Android + Intel = Acer Liquid C1

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By Daniel O. Escasa An Android phone that starts up with the familiar Intel chime and logo? Picnic tables at a launch event? Acer Philippines Country Manager Manuel Wong in a smart casual polo shirt? Intel Philippines Country Manager Ricky Banaag at a smartphone launch, in topsiders and tees? Granted, it was a t-shirt with collar, but Banaag had always been, for the past how many years, in barong Tagalog at IT events. And this was, according to him, his first smartphone launch. That smartphone is the Acer Liquid C1, which uses a 1.2GHz Atom Z2420 with Intel Hyper Threading Technology. It also features quad-band 3G Internet for up to 21Mbps speeds ? depending of course on the mobile network provider. It depends on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) for the ?smart? in ?smartphone?. Acer and Intel worked together to port Android to the Intel x86 architecture. As with other smartphones, it provides for Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth. Its capacitive touch-screen is 4.3″,with a resolution of 540 x 960. An 8-megapixel camera with LED flash and geo-tagging takes both stills and videos. Complementing this is a VGA front-facing camera for video conferencing. Rounding up the rest of Acer’s new phones are the Liquid E1 and the Liquid Z2, which run Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean). Potential buyers may find the price the most enticing thing about the Liquid C1: under P13,000, which puts it in mid-range zone in terms of price. What may give buyers second thoughts is the 3G limitation ? i.e., no Long Term Evolution (LTE). Wong pointed to the as-yet limited coverage of LTE. ?However,? he said, ?we’re not completely discounting LTE, and Acer will track the LTE roll-out of the carriers to determine when we’ll create an LTE-enabled phone.? ?Besides,? he added, ?our 3G-only strategy keeps our phone prices attractive.? On the availability of newer versions of Android, Intel’s Banaag said that owners of the C1 can expect upgrades within three months of Google’s release. [caption id="attachment_9363" align="aligncenter" width="245" caption="The Acer Liquid C1, the first smartphone in PH that runs on an Intel chip"][/caption] NOTES: Banaag explained that he has been eschewing suits for IT events because he wanted to make sure that, from the pictures, international audiences would know that the event was in the Philippines. He also instructed Intel’s PR agency to stress that his was an early retirement, and quipped that his last act would be to fire them if they omitted the ?early? in his retirement. Some attendees noticed Wong duck into a room and were hoping he would emerge in shorts. They expressed mock disappointment that he didn’t.]]>

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