If you say it in the right fashion, it kinda rhymes, doesn’t it? “New Acer Stream, the perfect entertainment machine.” Anyways, the new Android powered handset from Acer is really being dubbed as the “perfect entertainment machine,” at least that’s what Acer is calling it. But the new Acer Stream does have some pretty good multimedia capabilities. It’s not quite as sexy as the HTC EVO, but it looks aren’t everything.
The Acer Stream originally debuted at Google I/O, under the name Acer Liquid Stream, but today it was officially unveiled as just the Acer Stream. According to the company’s press release today, the Stream is being touted as a real multimedia powerhouse. Seems like Acer wants to compete with some of the newer Android devices that have just hit market. The specs are actually similar to the likes of the Droid Incredible, and the yet-to-be released EVO 4G.
The Acer Stream does offer some features that aren’t on either of those, the one that comes to mind is the integrated HDMI output (the EVO does have a special micro-HDMI dock you can buy separately). Which goes nicely with the 5 megapixel camera that is capable of recording in 720p. The rest of the specs, as I said, are pretty standard nowadays. 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 3.7″ inch AMOLED screen and 512MB of RAM. It boasts 3G+ speeds, HSDPA 7.2 Mbps, and has full wireless connectivity (b/g/n). Your basic Bluetooth 2.1, GPS and on-board MicroSD slot round out the mix.
All of this will run on Android 2.1, not Froyo. What’s interesting is the new UI, Acer claims the Stream will come with a “completely brand new user interface that has been totally redesigned in order to focus on what is essential to users.” It has it’s own take on social networking integration, and will come Nemo Player pre-installed. No word on when or exactly where the Acer Stream will be released, but the rumors point to a European release.
The Acer Stream looks good, both on the outside, and in its specs. But what remains to be seen, is will this phone actually sell? The high-end Android handset scene is so crowded right now and is only getting bigger by the m0nth, I have to wonder where this phone will fit in.
Here’s a video from the Italian blog, Batista70Phone. They apparently got some hands-on time with the new multimedia handset. Also check out the full press release for a complete description of the Acer Stream. It’s pretty good :)
[via Acer press release]