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Acer announces entry level Android phone

Acer announces entry level Android phone

The low-cost Acer beTouch E130 has been announced this week, bringing with it a full QWERTY keypad and a BlackBerry style emphasis on messaging and email capabilities.

Acer has given the beTouch E130 Android 1.6, which puts it several software generations behind the new Android releases from competing manufacturers.

However, it could be home to an Android update at some point in the future and many users will not be concerned with the fact that version 2.2 of the platform is not present.

The portrait QWERTY keypad sits below a 2.6-inch screen and the beTouch E130 will come loaded with Google applications and compatibility with Microsoft Exchange for mailing and synchronisation.

Social networking support comes straight out of the box, with Facebook and Twitter apps available and getting online is possible via either 3G or Wi-Fi.

The beTouch E130 has a perfectly acceptable 3.2 megapixel camera and you can expand the 512MB of on-board storage with microSD memory cards of up to 32GB in size.

Acer has launched the beTouch E130 alongside the touchscreen E120, which has a 2.8-inch display and drops the full physical QWERTY keypad in favour of more traditional smartphone styling. This mobile will actually hit the market before the E130, with a July launch date planned.

Pricing for both phones has yet to be confirmed, but their vital statistics and ageing Android version suggest that they will be sitting at the lower end of the scale.

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