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First Acer Windows Phone Launched at Mobile World Congress

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PRESS RELEASE

Liquid M220 designed for those who look for a simplysmartlife

  • 4-inch display with 233 PPI resolution;
  • Sophisticated surface texture design on the cover and edges;
  • Windows Phone 10 ready[1]
  • Compatible with the Acer Leap wearable 

BARCELONA, March 1st, 2015 – Acer today unveils the Liquid M220 smartphone, first ever Liquid smartphone to run on the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system. “We are proudly introducing our first Windows Phone 8.1 and simultaneously announcing its future upgradability to Windows Phone 10,” said ST Liew, Smartphone Business Group President at Acer. “It is the right moment for Acer to join the Windows Phone eco-system with its growing popularity and consistency across phone and PC devices.”

For those who are looking for a perfectly balanced Windows mobile experience, Acer developed the Liquid M220; putting simplicity and essential features for people on the move at the center. With a 4-inch 233 pixels per inch (PPI) display, the compact Liquid M220 enables a vivid multimedia experience and its dual cameras are perfect for taking photos and recording videos on-the-go. Featuring Windows Phone 8.1, the Liquid M220 is easy to use and customize and fully supports Microsoft applications and services such as OneDrive, Skype, Office and of course Cortana[2]. With the addition of a Windows-based smartphone, Acer now offers the broadest Windows portfolio in the industry,” Liew added.

“With the launch of the Liquid M220, it’s great to see Acer expanding its portfolio of Windows devices to include smartphones,” said Peter Han, Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, OEM Division, Microsoft. “Together we are providing an integrated, cross-device Windows experience to our joint customers.”

Aesthetics of Living Style

The Liquid M220 features a design that is as functional as it is beautiful. The sophisticated surface texture design on the cover sports a fabric inspired pattern, while the silver middle frame features a distinct square pyramid design, adding grip and elegance. Besides being great to look at, the design also makes the device easier to grip and the fabric-touching grain increases the friendly usage and avoids slipping or scratching. The volume and power keys are at the right spots, providing a comfortable single hand experience.

Great cameras

While the voice and video calling features allow users to always stay connected, the 5MP auto-focus main and 2MP front cameras will capture epic moments. The main camera sports an 89-degree wide-angle lens, which lets users fit more of the scene into their photos. With the Liquid M220, every owner can easily save and share their memories!

Easy operation

Windows Phone 8.1 offers a productive alternative to other operating systems; it is extremely intuitive and easy to personalize. Because Windows powers most of the PCs and laptops in the world, the phone has a familiarity and provides seamless integration across devices. A clean interface and a host of customization options means, you can customize the live tiles, colours and layout of the screen to really make the device your own. Plus, staying in touch with friends and family is easier than ever.    

Accessories and connected devices for more fun 

Both the Liquid Leap and Liquid Leap+ Smart Activebands are compatible with Windows Phone 8.1, becoming the ideal companions of the Liquid M220 for health conscious users with fitness tracking or anyone looking for a smarter way to stay in touch with deported notifications and music-control. The Liquid M220 will also have optional accessories ranging from matching colour flip covers to matching colour protective cases.

Availability and Pricing

The Liquid M220 will become available in April through selected EMEA retailers in a choice of two elegant Mystic Black & Pure White colour options a starting price of €79.-. 

About Acer

Established in 1976, Acer is a hardware + software + services company dedicated to the research, design, marketing, sale and support of innovative products that enhance people's lives. Acer's product offering includes PCs, displays, projectors, servers, tablets and smartphones — tools our customers need to explore beyond limits and experience more. Acer employs 7,400 people and ranks No. 4 for total PCs globally (IDC 2013). Revenues for 2013 reached US$12.02 billion. Please visit www.acer.com for more information. 

[1] Windows Phone 10 upgrade on Liquid M220 coming after Windows Phone 10 launch later this year; may incur limited features due to platform technical specifications.

[2] Cortana personal assistant is currently deploying in its alpha version and availability may vary on country, system language, and product SKU.