Details of Acer W4 phone revealed

Just last week Acer and Microsoft announced their partnership to create Windows Phone 7 devices and at the Computex event earlier today, it appears that they've been working together for some time. On display was Acer's W4 phone which will be running under Mango, Window Phone 7's next major update.

Acer W4 Phone
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The phone which has yet to have an availability date is Acer's first phone in the Windows Phone 7 market. Equipped with various features which are mentioned below, the phone contains a high-pass MSN8255 processor clocked at 1GHz and 8GB of storage. With Mango potentially coming by September, we're expecting to see a new range of phones built for the platform, the Acer W4 being just one of the nine expected to be announced soon.

  • 3.5-inch WVGA Capacitive screen,
  • Screen Resolution: 480×800
  • 5mp Camera with auto-focus.
  • HSPA 850/1900mhz or 900/2100mhz
  • GSM quad band 850/900/1800/1900 MHz Support
  • Qualcomm MSN8255 running at 1GHz
  • Wifi, Bluetooth 2.1
  • DLNA Support
  • Windows Phone Mango
  • 8GB Storage

As previously reported on Neowin, Mango is meant to contain a lot of new features that users have been waiting for since it launched in October last year. This includes but not limiting to Internet Explorer 9, multiple calendars and more deep integration with social networks. Indeed Steve Ballmer the CEO of Microsoft, let it slip that the update will contain over 500 new features.

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tsupersonic said,
Qualcomm MSN8255 running at 1GHz? Son, you disappoint.

That's what that chip runs at officially, and 1Ghz is enough CPU wise, it's the GPU on these that matters more.

GP007 said,

That's what that chip runs at officially, and 1Ghz is enough CPU wise, it's the GPU on these that matters more.

Except there is no MSN8255, it's MSM8255 Besides, MS has a strict control on what hardware can run on WP7, so you don't have very many variations in the platform right now...

If you come from an android pov, even 2x cpu is not enough because of its laggy UI *cough atrix cough*. WP7 doesn't really need anything beyond 800mhz to run buttery smooth.

flexkeyboard said,
If you come from an android pov, even 2x cpu is not enough because of its laggy UI *cough atrix cough*. WP7 doesn't really need anything beyond 800mhz to run buttery smooth.

/Agree; This is what the linux guys used against windows all these years: linux can run on lower spec hardware than windows <insert any pre-windows 7 version here>.

As far as concerning the CPU, there is no constraint on the model but there is one on capabilities. Reason why everyone uses the same chipset is because it's the reference one and they can even share device drivers amongst them.

thealexweb said,
The specs don't seem that impressive tbh

Aside from the smaller screen and 8GB I don't think most phone buyers care about the rest tbh.

thealexweb said,
The specs don't seem that impressive tbh

It will be a budget phone. Acer isn't really known for making cutting edge stuff.

ahhell said,

It will be a budget phone. Acer isn't really known for making cutting edge stuff.

exactly what I was thinking.. This is not like the Nokia WP7 debut or something.. this is just acer diversifying there OS usage.. the more OS competition the better for OEM's

Because it's a phone, and they want to move entertainment like music into the cloud so you can carry with you a much bigger library than any 8,16,32 or 64GB phone can ever deliver. makes more sense to.

and costs. it's what most average consumers want. outside of tech geeks, people will rather buy a cheaper 8 GB phone then a 16 or 32GB phone they don't understand why they should pay so much more for. and since the target group is smaller. they will sell less of the big memory ones, pushing production costs way up, and they get even more ridiculously expensive.