Acer have confirmed that their first Android smartphone, the Acer Liquid A1, will arrive in late November, at least in the UK. According to retailer Clove, the Qualcomm Snapdragon based smartphone - which will run Android 1.6 Donut rather than the newer Android 2.0 OS - is priced at £286 pre-tax ($481).
The Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 may have been making the Android headlines this week, but it's not the first smartphone running Google's open-source OS to pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset. That honor goes to the Acer Liquid A1 - though the company have apparently underclocked the CPU to 768MHz - set to be the first Snapdragon Android phone to reach consumers' hands. Arne from the::unwired has been playing with the Liquid and has put together a "preview" review.
Acer's Liquid A1 Android smartphone may have Snapdragon under the hood, but that's not enough to keep us happy these days. We also like to see a custom UI, and from the early details coming out of HDBlog.it it looks as though Acer have done a little - though not a lot - to tweak OS 1.6 Donut. In fact, we're more excited by the little status LEDs they've embedded into the top edge of the Liquid, to show whether you have new messages and what the battery status is.
Acer have officially announced their first Android smartphone, the Acer Liquid A1, and it's also the first handset running the Android platform to use Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor. The Liquid has a WVGA touchscreen, HSPA connectivity and a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus, geo-tagging, ISO and a self-timer.
The speedy Qualcomm chipset also means the Liquid can support 3D graphics, and the phone will run Android 1.6.
Acer has rolled to a new smartphone called the Liquid Jade S that supports 4G LTE connectivity. The smartphone uses a 64-bit Octa-core processor from Mediatek called the MT6752M that makes it up to 2.5 times faster than a quad-core smartphone. The eight core processor runs at 1.5GHz and graphics are handled by a Mali T760 GPU.
Acer's Liquid Metal Android smartphone has been made official, a 3.6-inch metal-clad handset running 2.2 Froyo on the same Qualcomm 800MHz MSM7230 processor as found in the T-Mobile G2. The Liquid Metal packs WiFi b/g/n, 14Mbps-capable HSDPA and a 5-megapixel autofocus camera with face- and smile-detection, image stabilization, a flash and 720p HD video recording.
Dissatisfied with having only one or two wearable devices in the market, Acer is now opting to go with a set of three, each one designed to build on the features of the other. Although it probably chose the worst time to make an announcement, overshadowed by the flood of Google I/O 2015 news, Acer is prepping the smart bands for a scheduled appearance at Computex in Taiwan next week. With almost self-explanatory names, the Liquid Leap Active, Fit, and Curve are designed with almost every class of user in mind.
Acer just released a whole boatload of new devices and release information on those devices in New York City, showing off everything from smartphones to gaming displays. PCs are in here too, with Windows 10 devices and Chromebook both popping up on point. A couple of Android tablets are appearing here with Acer Aspire notebooks and Acer's K138ST, the world's first LED projector with an intelligent ambient light sensor. All devices in this collection will be released inside the next several months of 2015.