Acer Liquid Glow takes aim at the budget Ice Cream Sandwich market

News 11:53, 24 Feb 2012

Acer has announced a new budget smartphone loaded with Android 4.0

Acer has just announced the Acer Liquid Glow ahead of the Mobile World Congress tech show in Barcelona at the end of February.

The new Liquid Glow will bring Google's latest Android operating system, Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) 4.0, to the budget price range and boasts some fairly slick visual design to boot.

Acer is keeping most of the tech specs under its hat for now, presumably to draw more attention to the company booth when the show officially kicks off next week, but we do know it will have  a 5-megapixel camera and a 3.7-inch touchscreen display.

It will also be fitted with an NFC chip for contactless payment, as they're all the rage at the moment.

There's no information about how many cores the processor has, what speed its clocked at or what kind of resolution or display tech the screen and camera are sporting. We also don't know about internal memory, either. All will be revealed very soon no doubt, but we expect things will be kept relatively tame to keep the retail price down.

Still, if it runs Ice Cream Sandwich reasonably well it could still be an attractive prospect for many and, as we mentioned, the form factor is looking rather flashy with some nice curvature, a thin bezel and colour choices for black, pink or white.

Acer is also expected to showcase its new ICS-powered CloudMobile handset at the show.

The reveal follows competitor ZTE's announcement of a similar budget ICS device, the Mimosa X, which is due to be showcased at the expo alongside seven other handsets, including a quad core Android phone and at least one device running Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system.

We'll be sure to bring you all the news from the showroom floor in the coming week.

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