Acer to continue supporting Windows Phone, bringing a Windows Phone 8 device in 2013
September 4, 2012 at 03:33 GMT | By Darlington Moyo
When Microsoft announced a couple of months ago at the Developer Summit that only four manufacturers (Nokia, Samsung, HTC and Huawei) were going to be the initial Windows Phone 8 lauch partners, many of us wondered if it would affect Microsoft's relationship with other Windows Phone OEMs such as ZTE, Acer, Dell and Fujitsu. LG never minced their words, telling the world that they had no plans of releasing a Windows Phone device in the near future, while ZTE and Fujitsu announced that they were planning to release their own Windows Phone 8 devices in 2013. Little was know of Acer's intentions, well until now at least.
Acer president Jim Wong announced the company will be launching six new smartphones in 2013, five Android phones and one Windows Phone. According to Wong,
One of the six models will be a Windows Phone 8 device and the rest will run on Android platforms, with high-end models to be built with Qualcomm's dual-core CPUs and entry-level models using chipset solutions from MediaTek.Acer have been one of the bigger players of the Windows based device portfolio and till some years back had the biggest range of Windows Mobile operating system based devices. Unfortunately, their one and only Windows Phone 7 offering, the Acer Allegro was rather unflattering. To say the Acer Allegro was a flop is an understatement. Up to now, the Windows 7.5 device is still a phantom, known to exist yet no one has set eyes on it. At 13mm thick, the Allegro holds the record of being the the fattest non-QWERTY Windows Phone device. OK, maybe that's a bit cruel but what is one expected to say about the Acer Allegro? Anyway, Acer seems to be counting on Windows Phone 8 to bring things back on track for them.
A better effort than the Allegro will be much appreciated and probably see thier Windows Phone fortunes turn. Anyone holding out for a Windows Phone 8 Acer device out there? Anyone? Maybe not...
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