Acer Liquid E1 launched, offers quad-core Jelly Bean fun on a budget

Acer Liquid E2Acer may not be all that well known when it comes to smartphones, but the company has still made a decent name for itself by offering solid, if unremarkable, devices over the past few years. The latest release is slightly more technically impressive than previous models, but manages to retain a competitive price tag.

The Acer Liquid E2‘s spec is a mixture of both good and, well, not so good. First, it has a big, 4.5-inch touchscreen, but the resolution is a far less impressive 960 x 540. Bear in mind the 4.5-inch Nokia Lumia 920 has a resolution of 1280 x 720, so the Liquid E2′s display won’t be the sharpest around.

The screen’s shortcomings can be forgiven, as the Liquid E2 is powered by a quad-core, 1.2GHz processor with 1GB of RAM. This is more than enough to keep the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system running smoothly, and is on par with considerably more expensive hardware. The phone also has an 8-megapixel camera, a 2-megapixel video call lens above the screen, GPS, 4GB of internal storage memory, plus a microSD card slot. Acer also adds DTS audio enhancement to its phones, which should make the stereo speakers sound great.

So, how much will you need to pay for Acer’s latest bundle of quad-core joy? A mere 230 euros, or about £200, SIM-free. It’s out in May in a selection of European countries, and will come to the UK shortly afterwards, however the exact date and final price have yet to be confirmed. If you’re after a decent, well-priced phone, it could be worth a look.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars