Acer to tip its hat with a new Windows Phone device in the first half of 2014

Acer to tip its hat with a new Windows Phone device in the first half of 2014
On the coattails of making some notable announcements at COMPUTEX this past week, we get to see an overview of Acer’s strategy going forward.

The Taiwan based manufacturer outlined plans to build hardware across a number of CPU platforms, Qualcomm, MediaTek and Intel, the last one being noted as a “strategic play only” and connoting that with plans for a phablet.

On the phablet front, Acer did just announce the Liquid S1, an Android powered 5.2-inch device with MediaTek silicon inside. The mid-range device will be available later this year in Europe and parts of Asia. Also announced was the Acer Iconia W3, an 8-inch tablet running full Windows 8, available now for only $380 or so.

What could be missing from such a line-up? Well Acer is not abandoning Android by any means. The company is committed to continue delivering its vision on top of Android. However, in an effort to provide a unified experience across familiar hardware, Acer plans to deliver a Windows Phone to go with your new Iconia Windows tablet.

Specifications on such a device are not known, but it will certainly be an order of magnitude superior to the company’s last Windows device, the Allegro, which was announced back in 2011. Calling it a “strategic play,” the target for this device is sometime in the first half of 2014.

sources: via WMPoweruser


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