Acer taps US smartphone market with Liquid M220

27 Apr

Acer, the world’s No. 5 PC maker, is tapping the US smartphone market for the first time with its Windows-powered Liquid M220 handset.

From June, the Liquid M220 will be available at Microsoft outlets and Microsoftstore.com in the United States, priced at US$79.99, Acer announced Thursday at a global press event in New York.

The M220 is the first in Acer’s Liquid series of handsets to run on the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system and can be upgraded by the company free of charge to Windows 10 in the future, Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported.

The low-priced handset is equipped with a 4-inch WVGA display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 dual-core 1.2GHz mobile processor, 1GB of memory, a 5-megapixel auto-focus rear camera and a 1300mAh battery, according to the Central News Agency.

“We’re confident that budget-conscious customers will appreciate the significant value and ease of use that our Liquid smartphones offer,” said Hugo Hernandez, vice president of Acer America smartphone business group, in a statement.

Acer plans to ship 5 million to 6 million smartphones this year, up significantly from about 3 million units last year and 1.5 million units in 2013.

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