The smart phone battleground has shifted to the affordable segment and Acer has joined the ring with its new Liquid X1. With the ambition of becoming a Top 5 smart phone brand in Taiwan, the Liquid X1 is packing decent specs for an affordable price of TWD$7,990, which is about RM842.
It gets a 5.7″ IPS HD 720p display and underneath, it runs on a 1.7GHz Octa-Core MediaTek MT6592 processor with 2GB of RAM which is a similar combination that’s powering the Redmi Note. On top of that, it also has 16GB of on-board storage, a microSD card slot, a 13MP f/1.8 main camera and a 2,700mAh capacity battery. For faster internet connectivity, the Liquid X1 also supports 4G LTE with speeds up to 150Mbps.
Apart from the Redmi 1S, Celcom is offering the Acer Liquid Z4 for free. The Liquid Z4 is an entry level device with a 4″ (800×480) display and a dual-core 1.3GHz processor with 512MB of RAM. It supports dual-SIMs, has 4GB of storage and a 5MP camera with LED flash. Out of the box, it runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
Priced outright at RM349, the device is free with 24 months contract of Celcom First Data Lite + Voice which consists of 1.5GB of data and voice calls/SMS are charged separately. During sign up, there’s also a RM450 upfront payment required which will be rebated back to your monthly bills.
For more information, head over to Celcom’s Liquid Z4 page.
Entry-level smart phones usually comes with a tiny screen which is too constraint for big screen entertainment. Now Acer Malaysia has introduced its new Iconia Tab 7, an affordable 7″ tablet with a sizeable 7″ display that also lets you makes phone calls and SMS. Priced at RM499, the Iconia Tab 7 is a new alternative for those looking for big screen phablets without splurging too much.
The model which we are getting is the A1-713 (non HD) which gets a 7″ 1024×600 display that boasts a 140 degree wide viewing angle. Powering the device is a unspecified Quad-Core processor with 1GB of RAM and Acer is packing a generous 16GB of on-board storage. If that’s not enough, you can expand it with microSD cards.
The selfie-centric Acer Liquid E3 smart phone is now available in Malaysia. It is priced at RM799 outright but if you’re interested, it can be yours for RM599 right now as part of its introductory offer. You can pick up a unit at All IT Hypermarket, Tesco Outlets and PC Depot. If you pre-order yours online via StoreKini, they are giving additional screen protector and a 2,300mAh power bank for free.
The Liquid E3 is a mid-spec smart phone which runs on a Quad-Core 1.2GHz Mediatek MT6589 processor and we are getting 2GB of RAM with generous 16GB of storage in Malaysia. When we first spotted the Liquid E3 at MWC 2014, it had just 1GB of RAM and 4GB of on-board storage. The front gets a 4.7″ IPS display that does HD 720p resolution. The key highlight is the front facing camera which is a 2MP shooter that’s assisted with a LED flash light. If you love taking Selfies, the Liquid E3 makes it easier to take the shot single handedly with its rear mounted AcerRapid Key. Over at the back, it gets a higher resolution 13MP camera with f/1.8 aperture.
With a 2,000mAh non-removable battery on-board the Liquid E3 is 8.9mm thick and weighs 135 grams. Out of the box, it runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean which Acer says it will be upgraded to Android 4.4 KitKat later on. Check out our hands-on with the Acer Liquid E3 after the break.
During Acer’s launch yesterday, they have introduced 2 new tablets which packs quite a lot for very little money. Both are compact in size and uses IPS display for better viewing angles. The Iconia One 7 comes with a 7″ display while the Iconia A1-830 is a little bigger at 7.9″.
Despite its low price below RM600, the 2 tablets are actually quite well put together and Acer has been pretty generous with the internals as well. Read on to find out our first impressions of the Iconia One 7 and A1-830.
The line that separates laptop and tablet is getting thinner as mobile processors are powerful enough to run full fledged desktop operating systems like Windows 8. The latest Acer Aspire Switch 10 that was just announced yesterday is one of a few perfect examples.
