Acer has officially announced that the Acer Liquid A1 will begin shipping in late November. The phone which runs Google Android 1.6 “Donut” has also been priced at £286 before tax ($481), thankfully no contract is required for that pricing.
So what do users get for $500? How about a 3.5 inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen, 3G data access, WiFi b/g and built-in GPS. Acer is also throwing in Bluetooth 2.0 + A2Dp, a 5MP camera and a SnapDragon processor.
Unfortunately, the 1Ghz processor for some reason has been underclocked to 768MHz, which is like saying “here’s a Ferrari but you can’t drive it over 65mph. There’s still no word on whether a Google Android 2.0 upgrade option will be made easily available to Liquid A1 users.