Acer Liquid M220 will be heading to Microsoft Stores for $79.99 in June

Microsoft has announced that the low budget Acer Liquid M220 Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone will be making its way to Microsoft Stores this June, as well as online at MicrosoftStore.com. The device will launch in the US with an MSRP of $79.99 and is promised an upgrade to Windows Phone 10 when the OS launches later in the year. This marks Acer's first official foray into the US smartphone market, and a reversal on their position on Windows Phone from a year ago.

The Liquid M220 is a barebones smartphone, with specifications almost as low as they go with a few notable -- and useful -- exceptions, such as 1GB of RAM and a Micro SD slot. Acer is making the M220 available in two colors in the US: Mystic Black and Pure White.

  • Dimensions: 4.9- x 2.5-x .38-inches
  • Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Screen: 4" WVGA 480x800 (233 PPI)
  • OS: Windows Phone 8.1 (free upgrade to Windows Phone 10 late 2015)
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 (2 x 1.2 Ghz)
  • Memory: 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, microSD expansion
  • Camera: 5.0MP Rear, 2.0MP Front
  • Connectivity: 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, GSM/HSPA
  • Battery: 1300 mAh Li-Ion
  • Price: $79.99

Our early hands on experience with the device suggests that the experience with this phone will be about what you expect at the very bottom of the spectrum, with poor display angles and sluggish performance. However, at under $100 including taxes in most states, it does have its place. The Lumia 520 launched incredibly cheaply with the lowest possible specifications and easily became the highest selling Windows Phone device on the market, so it is likely that Acer intends to copy that success here.

Source: Windows Blog

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