The Acer CloudMobile S500 Android smartphone was first introduced to us during the Mobile World Congress. The Taiwanese tech major showcased the CloudMobile S500 again at the 2012 IFA Berlin, making it clear that the phone was now ready to be launched in the European market.
The Acer CloudMobile S500 is so named because of its extensive cloud service and sync features. Acer is shipping out this high-end Android phone with its Acercloud app, which provides services similar to that of Apple’s iCloud. Using Acer’s cloud service, the CloudMobile S500 will be able to sync files, contact updates, calendar entries and more, automatically with other Acer devices. Acer is primarily aiming this device at business users who can use its powerful cloud based sync capabilities which will automatically update entries made on phone over all the Acer devices such as an Acer business laptop or a Acer tablet.
The Acer CloudMobile comes with a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual core 8260A processor, with a clock speed of 1.5 GHz and 1 GB of RAM memory. The device has a 4.3-inch HD screen with a display resolution of 1280×720 pixels. The internal memory provided is only 8 GB but it can be expanded with a microSD card slot and not to mention Acer’s cloud storage. The rear camera is an 8 MP unit with LED flash and full HD recording capability and features like smile detection and image stabilization. A front webcam is also included. The CloudMobile S500 does not get Android Jelly Bean though, instead Android 4.03 Ice Cream Sandwich. The device also has NFC capability.
Design wise, the CloudMobile S500 is not bad at all. The silver rim around the device and the curved top and bottom end gives it a smart appearance. The back has a ‘perforated’ design for better grip. However, the phone lacks a home button or for that matter any physical buttons other than the volume and power button, which some might find it to their disliking.
According to The Verge, the CloudMobile S500 will be available for €349 but this could change from country to country.