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The last time Acer launched a Windows Phone device was back in 2011. The oddly named Allegro smartphone hit the market with a 3.6-inch WVGA display running Windows Phone 7.5.

Performance was, well, okay, with the 1GHz processor and 512MB or RAM.

Then in 2012, Microsoft partnered up with Nokia, HTC, Samsung and Huawei on the Windows Phone 8 front, and just a few months back expanded the list of Windows Phone manufacturers from four to thirteen. Names like Foxconn, Karbonn, Lenovo, LG and ZTE have joined the party.

It now appears that after a long absence Acer is looking to make a comeback to the Windows Phone platform next year.

This report straight from Taiwan has sources familiar with the matter claiming that the company is planning to launch a new handset in the first half of next year.

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However, another report reveals that Acer is not just returning to the Windows Phone platform, but it plans to do so on an unprecedented scale — a slew of handsets are planned for next year, many of them probably are budget or midrange models.

Looking back, Acer does not have a strong history of supporting the Windows Phone operating system.

Maybe things changed at the company, who know. The thought process certainly has. Three years is certainly a lot of time, and things are steadily on the up for Windows Phone.

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