Following up on comments made earlier in the year, Acer's senior veep and president of IT products has reaffirmed that it'll be launching its own brand of handsets early in 2009, having ramped up its handset R&D staff to some 500 heads by the end of 2008. What this means for recent acquisition E-TEN and its glofiish line is unclear, but for what it's worth, Acer says it'll be primarily targeting its existing PC channels in Russia and Western Russia with the new line -- so perhaps there's still room for E-TEN's wares to flourish elsewhere.

[Via Unwired View]