Acer Iconia Smart brings 21:9 cinema vision to a smartphone

Acer's new smartie blurs the boundaries between tablets and smartphones at Mobile World Congress 2011
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It's a very confused smartphone that thinks it's a cinema. But that's what Acer's Iconia Smart seems to think. It has a 21:9 aspect ratio on its 4.8in screen – meaning you can view movies as the director intended. As long as the director shot his film to be watched on a smartphone.

But the Acer Iconia Smart isn't just a smartphone with a gimmick. That screen has an HXGA (1024x480) resolution, meaning you can browse the web full-width in landscape mode. Acer's calling it "100 per cent tablet, 100 per cent smartphone" which might be pushing it, but we can see a certain appeal.

It's not the first phone to bear cinema width glass. LG's Chocolate BL40 had that same aspect ratio, although without the Iconia Smart's 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM and Acer-skinned Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS.

Away from the screen, there are a pair of cameras: an 8MP, LED-flash, 720p (at 30fps) shooting lenser on the back and a 2MP to focus on your face from the front. There's also a microSD slot to boost the internal 8GB memory by 32GB and an HDMI out.

We'll get some hands-on action up here momentarily.