Acer launches E120 and E130 Android phones

A new kid on the block and an old friend from Acer - specifically the E120 and E130 Android smartphones, both of which are officially launched in the UK today.

'Old friend' because we have mentioned the E130 in the past, a BlackBerry-like handset complete with full QWERTY keyboard. If messaging is a big part of your life, it's worth a look. Saying that, it's just Android 1.6 for the OS, which is effectively two steps off the pace before it's even been launched.

Hardware-wise, the E130 has a 416MHz ST-Ericsson processor, 256MB of RAM and 512MB of ROM, a 2.6-inch QVGA touchscreen display, a 3.2-megapixel camera, microSD slot, GPS and Wi-Fi connectivity. With the content, of course there's all the Android essentials, along with Twitter and Facebook apps pre-loaded and compatibility with all popular email services as well as Microsoft Exchange servers. Black or white are the colours, August is the shelf date.

The E120 is a more traditional touchscreen Android, a 2.8-inch screen that works with a 5-way navi key. There's also a 3.2-megapixel camera, that same  416MHz processor, Wi-Fi, GPS and a microSD slot to boost storage. Android OS is again 1.6, with the E120 expected to land in July.

Nothing out of the ordinary, but tidy handsets that offer the Android experience for what's unlikely to be a hefty outlay. If you fancy either, see your local phone shop around those dates.

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