Acer CloudMobile: 4.3 inch 720p Android 4.1 smartphone that won a design award

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Ask someone, anyone, about which companies are synonymous with the word design, and you’d be hard pressed to hear a single person mention Acer. Things can change though, and the Acer CloudMobile might be the start of a new era for the company. It won the 2012 iF design award, which isn’t really saying much, but we’ll give Acer the benefit of the doubt. Their new smartphone will ship in Q3 of this year running Android 4.1, it’ll have a 4.3 inch 720p resolution screen, and from the pair of photos we have of the device it looks like it isn’t going to feature any hardware buttons on the front. There’s not too many details about what’s under the hood, we’ll likely hear that at Mobile World Congress later this month, but don’t be surprised to find out that it’s running a typical dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon chip with 1 GB of RAM on board.

The bigger question is what’s Acer going to do to Android? That design award that their phone won was was due to the fact that it looks pretty. There’s only so much being pretty will take you in smartphone land however. If people can’t use your device, then forget about it, no one is going to buy it. We’re hoping Acer will ship the CloudMobile with stock Android, but we know that’s not going to be the case. All we can do is click our red shoes together with our eyes closed and wait and see what happens.

So are you turned on by this thing or are you waiting to see other, more significant devices? The Samsung Galaxy S III and iPhone 5 come to mind, both of which should be out by the time the CloudMobile hits the market. And seriously, CloudMobile? That just rolls right off the tongue!

[Via: The Verge]

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