Acer is trying hard to swipe substantial sales from the booming smartphone market. This can be said as the Taiwan- based PC maker has come up with a new Android powered smartphone running on Intel Atom based chipset - Liquid C1. The Taipei - based giant has set the device price at $300 (approx Rs 16,000) and it will be available in Thailand, as of now.
Acer Liquid C1 which is made in collaboration with Acer and Intel ushered a new wave in the mobile telephony world. As per various reports, this brand new device is the ninth handset running on Atom -based chipset.
The Acer Liquid C1 is a mid -level Android device. The device comes with a 4.3 -inch IPS qHD screen with resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. For camera enthusiast, an 8 -mega pixel (Auto- Focus) has been added by Taipei-based manufacturer. Initially, the handset comes bundled with Android ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich).
The biggest selling point of the device would be its embedded chipset. The futuristic chip made by Intel is the latest attempt to lure customers worldwide. The Chip giant revealed Atom Z2420 at CES 2013, held back in January. Earlier known by the name of Lexginton, the chip supports single -core CPU, and clocks at 1.2GHz. The chipset is based on Hyper- Threading technology, and has x86 processor. The chip by Intel also supports full 1080p encoding.
In 2012, Indian - based mobile handset manufacturer Lava launched world's first phone - Intel Atom based chip smartphone - Lava XOLO 900. Since then numerous manufacturers around the world adopted Intel's energy efficient chip made exclusively for tablets and smartphones.
Intel is struggling with a lukewarm reception, as far as Atom chips are concerned as many analysts believe that Intel Atom chip pales in comparison to ARM-based chipset. Intel now believes that South - East Asia or even Africa, for instance would likely to drive the adoptability of Intel Atom chip.
A week back, Safaricom launched Yolo, a low -cost Android handset running on the Intel Atom Z2420 chipset. It was reported that - the Yolo is the perfect device made in collaboration with Intel, and would likely to draw many smartphone users in Kenya, Africa.
The coming of Intel Atom chipset would surely likely to draw a bigger pie in the coming days. With the unstoppable growth witnessed in the South - East Asian market , and on the top of it both India and China being projected as the next smartphone destination; the battle to be on the top will be more fierce and tough.