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Acer DX900 / E-TEN Glofiish DX900

 E-TEN Glofiish DX900 Discontinued
4th February 2009

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The E-TEN Glofiish DX900 was announced last summer, but so far has failed to materialise.. and since the takeover of E-TEN by Acer, it perhaps looked like the handset had been cancelled.

Well, according to Clove Technology, the DX900 is shortly to be released as the Acer DX900.. and it's about time too.

What makes the Acer DX900 interesting is that it's a dual-SIM 3G Windows Mobile device with a VGA resolution touchscreen, which probably makes it the most advanced dual-SIM phone that you are likely to come across.

It is perhaps easier to think of the Acer DX900 as having two completely separate mobile phones built in. The first one (controlled by "SIM 1") is a tri-band UMTS / HSDPA device with quad-band GSM support. The second one (controlled by "SIM 2") is a tri-band GSM device with no 3G support.

Having 3G on only one SIM is an odd arrangement, but there are two possible reasons for this. One is power drain - having two radios in the handset significantly shortens battery life, even with the DX900's impressive 1530 mAh cell. Presumably the second one is simplicity - phones like the Samsung DuoS are primarily designed for phone calls, the Acer DX900 is a fully featured smartphone which can run a lot of data intensive applications, and we suppose these are set to use SIM 1 by default. So, think of SIM 1 as being the main SIM (and main phone), with the second SIM performing a strictly secondary role.

 Acer DX900 This is a big phone, weighing 147 grams and measuring 106 x 61 x 17mm. The screen is a 2.8" 640 x 480 pixel touchscreen, and the DX900 also has built-in GPS, WiFi, microSD expandable memory and Bluetooth. Inside is a 533 MHz Samsung S3C 6400 processor and 128 MB of RAM - we would like to see more RAM in a device like this though.

The operating system on the DX900 is Windows Mobile Professional 6.1, enhanced with some Acer / E-TEN additions to make it easier to use. The combination of Windows and the high resolution display should make this a formidable business smartphone.

There's no exact word on availability, but Clove Technology are pricing the DX900 at a fairly steep £395 (€500) before tax, and it's available to pre-order now. You do get quite a lot of phone for the money though, but there are much cheaper and simpler dual-SIM solutions out there.

We very much hope that the DX900 makes the impact it deserves - E-TEN's products have been very good in the past, and the company has given HTC some much-needed competition. And hopefully we will see Acer come up with some new "Glofiish" designs later in the month at Mobile World Congress.

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Acer DX900 /  E-TEN Glofiish DX900 at a glance

Available:

Q1 2009

Network:

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 +
UMTS 850 / 1900 / 2100 (SIM 1)
GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900 (SIM 2)

Data:

GPRS + EDGE + UMTS (3G) +
HSDPA + WiFi

Screen:

468 x 640 pixels

Camera:

3 megapixels

Size:

PDA-style device
106 x 61 x 17mm / 147 grams

Bluetooth:

Yes

Memory card:

microSD

Infra-red:

No

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

Limited

GPS:

Yes

Battery life:

Not specified

 

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