A year ago, phones with 4.3-inch displays were relatively new and still seemed pretty gigantic to us. Now that screen size is becoming old-hat, and we're seeing manufacturers push the envelope further, like Samsung did with the 4.5-inch Infuse 4G. Now Acer has taken things a step further with the ICONIA SMART, an Android smartphone with a 4.8-inch, 1024X480 display and 21:9 aspect ratio. Acer said that by giving a phone such a large display, it hopes to bring "the capabilities of a tablet in a smartphone format." Other specs of the ICONIA SMART include a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255-1 CPU, 8 megapixel camera with LED flash and 720p video capture, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, 512MB ROM and RAM, 8GB built-in storage, and Gingerbread. The ICONIA SMART will reportedly be launching in Europe in April/May and the U.S. in June/July.
When the Infuse 4G was announced, several of you seemed pretty into the idea of a 4.5-inch screen. The question is, how do you feel about a 4.8-inch display? We're inching pretty close to tablet sizes here, especially something like the 5-inch Dell Streak. The good news is that the ICONIA SMART has a 21:9 aspect ratio, making it longer, thinner, and probably more pocketable than you might expect. So is the ICONIA SMART something to lust after, or is 4.8 simply too much?
Acer ICONIA SMART the next generation smartphone
100% Smartphone. 100% Tablet
Barcelona, February 14th 2011 – Acer ICONIA SMART perfectly combines the capabilities of
a tablet in a smartphone format: a huge 4.8" widescreen with a 21:9 aspect ratio and a super
Its revolutionary design1, characterized by a stretched out, thin and slightly curved shape,
makes it a fascinating device that will not go unnoticed. Its full metal body, enriched by subtle
wavy patterns, conveys a sense of timeless elegance. What’s more, it offers a perfect fit in
your hand thanks to its smoothly curved back and minimal width (64.5mm).
The front is entirely dominated by the extraordinary, multi-touch, high resolution 4.8″ screen,
with 4 keys: Home, Search, Back, and Menu. While on the back there is an 8MP camera,
complete with LED Flash. It’s equipped with the latest release of the Google operating
system, Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
This truly innovative device is perfect for fashion addicts or tech savvy people looking for
the latest and cutting edge technology available ensuring superior browsing and excellent
This latest Android smartphone is extremely powerful, guaranteeing long-lasting fun. It will
also be able to wirelessly control all the multimedia content of your home environment,
thanks to the integrated clear.fi media sharing system.
IDEAL FOR BROWSING
• No limit in assessing any web sites with the same user experience as using a traditional
PC, so web sites don’t need to be resized and adjusted, thanks to its exceptional
resolution of 1024×480 and a very large 4.8″ screen (12.2cm diagonal), there is no need
to zoom in on web pages, or to scroll left & right. The only thing you need to do is scroll
up & down, just like on your PC.
• Fast and fully featured, the Android browser offers: multi-touch, Java script optimization,
Adobe Flash Player 10.1 support, and multiple page opening.
• Ultra-fast high-speed connectivity via HSDPA @ 14.4 and WiFi N for data connection.
• Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR
GREAT FOR MOVIES
On the 21:9 screen you can watch a movie in its original format, for an engrossing cinema-
like experience. What’s more the LED edge-lit display uses the same technology as TV
showing super bright and vivid images; to top it off, Dolby Mobile technology delivers vibrant,
immersive sound. Not enough for you yet? Thanks to DLNA technology or the HDMI cable,
you can connect it to your TV to view your content on an even bigger screen!
Inside Acer ICONIA SMART beats the powerful 1GHz Snapdragon processor, which, in
addition to the large screen, turns this smartphone into a perfect game console. Together
with 6-axis motion sensing (Gyroscope + accelerometer), this smartphone will exceed any
Equipped with an 8MP camera and LED flash, and a 2MP front camera for high quality IP
With a screen resolution of 1024×480, more content can be displayed on screen, in all
regular apps, such as, Contacts, Google Maps, Email, Instant Messaging conversations, etc.
100% Smartphone, 100% Tablet. ICONIA SMART a revolutionary experience for people who
want it all!