We were excited to see Acer planning to get serious about smartphones way back at the MWC in February, but unfortunately the company somehow managed to sabotage itself on the way. The CloudMobile S500 looked like a decently equipped and elegant handheld, but when you fail to advertise a product for months in a row, then suddenly bring it back into the spotlight, only to delay it without notice, there’s nothing that can save you.
The CloudMobile was supposed to start shipping in Europe around September 5, after beingput up for pre-order in the UK a whole month ago. Now, a full week after that ETA, the 4.3-incher is still nowhere to be found, with the Expansys UK listing still stuck on pre-order status.
Although nothing seems to be certain at this point, Acer is finally getting ready for the CloudMobile launch (hopefully for real this time). Moreover, we now have the phone’s full spec sheet, from a user guide posted on the company’s official website.
We had bits and pieces of information about the handheld’s specs and features ever since February, but a couple of details were still kept under wraps. Now that the full spec sheet has been made public, we understand why Acer kept the secret in the first place.
The biggest disappointment is the CloudMobile’s 1,460 mAh Li-Ion battery, which is only slightly bigger than the 1,300 mAh unit powering the low-end Liquid Glow. We certainly didn’t expect Acer to challenge the Motorola Razr Maxx HD’s monster battery, but we would have at least hoped to get a 1,800 mAh powerpack.