Acer Announces First Windows Phone 8.1 Handset

Posted on March 1, 2015 by Paul Thurrott in Windows Phones with 0


Acer used to sell a gorgeous Windows Mobile handset outside the United States, but this week the firm announced its first-ever Windows Phone 8.1 handset. Unfortunately, in keeping with Windows Phone’s market trends, the Acer Liquid M220 is very much a low-end device. Windows Phone fans, this is not the flagship you’re looking for.

“With the launch of the Liquid M220, it’s great to see Acer expanding its portfolio of Windows devices to include smartphones,” Microsoft VP Peter Han is credited with in a prepared statement. “Together we are providing an integrated, cross-device Windows experience to our joint customers.”

The specs are disappointing to say the least: the Liquid M220 features a dual-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 200 processor, 512 MB of RAM, just 4 GB of internal storage, a 4-inch WVGA (800 × 480) screen and 5MP (rear) and 2MP (front) cameras. It does have dual-SIM capabilities and will come in two color choices, Mystic Black and Pure White. It will cost ~$88 when it ships in April in the EMEA.

Acer says the Liquid M220 will launch with Windows Phone 8.1.1 but will be upgradeable to Windows 10 when that OS ships later in 2015.

Nothing to see here, though I’d love to see a higher-end Acer phone. They have good hardware designs, generally, and that Windows Mobile phone was pretty sweet.

Here are a few images of the device from Acer.




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