Samsung and HTC may be grabbing all the headlines in the run up to MWC 2015 but other brands are also getting ready to show off their best and latest at the worlds biggest mobile technology showcase this March. One of the brands that is keen to impress is, Acer. Very little is known about what Acer will showcase at MWC but it looks like they have a lot to reveal with multiple smartphones and a new wearable being mentioned.
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Acer is still the underdog when it comes to smart phones and they are continuing to focus on the affordable segment for growth. Ahead of CES 2015, Acer has announced their Liquid Z410, a new entry level device that delivers 64-bit processing and 4G LTE for the masses.
It gets a modest 4.5″ qHD (960×540) display that pushes a pixel density of 245 ppi and it runs on a MediaTek MT6732 processor with ARM Mali-T760 GPU. There’s 5MP at the back and selfies are handled by its 2MP front shooter. For multimedia playback, the Liquid Z410 also packs a front facing stereo speaker and you can launch your favourite apps easily by drawing preset gestures on the display while locked, similar to OPPO’s gesture controls.
According the press release, the Liquid Z410 will be available first in Europe, Middle East and Africa region at €129 which is about RM545 when converted directly. Also shown at CES 2015 is their updated Liquid Jade S that runs on a newer 64-bit MediaTek MT6752M with 4G LTE support.
Acer Malaysia has announced its new range of Android smart phones that are priced below RM1,000. Packing incredible value and a competitive price, the latest Acer Liquid X1 with 4G LTE is priced at RM999 while its mid-range Liquid Jade is offered at RM799.
For those looking for an entry-level smart phone, the Acer Liquid Z500 is priced at RM499 and from the looks of it, could give the cheap and cheerful Honor 3C some serious challenge. All 3 are currently running on Android 4.4 KitKat. Read on to find out these new smart phones
UPDATE: The Acer Smart Phone event has been postponed to 18th November.
Acer will be launching several new smart phones in Malaysia
next Tuesday, 4th November on 18th November. From its invitation, we get a glimpse of its new Liquid X1 and Liquid Jade smart phones which were announced several months back.
Just to refresh your memory, the Liquid X1 is quite a well kit device for its price. It features a large 5.7″ IPS display that does HD 720p resolution and it is powered by MediaTek’s 1.7GHz Octa-Core processor with 2GB of RAM that’s similar with the Redmi Note. On-board it gets generous 16GB of on-board storage which can be expanded via microSD slot. The back has a 13MP f/1.8 camera and packs a 2,700mAh battery.
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.