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IFA 2012: Acer's CloudMobile S500 smartphone now shipping to Europe

Acer has announced that its CloudMobile S500 smartphone, first announced in February at Mobile World Congress, is now shipping to Europe.

The 4.3in device runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and has a dual-core, 1.5GHz Snapdragon chip. It includes an 8-megapixel camera with full HD stereo recording, 1GB RAM, and 8GB of storage.

Acer selected the CloudMobile S500 name because the device is the first mobile phone from Acer that is completely prepared and equipped for AcerCloud, the company's online storage service. AcerCloud made its debut at CES this year and syncs content across devices much like Apple's iCloud.

At a press conference at the IFA 2012 trade show, Acer made a point to stress that 4.3in is more than enough for a smartphone. The size, the company said, is just enough to make it "personal," as opposed to the larger, phablet-type devices like the Galaxy Note 2.

The company was also quick to point out that the metallic design of the CloudMobile is "different" from other smartphones; trying to keep the Apple patent lawyers at bay?

The CloudMobile S500 also incorporates HD Voice, a higher-quality encoder for phone calls.

At the beginning of August, Acer released the Liquid Glow, a 3.7in smartphone, and in September, it plans to make available the Liquid Gallant, another 4.3in smartphone with an HD dispay and dual-SIM capacity. Later this year, meanwhile, expect a "true mass market device," Acer teased, which will target emerging markets and several markets in Europe.

"We're bold, we're committed and we believe the smartphone is an essential component" of Acer's lineup, the company said today.

Pre-orders for the CloudMobile started earlier this month in the UK for £285.