Acer is unveiling the Liquid M220 smartphone at Mobile World Congress, its first phone to run on Windows 8.1 operating system. Acer is also subsequently going to announce its future upgradability to Windows 10 OS.
The Liquid M220 smartphone features a 4 inch display with 233 PPI resolution, and supports Windows applications like OneDrive, Skype, Office and Cortana.
Speaking at the launch, ST Liew, Acer's Smartphone Business Group President, said, “We are proudly introducing our first Windows Phone 8.1 and simultaneously announcing its future upgradability to Windows Phone 10. It is the right moment for Acer to join the Windows Phone eco-system with its growing popularity and consistency across phone and PC devices.”
“With the addition of a Windows-based smartphone, Acer now offers the broadest Windows portfolio in the industry,” he added.
To be available in stores from April onwards, the Liquid M220 will come in Mystic Black and Pure White colours and will be priced at around £50.
The phone contains a 5MP primary camera and a 2MP front camera for smooth and efforless photography. The rear camera sports an 89 degree wide angle lens that allows more of the scenery to be captured in a single photo.
Peter Han, Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, OEM Division, Microsoft, said, “With the launch of the Liquid M220, it’s great to see Acer expanding its portfolio of Windows devices to include smartphones. Together we are providing an integrated, cross-device Windows experience to our joint customers.”
The launch of the Liquid M220 puts it in direct competition with other low cost devices being displayed at Mobile World Congress right now. It will be interesting to see how Acer's first Windows phone will fare in a global market where 96 per cent share has been notched up by Android and iOS platforms.