Have you heard of the new Acer Android smartphone? Nay? It's called the Acer Iconia Smart, and it's basically a phantom. Last time we heard from it, we were at Mobile World Congress 2011 and our good man Chris Davies was on the case. At that time it appeared that the phone would indeed be released by May 2011 (that's what time it is now,) but newest news says that a delay is occurring because Acer needs parts from Japanese factories that just aren't in commission at the moment.
Word comes from DigiTimes, reporting earlier today that a similar situation (though for different reasons entirely) was happening with This newest delay for the Iconia Smart they say industry sources familiar with the matter have the inner word on:
Acer will also delay its 5-inch smartphone, Iconia Smart, from May to July due to short supply of key components arising from the earthquake in Japan, the sources added.
This device is set to be released with a 4.8-inch 21:9 aspect ratio display being powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Have a "long, narrow pocket"? This might be the phone for you. This device also comes packed with an 8-megapixel camera on the back, a 2-megapixel camera on the front, HSDPA, WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR.
Flash 10.1 is supported, so you can watch all the really long movies you want, but beware of the plasticky feeling in the chassis. The horizontal keyboard is surprisingly broad, the portrait version being of course very narrow. Will it show its true colors in the summer? Hopefully this device doesn't get caught in production heck.