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Acer beTouch E120 and E130 Android phones debut

Acer has outed its latest two Android smartphones, the beTouch E120 and beTouch E130, though disappointingly they both run Android 1.6 Donut.  The Acer beTouch E120 has a 2.8-inch QVGA touchscreen while the Acer beTouch E130 has a 2.6-inch QVGA touchscreen and a QWERTY keybaord; both have a 3.2-megapixel camera, dualband 3G, WiFi and Bluetooth. There's also a microSD card slot, GPS, an FM radio, accelerometer and digital compass, together with the usual suite of Google apps.  We're not expecting dramatic performance, however, thanks to the 416MHz processor. The beTouch E120 will drop in mid-July 2010, while the beTouch E130 will follow in August 2010.  No word on pricing at this stage. [gallery] Press Release: Two new ways to say Android: Acer beTouch E120 and beTouch E130 London, 15th June 2010 – Trendy, youthful, and attractive, the Acer beTouch line now has two new models that feature the freedom and excitement guaranteed by the Android operating system. Acer beTouch E120 and beTouch E130 are intended for those who want to get their hands on the best technologies, but without having to compromise their individuality. Whether you are a traditionalist or always on the cutting edge, the beTouch line can satisfy your smartphone cravings! The renewed Acer beTouch line integrates all the main Google Applications: • Enjoy real access to the Internet through the Android browser for an easy zoom control, bookmarking, and multiple pages opening; • Discover all types of useful applications: check the latest videos from your friends on YouTube, find your way around and where your friends are thanks to Google Maps coupled with Latitude, comfortably check your emails with the Android email application • Android Market with 20,000 applications for limitless personalisation. In addition to easy messaging, pictures, music & radio, the beTouch E120 and the beTouchE130 offer a full set of features: Including 3G+, high speed browing and download (HSDPA), WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS pre-installed. And to make them the perfect companions, they also feature a 3.2 megapixel digital camera, for quick and easy shooting of unexpected moments, and a Radio FM to never miss a bit of your favorite shows even when you’re on the move. The 1500 mAh battery will allow you to keep up with long hours of web surfing, calls with friends and listning to music. For music and social network addicts, there just had to be Acer Spinlets for music streaming and UrFooz for SN aggregation. Acer beTouch E120 Beautiful to look at, easy to use The beTouch E120 is a device that combines a 2.8” touchscreen with 5-way navi key for incomparable usability. Ideal for beginners just getting into the world of intelligent phones and looking for a “smartphone experience” at an affordable price. Its compact for meet the needs of those who want a good-looking product to make a positive impression, but that at the same time is easy to use. Navigating the menus will be easy and fun thanks to the intuitive user interface, while the widgets enable you the utmost personalisation. Thanks to integrated Facebook and Twidroid applications, you will have your community in your pocket and at your fingertips, because beTouch E120 never leaves you alone. And with the slot for the MicroSD card (up to 32GB), the space you need to archive multimedia content like music, photos, and videos is multiplied, so you never have to give up anything! It will be available in black or white from mid July 2010. Acer beTouch E130 The perfect combination of tradition and innovation The beTouch E130 stands out for its thin format and sophisticated design. An example of style and functionality: compact, linear, and professional. Even its dimensions are convenient - at just 11.5mm and 109 gr, it is perfect for practically any pocket. Conceived for those who want to enter the fantastic world of touchscreens but without giving up on the convenience of a traditional keyboard. In fact, under the 2.6” screen, the beTouch E130 hides a full QWERTY keyboard. The keys have been sized and positioned to allow maximum comfort, guaranteeing precision in typing: texting, or writing emails will be even easier and faster. Browsing will be fast and fluid: the beTouch E130 is the perfect device to manage professional and personal email accounts at the same time with readable attachments. It’s compatible with all popular email services as well as Microsoft Exchange servers (through Roadsync). And to be always updated it offers the possibility to synchronize your contacts to the web (through Google Contact Sync). Packed with Facebook, Twidroid and Google applications it will assure users to easily post and share their messages, pictures or music to the web. It will be available in black or white from August 2010.

Android 2.1 MID from Sony Ericcson spotted

A new Android MID from Sony Ericsson has seemingly leaked in China, differentiating itself by virtue of a full hardware QWERTY keyboard rather than relying solely on an on-screen 'board.  The photo leak prompted a slug of other tidbits, too, with Engadget being told that the handheld runs a stock Android 2.1 install and has a 5.5-inch touchscreen. Unusually, the original source in China reckons Sony Ericsson have no internal plans to put Android 2.2 on this unnamed handset, though that of course could change by the time it launches.  That's expected to take place this coming fall, with Sony Ericsson currently working on low-level drivers. [via Engadget]

Sharp ISO1 Android Smartbook – Video

At the end of last month we told you about Sharp’s plans to offer two Android MID’s with full QWERTY keyboards. Specs and pictures are here. Recently, two videos surfaced with these new devices in action. This video was posted by Gigazine. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ws82J05lKYs&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]