It’s long been rumored that Acer was going to be launching a smartphone sometime this year and not too long ago Acer indeed confirmed that it’s all set to show off the fruit of its labor sometime in Q1 2009. We might not know anything solid about the phone but now we can at least say it’ll be unveiled to the world on February 16th by Acer’s President and CEO Gianfranco Lanci at Mobile World Congress. The phone was designed by Acer and the remnants of E-TEN, the smartphone manufacturer Acer bought out in mid-2008. But just like we said before, we’re not getting our hopes up for anything truly innovative as this thing will be running Windows Mobile. Fingers crossed Acer at least used 6.5.
Amidst frighteningly uncertain times, Acer has just come out with an extremely optimistic outlook for 2009, now less than a month away. The company went on the record today with the projection that its notebook shipments will increase 15% – 20% in 2009 and its gross sales will grow 25% – 30%. Some might see those projections as a bit far-fetched, but Acer hopes to propel its business by launching its first self-branded smartphone. While it did not mention specific regions where the device would ship, Acer did clarify that it will be launching its first production smartphone resulting from the recent E-Ten acquisition sometime in Q1 2009. It has not yet discussed any specifications with regards to the handset so for the time being, all we know is that it will be a Windows Mobile smartphone. We definitely need more of those. Let’s hope that Acer has something big up its sleeve because just another Windows Mobile touchscreen is most definitely not going to help the company reach those lofty targets in the coming year.