At IFA 2013 this week, we got our hands on the Acer Liquid S2, a powerhouse of a smartphone that brings 4K video recording to your mobile. With the Liquid S2, Acer has built upon the foundation it laid with the Liquid S1 handset from earlier this summer, bringing with it a variety of spec increases both inside and out.
This week there's a brand new Android smartphone on the block, the Acer Liquid E1, complete with a unique set of casings and the near-newest version of Android onboard. This smartphone is ready for the top of the mid-range with a 4.5-inch display that's bringing in 540 x 960 pixel resolution and Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean out of the box. This smartphone is clearly not meant to go to war with the highest-power smartphones on the market today, instead making certain Acer is able to deliver an Android device that's up-to-date with what the Android universe is offering in general, so to speak.
Your eyes do not deceive you; the Liquid E looks identical to the original Acer Liquid, the company's first attempt at an Android smartphone. That's because the key change is on the inside: the underclocked Snapdragon processor - running at 768MHz rather than the more usual 1GHz - now gets to play with Android 2.1 rather than the 1.6 of its predecessor. The first Liquid never really managed to lift its head above the rest of the smartphone crowd; will the Rogers Wireless Acer Liquid E fare better? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
Only the other day we were watching the Acer Liquid A1 - the company's first Android smartphone - being joyously unboxed in a couple of videos, and now there's talk of the handset landing on AT&T at some point. The Liquid A1 has been spotted running through the FCC's gauntlet of wireless testing fire, complete with support for the 850 and 1900 bands. They just so happen to be the 3G frequencies AT&T use in the US.
Now there's no official word from either Acer or AT&T, and of course the FCC has no say in the matter either, so we're just speculating about the Acer Liquid's eventual carrier destination. However AT&T are yet to release an Android device, and with their rivals in the US beginning to gather momentum with the platform we wouldn't be surprised to find that they were shopping around.
How many unboxing videos of the Acer Liquid A1 would you like? If the answer is "two", keep reading my friend; if the answer is "three" then you're far too greedy, frankly. The company's first Android smartphone began shipping earlier this week, and so the first of the unboxing videos have popped up from contented new owners.
An Android handset arguably doesn't come of age until its been rooted by the modding community, and two recent devices have just now got their stripes. Both the Motorola DROID and the Acer Liquid A1 have been granted pretty much one-click rooting, opening the door for the sort of hacks, ROMS and reskins that have flourished across the Android platform.
Acer's first Android smartphone - and indeed the first Android handset to be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor - has begun shipping in the UK. The Acer Liquid A1 is currently in stock at retailers Expansys and Clove, priced at £339.99 ($556) and £328.99 ($538) respectively.
We were less than enamoured by Acer's tubby little Liquid A1 smartphone when we had a brief play earlier in the month, but if the touchscreen chunkster has left you similarly underwhelmed, fear not. According to Aymar de Lencquesaing, head of Acer's phone unit, the company is planning 8 to 10 new smartphones for 2010, and they expect the balance between Android and Windows Mobile in the new range to be "much more balanced".
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).
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.