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Windows 10-ready Acer Liquid M220 goes on sale at $79

Unlocked and free of contractual obligations, with 1 GB RAM, not just 512 MB, as initially anticipated, the WP 8.1 handheld feels like a steal.

Acer Liquid M220

Acer’s comeback effort in the Windows mobile landscape was never expected to challenge the Android heavyweights, so if it’s the race to the bottom the Taiwanese OEM engages in, why not go for gold? Enter the Liquid M220 (technically, M220 Plus), unveiled back in March, guaranteed a Win 10 update… eventually and available stateside, as well as in Canada and Russia.

Through the US online Microsoft Store, the humble 4 incher commands a palatable no-SIM price of $79, which is a little more than half of Lumia 535’s tariff. Of course, there’s no comparing the two from a hardware standpoint, with the aging $88 Nokia Lumia 530 perhaps closer to Acer’s proposal.

Meanwhile, the $84 first-gen Motorola Moto E is probably the new guy’s toughest Google-powered rival, at least if you’re not willing to pay an additional 50 bucks for the OG Moto G.

Acer-Liquid-M220

Certainly nothing to write home about, Liquid M220’s specs are remarkable given the MSRP, including a gig of random-access memory, 8 GB internal storage space, plenty of free OneDrive cloud room, a 5 MP autofocus LED rear camera, 2 MP secondary shooter, dual-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 200 SoC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and 1,300 mAh battery.

Okay, so maybe the cell capacity, processor and 800 x 480 pix res screen fail to please, no matter the retail costs, but overall, this is truly the ideal first-time or backup smartphone. Especially after it scores Windows 10, which will hopefully happen in the fall. And it even comes with free Nokia headphones “while supplies last.”

Outside the States, the Liquid M220 can be nabbed at $99 up north and the rough equivalent of $89 in distant, cold Russia. So yeah, Acer’s generosity knows no borders or bounds.

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