Acer has had a long relationship with Microsoft and its Windows platform, but that has mostly been for PC tech, with the occasional smartphone along the way. With Windows 10 Mobile due to land later in the year, Acer is reaffirming its ties to Microsoft with the launch of four new smartphone running Redmond's new platform. A new report suggests those devices will be announced during the IFA trade expo in Berlin during September.
Acer is back on Microsoft's Windows Phone platform after the company launched the Liquid M220 smartphone today, the device was announced back in March. As we have become used to, the handset is a modest device that runs Windows Phone 8.1, but arguably the most interesting thing is that Acer confirmed the Liquid M220 will be upgradeable to Windows 10 Mobile when the software lands this fall.
Acer kicked off the Mobile World Conference here in Barcelona by unveiling a new Windows Phone, but as is familiar with Microsoft's platform, the device will now blow you away. The Acer Liquid M220 is yet another handset that will fall into the seemingly endless stream of mid-range and entry level Windows Phone. Any hopes that platform would get a flagship beyond the HTC One M8 should be shelved for some time (probably until Windows 10 lands).
Acer's quest to join the smartphone elite will continue at the Mobile World Conference (MWC) in Barcelona next week when the Taiwanese company launches new handsets. There are reports that the company will debut a new Windows Phone smartphone, while the familiar Android toting Liquid series will also get some new additions. On top of that, Acer is also set to showcase its new wearable device.
CES is not underway just yet, when it is the new devices will be rolling out at break neck pace... however, the pre-show is also pretty interesting. Some company's roll out smaller devices before CES starts in earnest, an Acer has done just that with the launch of a new wallet friendly entry level smartphone.
Acer is a long term Microsoft partner and has been building Windows PCs for many years, but the Taiwanese company pulled out of the Windows Phone market and has been releasing Android devices. While rolling out a couple of new Android smartphones today, there are reports that Acer will make a return to the Windows Phone fold in 2015.
Acer has been pretty quiet on the smartphone front lately, but today the company released the new Liquid Jade S, an updated and better version of its Liquid Jade mid-range device that was launched way back in May.
Acer is not one of the high flying names in the mobile space and has struggled to make a successful transition from its PC heritage. That said, the company tends to make decent hardware that is affordable, and that has been summed up by its new tablet line-up launched at IFA. The company has rolled out three new slates in Berlin, each delivering the typical Acer bang for buck.
Acer launched a couple of new smartphones today to slot nicely into the company's Liquid range at the mid and budget price points. The Liquid Z200 will arrive as a contender in the growing budget space, while the Liquid Jade will fit into the mid-range.
The rise of 7-inch tablets has continued following the success of low cost devices like the Amazon Kindle Fire and Google Nexus 7, and Acer today announced plans to keep deal-hunting buyers happy with an Android tablet for only $149.