This week is Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and Acer have kicked things off announcing a new Windows Phone. The Liquid M220 is a 4 inch low cost device (€79) running Windows Phone 8.1 and is Windows 10 ready. It has a 233 PPI display and 5MP rear camera and 2MP front camera.
Acer’s Smartphone Business Group President ST Liew said “It is the right moment for Acer to join the Windows Phone eco-system with its growing popularity and consistency across phone and PC devices”. The phone is also compatible with Acer’s new cross platform wearable the Acer Liquid Leap+.
At the low price it is direct competition with Microsoft’s low cost Lumia devices and its very health for the ecosystem to have a bit of competition. It is also nice to see the phone being officially Windows 10 ready.
First Acer Windows 8.1 Phone Launched at Mobile World Congress
Liquid M220 designed for those who look for a simply smart life
· 4-inch display with 233 PPI resolution;
· Sophisticated surface texture design inspired by Thai Silk material;
· Windows Phone 10 ready ;
· Compatible with the Acer Leap smart wearables
BARCELONA, March 1st, 2015 – Acer today unveils the Liquid M220 smartphone, first ever Liquid smartphone to run on the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system. “We are proudly introducing our first Windows Phone 8.1 and simultaneously announcing its future upgradability to Windows Phone 10,” said ST Liew, Smartphone Business Group President at Acer. “It is the right moment for Acer to join the Windows Phone eco-system with its growing popularity and consistency across phone and PC devices.”
The Liquid M220 will be on display at Acer’s booth (Hall 1, stand G50) during MWC2015 in Barcelona.
For those who are looking for a perfectly balanced Windows mobile experience, Acer developed the Liquid M220; putting simplicity and essential features for people on the move at the center. With a 4-inch 233 pixels per inch (PPI) display, the compact Liquid M220 enables a vivid multimedia experience and its dual cameras are perfect for taking photos and recording videos on-the-go. Featuring Windows Phone 8.1, the Liquid M220 is easy to use and customize and fully supports Microsoft applications and services such as OneDrive, Skype, Office and of course Cortana . “With the addition of a Windows-based smartphone, Acer now offers the broadest Windows portfolio in the industry,” Liew added.
“With the launch of the Liquid M220, it’s great to see Acer expanding its portfolio of Windows devices to include smartphones,” said Peter Han, Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, OEM Division, Microsoft. “Together we are providing an integrated, cross-device Windows experience to our joint customers.”
Aesthetics of Living Style
The Liquid M220 features a design that is as functional as it is beautiful. The sophisticated surface texture design on the cover sports a Thai Silk inspired pattern, while the silver middle frame features a distinct square pyramid design, adding grip and elegance. The volume and power keys are positioned along the path of the silver middle frame making them easy to find and providing a comfortable single hand experience.
While the voice and video calling features allow users to always stay connected, the 5MP auto-focus main and 2MP front cameras will capture beautiful moments. The main camera sports an 89-degree wide-angle lens, which lets users fit more of the scene into their photos. With the Liquid M220, every owner can easily save and share their memories!
Windows Phone 8.1 offers a productive alternative to other operating systems; it is extremely intuitive and easy to personalize, because Windows powers most of the PCs and laptops in the world, the phone has a familiarity and provides seamless integration across devices. A clean interface and a host of customization options means, you can customize the live tiles, colours and layout of the screen to really make the device your own. Plus, staying in touch with friends and family is easier than ever.
Accessories and connected devices for more fun
Both the Liquid Leap and Liquid Leap+ smart activebands are compatible with Windows Phone 8.1, becoming the ideal companions of the Liquid M220 for health conscious users with fitness tracking or anyone looking for a smarter way to stay in touch with deported notifications and music-control. The Liquid M220 will also have optional accessories ranging from matching colour flip covers to matching colour protective cases.
Availability and Pricing
The Liquid M220 will become available in April through selected EMEA retailers in Mystic Black & Pure White with a starting price of €79.-.