When Microsoft announced the Mango update to Windows Phone 7, it also announced
that ZTE, Fujitsu and Acer would all be bringing out hardware supporting the
While it may have taken a couple of months, Acer has finally
revealed its first WP7 device, in the shape of the Acer Allegro. The Allegro
(or the W4 as it was previously known) will arrive in Europe
before Christmas and will come with an RRP of €299 unlocked.
The phone will be powered by a Qualcomm MSM8255 chip at 1GHz
and have a 3.6in WVGA display, five megapixel camera on the rear with autofocus and have
8GB of internal storage. It will be available in black or white.
It will, of course, run WP7 Mango and is set to join the likes
of the HTC Radar at the more budget-friendly end of the new WP7 line-up.
While the Allegro is not going to challenge any of the
high-end Android phones purely in terms of specs, this is not necessarily
Acer’s fault considering Microsoft’s strict restrictions it has placed on OEMs.
Then again, considering that these phones have been
specifically designed to run WP7 it should mean that integration of software
and hardware is more seamless and should result in a better overall experience.
Let us know what you think of these second generation WP7 handsets in the comments below.