Acer has been making smartphones for awhile now but they have never been available to the US market, now for the first time they will be. Starting with the Acer Liquid M220 (a Windows Phone) in June, Acer will be test driving the market through Microsoft stores. The phone will be offered in Mystic Black and Pure White and at an amazing retail price of $79.99. You can imagine by now that this is going to be a budget friendly entry level phone not meant to compete with the iPhone or higher end Android devices. There is a need and a market for such phones, while many US consumers can buy high end smartphones, there are those who can’t or refuse to pay the high end prices. Smartphones like the Acer Liquid M220 fill that need and we predict, should do pretty well. You can read the entire press release below and we’re expecting to get our hands on a review unit some time in June so keep an eye out for that review.
Full Press Release
The Liquid M220 was designed to provide essential features for those looking for a simple, easy to use and very affordable smartphone. Its 4-inch 233 pixels per inch (PPI) WVGA (480×800) display delivers clear images for enjoying social media, while front and rear cameras let customers snap selfie pictures and record video on-the-go. The user interface is intuitive and easy to customize and fully supports Microsoft applications and services such as OneDrive, Skype, Office and the Cortana(3) digital assistant.
Featuring a functional, yet beautiful design, the Liquid M220’s rear cover has an attractive Thai Silk pattern-inspired texture and is available in Mystic Black or Pure White. Combined with the middle frame’s square pyramid design, it creates a comfortable and more secure grip. The volume and power keys are positioned along the silver middle frame making them easy to find, while enabling one hand operation. Compact and comfortably light weight, it measures just 4.9- x 2.5-x .38-inches and weighs only 4.2 ounces.
A 5MP auto-focus rear camera with LED flash and an 89-degree wide-angle lens captures memorable moments instantly and in vivid color. In addition, the 2MP fixed-focus front camera can take fun photos and videos on the fly for sharing on social media and support videoconferencing with family and friends. Due to the popularity of the Windows operating system, the Windows Phone 8.1-powered Liquid M220 is extremely intuitive and easy to use. It’s also a cinch to personalize with a variety of customization options for live tiles, colors and screen layout. No grains for two months!
The Liquid M220 is powered by a Qualcomm® Snapdragon® 200 processor with dual-core CPUs at speeds of up to 1.2GHz, 1GB memory and a replaceable 1300mAh battery that provides up to 3 hours talk time and up to 200 hours in standby on a single charge.(4) It provides ample room for archiving photos and videos with 8GB(5) storage capacity that can be expanded with a Micro SD card. Excellent wireless connectivity is provided via Bluetooth® 4.0 EDR and 802.11b/g/n, while a micro USB port enables connection to a digital camera, printer and/or external drive.