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 clear.fi, 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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