Acer has unveiled two Android ‘beTouch’ touchscreen mobiles – the E120 and E130 – both running Google’s Android operating system.
The Acer beTouch E120 smartphone has a 2.8-inch touchscreen and a 5-way navigation key beneath. There’s a microSD card slot that will accept cards up to 32GB capacity.
Acer says that the E120 will measure 105x54x13mm and weigh 105g – significantly less than the 135g of an iPhone.
Inside, the E120 is powered by a 416MHz chip and there’s 256MB of Ram on board. This spec puts it some way behind the latest Android smartphones such as the HTC Desire, which use the 1GHz Snapdragon processor and have at least double the Ram of Acer’s newcomers.
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Acer beTouch handsets run Android 1.6
Both beTouch handsets will be launched with version 1.6 of Android, and lacks the advanced features of the latest version of Google Android 2.2.
The E120 and E130 have 3.2Mp cameras, built-in wi-fi, GPS and Bluetooth. For connectivity there’s a micro USB socket, and a standard 3.5mm audio socket for connecting headphones or speakers.
Both E120 and E130 will have FM radios and include the ‘Spinlets’ app for music streaming, and YouTube app for video.
Acer E130 has touchscreen and Qwerty keyboard
Acer’s beTouch E130 primarily differs from the E120 by having a 2.6-inch touchscreen and a full Qwerty keyboard beneath, similar to the layout of many BlackBerry handsets. Slightly larger than the E120 at 115x63x12mm, it weighs 109g, according to Acer.
The E120 will be available from mid-July 2010 in black or white. Buyers will have to wait until August for the beTouch E130 that will be available in black and white.
Pricing, network operators and stockists have yet to be confirmed, although, like Acer’s previous Android handsets, the beTouch E120 and E130 are likely to be available Sim-free from online retailers.
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