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Acer Iconia Smart Preview

The Iconia Smart is part of a new Acer range which includes ten and seven-inch tablets, and this huge 4.8-inch smartphone.

Nearing the screen-size of some tablets, the wide-screen phone could quite literally be a handful for users with small fingers. The metal body is just under 65mm wide, which means it can be held, though reaching the top could prove a challenge; the shape is similar to a PSP. The screen will be able to display at 1024×480 resolution, and sideways, should make for very comfortable web-browsing.

The Iconia Smart has a substantial eight-megapixel camera, paired with an LED flash, and follows the growing trend for front-facing cameras, with a 2.1-megapixel included here.

Acer promise it’ll also be packed with the Android 2.3, aka Gingerbread, which should make sure its compatible with the majority of apps available through Google’s app store. The 8GB of storage should be enough for all those apps, but you have the option of expanding through microSD cards.

Its innards include a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, and Acer are hoping that, along with that huge touchscreen, a gyroscope and accelerometer, it will be a gaming force to be reckoned with.

You should be able to use the Iconia Smart to play music and video on other devices by sharing through Acer’s clear.fi system. We’ll need more details on this to see how it will work in practice. Sharing on a big screen can also be done through to DLNA or the mini-HDMI slot.

We can expect the Iconia Smart to arrive in the UK at the start of May 2011. A hands-on test coming soon.

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