Last month we told you that Acer would have 3-5 Android Phones in 2010 and now we’ve got more people saying the same thing. They’ll have 8 to 10 phones and at least half – maybe a little more – will be running Android. But now we’re hearing a few details from DigiTimes that are sure to stir things up.
Foxconn International Holdings, the company that produces the Apple iPhone, will be producing 3 entry-level Android Phones for Acer using the ST-Ericsson PNX6719 3G chipset. I’m sure there will be a LOT of people with their eyes on this if not simply for the hand that Foxconn has in it. Meanwhile Acer’s high-end Android phones will be built with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors with Compal Communications getting the production sub-contracting work.
It seems Acer is taking this smartphone thing pretty seriously and they’re beefing up their team to be more competitive as we speak:
To strengthen its handset design capability, Acer has recently incorporated 30 members from the handset unit of Taiwan-based Mitac International into its R&D team for the development of Android-platform models, said the sources. Acer now has a smartphone R&D team of 400-500 members, and the team may further expand to 750, the sources indicated.
I’m eager to see what they’ve got to offer and I’m wondering how soon will see these 3 to 5 Android Phones hit the market. I’m hoping for at least 1 new AcerDroid at CES but that’s just wishful thinking.