Acer Iconia Smart arriving soon with its unique 1024 x 480 4.8-inch screen

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Several European tech sites are reporting that the Acer Iconia Smart will arrive in Europe before the end of July for around 499€. Stateside, Expansys USA currently lists the device as available and shipping within six days for $699.

Certainly, the most unique feature of the Acer Iconia Smart is its 4.8-inch 1024 x 480 display. The device is said to feel more like a phone than a small tablet because of its narrow build, which may give it a leg up on devices like the Dell Streak.

It will be interesting to see how nicely this resolution plays with current Android apps, especially since the large black band at the bottom of the image below indicates that at least some will not display properly.

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Others, like YouTube and the built-in web browser, seem to render well on the device.

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The Acer Iconia Smart's other specs include Android Gingerbread 2.3, a 1Ghz single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 8GB of internal memory, 512MB of RAM, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, an HDMI out port, DLNA, A-GPS, and a microSD slot for up to 32GB of additional storage. Rounding out the device are an 8MP auto-focus rear camera with LED flash that supports 720p video and a front-facing 2MP camera for video conferencing. For gaming, an accelerometer and gyroscope are also included.

Many fault the Acer Iconia Smart for having a single-core rather than a duel-core processor. But, in a brief hands on with the device at Mobile World Congress, PC Pro decribed it as having enough power to keep Android running smoothly without any lag, slow down, or stutter when scrolling through menus or sweeping from desktop to desktop.

Personally, I can't wait to see how the Acer Iconia Smart performs.

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