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iPhone 3GS Rival Alert : Acer Debuts NFC-capable Liquid Express Smartphone

Acer has unleashed its first NFC handset, the Liquid Express E320, in the UK via Orange and T-Mobile.

The device is a bog standard Android handset with roughly the same specifications as the Apple iPhone 3GS.

Explaining why Acer has launched its first NFC smartphone now, Allen Burnes, Vice-President of Acer's THBG division, said "Even if contactless technology has only just started spreading across the UK, it is important for the customer to take into account future need when choosing a new model. In a few months' time quite a number of smartphone users, whose new smartphones don't include NFC functionality, will have to change their mobile in order to benefit from this new technology."

There's a Qualcomm MSM7227 800MHz processor, a 3.5-inch 480x320 pixel capacitive touchscreen, a five megapixel camera with flash (but no front facing camera), 512MB RAM, 2GB onboard storage, microSD support, Wi-Fi, microUSB, Bluetooth and NFC support. The phone costs as little as £15.32 from T-Mobile and £20.50 per month on Orange both on two year contracts.

To be honest though, unless it is an absolute priority to get an NFC smartphone made by Acer, the Liquid Express' bigger brother, the Metal is a much better deal, especially with a SIM only deal.

Désiré Athow

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 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.