Pre-Order: Acer beTouch and neoTouch, Windows Mobile 6.5 pioneers


Looks like Singtel is really getting some great scoop thesedays.. They have the retail rights to the top prize, iPhone. They also have plenty of HTC (including HTC Touch 2 on pre-order now). And now, pre-ordering for Acer’s latest Windows Mobile 6.5 equipped phones!

Speaking on Windows Mobile 6.5, it finally made its appearance this week. However, even before its launch in Singapore, those guys at Engadget have their review of the new operating system up already! (Link) This will definitely give you a better idea of the capabilities of the beTouch and neoTouch (really weird names I have to say, if beTouch is “To be touch”, which I can understand, what is neoTouch?)

Anyways, preorder at I check out the site and I could not find the pricing anywhere! Wow, Singtel is anticipating consumer to pre-order without knowing the price? I mailed the coordinating unit and will return to update this post once I get a reply.

For now, check out the looks and the specifications:

beTouch E101

beTouch is interesting because it is a Windows Mobile 6.5 phone without Wi-Fi and it features a scroll wheel! Oh my, no Wi-Fi is a strange decision. Anyway beTouch is a different choice to the neoTouch since its probably targeting the young crowd with less features, meaning a lower price point.

  • 3.2” TFT Resistive Touchscreen with 65,000 colours
  • 113 x 56 x 12.8mm, 118g
  • Scroll Wheel
  • 256 RAM and 512 ROM with Qualcomm MSM 7225 528 MHz processor
  • Changeable battery cover with white as default (lime green, red or pink)
  • 3.5G, with Bluetooth (A2DP) and MiniUSB
  • 2 megapixels camera
  • A-GPS
  • Pocket Office


neoTouch has Wi-Fi instead and a bigger screen. But no scroll wheel. But the obvious trump card here is the 1GHz processor! Looking forward to see the performance with this one, new processor, new operating system.

  • 3.8” TFT Resistive Touchscreen with 65,000 colours
  • 118.6 x 56 x 12.8mm, 130g
  • Wi-FI
  • 256 RAM and 512 ROM with Qualcomm MSM 7225 1Ghz processor
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • 3.5G, with Bluetooth (A2DP) and MiniUSB
  • 5 MP, 2560х1920 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
  • A-GPS
  • Pocket Office

And finally, additional reasons to buy ACER; out of the press release that was mailed to us:

Customers who purchase any of the two phones will enjoy the following:

· Sign up for MobileM@il Exchange 1GB at $9.95/ month* (50 percent discount off normal subscription of $19.90/month). The data plan comes with 1GB of bundled data, allowing customers to surf the Internet and access their emails on-the-go affordably. MobileM@il Exchange customers will also enjoy free access to PHONESafe service, a mobile phone security solution that allows customers to lock their handsets and backup important data remotely.

· Customers who purchase the phones with any of SingTel’s Youth plans will enjoy free IM on Mobile for 12 months, PHONESafe for 6 months and 50 per cent discount for BroadBand on Mobile Plus (1GB) (normal subscription is $19.90/month). This is on top of the youth perks of Free Unlimited SMS (to any service provider) and Free Camp / Campus Calls.


Update 18/10/2009: Singtel’s price for beTouch, S$138 (2 year plan) and neoTouch, S$398 (2 year plan)

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