Acer has announced a pair of new Android smartphones, the Liquid E1 and Liquid Z2, which after a tour of Europe will make it to the UK. Acer isn’t all that well-known for its smartphones, however it does produce some good-looking and very competitively priced models, so let’s take a look at its latest efforts.
The Liquid Z2 is the more basic of the two phones, as it has a 3.5-inch touchscreen with a 320 x 480 pixel resolution, plus a single-core, 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM. Two models will be made available, one with a 3 megapixel camera and the other with 5 megapixels, while all Liquid Z2 phones will have 4GB of storage space, a microSD card slot, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0 and 3G connectivity.
If you’re wanting something a little higher up the range, the Liquid E1 has a dual-core, 1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM, while the screen has been enlarged to 4.5-inches with a 960 x 540 pixel resolution. It also has 4GB of storage and a microSD card slot, plus GPS and stereo speakers with DTS Audio enhancements. There are two cameras, a 5 megapixel primary lens on the back and a 0.3 megapixel video call lens on the front.
Both phones will run Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and be produced in either single SIM or dual-SIM configurations. France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Ukraine will be the first countries to get the two Liquid phones, followed by the UK, Italy and Russia soon afterwards. The Liquid E1 will cost around £190 and the Liquid Z2 about £90. As for the release date, it has yet to be confirmed, but we’d expect to find out during Mobile World Congress.