Acer Malaysia today unleashed a trio of value-packed Android smartphones into the Malaysian consumer market. The smartphone – Acer Liquid Z3, Liquid E2 and Liquid S1 are targeted at different target markets with prices ranging from as low as RM399.
All models offer HSPA radios (21Mbps), and dual-SIM slots, seemingly a pre-requisite with budget, entry-level phones, primarily in Asia. The trio also feature Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, with some Acer-developed enhancements and UI additions.
A little liquid that’s good for you
The lowest in the range is the budget Acer Liquid Z3, bearing a 3.5-inch (320×480 pixel) display, 3MP main camera, 4GB ROM and 512MB RAM, and powered by a 1Ghz dual-core processor. The little number weighs in at a scant 120g. Extras include a microSD slot for storage upgrades of up to 32GB, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, microUSB, Bluetooth 3.0, stereo FM radio and DTS sound enhancement.
The Liquid Z3 costs just RM399.
The talented four-brainer
The mid-range Acer Liquid E2 is powered by MediaTek’s MTK 6589 quad- core chipset running at 1.2Ghz. The device packs 4GB ROM and 1GB RAM, 8MP main camera with autofocus and LED flash, 2MP front camera, microSD slot (upgradeable storage up to 32GB), Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, FM radio and DTS sound enhancement.
The Liquid E2 is the only one of the new debutants to feature an IPS LCD screen. The 4.5-inch (960×540 pixels @ 245PPI) is crisp and offers good viewing angles.
Talktime is up to 9 hours thanks to the high-capacity 2,000mAh battery.
The Liquid E2 retails for RM749.
Acer gets into the mid-range phablet segment with the Liquid S1, a well-built smartphone with a 5.7-inch 720p (1280×720 pixels @ 258PPI) display. The large format device weighs 195g and comes integrated with MediaTek’s MTK6589 quad-core processor running at 1.5Ghz. The Liquid S1 packs 8GB ROM, 1 GB RAM, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, microSD (up to 32GB), microUSB, 8MP main camera with autofocus and LED flash and supports Bluetooth 3.0.
The smartphone sports a 2.400mAh.
The Acer Liquid S1 is priced at RM1,299.
Acer floats it
One of the enhancements Acer has done to the UI is called Float Caller (which can be turned on or off). Float Caller mode is a ‘window’ type mode. When you receive calls, the call interface won’t completely take over your screen. Instead, it floats over what you’re doing at the moment. Unobstrusive, and convenient.
More photos on Flickr.
Lazada has won exclusive rights to sell the trio of devices from today until it hits retails stores starting November 1. Maybank credit card holders will get 15% off the retail price.