It consists of a compact 10.1″ tablet and an accompanying keyboard which gives you full laptop experience including a full set of function keys (F1 to F12) and a touchpad below. Acer didn’t just stop there as the flexible snap hinge design allows you to flip and fold the tablet screen around for a total of 4 modes – Laptop, Tablet, Stand and Tent. The price is quite reasonable as well at just RM1,399 as it runs on Intel’s new Atom Z3745 Quad-Core (codenamed Bay Trail) processors that’s clocked at 1.33GHz. It also gets 2GB of RAM and 32GB of on-board storage.
Acer Malaysia today has announced a couple of new devices that’s focused at portability. The star of today’s announcement is their new Aspire Switch 10 which is a 2-in-1 hybrid notebook that offers 4 modes for touch, typing, viewing and sharing. With growing demand of capable tablets at an affordable price, they have also announced the Acer Iconia One 7 and Iconia A1-830 tablets that are priced below RM600. All 3 devices are powered by Intels’ Atom processors.
Dual-SIM devices are great to stay connected across different networks while getting the best offering of different plans on a single device. If Dual-SIM slots isn’t enough, Acer introduces its new Liquid E700 smart phone that lets you connect up to 3 SIMs simultaneously.
In terms of specs, it runs on a 1.3GHz Quad-Core MediaTek processor that’s mated to 2GB of RAM and it comes with 16GB of storage. If you need more storage, it is also expandable with a microSD slot. The display is a 5″ IPS unit that pushes 1280×720 pixels resolution.
At the back, it gets 8MP camera with assisted flash and there’s also an ActionKey which lets you launch apps or take pictures comfortably in a single hand. Meanwhile the front gets a 2MP camera which even comes with a LED flash light for better Selfie. This was first featured on its Liquid E3 smart phone. To keep the device connected with 3 operators simultaneously, the Liquid E700 packs a huge 3,500mAh battery and it still manages to weigh just 155 grams while maintaining a slim 9.9mm profile.
For those seeking faster connectivity instead of having multiple SIMs, there’s the Acer Liquid E600 which comes with 4G LTE support with a single SIM slot. It gets Quad-Core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB of RAM and has a smaller 4GB of on-board storage with 2,500mAh capacity battery. The display for the E600 is a notch down as well with a 5″ IPS display that does a FWVGA resolution of 854×480.
If 3 SIM slots isn’t enough, you probably might want to consider this feature phone which offers a whooping Quad-SIM slots. With this device, you can stay connected with Celcom, DiGi, Maxis and U Mobile networks all at the same time.
Check out the hands-on video of the Triple-SIM E700 by MobileGeeks after the break.
Along with its Liquid Leap wearable, Acer has announced its Liquid Jade smart phone which supports dual-SIM. At the front, the Liquid Jade sports a 5″ IPS display that does 1280×720 pixels resolution and is toughen with Gorilla Glass 3. Design wise, it is pretty curved all over which Acer claims to be both ergonomic and elegant to hold
Underneath it runs on a 1.3GHz Quad-Core MediaTek MT6582 processor with 1GB of RAM. There’s 8GB of on-board storage which can be expanded with microSD card up to 32GB. At the back, there’s a 13MP camera that boasts f/1.8 aperture and a fast 0.3 seconds autofocus. For selfie, it is handled by a 2MP shooter at the front. It is juiced up with a 2,100mAh battery and has a respectable thickness of just 7.5mm. Out of the box, it runs on the latest Android 4.4 KitKat which is quite surprising for a MediaTek based smart phone.
Overall, the specs are quite close with the Huawei Honor 3C except for its camera and RAM. Availability wise it is targeted for Q3 this year and Acer is bundling its Liquid Leap wearable smart band in selected countries.
Acer joins the wearable bandwagon by announcing the Liquid Leap, a smart band with phone notification features. It is their smallest touch device to date and it comes with a 1″ touch screen display with a rubberised wrist band. The Liquid Leap offers a host of fitness tracking features including steps, distance, calories burned and sleeping patterns. In addition it also alerts you on incoming calls, messages and even lets you control your music playlist from your wrist.
It also gets water resistance at IPX7 rating and the battery is said to be able to last up to 7 days with its efficient Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. There are 5 colours available – Moonstone White, Mineral Black, Aquamarine, Fragrant Pink, and Vivid Orange. The Liquid Leap will be released in limited countries as a bundle with its newly announced Acer Liquid Jade smart phone. Overall, this looks like a simplified version of the Samsung Gear Fit without a curved screen and heart rate sensor underneath.