Acer launch Android Stream
We had a quick play with Acer‘s latest Stream, as seen at the clear.fi launch event. The Android-running smartphone was shown for its ability to stream and send movies, music and pics to Acer‘s new media center, but looks like a cracking smartphone in its own right.
The Stream is marketed as a high-end multimedia device, that has been optimized for watching movies, listening to music and browsing the web. It’s pretty slim, just 11.2mm thin, with a svelte metallic coating that feels pretty good in the hand.
The Acer Stream will come packed with Acer UrFooz – letting you create a ‘virtual you’ that integrates with Facebook and Twidroid, as well as working with your address book.
It has a 3.7in ultra-sharp AMOLED touchscreen, with a decent 2000:1 contrast ratio. It has a 3G and HSDPA connection, with Wi-Fi (handy if you’re using its streaming abilities). Under the hood, its got a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, with 512MB of RAM. Right now it’s running Android 2.1, but we were told it will eventually get the 2.2 Froyo upgrade in time.
It’s HD friendly, capable of recording 720p vids with its 5MP camera. The built-in GPS lets you take geotagged shots, and you will be able to stick both pics and vids on your TV via HDMI port.
The Acer Stream comes with 2GB memory built-in, with a free 8GB memory card in the box. It supports microSD cards up to 32GB.
During our play, we thought the skinned menu-system worked well, but was a tad confusing for our liking. Its streaming capabilities couldn’t be tested, but the 1GHz processor was snappy and launched programs quite quick.
They didn’t have any price or launch date info available, but we’ll try and torture that out of some Acer execs later today.