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Acer perhaps not so smart after all

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Having categorically told PC Advisor at a press conference on Wednesday that they were considering making an entry in the smartphone market, Acer now says it’s not so sure.

Simon Hall, Acer’s European product manager for PDAs, was keen to point out that no definite plans were yet in place and any launch would be “at least a year off”.

The denial comes despite this week’s statement that the reasoning behind the company’s continuing pursuit of the PDA market despite the form factor’s decline was “as a first approach to the smartphone market”.

Two days ago one of the company’s product managers spoke of a device that may resemble a Blackberry or Treo “but with more PDA functionality”. Today we’ve instead been told to expect a product evolved from a PDA with “integrated dual wireless” features such as Bluetooth and wi-fi, with a further product likely to include GPS navigation functions.


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