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Acer Group. And Intel Corp. on Monday announced the introduction of the Acer Liquid C1 with Intel Atom Z2420 (Lexington) inside, which will be the first x86-based smartphone in the Asia Pacific region. The Liquid C1 smartphone will first be made available with a special promotion during Mobile Expo later this week, with wider retail availability at a retail price of THB9990 ($333) in the weeks following.

“By working closely with Acer, we are offering the market a powerful option, for a device that deliver a great user experience in terms of amazing battery life, rich graphics for casual gaming, advanced camera features, smooth web browsing and multi-tasking,” said Accharas Ouysinprasert, country manager of Intel Microelectronics Thailand.

Acer Liquid C1 comes with 4.3” (960*540) display, Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, Intel Atom processor Z2420 at 1.20GHz with Hyper Threading and supports up to 21Mb/s data download on HSPA+ Intel XMM 6265 slim modem. The phone also features 4GB of storage (expandable to 32GB with microSDHC card), 8MP camera with LED flash, 0.3MP front-facing camera, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, GPS, 2000mAh battery and so on. The smartphone measures 127.3mm*65.5mm*9.95mm and weighs around 140 grams.

“Acer Liquid C1 marks a successful milestone and proves that the smartphone is a small form factor of computing device which requires expertise from leading technology companies who truly understand and lead in innovation. Intel introduced the Intel Atom processor Z2420 (code-named Lexington) at CES early this month. Today Acer is the first to introduce a product based on this new technology in this region," said Alan Chiang, general manager of Acer Computer in Thailand.

It is unknown whether Acer plans to make a similar phone available in other parts of the world. The unsubsidized price of around $333 seems to be rather competitive even in better developed countries, but 4GB of storage does not seem to be enough.

Tags: Acer, x86, Atom, Intel, Lexington

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whats the point of a super butt SLOW atom x86 CPU when its not going to be used to run windows! Intel must be giving these away to Acer as they are so slow they CANT even run windows 8 ( non RT )
1 0 [Posted by: vid_ghost  | Date: 02/04/13 06:45:30 PM]
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can i install ubuntu? i read z-based atoms were not x86 compatible, unless i read it wrong in that more accurately, they can't be used to install linux in the manner of a desktop?
0 0 [Posted by: qubit  | Date: 02/04/13 07:35:13 PM]
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In theory you should be able, but I don't know when it will be provided.
About compatibility, there was a mentioning some time ago that SOC Atoms will be missing the PCI bus. This makes it incompatible with (desktop) Windows, as it's build around the PCI bus (info: PCI express emulates a PCI bus on SW side). This has nothing to do with x86. As for linux, please be aware that Android uses the linux kernel.
0 0 [Posted by: mathew7  | Date: 02/05/13 01:19:36 AM]
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Still faster than a Cortex A9 so stop whining.
0 0 [Posted by: Milli  | Date: 02/06/13 03:30:25 AM]
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