Acer to launch smartphone at Mobile World Congress

Taiwanese-based computer company Acer says it will debut a self-branded smartphone next month at Mobile World Congress, becoming the latest unlikely entrant into the smartphone market.

There are scant details about the product, but it will be launched at a press conference Feb. 16. Acer confirmed in December that it would be launching a smartphone, but gave no launch date. The company acquired the firm E-Ten last September, and is using their expertise to develop the phone. At the time, Acer confirmed that its smartphone would be based on Windows Mobile. 

Acer joins Huawei, another non-traditional firm that is entering the smartphone market, and launching devices at Mobile World Congress. Huawei, the Chinese equipment vendor, will be launching a phone based on Google's Android platform in Barcelona.

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