XIZHI, Taiwan - Even though Google has just announced the latest iteration of Android, 2.3 Gingerbread, Acer launched a smartphone, the affordable beTouch E140, that runs on the previous version of the operating system.
Google Android 2.2 Froyo, the prior version to the current one, does not have any major bugs, but the latest device in the market should pack the latest software as well. The Acer beTouch E140 will most certainly receive a software update in the near future, the first handset to actually run on Gingerbread will probably be Google's own Nexus S smartphone. This might challenge customers' decision, as software has become an important part of phone purchases.
What may give Acer the leverage it needs is the price point of the handset, which should be quite affordable, considering that it offers features that can be categorised as mid-end. A 2.8" resistive touchscreen with 240x320 pixels in resolution, a 3.2 megapixel camera, HSPA and Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 600MHz processor are just some of its specifications.
There is no confirmed pricing or release date, but sources suggest that it should cost around EUR200 without subsidies or taxes.