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Acer launches latest generation smartphone

Multimedia, connectivity, style and HD video - available from mid-November

Picture of the front and back of a phone

Acer has announced its latest generation of smartphone, the Acer Liquid Metal. Aimed squarely at satisfying the integrated lifestyles that consumers increasingly lead, it's being touted by the company as 'the perfect tool to meet the growing need to be connected any time and anywhere'.

It's certainly a rather stylish device, coming with a rounded 3.6-inch display, a stainless steel back cover and chrome trims which should look the part in any hands. The specification under the hood isn't too bad either, powered by a Qualcomm 7230 800Mhz processor for lightning fast navigation and the Android Froyo 2.2 OS, purported to be five times faster than previous versions. Connectivity is provided via WiFi and 14.4Mbps HSDPA while a multi-touch function makes resizing of web pages, photos and maps easy.

A smartphone wouldn't be a smartphone without a multimedia experience, and the Acer Liquid Metal brings together a 5 megapixel camera plus HD recording at 720p (30 frames per second) and Dolby Surround technology. As expected, social networking is also catered for, with the Acer SocialJogger application aggregating user's Facebook and Twitter feeds and allowing them to receive updates directly through a dedicated widget on the home screen.

Offered in two colours – brown from mid-November and silver arriving in early December - the phone will cost £299, which compares rather well against other smartphones currently doing the rounds, although Acer arguably lacks the market power of some of the competition in the increasingly congested smartphone field.

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