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Acer's stunner to be launched in April '11

Acer isn't exactly a name that quickly comes to mind when think of smartphones, but the company is looking to change that rather quickly with a new Android-based device.

The unnamed smartphone sports a huge 4.8" display with a generous 1024x480 resolution (21:9 aspect ratio). If the large screen isn't enough to impress, the smartphone also features a full metal body with subtle engraved patterns.

When it comes to hardware specs, all the usual suspects are here including a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 8MP rear camera (with LED flash), 2MP front-facing camera, HDMI-out, and an accelerometer/gyroscope.

Connectivity duties are handled bier HSDPA, 802.11n, and the emerging Bluetooth 3.0 standard.

Acer calls its latest device "100% Smartphone, 100% Tablet", and you'll be able to find out more details closer to its April 2011 launch according to Engadget.

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By hlper on 11/23/2010 1:54:29 PM , Rating: 5
I really feel like cell phones are getting to big in size. Don't get me wrong, some of these are really cool devices, but I want to cary my phone in my pocket. I am about to replace my dying flip style phone, and just cannot wrap my brain around a phone that takes up twice the space.

I could be completely wrong though. Is this just me?

RE: Size
By Homerboy on 11/23/2010 2:03:32 PM , Rating: 5
You can't be wrong about what YOU want and what YOU decide you need.

RE: Size
By Adonlude on 11/23/2010 7:11:31 PM , Rating: 5
Sure you can, just ask my girlfriend.

RE: Size
By Redwin on 11/24/2010 12:05:45 AM , Rating: 3

RE: Size
By maverick85wd on 11/26/2010 1:44:35 PM , Rating: 1
not sure if that deserves a 6, definitely worth the 5 though.

RE: Size
By erple2 on 11/28/2010 10:56:11 AM , Rating: 2
You've clearly never dated anyone that fits in the "high-maintenance" category.

RE: Size
By EnoYls on 11/24/2010 2:54:55 AM , Rating: 2
That gave me a good chuckle.

RE: Size
By RugMuch on 11/30/2010 5:43:30 PM , Rating: 2
yeah reminds me of my winter girlfriend

RE: Size
By PAPutzback on 11/23/2010 2:03:55 PM , Rating: 3
Your comparing a basic phone to a smartphone. So there really is no comparison. My Evo is only slightly taller than my wallet, less thick and skinnier. Now the Dell 7 inch thing is to big but I think the ACER phone is a good size.

I use my smartphone as a phone about 1 percent of the time. I uset he Pandora and GPS when I am in the car, I play Angry birds when I am waiting somewhere, I used the compass to set my OTA antenna.... These are swiss army knives not phones.

RE: Size
By strikeback03 on 11/23/2010 3:39:18 PM , Rating: 5
As someone who owns a MP3 player with a 4.8" screen I can say I would not want to carry this with me all the time as a phone. I wish there was more going on with good phones in smaller (~3-3.5" screen) sizes, but not happening at the moment.

RE: Size
By omnicronx on 11/23/2010 6:31:25 PM , Rating: 3
Please note that this is a 21:9 device, not 16:9 like your EVO or 4:3 like the iPhone.

Just doing some simple math in my head, it has around the same total area as a 4.3" 16:9 device such as your EVO.. The end result is it may be a bit taller, but not any wider.. (And depending on how flush the screen is to the top or bottom, from the looks of it, there is not much space atop and under the screen)

That being said, a 4.8" device for a 16:9 or 4:3 display is just too big for a phone, i don't care who you are.

RE: Size
By priusone on 11/24/2010 10:19:47 AM , Rating: 2
That is a very valid point you made. I was somewhat considering the dimensions when I read your post. Dailytech should seriously post something like this in future articles. Or, at least, "the phone is around the same width as the Evo, and about 3/4 of an in taller." (just guessing)

RE: Size
By DanNeely on 11/23/2010 2:08:45 PM , Rating: 2
3.5" class smartphones are still well supported; most prominently by the iPhone. There have been a few low end android devices with sub 3" screens but they reviewed poorly because the UI doesn't scale well to a screen that small.

