Over at Russian forum Acer-Club, a rumor has surfaced that Acer is working on a Windows Phone 8 device with sliding QWERTY keyboard. Despite a dearth of evidence or details, the phone will reportedly be called the W11 and will be a lower-end offering. The post says that the W11 is slotted for an October 2012 release, with an official announcement coming in September.
If true, the W11 join the Dell Venue Pro, the LG Quantum (aka, Optimus 7Q and C900) and the HTC Arrive (Sprint's only Windows Phone offering) as one of the few Windows Phone sliders out there. Acer once manufactured the M900, a Windows Mobile phone with a sliding QWERTY keyboard, so it would fit their M.O and they currently have the Allegro on the market.
The timing of an October release would also fall in line with the expected release of Windows Phone 8, commonly referred to as Apollo. And although it's already been said, please be sure to take this as nothing more than a rumor at this point. We will be sure to keep you posted as we catch word of more details.
So what do you think? With the slim and sleek Lumias and iPhones of the world, is there still a strong demand for QWERTY sliders?