Acer Stream

There just seems to be no end of new players wanting to join the smartphone race. The newest candidate is from Acer, the same company renowned for manufacturing affordable computer systems. Major players in the industry may not be worried about these new players but the added competition should provide consumers with more options. That is if consumers do not automatically fall for the bigger brand names in the industry.

A number of sites related specializing with gadgets and technology have taken notice of Acer and their offering, the Stream. Some are even recommending the device as something worth considering. Hopefully, their smartphone range will be as good or better than Acer’s other products to stand a chance in the industry.

At first glance, the Stream appears strong enough to make a wave. Initial specifications on the device include 1 GHz processor from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon and running on at least an Android Éclair. However, there are rumors that the model will be updated to the much awaited Android 2.2 Froyo. It’s 3-D user interface has impressed those who have seen and tested the device first hand.

The device is thin, measuring approximately 11.1 mm with a 3.7 inch AMOLED touch sensitive screen. It has 512 MB worth of RAM and 512 MB of ROM. Internal storage memory is 2 GB, with the option of expanding up to 8 GB with MicroSD cards. The device also has a built in 5 MP camera, capable of shooting HD video at a resolution of 720p. There is also a port for HDMI, convenient when connecting the device to HD televisions. Other features include GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

There is still no confirmation with regards to the price as of yet. Some analysts speculate that it may cost as low as $150 – $175 when purchased under a contract or $225 without one. Announcement for the Stream release will be made around the middle of June this year with pre-orders around early July at the earliest.

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