RE: Size
By omnicronx on 11/23/2010 6:44:17 PM , Rating: 2
The iPhone is closer to the 4+" 16:9 devices than smaller devices.. Diagonal screen size alone is not a good indication of the total area that the screen covers.

RE: Size
By frsg on 11/23/2010 2:49:49 PM , Rating: 3
Think of it as a PDA with ability to make calls.

You may avoid looking ridiculous by using bluetooth earpiece. If you spend a bit of effort setting up voice recognition, most time you won't even have to reach for your pocket.

RE: Size
By EnoYls on 11/24/2010 2:59:13 AM , Rating: 5
You may avoid looking ridiculous by using bluetooth earpiece.

I don't see how that would make you avoid looking ridiculous. Now you will either look like a crazy person, or a tool.

RE: Size
By rudy on 11/23/2010 2:53:08 PM , Rating: 3
First of all there are many smaller options. Also I love the bigger size and cant wait for them to keep moving up. As long as it fits in my pocket I want it as big as possible.

Think about it also it actually is saving you space. MP3 player, maybe a small laptop, gps, and point and shoot camera, watch, all these things can be replaced by a single smart phone the load smaller.

RE: Size
By BugblatterIII on 11/23/2010 3:40:53 PM , Rating: 2
Choice is key. There are smaller phones for those who like them small.

I have a HD2 and don't find it too big at all, and there's certainly room in my pocket for a slightly larger phone.

There are some things that are just far more usable on a larger screen, e.g. being able to read a website (in landscape) without zooming in.

What would put me off this phone is the 1GHz Snapdragon. That's what I already have, and I'm already running Android on my HD2 so wouldn't gain much by upgrading.

Now where are those roll-up and fold-up screens they promised us?

RE: Size
By 440sixpack on 11/23/2010 5:58:24 PM , Rating: 2
It cracks me up, for years it felt like phones were all just about smaller, smaller, smaller. I didn't like it beyond a point because to me, something the size of a credit card was just not comfortable to hold. Now it's reversing and going in the opposite direction, phones getting bigger again. Next they'll be getting smaller because they'll be getting implanted in people's brains. :-)

RE: Size
By theapparition on 11/23/2010 10:41:59 PM , Rating: 2
First thought I had after reading your comment was the cell phone in Zoolander

Second thought I had after typing this was that I actually watched Zoolander.

RE: Size
By BZDTemp on 11/24/2010 5:53:15 AM , Rating: 2
Xperia X10 Mini is the one you need :-)

RE: Size
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By Jeremy87 on 11/23/2010 2:25:25 PM , Rating: 2
1024x480 at 21:9, not square pixels?

RE: Pixels
By Kibbles on 11/23/2010 2:35:42 PM , Rating: 2
The screen is probably 1.9inch wide and 4.4inch tall.

RE: Pixels
By Jeremy87 on 11/23/2010 3:02:23 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, that's what I'm saying - the pixels aren't 1:1 shaped but something like 1.09:1.

RE: Pixels
By DrSpaceman on 11/23/2010 5:46:59 PM , Rating: 2
pixels don't have to be square, nor does the spacing between them have to be uniform...

RE: Pixels
By Jeremy87 on 11/23/2010 6:53:42 PM , Rating: 2
Yes I know, it just doesn't make much sense on a mobile device. Every application has to be made/modified for it to not look stretched or blurred.

RE: Pixels
By inperfectdarkness on 11/23/2010 5:25:39 PM , Rating: 2
why are people supportive of the increased push to make screens more and more rectangular? will next year's models have 42:5 dimensions?

