Looks like we might finally start seeing the candybar form factor a little more often [or maybe not, given the specs --Aaron], as Acer has unveiled the BlackBerry-esque beTouch E210. The E210 packs a four row QWERTY keyboard and 2.6" touchscreen into a 115 x 62.5 x 11.5mm chassis. It also includes an optical trackpad for more precise navigation needs.

The newest beTouch will be running Android 2.2 on a ST Ericsson 416MHz chip, and packs 256MB RAM and a 512MB ROM. Although it doesn't have significant onboard storage, it does have a MicroSD slot, which you'll need if you plan on snapping pictures with the 3.2MP camera. On the connectivity front, the E210 includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, compass, FM tuner, and a 3.5mm jack. There will be an international and US version packing 900/2100MHz and 850/1900MHz HSPA radios respectively.

No word on cost, but hopefully it's not too pricey given the subpar specs. The beTouch E210 is expected to be released in the UK on March 11, with US availability yet to be announced.

Source: Android Community via SlashGear

  • Deon

    Reminds me of Windows Mobile 6 Standard or "Pocket PC" the non-touchscreen version of Windows Mobile 6. But it actually ran much simpler and easier, with less crashes, than the full touch-screen version. It was a "dressed up" dumb phone. Wonder how this will compare. Maybe for the simple users who want some smart functionality and things like GPS navigation, but without the 'full complexity' of full blown Android smartphones. Could be a good crossover or transition phone for those that don't want to or are scared to go straight from Dumb Phones to Smart Phones.

  • http://www.gp800.org.uk Terry

    This could be a winner - and coming to the UK first !

    At least the spec should keep the price reasonable sim-free (under £200 would be nice)

    I'm with the poster above - I was pretty happy with my Asus M530W (on WM6 Standard) - certainly in terms of its form factor and I'll be keeping an eye on this as I'm fed up waiting for the Motorola Charm or Droid Pro to get a qwertybar.