Acer Allegro Windows Phone coming soon

Now that Windows Phone 7.5 – or Mango, to its friends – is here, the first wave of new handsets running the latest version of Microsoft’s mobile OS are starting to arrive. HTC’s stylish Radar and mighty Titan have recently gone on sale; Samsung recently announced its Focus Flash and Focus S devices for the US, and its mid-range Omnia W for other markets; and LG recently announced its new E906 handset, in conjunction with minimalist fashion designer Jil Sander.

Although Dell appears to be taking a step back from Windows Phone production, for now at least, other manufacturers are preparing to launch their first devices on the platform, including ZTE, which recently announced its WP7 debut with the Tania; and Acer, which will shortly release its first Windows Phone, the Allegro.

Telecompaper reports that Acer has confirmed its plan to put the device on sale in Europe before Christmas, and that it will carry a budget-friendly price tag of just €299EUR (just over $400USD or around £260GBP) off-contract. To put this into perspective, the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) in many European markets for HTC’s new Titan is double that, at €599 ($800/£520).

But does the aggressive pricing of the Allegro mean that compromises have been made in its design or specification? So far, Acer hasn’t publicly issued any confirmation about the Allegro’s spec list, but the company did reveal a Windows Phone during the summer at Computex called the W4 (also known within Acer as the M310), before showing it again at IFA in September.

Acer's W4, on show at IFA in September. Images via Engadget.

That device’s specifications were fairly unremarkable for the second-generation Windows Phones, with a 3.6” WVGA display, 1GHz Snapdragon and 8GB of storage, along with the usual suspects such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and A-GPS, and a 5MP camera. It also includes DLNA media streaming with compatible devices, and Acer’s FastCharge system which claims to offer an accelerated battery charging facility when the handset is connected to an Acer computer.

Acer has previously confirmed its plans to launch the W4 with Mango, so it would certainly make sense if that model has become the Allegro that the company is now getting ready to put on sale.

The availability of new Windows Phones at more accessible price points will be an important part of increasing the market share of the mobile operating system, which has so far seen sluggish sales. Acer won’t have this end of the market all to itself, though, as Nokia has declared its intention to compete at the entry level with some of its new Windows Phones too, the first of which are expected to launch later this month.

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Metal is heavy and expensive. I had a 4.3" HTC Desire HD and that Aluminium unibody made it so heavy in my shirt/pants pocket. Turned me off. Now i have a SGS2 which is all "plasticky" but it's much lighter yet feels solid in the hand. It's like I think it's like a difference of 40grams or something.

SHoTTa35 said,
Metal is heavy and expensive. I had a 4.3" HTC Desire HD and that Aluminium unibody made it so heavy in my shirt/pants pocket. Turned me off. Now i have a SGS2 which is all "plasticky" but it's much lighter yet feels solid in the hand. It's like I think it's like a difference of 40grams or something.

that's what happens when you're not used to heavy things in your pants!

SHoTTa35 said,
Metal is heavy and expensive. I had a 4.3" HTC Desire HD and that Aluminium unibody made it so heavy in my shirt/pants pocket. Turned me off. Now i have a SGS2 which is all "plasticky" but it's much lighter yet feels solid in the hand. It's like I think it's like a difference of 40grams or something.

my iphone 4 is all aluminum with the glass on the front and back and pretty damn light... i just like it more because it'll be more durable and feels more solid in your hand.

Mouettus said,

that's what happens when you're not used to heavy things in your pants!


I'm already having heavy things in my pants so don't want another.

As for the iPhone 4 - it's not that heavy per say but for it's size it's definitely on the hefty size. It's not that I couldn't deal with it or whatever. It's a 3.5" LCD and it ways 140grams. The SGS2 is 116grams with a 4.3" screen.

I guess i am a weakling or something as i sold my Thinkpad T410 5.1lbs to get a T410s at 3.9lbs It doesn't sound like much but damn that thing was bulky!

It's nice to see a WP7 phone that's not black. It looks like the phone carriers have heard the complaints and are trying to rectify that with this batch of phones. More and more seem to have some color in the design...

If it runs WP7 fine then a cheap handset will help push into the market. For people without £1000 phone budgets this will look more tempting than remortgaging your house for a phone.

lt8480 said,
If it runs WP7 fine then a cheap handset will help push into the market. For people without £1000 phone budgets this will look more tempting than remortgaging your house for a phone.

This. I'm getting the Radar because its only 329 quid. I can't justify paying more then 350 on a phone. Though I wish there was a 16 GB version released for a bit more.

i think they want windows phone for everyone
and everyone able to buy it not only reach people can buy smart for but everyone

subcld said,
i think they want windows phone for everyone
and everyone able to buy it not only reach people can buy smart for but everyone

Yeah, I'm glad it looks like they're targeting more price points now for WP7. I can't wait to see how that changes over time. I'm sure the expensive phones will still be there for those that want them, but there needs to be cheaper phones that operate well for younger people and those that don't want to spend the money on a phone...