RE: Pixels
By Alexstarfire on 11/23/2010 5:38:45 PM , Rating: 2
No idea. I mean, 16:9 makes sense but that's about it. What kind of ratio is 21:9? It should either be 16:9 or 4:3. 4:3 for a cell phone isn't that great though.

RE: Pixels
By DanNeely on 11/24/2010 6:32:55 AM , Rating: 2
21:9 is the approximate aspect ratio of anamorphic widescreen at your movie theater.

16:9 (1.77:1) is a weird compromise ratio that was picked because it minimized the average amount of black bar space between 4:3, 1.66:1 (EU standard widescreen), 1.85:1 (standard US widescreen), and 2.35/2.39:1 (anamorphic widescreen) videos.

By chmilz on 11/23/2010 1:34:38 PM , Rating: 4
Looks good, glad to see their first entry isn't a cheap "me too" product. All metal, good specs... stuff like this and the GalaxyS really set the bar high and force everyone to step up their game or fail.

RE: Competition
By joedon3 on 11/23/2010 1:50:30 PM , Rating: 4
With Tegra 2 devices around the corner, this will be mainstream device, not high-end before its even released.

RE: Competition
By KingstonU on 11/23/2010 1:52:19 PM , Rating: 3
Their first phone was the Acer Liquid E released earlier this year I believe, but this is still very nice to see.

Once the 5" Dell Streak came out people actually started rethinking what was "too much" for a phone and people have been surprised how usable it is. Also considering that the ability to make calls is the part that I use the least on my smart phone.

RE: Competition
By DanNeely on 11/23/2010 2:16:59 PM , Rating: 2
Smartphones had been steadily creeping up in size from 3.5 to 3.7 to 4 to 4.3 to 4.7" over the years prior to the dell streak. It's just another incremental increase, nothing spectacular.

Not a purse...
By DaSpyda on 11/26/2010 3:17:00 PM , Rating: 2
I love big screens but boy, you'd need to be using a purse to carry something as big.

"European shoulder bag", thank you... :P

RE: Not a purse...
By MadAd on 11/30/2010 5:36:44 PM , Rating: 2
Its called a handbag with the purse just holding money/cards but I dont think the average male american geek gives a .....

By DeepBlue1975 on 11/24/2010 9:54:25 AM , Rating: 2
At least for me, I stop looking at a "daily phone" when it's over 4", which is already quite a bulky size, but a good compromise between screen size and portability.

I love big screens but boy, you'd need to be using a purse to carry something as big.

So, beware our beloved female partners, soon enough our techno-addiction will lead us to steal their purses just to carry a phone.

It's funny how we complained about those times we had to bear with those more-than-a-half-pound beasts from Motorola (along with a pack of spare batteries as they would run out in a matter of hours), and 20 years later we are heading towards that same situation :)

By zsdersw on 11/24/2010 12:26:36 PM , Rating: 2
It's an iBlackDroid; a smartphone that is completely collapsible/expandable; from 1" all the way up to 10". It can be used as both a clamshell-style and candybar-style device, and features a physical keyboard that appears/disappears based on the particular mood its owner is presently in. The battery lasts for 7 days on a full charge, and the phone is available from any carrier in the world, gets perfect reception and speedy data rates in any indoor/outdoor setting, and has a no-contract price of $5.

Such a device would give many of you back *a lot* of your time, because you wouldn't be wasting it whining about your phone, someone else's phone, or all the other phones available.

iPhone has a 3:2 Aspect Ratio
By MacDuff on 11/24/2010 1:08:09 PM , Rating: 2
In response to the person who said the iPhone has a 4:3 aspect ratio:

The iPhone 4 has a resolution of 960x640 (older iPhones were also 3:2 but with 480x320 resolution).

The iPad is 4:3 with 1024x768 though.

wait a minute....
By mackx on 11/26/2010 3:34:52 PM , Rating: 2
1gig snappie and released next april?

i might be wrong, but wasn't that soc out like in march this year? next year the high end should be dual cores

screen size is nice though

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