Acer Iconia Smart launches

Wondering if you really need a tablet when you have an internet-ready smartphone? Acer's decided you can have it all, with the unveiling of the Iconia Smart, a device positioned at "100% Smartphone; 100% Tablet".


We're not sure about the 100% part, but the 4.8-inch Android-powered Iconia Smart is certainly either a massive smartphone, or a tiny tablet - rather like the Dell Streak in fact.


Made of a metal chassis engraved with a subtle wave pattern - not unlike bigger brother the Iconia Tab - it's slightly curved and a slender 64.5 mm wide which just might make it slightly more comfortable to hold against the ear for phone calls, a problem we had with the Dell Streak.


Running on the latest version of Android for smartphones, 2.3 Gingerbread, the Iconia Smart is a widescreen phone-tab with 1024x800 resolution and 21:9 display for movies. Dolby Mobile powers the sound, while DLNA tech and an HDMI port lets you stream or hard-wire transfer content to bigger screens. It's also preloaded with, Acer's media sharing tech that allows you to stream content between the Iconia Smart and computers or HDTVs at home.


A 1GHz Snapdragon chip powers this phone for fast multi-tasking and smooth high-definition gaming


The capacitive touch-screen supports multi-touch for pinch-to-zoom in pictures and websites. The web browser supports Flash 10.1 so you can view any online video, and auto-fits pages for desktop-like viewing, while Wi-Fi and HSDPA support ensure all-over internet.


The Acer Iconia Smart is available from May 1, pricing TBC.

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