PC maker Acer has debuted five Android smartphone models for the Australian market.
|Acer liquid E Ferrari Special Edition|
Included in the range was Acer's special edition liquid E Ferrari handset (pictured left) with a glossy red casing, chrome trim and a 3.5" screen running on Android 2.1.
Other models included the standard liquid E, Stream (pictured right), beTouch E120 and beTouch E130 (pictured below).
At the launch in Sydney yesterday, Acer also revealed that it had partnered with Ingram Micro for the supply of the devices.
Although it had existing relationships with Telstra and Optus, Acer didn't expect a telco deal until next year.
The move was in contrast with handset makers such as HTC which often launch new devices through their telco channel before the IT channel.
"We're accessing an open market strategy," Gaba Cheng, product manager for digital display at Acer Australia told CRN.
Cheng said the devices were available now, in time for spring and Christmas.
Products and RRP:
Ferrari Liquid E - $999
Liquid E - $699
Stream - $799
beTouch E120 - $399
beTouch E130 (pictured right)- $499
Meanwhile, Acer also signalled that it would launch a tablet PC in the next six to eight weeks.
"We estimate that the tablet will erode into the market share of netbooks which has been strong," Nigel Gore, general manager for Product Group, Acer Australia said.