Acer has outed a pair of new Android smartphones, the Acer Liquid E1 and Liquid Z2, ahead of Mobile World Congress, each running 1GHz processors and targeting the entry-level point of the market. The Liquid E1 is fronted by a 4.5-inch qHD display and will have a dual-SIM option, with a 1GHz dualcore processor, stereo speakers and a 5-megapixel camera with an LED flash. Up front is a VGA-resolution camera, while inside there's WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0+EDR.
Connectivity also includes dualband 3G and quadband GSM/EDGE, in addition to a microSD card slot to add to the 4GB of internal storage. Acer fits a 1,760 mAh battery to the 132 x 68.5 x 9.9mm, 130g handset, and loads a copy of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with some of its own customizations.
As for the Acer Liquid Z2, that's a smaller device, at 110 x 62.5 x 12.25mm and 110g, and pairs a 3.5-inch HVGA screen with a 1GHz processor. It also runs Android 4.1, but has only half the RAM - 512MB - of the bigger E1; you still get microSD and 4GB of storage, though.
Two camera versions - either 3-megapixels or 5-megapixels - will be offered, along with a dual-SIM option. All will have dualband 3G, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0+EDR, and an FM radio.
Acer will offer both new phones first in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and the Ukraine, followed by launches in Russia, the UK, and Italy. Expect prices around €199-€229 for the Liquid E1 and €99-€129 for the Liquid Z2