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Power Packed Acer A1 Android Phone Hits Pre-Order

Gordon Kelly


Power Packed Acer A1 Android Phone Hits Pre-Order

Those of you waiting for a spec-tastic handset that does justice to Android may well find the hunt is now over...

The 'Acer A1' has officially hit pre-order courtesy of Expansys France and Germany and it brings with it quite the feature set:

  • Processor: Qualcomm 8250 768 MHz

  • Operating System: Android 2.0 (Donut)

  • Memory: ROM: 512 MB / RAM: 256 MB ROM

  • Display: 3.5-inch touch-sensitive screen with WVGA resolution

  • Network: HSPA/WCDMA: 850, 1900, 2100 MHz - Up to 2 Mbps up-link and 7.2 Mbps down-link speeds

    Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz Quad-band GSM / GPRS / EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

    (Band frequency and data speed are operator dependent)

  • GPS: Internal GPS antenna

  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate and A2DP for wireless stereo headsets. Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi : IEEE 802.11 b / g, 3.5 mm audio jack 3.5 mm audio jack

  • Camera: 5.0 megapixel colour camera with auto focus

  • Battery: Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery. Capacity: 1350 mAh, Talk time: Up to 300 minutes Talk time: Up to 300 minutes, Standby time: Up to 400 hours. (The above are subject to network and phone usage)

  • Expansion Slot: microSD memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)

  • Dimensions (LxWxT): 115 x 62.5 x 12.5 mm 115 x 62.5 x 12.5 mm

  • Weight: 135 grams with battery 135 grams with battery

Highlights here include the lightning quick CPU, iPhone-sized (and resolution beating) touchscreen (being Android it should be capacitive), decent camera, size and weight. In fact, on paper it is all pretty good. Furthermore, it comes with Donut, the latest update to Android, though confusion reigns about the v2.0 numbering since Google itself lists Donut as v1.6.

Either way however, those looking for an Android handset which can finally punch its weight in terms of hardware, not just software could well have found their baby. Sadly, there are no details of any subsidised network deals as yet (there may not be any), but at 389.99 euros on pre-pay (£359.75) it still makes for a very tempting purchase...


via Expansys.de (Google Translated)


September 28, 2009, 5:46 pm

Android 2.0 is not codenamed Donut, it is Eclair. Donut is 1.6


September 28, 2009, 5:48 pm

@ByTheWay - hence our confusion at the Expansys listing of v2.0 as Donut. The specs list is a copy and paste to be exact to the Expansys page.


September 28, 2009, 6:02 pm

hmmm... I notice that there are more and more phones on this here website?? why don't you start reviewing iPhone Apps? :D


September 28, 2009, 6:07 pm

@Penguin - it's largely because many phones are not fully fledged computers in their own space and by far the fastest growing tech category. We have already done some app reviews in the past: http://www.trustedreviews.com/...

Whether this expands in future, we'll have to see...


September 28, 2009, 6:10 pm

Capacitive or resistive?


September 28, 2009, 6:11 pm

If only it were running HTC Sense...


September 28, 2009, 6:14 pm

400 hours standby... thats whopping 16 days.

sure about this Acer?


September 28, 2009, 6:18 pm

@Ben - mentioned in the article.


September 28, 2009, 7:02 pm

I wouldn't call any Qualcomm chip "lightning" fast.

I miss my Xscale :'-(


September 28, 2009, 8:00 pm

The megahertz myth is even less applicable when you get to SoCs like these.

Anyway, on a different topic the article says "being Android it should be capacitive", which is not a safe conclusion to draw... the HTC Tatoo is both Android and resistive.

I'd be very surprised if it wasn't capacitive given the screen size, though.


September 28, 2009, 8:02 pm

Oh, ok, - should be capacitive, so, in other words, we don't know.


September 28, 2009, 8:20 pm

@Ben - no, as in only one Android handset ever has featured a resistive touchscreen and that was an HTC budget model. It'll be capacitive...


September 28, 2009, 9:00 pm

No dates?


September 28, 2009, 9:28 pm

Not sure if it will be that fast, not enough memory again, same mistake as the hero.

Oliver Levett

September 28, 2009, 10:05 pm

As I'm sure I've said before, Donut, Eclair etc are development branches, and although some of the code gets merged in to the release branch, 1.6 is not Donut. 1.6 is 1.6. Donut is Donut.

Also, it's fairly rash to consider that Android = capacitive. As far as my reading of the Android requirements goes, there's no requirement for capacitive anywhere.

The Qualcomm MSM8250 is a Snapdragon based system, and is in fact the same as the HTC Leo, bar the lower clock speed. It's a hell of a chip, and at 768MHz instead of the 1GHz max recommended speed it may well have longer battery life than you expect.


September 28, 2009, 11:32 pm

Hmmm.... Given the frankly repulsive Palm Pre pricing in Ireland, this is starting to look like an interesting prospect.

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