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ACER: No near-term plans for Intel-based 4G phones
Central News Agency
2014-04-16 09:20 AM
Taiwan's Acer Inc. said Tuesday that it has no plans to launch 4G smartphones using Intel Corp. chips this year despite its current partnership with the U.S. chipmaker in 3G phones.

Instead, the PC maker will roll out a lineup of 4G phones using chips from Qualcomm Inc. and MediaTek Inc., its two major suppliers for 3G phones, said Vincent Chen, a product manager of Acer's telecom business department in Taiwan.

The new Acer 4G phones will be available for the Taiwan market from the early third quarter of the year, when the country is expected to begin operations of its Long-Term Evolution (LTE) network, Chen told a press conference in Taiwan announcing the Acer Liquid E3, a mid-tier 3G smartphone priced at NT$9,900 (US$329).

He declined to give specifics on why Acer will not use Intel chips in the near term.

Acer and Intel joined hands in early 2013 to launch the Liquid C1 entry-level Android smartphone for emerging markets in the Asia-Pacific region, such as Thailand.

The C1 is equipped with a 4.3-inch screen, the Intel Atom Z2420 1.2GHz single-core processor, an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 4GB internal storage capacity, with a price tag of about US$335.

Intel has been a leading player in the PC industry but is a relative late comer to the mobile chip market, which is currently dominated by ARM-based power-efficient chips from Qualcomm and Apple Inc. that work better in smartphones and tablets without quickly draining their batteries.

In February this year, Taiwanese PC maker Asustek Computer Inc. unveiled three new smartphones in its budget ZenFone range based on Intel's Atom chipsets, priced as low as US$99. None of them, however, support 4G LTE.

(By Jeffrey Wu)

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