Announcements of new Android handsets are coming thick and fast, we’ve had the HTC Wildfire, Samsung Galaxy S and Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini to name three of the most recent. Now we have another looking join in on the Android Action, this handset though, comes from a name you wouldn’t necessarily associate with mobile phones; Acer. This isn’t Acer’s first shot at a Smartphone, remember the Acer Liquid? Anyone? Thought not, but it appears it now has a successor, and this looks alot more like the handset we’d hoped for previously…
Presenting the Acer Stream, which has been dubbed as a mobile entertainment dream machine. As far as specs go, here’s what we know: It’ll launch with Android 2.1 (éclair), it will also have a 3.7 Inch AMOLED display with a 2000:1 contrast ratio which without going into the gory details, is very good. There’s also a Qualcomm SnapDragon 1GHz processor lurking under the hood joined by 512MB of RAM which will take care of any day to day tasks without breaking sweat.
The camera is a 5 Megapixel unit, which seems to be fast becoming the norm in Android Smartphones, although, the Stream has the ability to record 720p HD video, straight out of the box. There’s also a mini HDMI port for linking the Acer Stream up to your HDTV to watch the 720p videos in all their HD glory. There’s also 2GB of internal storage and a rumour that the Stream will ship with an 8GB MicroSD card in the box, which takes care of any worries about not having enough space to store your media. If you’re still worried however, fear not, the Stream supports MicroSD storage up to 32GB.
We can’t forget to mention the FM Radio, GPS and what has been referred to as an HTC Sense style User Interface which runs on top of the Android Operating System. It is said that the UI will let you switch between photos and video in a 3D interface that will also apparently carry through to 3D gaming.
With no details about pricing or release date yet, we’re left to deliberate whether the Stream will be the beginning of a fruitful second attempt at breaking into the Smartphone market or whether it will wash up on the banks of ‘easily forgotten phones’ alongside it’s predecessor.