLNA support and a design that reminds us of the LG Optimus 7.

As expected you will get Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and either a 850/1900 or 900/2100 HSPA support. Pricing and availability has yet to be confirmed in the UK.

It's worth noting that the Acer W4 will be the first Windows Phone 7 (other than the Dell Venue Pro) not to carry the number 7 in its name, possibly marking a shift away from the whole WP7 naming convention.

Acer has been mostly focusing on Android for the past few months with the beTouch, Stream and Liquid series launched in rapid succession.

The Taiwanese company still sells two Windows Mobile 6.5 handsets as part of its professional NeoTouch range; it is unlikely however that they will survive the new product launch.

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.