Acer smartphone range calls on the UAE
Dual-SIM DX900 model now available in stores; entire range will be in by September end
Acer’s entire range of Tempo smartphones will be available in the Middle East by the end of September, with its dual-SIM DX900 model already retailing at stores in the United Arab Emirates for AED 2,599.
The Taiwan-based company announced its intentions to enter the lucrative smartphone market earlier this year by unveiling its range at the Mobile World Congress in February.
The intentions behind the major new move for the computer manufacturer, was to “establish Acer as the world’s leading mobile solutions company,” with the goal of becoming “one of the top five in the smartphone market in the next five years”.
The DX900, which went on sale in select markets in May this year, is based on the Windows Mobile 6.1 platform, comes with a 2.8” touch screen, a 3 megapixel camera and is fully Arabised for the region.
The model is presently sold only at select stores in the country such as Sharaf DG and PlugIns, but will be made more widely available in a few days time along with other models in the Tempo line, including the M900, F900 and X960.
Sanjay Kachroo, head of the smartphone division at Acer Middle East, told itp.net that time to market will be their key strength locally as it considers the “MEA market as important to our business as more developed markets – this we have proved with other products and will continue to prove with smartphones.”
The company is also working on launching new models based on the Windows Mobile 6.5 OS, which Kachroo confirmed would be in MEA on the “same day” Microsoft launches the platform.