Acer getting back into smartphone biz on Feb. 16th with MWC 2009 announcement

Ever since Acer has acquired Windows Mobile smartphone manufacturer E-Ten, we’ve been waiting to see what it will do with it.

They  kept peddling the old E-Ten handsets under Glofiish brand in Asia and  Eastern Europe. But also promised to have a new smartphone ready by the end of 2008  or early in 2009.

Well, it looks that Acer will keep its promise and have a major smartphone announcement on Feb. 16th at Barcelona MWC 2009.

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So what can we expect from it?

My guess will be a powerful Windows Mobile 6.5 based smartphone with touch interface. Well, invitation actually says “smartphones“, so there will probably be several of them.

And this is confirmed by Acer’s MWC 09 profile:

Now Acer enters the Smart Handheld market with an exciting range of easy to use devices designed to offer phone capability, simple one hand usability and complete connectivity.

I guess there will be at least 3 new Acer handhelds on display in Barcelona.

E-ten was making a pretty high specc’ed and interesting WM smartphones, but lacked marketing muscle and design skills  to become a major player in a smatphone field. With Acer resources behind it, and after almost a year of quiet development,  the announcement coinciding with Windows Mobile 6.5 launch … I think they could be really interesting devices too.

Acer might also announce that it is joining Open Handset Alliance and could have some Android phones later this year. Heck, everybody is  doing it, so why not Acer? It’s not that Windows Mobile is  THE platform of choice among smartphone makers these days.

Well, we’ll be there, at the announcement, in  a few weeks. Stay tuned.

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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