Clove has announced they will start shipping Acerâ€™s updated smartphone range, including the powerful Acer F1 in October this year.
There will be 4 devices available, all at very low prices compared to other vendors.
Named Acer F1, C1, E1 and L1 the new units have varying capabilities.
Acer E1 â€“ Basic Windows Mobile 6.5 handset, with Bluetooth, GPS, 3.2â€ touch screen and a thickness of just 12mm.
Acer C1 â€“ The E1 with 3G and HSDPA.
Acer F1 â€“ An all singing all dancing Windows Mobile device. Running Windows Mobile 6.5 this device has a big 3.8â€ WVGA display, WiFi, motion sensor, 3.5mm audio jack, 5 megapixel camera and 1GHz processor.
Acer L1 – Windows Mobile 6.5 device, with a slide out numeric keypad! 3â€ QVGA display, HSDPA, Bluetooth, GPS and 3 megapixel camera.
Acerâ€™s current generation of devices have hardly hit the streets (or your pockets) but Acer is already speaking about their successors.
The devices will all be powered by Windows Mobile 6.5 and and while the F1 will be 5 megapixel high-end device, the other two are expected to be very cheap and almost certainly free on contract.
The C1 and L1 are both attempts by Acer to attract feature-phone users to smartphones, according to Aymar de Lencquesaing, president of Acer’s Smart Handheld Business Group.
"In this economic crisis, the replacement rate of feature phones has slowed down," he said during a press conference in Taipei on Tuesday. The C1 and L1 will be inexpensive smartphones with similar features to conventional mobile phones but with touchscreens.
The C1 will also be sold in two versions, one for 3G networks and the other made for EDGE de Lencquesaing said.
Finally bringing together most dream features, the Acer F1 shown of at Computex features a large 3.8 inch WVGA screen, 5 megapixel camera WITH flash, sleek looks, and that most rare of features, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, all powered by Windows Mobile 6.5.
This is however changing, with Acer smartphone boss Aymar de Lencquesaing telling The Register a bit more about these mysterious devices.
First, for all the Android fans, the bad news is that they will all run Windows Mobile 6.5. Of course at WMPoweruser we could not be happier about this.
Secondly, all the devices will feature cameras and GPS.
The first device is the F1, which looks a lot like the HTC Touch HD (a lot!) and also features a 5 megapixel camera. Aymar de Lencquesaing calls it a â€œvery slick high end deviceâ€.
Next, at a slightly lower price is the L1, which is a portait slider with an keypad. de Lencquesaing describes it as having all the functionality of the top end device but in a more familiar format, at a more price sensitive point.
The next two devices, the C1 and the E1, will deliver â€œsmart phone functionality at the same price as a feature phoneâ€ according to de Lencquesaing, who claimed consumers will be able to get both devices for no more than â‚¬49, presumable on contract. The consumer-friendly devices will be available in multiple colours.
Devices should be shipping around the end of the third quarter at the latest, with further devices to come in the fourth quarter.