updated 09:05 am EDT, Fri October 29, 2010
Acer unveils Liquid Metal in UK first
Acer officially launched the Liquid Metal, its true sequel to the Liquid E. The new Android phone focuses on speed first and has support for 14.4Mbps, HSPA-based 3G on networks that support it. It also upgrades to the same 800MHz MSM7230 Snapdragon found in the T-Mobile G2 and Desire Z.
Other speed touches come from the use of 802.11n Wi-Fi as well as Android 2.2 and a newer custom UI. Acer's custom layer, Breeze, provides weather and other details on the lock screen along with giving users a way to launch recently used apps and customize the app order. A SocialJogger app unifies Facebook and Twitter to help speed more quickly through social updates.
The phone earns its name through improved build quality, which replaces the almost all-plastic body of the Liquid E with a steel back cover and chrome trim. A relatively uncommon "rounded" 3.6-inch, 800x480 screen also sets off the design. It marks an overall functional upgrade as well with a five-megapixel camera that can record 720p videos, a Dolby Surround boost to audio and DLNA media sharing.
The phone has so far been earmarked for the UK and will be ready in brown and silver colors starting from mid-November for £299 ($476) after tax and contract-free. International plans haven't been detailed, but Rogers in Canada already carries the Liquid E and may be one of the Metal's candidates.